Archive for May 2009

What’s Australia Like?

What’s It Like Immigrating to Australia?

Australia is considered to enjoy a high standard of living for several reasons; its financial opportunity, fantastic lifestyle and diverse culture to name a few. Australia considers itself the lucky country. There are miles of beautiful beaches, pristine national parks and sophisticated city centers. Low unemployment and continued economic growth mean that there is opportunity for prosperity for anyone who wants it. We have a low population and low birth rate for such a large country, Immigration in Australia is guaranteed to continue as long as these factors do not change.

If you are considering migrating to Australia, the lifestyle on offer must surely be one of the deciding factors for you. It’s pretty easy to live the good life here. Food is affordable and there is a large range of cuisine available, thanks to the high level of immigration in Australia, with plenty of fresh local produce. Most cities have a good public transport system, and for the most part owning and running a car is affordable. There is excellent shopping, from large department stores to local markets.

Migrating to Australia means you must be loyal to Australia. This doesn’t not mean you have to forsake your homeland or sign up for military service, it simply means you must accept and respect our democratic way of life and value system. We value freedom and respect and we believe in a fair go for everyone. Australians come from all over the world, 43% of Australians migrated here or have a parent who did. Immigration in Australia ensures a diverse and rich mix of cultures, with over 200 languages spoken and many religions practiced. Everyone is free to express themselves culturally and religiously in any way they see fit. If you are tolerant and open minded towards other people, in most cases they will do you the same courtesy. If you have questions about particular religious groups in Australia, Visa Service Providers may be able to put you in touch with such groups in Australia.

Most Australians live within fifty kilometers of a large city. In the inner cities people live in apartments and flats, those that live in the suburbs and have a larger sized home with a backyard and even a swimming pool. You may decide to rent a home before you buy one, many people make this decision. Rental accommodation has become harder to get over the last few years, if you are migrating to Australia and in contact with Visa Service Providers they may be able to suggest the best agencies in Australia.

The cost of living is not as great as it has been reported overseas. Food and accommodation are reasonably priced. The biggest cost is transport. Bargaining only happens in markets and tipping is accepted but not expected. Enjoying some of the best features of Australia, its wildlife, parks and beaches, is free. The cost of living is subject to change, it is best to consult Visa Service Providers to get the most up to date information.

Employer Sponsored Visas

The main industries that are sponsoring skilled workers under sub class 457 visas are these –

  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Administrative and Support Services
  • Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing
  • Arts and Recreation Services
  • Building and Construction
  • Education and Training
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services
  • Financial and Insurance Services
  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Information Media and Telecommunications
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical

The ones that seem to be sponsoring the most workers from overseas with the right skill sets are these –

  • Construction
  • Education and Training
  • Financial and Insurance
  • Health Care and Social Services
  • Information Media
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining

However, due the current recession getting sponsorship approval and getting issued with a sub class 457 visa is becoming increasingly more difficult. The Department of Immigration and the Department of Education and Workplace Relations are scrutinizing applications much more carefully to make sure that approval is in the best interests of Australia during recession times.

If you are an employer and want assistance in finding the right person to sponsor for your business or you are an overseas worker who is looking to find an employer to sponsor you please go to the home page of our website and click on FIND A SPONSOR. We will do our best to help find the right match for you.