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Australia at a Glance

Moving to Australia

As Australia is a very popular expat country, chances are that you may also consider moving to Australia. Congratulations on this great choice! This guide briefs you on the most important aspects of preparing your move to Australia, such as popular expat destinations and visa requirements.

Moving to Australia has been a dream for generations of people from Europe and Asia, who form a large portion of the nation’s foreign residents. Moreover, it has traditionally been the destination of choice for students and young professionals from all across the globe: they move to Australia for a couple of years on the Working Holiday visa.

The country’s natural beauty, extraordinary flora and fauna, 10,000 beaches and relaxed lifestyle are not the only reasons why so many people relocate to Australia. Some come for business, and many more come for a new and better life. Whatever your reasons are for going to Australia, you will be pleased to know that many of its major cities are currently ranking in the worldwide top twenty for quality of life. Unfortunately, these metropolises are also among the top twenty when it comes to the local cost of living.

Where to Go

If you are moving to Australia on an expat assignment or already have a job offer in a specific city, please skip this section. People moving to Australia on their own face one important decision, though: where to go? While there are no traditional expat destinations, expats and migrants tend to go for the big cities, in particular the capitals of the six states and two mainland territories.

This makes sense for various reasons: given the size of the country, if you don’t move to Australia’s major cities, you might find yourself in the middle of nowhere. For those still hunting for a job, moving to Australia’s big cities seems like the better option anyway. Below, you will find a few places popular among expatriates.


Recent expats and immigrants have often picked Perth as their new domicile. Despite its being among the most isolated metropolitan areas in the world, Perth is increasingly attracting new residents from overseas. This is probably due to its agreeable, quasi-Mediterranean climate.

With a surrounding territory rich in resources like gold, oil and iron, Perth has a very prolific mining industry employing significant numbers of workers. This, in turn, leads to a high demand for skilled professionals such as doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers, etc. Of the 23,000 British expats moving to Australia in the year 2008, for example, more than 30% went to Perth and were able to pick up a skilled job straight away.

While these numbers date from a period preceding the economic downturn caused by the worldwide financial crisis in 2008/2009, they still reflect an ongoing trend among people moving to Australia. Of course, Perth hasn´t been immune to the effects of the financial meltdown, but the economy of Western Australia has bounced back in the past few years. In 2011/2012, it had the highest state GDP in the entire country and grew by a respectable 6%.

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