Living In Australia

Articles about living in Australia from getting a job to avoiding being eaten

Throw Another Shrimp On The Barbie Video

By |January 17th, 2014|

Yay. It’s Friday. I hope you’ve all had a good week and are ready for the weekend ahead?

Its forecast to be a steamy one here in Perth this weekend. Since the crazy weather we had last weekend the weather this week has been quite pleasant with cool nights returning and day time temps in the […]

Surviving Armageddon

By |January 13th, 2014|

So, we made it. Perhaps Armageddon, a term often used in a generic sense to refer to any end of the world scenario might be pushing things a little, still this weekends weather events were a little obscure to say the least.

Apparently this weekend, the Western Australian Bush was the hottest place on earth. Temperatures […]

Average Australian House Price On The Rise

By |January 6th, 2014|

It’s been a while since we published an update on the state of the housing market here in Oz so I thought I’d use the focus of our first article for 2014 to do just that.

To begin with, by way of context, it’s worth mentioning that data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that the national population of Australia increased by 407,027 persons over the 12 months to June 2013.

This increase equates to a growth rate of 1.79% over the year making it the most rapid rate of population growth since December 2009.

This increase in population has had a compound effect on the average house prices here in Australia.

Data obtained from the property information and analytics firm RPdata has identified that the average annual increase in house prices across Australian capital city represents an aggregate rise of 9.8% to $540,000 AUD. […]

Australians the worlds richest people

By |October 9th, 2013|

There’s lots of benefits associated with moving to Australia? Sunny weather, a better lifestyle, beautiful beaches and the Aussie way of life but to name just a few.

According to a new survey undertaken by company, Credit Suisse, you can add being ‘completely minted’ onto the list.

According to the report released today, the median wealth of adult Australians stands at $US219,505 ($233,504) – the highest level in the world.

Median wealth is the midpoint between richest and poorest, meaning that 50 per cent of the population has more than $233,504, and 50 per cent less than that.

By the measure of average wealth, Australians fall back to second with $US402,578 per person, ranking behind the Swiss who were the world’s richest on $US513,000. […]

Britain Vs Australia – Are Brits Better Off Down Under?

By |September 18th, 2013|

Australia is the country of choice for many Brits looking to emigrate abroad but does it really make them better off? This infographic digs into the detail

Are you considering a move down under? Do any of these statistics put you off? Let us know your thoughts by posting a comment below.

IT Workers On 457 Visas Needed To Plug The Gap

By |September 1st, 2013|

A state parliamentary inquiry into skills shortages is yet to hear from the Australian technology industry, but it has already signaled it will make recommendations to the federal government on 457 visas.

The NSW inquiry by the Legislative Assembly Committee on Economic Development has held two hearings, it has two more scheduled, in Coffs Harbour in September and in Sydney in October, with a report due to be tabled in Parliament in November.

On Monday it heard companies would struggle to staff large projects such as the national broadband network (NBN) without importing workers on 457 visas.
The size and nature of the NBN rollout means it does create some challenges, Australian Industry Group NSW director Mark Goodsell told the inquiry. […]

Cost Of Living In Australia On The Up

By |August 15th, 2013|

We’ve written before about the rising costs in cities across Australia and a recent measure of global cost of living report has confirmed that many of Australia’s capital cities are now some of the most expensive cities around the world!

Due to the recent increases in rent and cost of living expenses, Perth and Darwin emerged as the 10th and 11th most expensive cities in the world. Sydney came in as the 12th most expensive city in which to live.

The survey looked at living expenses across more than 350 global cities around the world and the results rank Australia among the world’s least affordable countries in which to live.

Only cities in the notoriously expensive nations of Norway and Switzerland cost more. […]

Australia Mining Jobs and How to Find Them

By |August 7th, 2013|

AUSTRALIA MINING JOBS  are one of the most sought after jobs for people looking to move to Australia from overseas. The mining boom, although slowing slightly when compared to previous years is still in full swing with multiple, multibillion dollar projects still being rolled out and likely to operate for the next 30 – 40 […]

Medicare – An Overview Of Australias National Healthcare Service

By |August 6th, 2013|

 Depending on your home country’s agreement with Australia, and your visa status, you may be entitled to Australia’s national healthcare service, more commonly known as Medicare.

Those on permanent visas are entitled to the same Medicare benefits as Australian citizens.

Within Australia, Medicare usually covers:

Free or subsidised treatment by health professionals such as doctors, specialists, optometrists, dentists […]

Smoking In Australia

By |August 2nd, 2013|

Generally I think it’s fair to say that looking from the outside, in, Australians are considered a fairly healthy bunch of people.

 It’s not all about the toned surfers and gym freaks though. There’s still an unhealthy side to Aussie life.

