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Living in Australia guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Australia with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Australia is a popular destination for expats thanks to its warm year-round climate, stable government, diverse population and good economy.

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  • A short write up of my journey from a city lifestyle in busy Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to a small country town Mudgee NSW Australia.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • In order to get married in Australia, both parties must be over 18, unless one is over 16 and there is court approval.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Australia abolished the Temporary Skilled Worker (457) visa on July 1st 2017. It has been replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.

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  • There a number of visa options for those making a short-term stay in Australia. There is also a specific visa for citizens of New Zealand.

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  • Visitors from the European Union may be able to apply for an e-visitor visa. It is a straightforward process that can be completed online.

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  • There are several visas that will grant expats permanent residency. However, these can be hard to obtain.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • How to find a job in Australia from abroad. In order to get a work visa in Australia, you need to get a valid job offer or a work contract from an Australian employer.

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  • Internships in Australia can be either paid or unpaid, and can be found most easily online. A work and holiday visa will allow you to intern in Australia.

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  • This article explains how to find a job in Australia. The best way to find a job in Australia is to contact the nearest local Centrelink agency.

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  • Australia's second largest city, Melbourne, offers expats a range of job opportunities. However, you should ensure you have the correct work visa.

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  • Sydney is Australia's financial capital and offers expats employment opportunities in all manner of industry sectors.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Expats can find accommodation in numerous different neighbourhoods in Australia's most 'European' city; Melbourne.

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  • Located in Western Australia, Perth has a range of accommodation options for expats, from houses to apartments and flat-shares.

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  • Sydney is a very popular Australian city, however, this means that expats can expect high prices if they want to rent or buy a house or flat in the city.

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  • The capital of Australia, Canberra, has a lot to offer expats, from great history to scenic countryside. The city has a range of accommodation available.

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  • Expats considered to be foreign or temporary residents have more limited options than permanent residents when it comes to buying property in Australia.

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Study

Student visa, University registration

Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Australia's healthcare system is called Medicare and funded by taxpayers. Expats may be eligible, depending on residency status.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • Autralia is home to both international and national banks with which you can choose to open an account. The process is rather straightforward.

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  • Moving to Australia takes a lot of effort and if you are aware of the rules and regulations of Australia's financial landscape then you can save yourself a boatload of hassle and money.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • Income tax is automatically deducted from the wages of employees, with a a tax file number. Businesses will require an Australian business number.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Australian cities have well-developed transportation networks. Air travel tends to be the most popular way to travel around Australia itself.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • If you decide to drive in Australia, you may need to apply for an Australian driver's licence. Infrastructure in remote area may not be as well kept.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • You should select a reliable moving company in order to assist in moving your belongings to Australia.

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  • Customs regulations are quite strict in Australia and numerous foods products, medicines and animal products should be declared upon arrival.

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  • If you are moving to Australia with your pet, that there are formalities that must be completed before travel. There are also a number of banned species.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • There are several major service providers in Australia, providing both landline and mobile phone connectivity. You can also make calls over the internet.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Due to its size, you can spend your free time visiting other parts of Australia. However, there are many leisure activities within the major cities.

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  • This morning I woke up with a little hangover. The weather wasn’t nice enough to go to the beach, it was only 20°C and cloudy (ahhh fall is gonna be here soon). So what can you do in Sydney when you are in a not too talkative/social mood, it isn’t too nice outside and you don’t wanna stress your

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