11th October 2023

LeadingRE's Destination Guide to Australia

LeadingRE's Destination Guide to Australia

The Essential Guide to Living in Australia

Australia is renowned for its incredible natural landscapes, laidback lifestyle and vibrant multicultural communities. As the 6th largest country in the world spanning over 7.6 million square kilometers, it offers great diversity across its states and territories. This makes it a highly popular destination for anyone looking for their next overseas adventure. However, before packing your bags, it's important to understand the practicalities of  living in Australia.

This comprehensive guide by LeadingRE will equip you with everything you need to know - from visas and cost of living to transportation, education, healthcare and more.

Cost of Living in Australia

The cost of living in Australia is relatively high compared to other countries, especially housing in cities like Sydney and Melbourne. However, Australia is a vast country with each state and city having varying expenses.

Utility bills also continue rising, especially electricity. Groceries can be expensive, but shopping for generic brands and buying in bulk helps. Public transport like trains and buses is affordable, but fuel costs are high.

Consider getting private health insurance to reduce medical expenses. Childcare and school fees for private institutions are costly. Overall, Australia offers a high quality of life but has seen significant inflation and price increases in recent years, stretching household budgets.

To save money in Australia:

  • Shop at markets and budget supermarkets like Aldi.
  • Cook at home and limit eating out.
  • Use public transport and buy discounted travel cards.
  • Switch to energy providers with lower rates.
  • Buy secondhand furnishings and household items.

Lifestyle in Australia

The enviable Aussie lifestyle is characterized by a healthy work-life balance, spending time outdoors enjoying nature, and being part of welcoming multicultural communities.

Australians are known for their laidback attitude and enjoying life's simple pleasures. Even in major cities, residents prioritize leisure time with friends and family. The climate lends itself to an outdoor lifestyle with barbecues, sports, and weekends at the beach. Work hours are around 38-40 per week on average, with many offices having flexible or remote work options. Australia has a high minimum of 4 weeks of annual leave. Excellent cafes encourage lingering over brunch. The thriving foodie scene means dining out is common.

Given the natural beauty across Australia, hiking, camping, and water sports are popular weekend activities. Major cities like Melbourne and Sydney are recognized as being highly livable, with green parks and recreation facilities. Australia's diversity means new residents will find inclusive social groups, international cuisines and cultural festivals. The laidback, open nature of Aussies helps newcomers fit in seamlessly. Discover the appealing Aussie lifestyle combining world-class amenities with endless outdoor adventures.

Education in Australia

Learn about the high-quality public, private and university education options in Australia. Public schools provide free education and follow a national curriculum. Private schools charge fees but offer smaller class sizes and prestige. To enrol, apply directly to your preferred schools.

Universities like ANU and the University of Sydney are ranked among the best globally. Programs for international students include English support. The application process involves proving academic records, English proficiency and paying tuition fees.

Education in Australia develops creative, independent learners through student-centred approaches. Standards are among the highest globally with teachers requiring certification. Graduates are highly employable. Education gives children and youth needed skills and delivers a multicultural experience.

Healthcare in Australia

The public system known as Medicare provides free or subsidized services to citizens, permanent residents and some temporary visa holders. Private health insurance can supplement Medicare and provide additional coverage like dental, vision and physiotherapy.

To access Medicare, new residents require a permanent or Provisional visa. For temporary residents, private insurance is recommended to cover healthcare costs. Research providers and different policy types based on your needs. Expect to pay around $100-$150 per month for individual coverage. Understand Medicare eligibility rules to ensure you have adequate coverage during your stay in Australia.

Accessing quality medical services is easy in cities via hospitals, general practitioners and medical centres. Book appointments in advance at preferred facilities. As a remote country, certain specialized or emergency care may involve travel to major cities. Overall, Australia provides world-class treatment and care options to support your health.

Visas for Australia

We outline the steps for getting working, student, retirement and partner visas as a new resident. The working holiday visa allows ages 18-30 to live and work in Australia for up to a year. For longer stays, the skilled work visa has requirements like an in-demand occupation, age under 45 and English ability. The student visa covers those enrolled in an Australian institution full-time.

For permanent residency, options include skilled and family-sponsored visas. These allow staying long-term and accessing healthcare but require meeting points criteria. Investor visas are available if investing over a set amount into Australian assets or business. Overall, Australia offers various pathways to gain temporary or permanent residency, each with specific eligibility requirements.

Getting Around Australia

Australia's vast size means flights are essential for interstate travel between major hubs like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. When looking to purchase property, consider proximity to airports.

For transportation within cities, public transport systems of trains, buses, ferries and light rail can get you around affordably. Large cities also have plenty of rideshare options. Driving is popular, especially in smaller towns, and you'll need an Australian license after living here for 3 months. Applying for a license differs by state. We explain the process of transferring foreign licenses or taking driving tests. If you plan to regularly drive between cities, having your own vehicle is recommended. 

High Society, Belconnen

The High Society development in Canberra aims to deliver a new standard of luxury living. As the tallest residential tower in Canberra, it provides uncompromising amenities like a cinema, gym, spa and swimming pool. With stunning views of Lake Ginninderra and Black Mountain, the property promises a lifestyle of relaxation and recreation. Residents can enjoy walking trails, sports facilities, shopping and dining just minutes away. The prime location offers easy access to Belconnen's bus interchange and is a short drive to Canberra's CBD. For those seeking the pinnacle of apartment living, High Society brings elite amenities with convenience and natural beauty.

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