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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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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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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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 It has been replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.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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  • Find out how to apply for the permanent residency in Australia. According to your professional qualifications, you may apply for a skilled-migration visa for instance.

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  • Working holiday visa Australia, everything about the WHV in Australia. The Working holiday visa allows its holder to work freely, to study attend a course or backpack in Australia up to 12 months.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Brisbane is in the state of Queensland, Australia and has job opportunities for expats in a variety of sectors, including healthcare and construction.

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  • One of Australia's largest cities, Perth is popular with expats thanks to the employment opportunities available there.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Located in Western Australia, Perth has a range of accommodation options for expats, from houses to apartments and flat-shares.

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  • Expats can find accommodation in numerous different neighbourhoods in Australia's most 'European' city; Melbourne.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Study in Australia guide: how can I study in Australia? Do I need a visa to study in Australia?

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Am I eligible to the public health care system in Australia? Should I get a private health insurance in Australia?

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Open and manage a bank account
  • 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 system, income tax


Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • There are several ways to move around in Australia. You can choose among airplane, train or bus to travel from one city to another. You can also rent a van or a car for your long trips.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements


moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Move to Australia: How to relocate in Australia. How to find an international removal company to Australia.

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  • Customs in Australia, restrictions as to products you can bring with you in Australia.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • If you want access to the Internet and keep in touch with your family and friends, you will definitely need to obtain an Internet connection. Several service providers offer various types of connection.

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  • To make calls in Australia, you can choose between a subscription to a local operator or prepaid cards that you can use on land line phones as on mobile phones. Service providers offer different types of packages for all budgets.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Australia is definitely a place to visit given its size and its great diversity of views. Many types of leisure activities are easily accessible, including nature walks, zoos and parks, not to mention socio-cultural activities.

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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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  • If you are moving to Australia with young children, you should find a day care for them during your working hours. Nurseries are note really widespread in Australia: collective child care systems are more common in the country.

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  • To immigrate to Australia with your pet, you must meet a number of criteria established by local authorities. Note that your pet will be subject to quarantine upon arrival on Australian territory.

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