Important Tips for Living and Working in Australia

If you can imagine relocating and living and working in another country, you won’t have any problems imagining yourself in Australia. On the contrary, there are so many things that lure people to come down under that it’s hard to say what the strongest argument would be. The most likely reason is probably the mixture of everything Australia has to offer. Its multicultural atmosphere, excellent living conditions and some of the most amazing scenery surely contribute to the ever-increasing popularity of this country.

Still, you need to know that you can’t just show up and start a new stage in your life down under. Quite the opposite, you need to come prepared and ready for hard work, vast distances between cities, the hefty price of living in popular cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne, as well as the constant struggle to balance work and fun. However, the advantages of studying or working abroad far outweigh all the disadvantages. If you start planning well in advance and are not daunted by the realistic obstacles, you’ll be able to enjoy the best this unique country has to give to those living and working in it. So, let’s take a look at some things you need to consider before buying your plane ticket.

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Australia is so diverse that a wrong decision regarding the place you’re planning to settle in can give you a completely wrong picture of the country and ruin the whole experience. That’s why it’s vital you research all the options meticulously. Needless to say, a lot depends on the type of work you do and whether you can work from home, for example. In any case, you need to be prepared for the fact that living in Australia is not cheap, which means you have to budget quite well. Apart from the usual costs, such as accommodation, food and bills, make sure you factor in your other wishes. If you want to travel around the country a lot, you need to have enough money for that, too. There is little point in moving here if you’ll be struggling to make the ends meet, isn’t there?

Proper health insurance is a must

Since you’re not an Australian citizen, you’re not eligible for their free healthcare. This means you need to make sure you have adequate health insurance if you want to live and work here in case you get sick. After all, it’s quite inconvenient to hop on a plane back home each time you need medical assistance. So, you’ll need to explore the options offered by private health insurance. This is particularly true if you’ve already studied in Australia and want to apply for the 485 visas. In that case, you need the appropriate visa health insurance to make you eligible for this type of visa. So, whether you’re living and working in Australia on a visa program or traveling without a visa and working as a digital nomad, you simply need to have private health insurance to stay safe and avoid having to pay exorbitant healthcare fees. 

Explore the country

If you manage to find a job that allows you to live and work in Australia, you should definitely use the opportunity to explore this stunning country as much as possible. It’s huge and it requires quite a lot of traveling from one place to another. There are planes, coaches and trains and you need to try to find the most affordable means of transportation that will also allow you to see all the things and places you’re interested in. As in many other countries, if you can commit to certain dates and times for your journey, make sure you take advantage of early booking for the best price.

Stay on top of your game

Balancing between work and life is rarely easy and it’s not difficult to imagine someone coming to Australia and slightly neglecting their job because they focus on entertainment more than they should. Don’t let that happen to you! Try to maintain or even improve the quality of your work to keep your clients and/or bosses happy. Don’t miss deadlines or deliver products or services below the agreed and expected standards. The competition is fierce and you might not be given a second chance. So, stay focused on work to make enough money to afford the lifestyle you’d like to have.

As we’ve already established, Australia is one of the most popular destinations for people looking for a new place to live and work and there are many solid reasons for this trend. However, only those who come prepared and ready to work hard can actually reap all the benefits of living and working down under. Are you one of them?

Written by Fiona Wood

Fiona is a lifestyle blogger based in Melbourne, Australia. She's in love with good coffee, croissants and fashion magazines. In her spare time, she plays tennis and travels around the world. You can read more from her on her blog High Style Life.

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