Guide for Expats Planning an Overseas Move to Australia

Australia is one of the most popular destinations for those planning an international move. If you’re looking to move to Australia, continue reading to find out why, as well as a few reasons why it may not be the right destination for you.

Expats move to Australia to enjoy all of the wonderful advantages of starting a new life Down Under. People are drawn by many factors such as the laid back lifestyle, the wonderful weather, and the many leisure opportunities available in Australia. However, it is worth taking the time to consider the ins and outs of everyday life. Here are some of the main draws and drawbacks expats should consider when moving overseas to Australia.

Pros

Work-Life Balance: Expats report a wonderful balance between work and home life, and report having a great social life and being able to make friends and meet new people easily by enjoying activities like relaxing on the beach, barbecuing and spending free time with family. Many others reported enjoying activities such as volunteering, attending sports games or getting involved in local sport leagues.

Natural Wonders: Expats in Australia have the option during their holiday time to visit wonders such as The Great Barrier Reef and Ayer's Rock, visit the Yarra Valley and Hunter Valley wine regions and check out some of the world's best beaches. Australia offers a diverse landscape and climate, which offers great options to do everything from skiing to scuba diving.

Family Friendly: Australia ranks highly as a destination to raise a family. Expats in Australia enjoy being in a country ranked highly in International Health & Safety scores, and that has lots of nature, wildlife and clean air for children to enjoy. Australia can also offer great education, especially in the cities, with some fantastic schools and universities that attract students from all over the world.

Cons

Money: Even though wages are high, Australia is extremely expensive to live in and many expats feel like wages are not enough to cover inflated costs of living Down Under. Items like home furnishings and groceries are expensive, as are hotels and services like hairdressing. Eating out and drinking are very expensive in Australia too and leisure activities such as going to the movie theatre and theme parks demand big bucks.

Remote Location: On top of Australia being expensive to live in, it can also be very expensive and time-consuming for expats to be able to return home and visit their family, friends and loved ones. Plane tickets are often expensive and the cost tend to go up over holiday seasons, meaning expats may only have the luxury of seeing people they left back home once every few years.