Australia is one of the most ideal expat choices for families, offering sunshine and beaches and an excellent quality of life for people of all ages. With a population of just 22 million in the sixth largest country in the world, Australia offers huge open spaces and ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. The country offers such diversity, that there is something to suit everyone.
Australia is rich with elements of multiculturalism, particularly in its traditions and cuisine and the influence of neighboring countries. English is the official language spoken in Australia, which makes communication easy if you are an expat from the UK or US. Lifestyle in Australia is extremely laid back. Although hardworking, Australian people pride themselves in an excellent work-life balance.Family and friends are extremely important to Australian people, as is a lively and varied social life. These factors appeal to expats, particularly families. Sport is important to the nation and there are a number of leisure clubs and amenities on offer. Australians enjoy a great outdoor lifestyle, with long evenings of sunshine spent on the beach. For this reason, the need to travel isn’t usually high on the priority list, but for those who wish to travel, the country is easily accessible to a number of culturally diverse countries.
The country boasts a diverse range of wildlife and nature. Some of the species of animals and plants are unique to the country. Expats enjoy exploring the wilderness on offer, from miles of beautiful beaches and coastline to bush land as far as the eye can see.
Perhaps one of its biggest selling points, Australia has a climate that attracts people from across the world. Within the country, the weather patterns vary a great deal. While Northern Australia has tropical hot and humid weather, Southern Australia experiences a more temperate climate and seasonal climate and Western Australia has very hot and dry summers and cooler winters. Rainfall throughout the year is low across Australia. Depending on family preferences, there is a weather pattern to suit all desires.
While affected by the global economic recession, unemployment in Australia is still relatively low compared to other parts of the globe. Work permits and residency is a difficult process in the country and is becoming ever more difficult to obtain. The Australian immigration policy is tight and they only offer permits for skilled workers who tick off various criteria, including health. There is a list of jobs that Australia requires skilled workers in and many families are able to obtain residency status as a result of a member of the family qualifying for the various criteria.
While many expats choose the East Coast, such as Sydney for employment, Perth, in the West, also offers new and exciting opportunities for jobseekers, particularly due to the mining boom of the past decade. Wages and benefits are high in this industry, which requires large workforces.
If your family is fortunate enough to pass the stringent Australian immigration measures, the country offers ample employment opportunities in most industries.
The country’s economy has benefited recently from offering a working holiday visa to some 18-30 year olds, to be able to work and travel around the country for 12 months. The country has a young feel to it and numerous opportunities for youth.
Australia has a similar education system to that of the UK and US, which means that a move to the country is reasonably hassle free. The quality of education is good and children leave with academic achievement which is recognised in other Western countries.
Although expats will find the cost of living in Australia higher than in Europe and the US, the country appeals to people hoping to move and work there because of its diversity, its striking scenery and landscape, the welcome from the relaxed locals and the fantastic climate. The Government ensure that expats are cared for and can offer a high quality of life for people of all ages, with opportunities for the young, employment for parents and appeal for those reaching retirement age.