Australia is a stable multicultural society with a skilled workforce which has grown at an average annual rate of 3.6% for the past 10 years. This sustained growth places Australia in the top ranks of developed countries in terms of economic growth.
With a population of only 23.13 million, Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent and is the sixth largest country in the world in land size.
With its abundance of natural and physical resources, Australia has enjoyed a high standard of living since the early nineteenth century. Australia is ranked third on the United Nations’ Index which measures education, life expectancy and standard of living of a country. Immigration has become an integral feature of Australian society. Since 1945, over six million people from over 200 countries have come to Australia to live, work or study.
Today, more than 20 per cent of Australian residents are born abroad and more than 40 per cent are of a mixed cultural origin. In our homes we speak 227 languages – which include, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Italian and Spanish to name a few.
Australia’s Living Costs
The Cost of Living varies throughout Australia, depending on which state you live in and whether you are in a capital city or regional area. Generally the closer to a capital city the higher the cost of living will be.
New migrants with dependent children may be able to receive Family Assistance Payments from the Australian Government to help with the cost of raising children. Generally a migrant must hold a permanent visa in order to be eligible for such Government payments, but there are some exceptions to this.
There are three Family Assistance benefits. They are Family Tax Benefit A, Family Tax Benefit B and Child Care Benefit.
Australia’s Educational System
The standard of Education in Australia is particularly high. In recent years, Australian education has set the benchmark for other countries around the world in a number of areas, which include Curriculum and Assessment.
Our educational system is divided into the following catagories:
- Childcare (for infants and children to young to attend Primary School).
- Primary and Secondary Education
- Tafes and Colleges (Offeres Diplomas and Certificates)
- University (Offers Bachelors, Masters and PhD)
- English language Schools
About Australia’s Employment
The Australian employment market is extremely competitive and it is highly recommended that you research employment opportunities before relocating to seek your best chance at obtaining a job in Australia.
Some occupations in Australia may have special requirements. This could include registration or licensing with a Government authority and/or membership of a professional or industry association. You may also need to have your professional qualification and certificates assessed to work within your profession in Australia.