If you’re a smoker considering a move to Australia then you might be interested to know that Australia is actually one of the most expensive homes of cigarette smokers in the world, an accolade unlikely to change after a further increase in tobacco duty was announced this week.

The size of the hike? A hefty 12.5 % which comes into effect on the 31st December this year.  Not only that, further increases will occur on 1 September 2014, 1 September 2015, and 1 September 2016. The tax hike is in addition to increases that would have occurred through indexation. […]

Perth Most Expensive City In Australia

By |July 12th, 2013|

We’ve already written about Perths high rental prices. Now the Western Australia capital is is the spotlight again with Perth now ranking as Australia’s most expensive city and the eleventh priciest to live worldwide.

Numbeo, a website that claims to collate the world’s largest database of user-contributed data about cities and countries worldwide, now rates the West Australian capital more expensive than Darwin, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne for consumer goods, including groceries, restaurants, transportation and utilities.

Not only that, but the list also christens Perth as the second most expensive city in the southern hemisphere behind Luanda in Angola, with the rest of the top ten taken up by cities in Switzerland and Norway – with Stavanger classed as the most expensive place to live in the world.

Australian Property Monitors’ senior economist Andrew Wilson said the data about Perth is not surprising, given the city’s rising rental market saying: […]

Darwin Best Place to Find Work In Australia

By |June 16th, 2013|

A recent report has revealed that the Northern Territory’s capital city is the best place to go for people looking for work, with more job vacancies than unemployed people.

Australia has enjoyed enviable economic stability in recent years thanks to its burgeoning construction and mining industries. While much of the prosperity has been centred in Queensland and Western Australia, the Northern Territory is now making its mark as a great destination for those looking to move to Australia.

Jobs website Adzuna, which conducted the research, said there had been 130,000 jobs advertised nationwide in the construction and finance sectors alone so far this year and while Brisbane and Sydney remained popular options for jobseekers, Darwin was quickly becoming an employment hotspot. […]

163 Thousand Reasons To Work In Oil And Gas

By |April 29th, 2013|

So it would seem that the oil and gas industry is the place to be here in Australia

A recent survey undertaken by recruitment company Hays found that the Australian oil and gas workers earn $163,600 a year on average, 35% more than employees in the U.S. and almost double the global average.

That compares with $93,400 in the U.K., according to the study which ranks the UK in 11th place, behind the USA in 6th and the Netherlands in 4th. The survey analysed pay for engineers, geoscientists and related jobs. […]

Perth and Darwin Rental Prices Hitting Record Levels

By |April 12th, 2013|

It’s been a little while since we wrote an article about the cost of housing in Australia so thought it might be a good time to see what’s going on!.

Having done a little research on the matter, it would seem that for some new arrivals to Australia, it’s not all good news.

For those looking to move to Western Australia or the Northern territory, it’s worth noting that renting a home in Perth is now nearly as expensive as Sydney, with the mining boom driving rents to a record level. Fresh figures from the Real Estate Institute Of Western Australia (REIWA) show that in the three months to February metropolitan rents in Perth increased by 4.4 per cent, lifting the overall median from $450 to $490 per week, and representing a rise of $60 on the same time last year. […]

Australian Economy Loses 27,000 Jobs

By |November 19th, 2012|

New reports say the Australian Economy lost 27,000 jobs last month. The number of jobs lost was significantly worse than 10,000 analysts predicted. According to AMP chief economist Shane Oliver, full-time employment has been “stagnant” since January and that market evidence pointed toward more “softness” ahead.1
Prime Minister Gillard tried to soften the blow by telling reporters, “By the standards of the world we continue to have a low unemployment rate.”1

Indeed Australia’s current 5.2 unemployment looks rosy compared to 8.2 in the U.S. and the U.K., and 11.1 in the Eurozone.2

Looking at these latest unemployment numbers closely, however, reveals a more distressing trend: Most of these most recent jobs lost were full-time positions. The economy actually lost some 33,500 full-time jobs in June, while adding about 6500 part-time positions, to make up the 27,000 job loss figure.2 […]

Australia Mining Jobs – Fresh Opportunity For Skilled Workers In LNG Industry

By |September 12th, 2012|

Australia is set to become one of the largest producers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world, if it can find and maintain enough skilled workers to man the projects.

There are seven large-scale LNG projects currently being constructed in Australia and as the world moves away from coal as its largest source of electricity generation, the more efficient and abundant LNG is set to become one of the largest contributors to the world’s energy supply.

Qatar is currently the largest exporter of LNG in the world but with its improving infrastructure and expanding mining and construction industries, Australia is in prime position to dominate the industry in years to come.
The Australian ‘Mining Boom’
Australia has benefitted greatly in recent years from its mining and construction booms but has been consistently hindered by its lack of manpower. As a result, several mining conglomerates have turned to importing foreign skilled labour to make up numbers; just half of all engineers on mining projects in Australia are locally born. […]