LIFE IN AUSTRALIA

Getting to know the real Australia is an important part of migration

Australia land of opportunity? 

Over 6.5 million immigrants to Australia in the past 60 years cannot be wrong.

Australia is a vast and beautiful continent with over 7.7 million square kilometres of land on which live a mere 21.5 million people of which getting close to one-quarter are immigrants. It is the word's smallest continent but sixth-largest country. English is the dominant language.

Australia is divided into six States Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania (an island State to the south of the mainland) - and two Territories Australian Capital Territory (seat of the Commonwealth parliament) and the Northern Territory. New South Wales with a little over 800,000 square kilometres of land has the largest population of almost 7 million people whilst the Northern Territory with a land area of approximately1.3 million square kilometres has the smallest population of approximately 211,000 people.

Australia is indeed a land of opportunity for those fortunate enough to live in it. To assist you in considering Australia as your new home we have compiled the following information covering various aspects of life in Australia.

Climate

The dry, sinking air of the subtropical high pressure belt that moves north and south across Australia with the seasons dominates Australia's climate and defines the main climate regions. Australia has an annual rainfall variability greater than any other continent and is in fact the driest inhabited continent. Read more...

Demographics

Australia is a diverse and multicultural society and is home to citizens from some 200 countries making Australia the most multilingual workforce in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia's population is currently a little over 22.4 million people spread between the six States and two Territories. Read more...

Economy

Australia has a very stable and competitive economy recording growth averaging 3.3% per year in each year since 1992. This sustained growth places Australia in the top ranks of developed countries in terms of economic growth. Read more...

Education

Responsibility for education in Australia is divided between the State/Territory and Commonwealth Governments with funding from both levels of government. Policies governing pre, primary and secondary schooling are generally implemented by the State and Territory governments and as such education in Australia is not uniform. Read more...

Government

Australia’s formal name is the Commonwealth of Australia. The form of government used in Australia is a constitutional monarchy – ‘constitutional’ because the powers and procedures of the Australian Government are defined by a written constitution, and ‘monarchy’ because Australia’s head of state is Queen Elizabeth II. Read more...

Health

Australia's health system is a mixture of public and private services involving all tiers of government. The Commonwealth government funds medical services through the Medicare system, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, health services to veterans and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders along with a range of other national health programs. Read more...

Housing

There can be significant differences in city and regional prices and obviously there are significant differences in the quality of the houses available for sale. Apartment living is becoming more popular particularly given the rapid influx of people into the capital cities of most States. Read more...

Tax

The Australian financial year runs from 1 July to 30 June and by 31 October in each year, a tax return must be lodged declaring income earned during the previous financial year.Tax is paid on all income earned whether from within or outside Australia e.g. income from overseas rental properties or dividends earned on shares held outside Australia must be declared. Read more...

Welfare

Australia has many welfare services to assist those in need. Centrelink is an Australian Government statutory agency established to deliver a range of services to the Australian community. Centrelink oversees the annual distribution of some A$70.5 billion in social security payments. Read more...