Life in Australia

Australia, the land Down Under. If you’re thinking about migrating to Australia, you probably have a million questions. What’s living in Australia like? Where should I live? What do I need to know? We’ve helped more than 1,000 migrants make Australia home and get settled in. Here are a few tips about life in Australia to get you started:

It’s beachy

Australia’s coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometres and is linked by over 10,000 beaches, more than any other country in the world. More than 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast, making it an integral part of our laid-back lifestyle.

The seasons are Southern Hemisphere

When it’s winter north of the equator, it’s summer Down Under. Seasons are:

  • Spring – September, October, November
  • Summer – December, January, February
  • Autumn (Fall) – March, April, May
  • Winter – June, July, August

It’s made up of migrants

Since 1945, more than 7.5 million people from across the world have come to Australia to live. Today, more than 20 per cent of Australians are born overseas and more than 40 per cent are of mixed cultural origin. In our homes, we speak 226 languages – after English, the most popular are Italian, Greek, Cantonese and Arabic.

It’s the best country in the world to live

according to the OECD (2014), based on nine wellbeing measures.

It’s got space

Australia might be the sixth-largest country in the world and the world’s largest island, but we’ve got space to spare. The UK has 248.25 persons per 1 km2, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per 1 km2.

About Migrants in Australia

  • A quarter of Australians were born overseas and almost half of Australian households had at least one parent born overseas
  • Together with Switzerland, Australia has the highest proportion of migrants in the western world
  • Migrants to Australia have excelled in all walks of life. Some famous high achievers include Zhenya Tsvetnenko (IT entrepreneur), Frank Lowy (retail owner), Ruslan Kogan (technology), Arvi Parbo (business leader), Kostya Tszyu (boxing), Tatiana Grigorieva (athlete), Jelena Dokic (tennis player), and Manu Feildel (chef).
  • In 2014/5 there were 190,000 places available in Australia’s Migration Program
  • More than 200 different languages are spoken in Australia
  • Migrants make an enormous contribution to Australia’s economy and provide an estimated fiscal benefit of over 10 billion dollars in their first ten years of settlement
  • The largest components of Australian immigration are the skilled migration and family re-union programs

Benefits Of Australian PR

If you are wondering how permanent residency in Australia can impact your life in Australia, we have listed down the privileges of permanent residents (PRs):

Right To Live In Australia Indefinitely

Being on a permanent resident visa entitles you to travel in and out of Australia for unlimited times. But do take note that your introductory PR visa is valid for a 5-year duration. Nevertheless, you are eligible to renew for this visa before its expiry date. Where you travel overseas and return to Australia after your permanent residency expired, you will need to obtain a five-year Resident Return Visa (RRV) to renew your permanent residence.

Full Working Rights

Once on PR status, you may choose any occupation that you are interested in and you are allowed to work with no restrictions. However, exceptions do apply for work types such as Public service or Armed forces. Only Australian citizens can apply for the jobs that fall under these two sectors.

Sponsoring Family Members

You may sponsor your family members for an acquisition of permanent residence but only after you met the residence and support assurance prerequisites.

Credit Rating

Your credit rating as an Australian Permanent Resident will promptly rise enabling you to gain approval easier on personal loans, car loans, home loans, credit cards, and so on.

First Home Owner Grant

You will be eligible for the FHOG (First Home Owner Grant) worth $10,000 if you signed your contract on or after 1 July 2013 on your first house acquisition. Your new home can be an apartment, unit, house, townhouse, or similar which costs at $750,000 or less and it must be the first sale of the property as a residential address.

Access To Student Loans

The Higher Education Support Act 2003 dictates that Australian citizens and permanent visa holders are given the privilege of receiving assistance financially on their study through the Higher Education Loans Program (HELP). This is helpful for you if ever faced by financial crisis while you are studying.

Privilege For The Children Of PR

One of the greatest benefits of becoming a PR is felt when your children are born in Australia as they will be deemed automatically as Australian citizens by birth. In essence, they will be provided with utmost benefits in the field of education and health care.

Healthcare Entitlement

An all-inclusive Medicare health coverage will be available for you as a PR which grants you cheaper health insurance, free treatment at public hospitals, and subsidized medicine.

Social Security Benefits

After two years of settling down in Australia as a permanent resident, a master program by Australia’s Social Security Department, widely known as Centrelink, will provide you social welfare aids associated with student, sickness, and unemployment which can be extended to your family.

Eligibility To Apply For An Australian Citizenship

Permanent residence acquired after 1 July 2007 may be qualified to apply for Australian citizenship if you have lived lawfully in Australia for at least 4 years and have lived in Australia for at least 12 months as a permanent resident.

Easiest Option to get Australian Permanent Residency is Through General Skilled Migration Stream

If your skills or qualifications are in demand in Australia, you might be eligible for skilled migration. Most Pakistanis choose this path to get Australian Permanent Residency. You need to have minimum 65 points to apply. Following is points table:

Age

Points

18-24 years

25

25-32 years

30

33-39 years

25

40-44 years

15

English

Points

Competent English

0

Proficient English

10

Superior English

20

Skilled employment in the last 10 years – outside Australia

Points

Less than 3 years

0

3-4 years

5

5-7 years

10

8-10 years

15

Skilled employment in the last 10 years – in Australia

Points

Less than 1 year

0

1-2 years

5

3-4 years

10

5-7 years

15

8-10 years

20

Qualifications

Points

A Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution or a Doctorate from another educational institution that is of a recognised standard.

20

A Bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or a Bachelor qualification, from another educational institution that is of a recognised standard.

15

A diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia

10

An award or qualification recognised by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation.

10

Australian study requirement

Points

At least one degree, diploma or trade qualification from an Australian educational institution that meets the Australian study requirement

5

Specialist education qualification

Points

A Masters degree by research or a Doctorate degree from an Australian educational institution that included at least two academic years in a relevant field.

5

Other

Points

Accredited in a community language

5

Study in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area that meets the Australian study requirement

5

Partner skill qualifications

5

Professional year in Australia

5

We can help you be Australian Permanent Resident on fast track basis. Please send us your resume for obligation free assessment or visit our office for consultation with one of our migration agents.

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