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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, who can 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 factors pushing so many people relocate to Australia. Some come for business, and many more come for a new and better life. Whatever your motivation is for moving to Australia, you will be pleased to know that many of its major cities consistently rank in the top twenty for quality of life in internationally held surveys. Indeed, the country itself ranks 12th in our own Expat Insider Survey for this very category. Moreover, you will be even more pleased to hear that while these same metropolises once ranked in the top twenty when it came to living cost in comparable studies, this is no longer the case. In the 2014 Mercer Cost of Living Survey, Australian cities dropped from their perch as some of the most expensive places on earth, with Melbourne and Perth falling from 16th to 33rd place and 18th to 37th, respectively. For the money conscious expat, moving overseas to Australia for the good life has never been more enticing.  

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, immigration to Australia tends to revolve around the big cities, in particular the capitals of the six states and two mainland territories.

This makes sense for variety of reasons. First and foremost, 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. Furthermore, for those still hunting for a job, moving to Australia’s big cities seems like the better option anyway. Below, you can find some help in deciding where your migration to Australia should take you. 


Recent expats and immigrants have often picked Perth as their new domicile. Even in 2014, Perth is one of the most isolated metropolitan areas in the world, but this Australian city 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. Indeed, the shortage in the workforce has resulted in Perth being deemed a ‘city of regional hardship’, meaning it is easier for migrants to secure visas and begin work.

Expats moving to Australia might be interested to know that, while Perth hasn´t been immune to the effects of the global financial meltdown, 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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