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Moving to a new country can be a daunting experience, and expats will have many queries and concerns regarding life in their future home.
Below are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about moving to Australia.
What is the weather like in Australia?
The weather in Australia varies. In such a vast geographical area there are significant fluctuations in temperatures between different parts of the country. Generally speaking though, the northern parts of the country are warm to hot most of the year. The coastal areas around Sydney experience mild winters and are hot in the summer months.
How safe is Australia?
The general level of safety in Australia is high and expats should merely exercise the same precautions as in any other developed country. The usual security measures, such as good home and car alarms, are recommended. Higher crime rates are usually more common in poorer areas of cities.
Do I need to get an Australian driving licence?
Australian driving licences are administered by each state/territory and regulations vary. Expats will normally need to get a state licence within three months of taking up residence in the state and can use their foreign licence in the meantime. Note that Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road.
What is the standard of healthcare in Australia?
The standard of healthcare in Australia is excellent. The healthcare system is a hybrid of both public and private service provision. Expats are entitled to subsidised public healthcare if their home countries have reciprocal healthcare agreements with Australia.
Which city in Australia is best for expats?
Sydney, Melbourne and Perth all have large expat communities and come recommended, but Australia has a wide range of options. Where expats choose to settle down in Australia will depend on their field of work and personal priorities, but the country has something to suit everyone.
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Expat Health Insurance
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