Australia is home to a highly diverse, skilled workforce, that is continuing to grow at an average annual rate of 3.6%, and has done so for the past 10 years. This ability to sustain a healthy labour market places Australia among one of the top ranking developed countries, in terms of economic growth and stability.
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.
With an abundance of both 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 the country’s standard of living. Furthermore, 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. Although Australia’s national language is English, many Australian families speak a number of different languages including; Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Italian and Spanish, just to name a few.
Australia’s Living Costs
The Cost of Living varies throughout Australia and largely depends on which state you live in, and whether you are residing in a capital city or regional area. Generally, the closer you are 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 considered eligible for these assistance payments, however there are some exceptions to this.
There are three Family Assistance benefits that you can apply from; the Family Tax Benefit A, the Family Tax Benefit B and the 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, including 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, therefore it is highly recommended that you research employment opportunities before relocating to Australia, to increase your chances of successfully obtaining a secure job.
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 be required to have your professional qualification and certificates assessed in order to be able to work in your respective profession, in Australia.