Australia is one of the largest islands in the world and it lies between the Pacific and Indian oceans. Australia is an amazing country with a diverse culture and rich resources, however, the cost of living is higher than in other countries, but the relaxed lifestyle and natural wonders are worth it.
Things you need to know about moving to Australia:
1. Cost of living: The cost of living is high in Australia, especially in Sydney and Melbourne, with housing prices that are comparable to those in London or New York. However, if you are buying an apartment, prices can be much cheaper. Utility costs can vary between territories, but on average, basic household utilities (electricity, heating, and water) are almost a third cheaper in Australia. The cost of living in Australia differs depending on the situation and where you intend to settle.
2. Visa: The cost of a visa to travel to Australia is quite expensive and does vary depending on the type of visa you need to apply for and if you are moving alone or with your family. A skilled recognized graduate visa is $365, while a skilled regional sponsored visa starts at $3,670.
3. Flights and shipping: Flight costs vary depending on the aircraft you decide to fly with and it is advisable to book flights only when your visa application has been approved and finalized.
4. Healthcare: There are a lot of private healthcare providers in Australia and around half the population has some form of private health cover. Australia’s health system is one of the best in the world, providing safe and affordable health care for all Australians. It is jointly run by all levels of the Australian government – federal, state and territory, and local.
5. Currency and taxes: Australia uses the Australian dollar and taxes of up to $18,200 are paid but rates are paid at different levels depending on the state and area you live in.
6. Setting up an Australian bank account: Having a bank account in Australia makes it easier to settle into your new life. Interestingly, you will be able to open an account online before relocating, so long as you are able to provide your passport and visa details. As soon as this online process is completed, you may only be able to make deposits and manage your account through the bank’s website and app.
7. Transportation: Some of the options for transportation include trains, trams, buses, and coaches, making it easy to move around within and between cities. Although fares are dependent on your location based on your location, it is therefore necessary to research this ahead of time.
8. Weather: Australia’s weather varies a lot and is not the same all over. For instance, when it is summer in the south, it is normally a wet season in the north. The rate of sunshine in this country is high and can be absolutely scorching.
9. Language: English is the official language of Australia, but there is so much slang to be learnt, which includes chopping off the second half of any word and then adding an ‘o’ or ‘y’ at the end. For instance, ambulance is pronounced as “ambo.”
Additionally, if you are planning to drive after relocation, it is important to know that road signs in Australia are quite different and you will come across signs you have never seen in other countries before.