AUSTRALIA

Career Opportunities

Australia's economy has proven to be resilient through the global financial crisis and with our proximity to Asia the future is rosy with continued growth expected. Australia has a low unemployment rate and skills shortages in many professional and trade occupations bring skilled workers to Australia each year on long-term work visas. Statistics show that the majority of these workers, once settled, decide to stay on in Australia through the permanent employer sponsored visa options

Quality of Life

There's no doubt that Australians enjoy a high quality of life. With plenty of fresh air, low pollution levels, and a low population in a vast country of superb natural landscapes and breathtaking scenery many choose to make Australia their home simply for the beauty of the place. With a coastline over 36,000 kilometers and countless beaches Australians gravitate to the coast. They live in vibrant cities but have a love of the outdoors and activities like camping, bushwalking, and fishing are extremely popular. Australia protects its natural heritage with over 500 national parks

Education

Australia has a high standard of education and many students come to Australia to receive a top level university education. International student numbers peaked in 2008-09 with around 631,000 students from overseas enrolled in tertiary educational institutions across the country. At the time over one in five tertiary students studying in Australia were international students. The number of international students has declined in recent years as changes to skilled migration have made it more difficult for students to remain in Australia permanently without obtaining a job after graduation. There are currently more than 350,000 international students in Australia and the international education sector continues to provide significant contributions to society and the economy, demonstrating that Australia is still a great place to study and experience life in Australia. Family

Almost one in two Australians were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas. Australia's visa program allows for family reunification through the family stream with visas available for parents, remaining relatives and dependent relatives. These visas are very popular and the number of entrants is capped each year through the management of the migration program.

Security

Australia has a low crime rate compared with many parts of the world and the community minded nature of the people makes Australia a safe place to live and raise a family. Australia provides a home for many refugees each year who are fleeing war or persecution in their homeland.

Climate

Australia has a temperate climate with mild winters and warm to hot summers. The north of Australia is tropical and the south is cool in winter and hot and dry in summer. Victoria and New South Wales enjoy a regular snow season in the high country during winter, but it is the many hours of sunshine and long balmy evenings that attract migrants to Australia, especially those in the UK and northern Europe seeking to escape the long dreary winters.