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Australia - Tasmania

Tasmania is the smallest state in Australia and has a population of less than half a million. The state is proving to be very popular with expats due to the low cost of living. Property prices are lower than in other states and the cost of education and other essentials are also much lower. The climate is temperate, with warm summers and mild winters.

People are also attracted to the state because it is relatively unspoilt. The main towns are Hobart, Launceston, Devenport and Burnie although there are many smaller towns and villages. The website of the Tasmanian state government offers advice and links for those who are thinking of living and working in the area.

Tasmania – Employment

The Tasmanian economy has always been erratic. The main industries are agriculture, mining and tourism. There has been a manufacturing sector but in recent years this has gone into decline and large numbers of people have left to find work in cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.

The main industry in the last few years has been tourism and in contrast to other sectors, this is now seeing some growth thanks to cheaper travel to the region. Those who have experience in the tourist industry may find that there are a number of opportunities, but competition for jobs is fierce. As with all areas of Australia, there are programmes to encourage skilled workers to move to the region but the limited employment opportunities mean that not many enter the area in this way. Most businesses in the area are small businesses and advice on starting a business can be obtained from the state government, although funding is not generally available for new expats.

The Tasmanian government employs a large number of people at different levels and different departments; although migrants coming to the area may find that they have to undergo stringent security checks before they are accepted.

Tasmania – Property

Property prices in Tasmania have risen dramatically over the last decade, due to the number of people moving to the area. There is a shortage of rental accommodation which helps to keep rental costs higher than they need to be.

The main urban area is the city of Hobart. The city is popular with tourists and there is a growing expat community. Central Hobart is a mainly commercial area and accommodation in this section of the city is mostly apartments which are popular with young professionals. The area is a busy one with a lively nightlife and property prices are high due to demand. Property in the waterfront area is also in demand and a little more expensive than in other areas due to the recent regeneration programme. Many older buildings have been converted into apartments and many professional people are moving into the area.

The Battery Point district of Hobart has homes which range from small cottages to large mansions, so there is something to suit everybody. The area is one of the oldest districts of the city and attracts many tourists, although there are some quiet residential areas. Bruny Island has a small population and property there rarely becomes available. It is popular with tourists and is probably better suited to those who are looking to escape the rat race.

The city of Launceston is another popular area for newcomers. The suburb of Ravenswood is a fairly small area, but has everything that is needed for daily life from shops to schools. The streets are filled mainly with single family homes, usually with reasonably sized gardens. Prices are on a par with the regional average. The suburb of Youngtown is a small area and has similar accommodation to Ravenswood.

The suburb of Ravenswood is larger in both area and population. It is within easy travelling distance of the centre of the city but lacks some of the facilities found in other suburbs, making it a very quiet area. It is idea for families as there are several schools which have a good reputation and there are some leisure facilities available. Some residential streets consist of modern properties though there are a number of streets which consist of older style properties. Property prices in the area are on a par with the regional average.

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