Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.
The half-life of a tweet is seven minutes. Depending on your engagement, the half-life of a Facebook post averages around two hours (much less if you post poor content). Post at the wrong time and you’ll turn an urgent message into an unread one.
I would advise against losing touch with the industry and with your networks back in Australia. Though you might be producing work on the other side of the world, the largest market for your work will likely remain in Australia.