Australia

So, you are moving to Australia!

A country rich in wildlife, precious raw materials, pleasant weather and an excellent quality of life for the whole family.

Well, before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:

  1. Australia is the most popular destination in the world for UK expats with over 1 million Brits living there. There are also at least 100,000 American living in Australia. With 1 in 4 of Australian residents born overseas there is a large expat community whatever your nationality.
  2. Owing to its size Australia’s climate varies greatly throughout the country. The level of rainfall is much higher along the east and northern coastlines and the east and south western coastlines offer the most habitable environments. The majority of the country gets more than 3000 hours of sunlight a year.
  3. Australia requires all temporary visitors to hold a valid passport that expires at least six months after the date of exit from the country, proof of out bound travel and sufficient evidence you can support yourself while in the country.
  4. The Australian lifestyle involves eating outside on a regular basis and a much higher level of participation in sports and recreational activities than that seen in the US and UK making it a great place for family.
  5. English is by far the main language spoken in Australia with the 2011 census showing nearly 77% of people speaking only English at home. However it is not English as many Americans and Britons may know it with its own unique vocabulary.
  6. Australia’s public school system follows the British system and is good by international standards. Free schooling is available to the majority expats but as at home some may choose the private system.
  7. With 23.5 million inhabitants, Australia is an island nation with coastlines facing the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and includes the island of Tasmania.
  8. Australia is the world's twelfth largest economy and is ranked fifth highest for GDP per capita. This does mean that Australia has one of the highest costs of living in the world. While this is reflected in higher average wages, it is important to consider what salary you would need to maintain your current lifestyle.
  9. Australia’s currency is the Australian Dollar.  
  10. Australia is generally considered one of the safest and most stable countries in the world, however there are instances of gang violence, predominantly amongst biker gangs, and as a western country faces many of the same security threats.

Once you are settled, having made the move Down Under, Australia is a rich and diverse country with beautiful coastlines, warm weather and rugged desert making it a great place for friends and family to visit! 

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Moving to Australia: Passports and Visas

The ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) means there is no need to send your passport anywhere, nor is a stamp in your passport necessary. It allows you to stay for up to three months in Australia, and is valid for one year for multiple entries...

Moving to Australia: Buying a Property

Even if you intend to purchase a home in Australia, most residents highly recommend renting first. This allows you to become familiar with the often diverse individual communities in and around a city, and make a more educated decision about long-term housing. Sydney, for example, is divided into hundreds of suburbs…

Whether renting or buying, using serviced apartments can give you time to find the right property.  The World of Expats Property Search tool also gives access to over 21,500 properties available to buy in Australia.

Moving to Australia: Choosing a school

State schools, called public schools, are free. Private schools are often church-sponsored, although all religious denominations are accepted. Tuition for private schools varies from grade to grade and school to school…

Moving to Australia: National health care

Good medical care is widely available in Australia. Well-qualified doctors, specialists, and dentists can be found in all major cities. The cost of medical treatment in Australia is fairly reasonable. Contribution to Medicare, the government-funded health plan, is compulsory for all residents, including those who hold Permanent Resident visas…

Moving to Australia: Everyday living

Australians have long had a reputation as basic, hearty eaters; steak and eggs, meat pies, and fish and chips are staples all over the country. Australia's lamb is justly famous, and its beef is excellent as well. Fresh fish and seafood are readily available along the coast and are excellent. Barbecues in the summer months are Australians' favorite social eating custom…

Moving to Australia: Social environment

The expatriate community is not clearly defined in most major Australian cities, because it is integrated within the local community. Many groups are represented, with large numbers of expatriate Asians, Europeans, Americans, South Africans, and Pacific Islander…

Moving to Australia: Social customs

Australians greet others with a smile and a handshake. Shake hands firmly but briefly. Other kinds of physical contact are not usually encountered…

 

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