Moving to Australia: Things you should know before you immigrate to Australia
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Visa regulations for Australia
Visa regulations for Australia change quite often and can be quite difficult to navigate at times, so if you’re thinking of relocating to Australia from Europe, UK, USA or anywhere else, it is a good idea to hire an authorised migration agent to help you with the process. There are several types of visas for Australia, but for detailed information on each, please visit the Australian immigration website.
- Holiday visa: allows tourists to visit Australia for up to 90 days without employment. You can apply for this visa online and for most countries this visa is free.
- Student visa: Allows you to live and study in Australia as long as you are enrolled in an Australian university and attend a certain percentage of classes.
- Migration visa with a job offer: for those employed in Australian companies, you can live and work in Australia with this visa. Your employer must apply for this visa on your behalf.
- Migration visa without a job offer: You can apply under a few different grounds, including to work under a special skills migration category, or rejoining family in Australia.
- Working holiday visa: Allows you to live and work part-time in Australia for up to one year. This visa only applies to people under 30 years old.
For more information on migrating to Australia, you should visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
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Property in Australia
Sydney and Melbourne are the most expensive cities to live in, and it’s no surprise many foreigners choose to settle here. If you are moving to Australia from the UK, USA or anywhere else, your price of rent or mortgage repayment will take a high percentage of your cost of living in Australia. It is important to remember that the rental market can be extremely competitive, and apartments don’t come furnished. Due to the size of the cities, we have included the average rental prices for both Melbourne and Sydney and their surrounding suburbs.
Melbourne: For a single person moving to Melbourne, expect to pay between $1000 – $3000 per month. For a family of three moving to Melbourne, rental prices per month can range between $1500 – $4500 per month, depending on which area of Melbourne you choose to live.
Sydney: If you are moving to Australia alone, a single bedroom apartment in Sydney can range between $2000 – $3200 per month. Moving to Australia with a family will be much more expensive in Sydney, with a 3-bedroom apartment costing between $3500 – $7000 per month.
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LIVING IN AUSTRALIA
The cost of living in Australia
The cost of living in Australia varies greatly depending on the lifestyle you’re accustomed to. If you are moving to Australia from Europe or the UK, you will notice the price for everyday items can be much more expensive, including groceries and alcohol, as well as property prices. It is also important to remember that the country is huge, so if you wish to travel around Australia and see the sights, you should certainly factor in the price of a car into your costs of living in Australia, as flights and public transport to and from major cities can be very expensive.
Another way to save on the cost of living in Australia is to consider sharing an apartment, rather than renting alone. The price of rent in Australia continues to increase, so this is a great way to cut costs.
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The job market in Australia
The job market in Australia is extremely competitive, even for locals, so to ensure you have as much job opportunities as possible, it is a good idea to know a basic level of English. This is also a requirement for some of the work visas. Australia has a skilled labour shortage, and as a result, makes it easier for foreigners with certain qualifications to migrate to Australia for work. These include construction, agriculture, tourism and aged care, although the list is updated quite often. Unfortunately, manufacturing in Australia has decreased over the last 20 years, with many factories closing and moved off-shore. Another industry which you can find job opportunities for foreigners in Australia is hospitality.
When updating your CV for your move to Australia, your qualifications and documents must be valid and up-to-date. Many professions in Australia require an additional certificate obtained in Australia before you can commence work, so it is important to consider this also and do your research.
Education in Australia
Education in Australia is free and government-funded under the public-school system, but there is also an equal balance of private-school options. School in Australia is compulsory for all children over 6 years old, and it consists of:
Healthcare in Australia
The healthcare system in Australia is an equal mix of the public and private sectors. For public healthcare in Australia, every citizen is covered by the Medicare system, offering some basic services free of charge, while most are discounted and subsidized by the government. The private healthcare system is encouraged for all Australians and residents who are over 31 and are of a certain level of income, to balance out the need for public and private services. For anyone wishing to move to Australia from overseas, it is important to have private healthcare to cover you for your length of stay, before you are entitled to Medicare.
Driving in Australia
The first thing to remember about driving in Australia if you are relocating from the USA or anywhere in Europe is that they drive on the left-hand side of the road. You should also obtain an international driving permit if your local license is not in English, and once you move to Australia, you should exchange your local license to an Australian driver’s license within 3 months.
Public transport in the centre of major cities such as Melbourne and Sydney is good, but if you live in the outer suburbs, it can be harder to get around. If you are moving from the UK, USA, Europe or anywhere else, it is a good idea to consider driving in Australia, as distances are much greater than what you might be used to.
What else to expect when living in Australia
- Living in Australia, you will notice there is a big difference in climate between the northern and southern parts of Australia. In places like Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia, temperatures throughout the year can average around 30 degrees for most of the year. Southern cities such as Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide experience a range of climates throughout the year, with temperatures between 5 –40 degrees depending on the time of year.
- If you’re moving to Australia from Europe, it is almost impossible to comprehend the size. Driving from the east to west coasts takes 48 hours minimum to drive non-stop.
- Moving to Australia from the USA, UK or anywhere else in the world, you will notice Australians are very welcoming to foreigners, and their sense of humour owes to Australia’s multicultural immigrant past.
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Moving to Australia from the USA
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Moving to Australia from Europe
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Moving to Australia from New Zealand
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