Migrating to Australia is becoming an attractive option for more and more people. Many people from South East Asia, the UK and South Africa have considered moving to Australia for various reasons with many of them having heard from friends living already in Australia that the country provides many good opportunities
As a developed country with a good reputation for being welcoming to migrants, a strong economy, many well paid jobs, a modern lifestyle and a high standard of living it frequently is featured as one of the best countries in the world to live.
Listed below are just some of the main reasons people have chosen to migrate to Australia.
1) Free or Subsidised Health Care From Some of the World’s Best Hospitals
The Medicare system in Australia provides access to a wide range of health care services, free medical care in public hospitals and lower costs for prescription medicines. Certain categories of visitors, all Australian citizens and all eligible Australian residents can access these services after enrolling in Medicare.
For eligible patients Medicare in Australia covers:
- Subsidised or free treatment by health professionals such as specialists, doctors, optometrists, and in specific circumstances other allied health practitioners such as dentists.
- Free accommodation and treatment in a public hospital for public Medicare patients.
- For private patients in a private or public hospital, 75 per cent of the Medicare Schedule fee for procedures and services.
2) Free or Subsidised Education
The Australian education system provides free or subsidised primary, secondary and tertiary education. The Australian public education system has a good reputation for its high quality of students and learning methodologies – it must be noted that academic results are not the only factor that the Australian education system teaches, with equal emphasis on how students interact, learn, do in sports etc. It is a more holistic based system compared to their counterparts in various parts of Asia.
While English is the main language of instruction in the Australian education system, many schools offer programs in other languages and bilingual programs.
3) The Weather and Climate
Australia is also an attractive migration destination because of its temperate weather on most of the East coast. All four season can be found on the Australian east coast region, with the full experience of living through the blue skies of summer and spring as well as the coolness and crispness of winter and autumn.
However, because its location in the Southern hemisphere, the seasons are inverted, where winter is experienced in July to August and Summer is From December to January.
4) World’s Most Liveable Cities
The Economist runs a survey every year in order to rank the most liveable cities in the world. According to these surveys, multiple Australian cities made it every year on the list of the best cities to live in the world. Among them, Melbourne occupies a top position multiple years, including being the winner in 2017 – it’s 7th year in a row.
The Economist ranks each city a total score out of 100 for stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Melbourne’s overall rating was 97.5.
5) The Coffee Culture
Do you love your coffee? If you do, then Australia can be considered a coffee nirvana.
Australia is known for its coffee culture – everyone drinks coffee here. There are coffee shops all over the major cities, grinding fresh beans for your coffee fix. Migrants moving from countries with a similar coffee culture have one more reason to like Australia.
6) The Food
The food is great in Australia, with multiple Michelin star restaurants, fast food chains, cafes and restaurants of every kind. Because of the large migrant population across the country you can enjoy very diverse food options, from authentic Vietnamese to Italian and Chinese food, all being made with freshest ingredients farmed predominantly in Australia.
Amateur TV cooking shows such as My Kitchen Rules and Masterchef Australia are popular and add to the food culture in the country.
7) Pathway to Citizenship
All permanent residents can eventually qualify to become an Australian citizen. A big advantage for migrants moving to the country is the fact that Australia recognises dual citizenship and that children born to permanent residents in Australia can apply for citizenship even if their parents don’t yet qualify.
8) The Economy and the Australian dollar
The Australian economy is solid and as a consequence the Australian dollar has the reputation of being one of the strongest and safest currencies in the world. For migrants coming from most South East Asian countries it is simple and affordable to send money back to their origin countries.
Minimum wage is high in Australia relative to other countries – while in Australia the minimum wage is as much as $17.70 per hour, in United Kingdom it is just $AU14.66 per hour, in New Zealand $AU14.22 per hour, in France $AU14.98 per hour, in Germany $AU13.17 per hour, in Canada between $AU10.45 and 13.81 per hour depending on the province, and in the United States a far distant $AU10.08 per hour.
This allows anyone with a job to be able to afford rental and food regardless if they are working in a restaurant, retail outlet or if they are a professional.