Australian Immigration: Useful Information about Living in Australia
Moving abroad is an exciting time. It is a period when you can change everything in your life, make a brand new start and embark on a journey that can offer you amazing opportunities along the way. And Australia is one of these countries that can give you a fresh start.
Australia is a popular destination to move to for many reasons. It has a beautiful diverse geography, fantastic beaches, lovely weather, a relaxed atmosphere and an easy-going lifestyle. In addition to this, the school system is very good and there are endless work opportunities.
When you move abroad it is essential that you know a few things about the country you are moving to. This way you won’t be in for any nasty surprises once you arrive and you can integrate yourself into the culture and community straight away.
There are many different housing options in Australia. You can opt for a beautiful one or two storey house way out in the country, a charming house in the suburbs or a townhouse or luxury apartment in a bustling city. Most international residents will choose somewhere that it close to their workplace, place of study or family members in Australia already.
A high number of international citizens will decide on renting a home for at least a year before buying. Both the size (amount of bedrooms) and location will have an effect on the rental price so it is best to work out your budget beforehand.
Generally you will be asked to put down a month’s rent as a deposit (known as a rental bond) plus two to four weeks rent in advance. This is in case of any damages you may cause to the property whilst you are living there. You can find properties on property websites, estate agents, newspaper ads and word of mouth.
Australia is a vast country, a continent in itself, so you will most probably need a car to get around. The roads in Australia are pretty reliable and in good condition, although more rural areas may be lagging a little behind.
In some cities you can expect to pay tolls in tunnels, bridges, motorways and other areas due to heavy congestion. Outside the cities there are many wild animals (such as kangaroos, camels, emus, snakes, lizards etc) that can suddenly appear in front of your car. It is always best to be on the lookout so that you do not cause damage to you, them or your car.
You must have a valid driver’s license to drive a car in Australia. If you hold a legitimate driver’s license from another country in English, you may drive for three months upon arrival. After this, you will need to apply for an Australian driver’s license.
Education is taken very seriously in Australia but in a way that makes learning fun and relaxed. The education system is divided into pre-school, primary school, high school, career and vocational training, and university.
Australia’s education system is considered one of the best in the world. Public schools are run by the government and are generally free. Private schools are mostly run by religious organizations and have their own fee structure.