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Australia - New South Wales

New South Wales is often shortened to NSW, and can be found in the south western region of Australia. The capital of New South Wales is Sydney, which is also the largest city in the region. Other large cities in the region include Canberra, which is also the nation’s capital, Newcastle and Wollongong. New South Wales is the most populous state of Australia, with over half of the inhabitants living in Sydney.

The climate in New South Wales is mainly arid although the east coast tends to be wetter and more temperate. In the mountainous regions of the south east of the state there is often snowfall and this is a very popular destination for skiing holidays.

New South Wales – Employment

The area is popular with expats due to the quality of life. Cities such as Sydney and Canberra offer many opportunities for those who are looking for work or who want to start their own businesses. Much of the nation’s industry is based in this region and Sydney is considered to be the business centre of the country. The regional government has a policy of welcoming skilled migrants, as well as those who wish to invest in the region by joining a local business or opening their own business.

The region has a large financial centre and there are opportunities at all levels for those who have a background in banking and finance. It is estimated that 40% of the country’s ICT professionals live and work in New South Wales and there are several specialist IT businesses in the region. Those who have experience in pharmaceuticals will also find opportunities in the area as around 80% of the pharmaceutical industry is based in NSW.

Those with professional qualifications should find job hunting a relatively easy task. The government of NSW is actively encouraging skilled professionals to move to the region and hundreds of people each year move to the area through the skilled migrants programme. The government is also looking for those who are skilled in sustainable environmental technologies, as well as health care professionals and those with a trade such as plumbing or electrician.

New South Wales – Property

Many people move to Australia to take advantage of the good climate and marvellous beaches and there are areas in NSW that will not disappoint. The Eastern beaches area of Sydney has a large expat population and is a popular tourist destination. Properties in the area are mainly apartments, particularly those close to the beach although many are used as holiday rentals.

The area of Sydney known as Darling Harbour and Chinatown is also popular with those of Latin descent and there are many Italian and Spanish restaurants and other businesses. Darling Harbour has undergone a regeneration programme in recent years, with many old warehouses and other industrial buildings being converted in order to attract young professionals. Property prices in the area are rising due to the popularity of the district.

The Darlinghurst area of Sydney is particularly popular with young people as it is a fashionable shopping area and has plenty of night life. Close by is Potts Point, which is considered to be more upmarket and is ideal for those with families as the homes are mainly Victorian-style terraces. Property prices in both these areas are quite high, but are good value for money.

Those looking to move to Canberra will find a variety of property styles available to suit all budgets. The North Canberra district has many lower priced properties, particularly if you are looking to rent. These are mainly apartments rather than family homes. The area has a large expat population from Turkey and Asian countries. In contrast the South Canberra district has a very relaxed way of life and has developed a thriving shopping area which consists of mainly specialist shops. Property prices in this area are higher and the neighbourhoods of Kingston and Manuka are home to many trendy apartment buildings.

The Woden Town district of Canberra is popular with those who like night life, and there are many venues for live music. There are some neighbourhoods which are ideal for families with reasonably sized houses on the market and good schools in the area.

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