AUSTRALIA

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Canberra
  • Australia is the world’s 6th largest country and largest island as well as the smallest, flattest, driest, inhabited continent on earth
  • Australia’s population is approximately 23,032,700. The most populous States being New South Wales and Victoria. Sydney and Melbourne are the largest cities.
  • As a very multi-cultural country, many languages are spoken, but the national language is English
  • The first inhabitants in Australia are the Aboriginal people, believed to have arrived some 50,000 years ago. Our indigenous people are an integral part of our heritage.
  • Australia boasts 19 World Heritage listed sites.
  • Time zone: There are a number of time zones in Australia between 8 and 10.5 hours ahead of GMT
  • Electricity: 240 volts and 50 hertz
  • Housing: Expats are spoilt for choice in where to live, with houses and apartments available in many different areas of the very liveable cities and regional areas, with a high standard of living. The typical lease term is 12 months
  • Temporary accommodation includes serviced apartments, as well as apartments that are not serviced
  • Schools: Australia has an excellent public school system as well as private schools
  • Transportation: Many people own cars, but public transportation is clean, safe and reliable, and is encouraged for commuting to work
  • Healthcare: Australia’s public and private hospitals provide a very high standard of healthcare
  • Weather: Temperate for most of the year. North typically warmer and tending to tropical. Snowfall in winter on the high mountains in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
  • Government: Australia follows the Westminster system of government and law, inherited from the British.
  • Work permits and visas: Working in Australia as they say is a privilege and not a right. In order for a foreigner to legally work in Australia, he/she must acquire a 457 visa (long-term work visa) for up to 4 years. For foreigners travelling on a business trip, a 456 visa or short-term business visa for a maximum period of 3 months can be granted
  • Banking and currency: Australia has a first-class banking system with international and local banks and it is possible to open bank accounts online before arriving in Australia. The local currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD)
  • Do kangaroos roam wild in the streets?

    No. They can be seen in the country areas, but very rarely venture close to suburban housing.

  • Are spouses allowed to work?

    Depending on the type of visa, spouses may work in Australia. First they should check with the local governing body to ensure that their overseas qualifications are recognised in Australia, or whether further training will be required to comply with local standards etc.

  • May I bring my pets?

    The country of origin and where the pet is coming from will determine the time required in quarantine and the vaccinations required. Local councils do have regulations about the number of domestic pets that may be kept and some are required to pay an annual registration fee.

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