Expat Guide to Living in Australia
Whether you're already living in Australia or preparing to move to Australia, our Expat Guide to Living in Australia offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Australia. For answers to specific questions, visit our Australia Forum to talk with expats in Australia.
If you're moving to Australia, here's a primer on housing, healthcare, cost of living, choosing a neighborhood and more.
Expats living in Australia can adopt a dog and enjoy all kinds of adventures with your new pet. There are some important tips to consider, and Larry Mitchell offers some great advice to consider.
Many Brits choose to retire to Australia and the United States. In addition to these popular locales, Ryan Smith recommends several other great retirement destinations for British retirees.
Expats in Perth, Australia enjoy diverse cultural options despite the fact that it is in a geographically remote area compared to Melbourne and Sydney . Find some ideas on how to make the most of expat life in Perth.
A Brit who ended up settling in Brisbane, Australia talks about culture shock, finding expat friend and more.
An Austrian who moved to Australia shares her experiences with culture shock. Unfortunately, she hasn't grown to love life in Australia and finds younger locals superficial and self involved.
Perth is a fantastic city and well worth the move. Family and sports play a major role in the community. Outdoor sports are happening all year round in major numbers.
One expat who moved to Perth from the UK expected an outdoor lifestyle and a laid-back culture. In reality, the weather can be unbearably hot and the rules and regulations are very stressful.
More Culture Shock Reports for Australia
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Australia handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Australia:
Submit a Culture Shock Report
Submit a Living Overseas Report
More Living in Australia Reports
What are people's priorities in Australia - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Australia:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report
More Moving to Australia Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Australia? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Australia? Below are some of the responses from expats in Australia:
Reviews of Schools in Australia
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Australia. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Australia:
Submit an International School Review
Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report
Dream vs. Reality of Living in Australia Reports
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Australia. If you are already living in Australia, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not. Below are some of the reports from expats in Australia:
Overseas Retirement Report
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Australia by taking our Overseas Retirement report.
Submit a Retire Abroad Report
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report
Having a Baby in Australia Reports
How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Australia? Below are some of the reports from expats in Australia:
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Australia? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Australia? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.
Submit a Working Abroad Report
5 Tips for Living in Melbourne, Australia
Expats in Melbourne, Australia enjoy diverse cultural options on par with many of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Find some ideas on how to make the most of expat life in Melbourne.
5 Tips for Living in Sydney, Australia
Explore ideas for expats on how to move to and settle into life in Sydney, Australia. This cosmopolitan city has all kind of cultural activities and picturesque landscapes, but it isn't always easy for expatriates.
5 Reasons British Retire in Australia
With other warm countries offering a cheaper cost of living, why is there a major increase in the number of British retirees in Australia. Here are 5 reasons why.
10 Tips for Living in Australia
Did you know that students in Australia typically have three 2-week breaks and one 6-week break during the January to December school year? Did you know that rental prices are often quoted as a weekly rate? Our 10 Tips for Living in Australia article offers tremendous insight from expats there.
Key Destinations When Moving to Australia
With its beautiful coastline and desirable way of life, Australia is a popular destination for people to migrate to from afar. Collingwood provides an overview of Australia's six states and two territories for those considering a move there.
Bringing a Pet to Australia
For those moving to Australia, there are many reasons why it's a great place to bring your pet. Alex Keyse explains why Australia is a pet-friendly destination.
Australian Skilled Migration to Change
Australian Immigration Minister will be implementing a new points test on July 1, 2011. In some cases, it may be best for expats to apply prior to that date to improve their eligibility.
Australia Immigration: Flexibility is Key
The Australian Immigration system is complex, but works surprisingly well. Applicants are afforded certainty once the threshold conditions
are satisfied. However, unless their occupation is on the Critical Skills List or they can find a State sponsor, applicants will now face a substantial wait
-- at least until prosperous economic times return. Michael's article provides a helpful overview of the different immigration schemes available to expats.