Expats in Australia

Expats in AustraliaAustralia: An Overview

Australia is the world’s smallest continent and its sixth-largest country, lying between the Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans in the Southern Hemisphere. Covering over 7.5 million square kilometres of land, Australia consists of the continental mainland plus the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands.

Australia’s population is over 23 million and, while around 90% of Australia’s population is of European ancestry, there has been significant immigration from Asia. English is the national language and, while over 60% of Australians are Christian, it has no state religion.

The federated Commonwealth of Australia is composed of six states and two territories. the head of state is the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Elections for the Senate and House of Representatives are normally held every three years, simultaneously. the political party with majority support in the House forms the government and its leader becomes Prime Minister. Julia Gilard was Prime Minister from July 2010 until September 2013, when the Labor Party was defeated and Tony Abbott took the premiership.

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In recent decades, Australia has transformed itself into an internationally competitive, advanced market economy. Australia’s economy is dominated by its service sector, representing 70% of GDP, but the agricultural and mining sectors (10% of GDP combined) account for more than 60% of its exports. the narrow export base has, however, undermined the country's balance of payments, and Australia has had persistently large current account deficits. For that reason, the government has attempted to develop the country’s manufacturing sector.

Telecommunications is an important aspect of the Australian economy, as is road and rail transportation, since distances are large and the country has a very low population density. there are seven designated international airportsAdelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Ports serving international commercial traffic are also concentrated around the main cities, but there are additional specialised ports serving mineral resources, such as iron ore.

Banking and financial services are extremely well developed in Australia, and the government is continuing the process of making the country the financial heart of the region.


Australia Facts

Country Name: Australia
Coordinates: 32°00'S 141°00'E
Capital: Canberra
Capital Coordinates: 35°18'S 149°7'E
Other Main Cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide
Population: 23056739
Area: 7692024
Official Language(s): English
Ethnic Group(s): 92% White, 7% Asian, 1% Aboriginal and other
Demonym: Australian, "Aussie"
Currency: Australian Dollar, AUD, A$
GDP: $960.722 billion
Time Zone: Various (UTC+8 to +10.5), Summer (DST) Various (UT
International Dialling Code: 61
Internet TLD: .au
Electricity Voltage: 230 Volts AC (50Hz)



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Australia Information

Financial Considerations In Australia

Financial Considerations In Australia

Taxation In Australia

Taxation In Australia
» Money Transfers » Overview of Tax Issues
» Foreign Exchange » Employment Taxation
» Banking » Business Taxation
» Pensions » Investment Taxation
» Investment » Tax Treaty Considerations
» Wealth Management  
» Property Investment  
» Insurance  

Healthcare In Australia

Healthcare In Australia

Education In Australia

Education In Australia
» National Health Services » State School Systems
» Doctors and Hospitals » Private Schools
» Health Insurance » International Schools
» Health Emergencies » Universities
  » Language Schools

Immigration In Australia

Immigration In Australia

Employment And Business In Australia

Employment And Business In Australia
» Visas and Passports » Finding a Job, CVs, Interviews and Etiquette
» Settlement, Residence and Citizenship » Work Culture and Labour Market
» Family Members and Marriage » Owning and Operating a Business
» Working » Business Groups, Associations and Networking
  » Business Taxation

Accommodation In Australia

Accommodation In Australia

Relocation In Australia

Relocation In Australia
» Where to Live » International Relocation
» Finding, Buying and Renting » Repatriation
» Mortgages » Expats Relocating with Families and Pets

Social And Cultural Traits In Australia

Social And Cultural Traits In Australia

Living In Australia

Living In Australia
» Languages » Safety and Emergencies
» Guide to Cultural Traits » Retirement
» Expat Groups » Family Life and Childcare
  » Solo Living and Dating
  » Shopping
  » Entertainment, Media and Television
  » Arts and Culture
  » Fitness and Sport
  » Communications
  » Driving and Public Transport
  » Government, Politics and Legal Systems
  » Regions and Cities



Moving to Australia

If you are considering moving to Australia or are soon to depart, you can find helpful information and advice in the Expat Briefing dedicated Australian section including; details of immigration and visas, Australian forums, Australian event listings and service providers in Australia.


Living in Australia

From your safety to shoppingliving in Australia can yield great benefits as well as occasional drawbacks.  Find your feet and stay abreast of the latest developments affecting expats in Australia with relevant news and up-to-date information.


Working in Australia

Working in Australia can be rewarding as well as stressful, if you don't plan ahead and fulfill any legal requirements. Find out about visas and passports, owning and operating a company in Australia, and general Australian culture of the labour market.