Australia is one of the most diverse and exciting countries in the world in which to live and work. Whether your priority is a strong economy, excellent healthcare, an outstanding education system, or a safe and secure place to live, Australia has what you’ve been looking for.
A STRONG ECONOMY
Australia has a strong, resilient economy that is set to become the world’s 12th largest economy this year. Consequently, our standard of living is high.
While 1.3 million Australians lost jobs or had their working hours reduced at the start of the Covid pandemic, Australia is now on track to reach full employment by the end of 2022.
Our minimum wage is also high relative to other countries, allowing anyone with a job to be able to afford rent or mortgage and food, regardless of where they work.
In Australia, we’re lucky enough to experience the tropical zone in the north, the subtropical zone across much of our centre, and temperate zones in the south.
Places in the temperate zone – like Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne – have distinct seasons, with warm, long days in summer, and cold, short days in winter. The tropical zone, which includes places like Cairns and Darwin, is warm and humid most of the year. Places like Perth and Brisbane are considered subtropical, with hot summers and mild winters.
Australia boasts around 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, which has to be one of the biggest single benefits of living in Australia!
A SAFE, SECURE COUNTRY
Our country is considered one of the safest on earth, with low levels of crime and safe, secure and orderly communities across the states and territories. We tend to feel proud of our peaceful society and safe lifestyle, with many parents feeling free to encourage their children to walk to and from school.
Australia has been named the 13th safest country in the world by the Global Peace Index 2018. And thanks to our political and economic stability, multiculturalism, modern lifestyle and high standard of living, Australian cities regularly feature in the top 10 most liveable cities in the world rankings.
AN ENVIABLE LIFESTYLE
Many people choose to migrate to Australia for a better lifestyle. Australians have a love affair with the outdoors, good food, sport and the arts, and enjoy being able to strike a good balance between their professional career and leisure pursuits all year round.
Having adopted the 38-hour working week decades ago, Australians in full-time work benefit from a greater work/life balance than most societies around the world. It’s easy to take time out for the things you enjoy, whether that’s a swim or surf, seeing some theatre or a concert, camping with friends, watching your favourite sports team, or some simple local playground fun.
Regardless of whether you choose a city, suburban or country life, you can combine work with a truly relaxed lifestyle.
FREE OR SUBSIDISED EDUCATION
The Australian education system provides free or subsidised primary, secondary and tertiary education.
While some states and territories do charge a fee for education for temporary visa holders, many do not, and the system offers a wide variety of schooling choices for relocating families, in both the state and private sectors.
Our education system has a good international reputation, scoring well above average in international education league tables, with Australian students consistently performing at a level much higher than the international average.
While English is the main language of instruction in the Australian system, many schools offer programs in other languages and bilingual programs.
WE WELCOME MIGRANTS
Australia has a good reputation for welcoming migrants, having been founded on immigration and growing into a diverse and inclusive society.
Today we are a diverse and multicultural society, with people from many different backgrounds and about one fifth of our population born overseas.
Migrants make a significant contribution to the Australian way of life, which is evident in the food we eat, the languages we speak and the religious faiths we practise.
30% of MedHealth team members were not born in Australia, with origins from across the globe from and 48 countries represented.
30% of team members speak another language at home, with over 80 different languages spoken.
HARMONIOUS WORKPLACE RELATIONS
Australian workplace laws apply equally to all workers employed in Australia, including visa holders.
Entitlements cover hours of work, minimum rates of pay, leave entitlements and requests for flexible work.
Employees and employers can negotiate workplace agreements, while federal legislation exists to guarantee a minimum rate of pay and minimum leave entitlements.
A BEAUTIFUL ENVIRONMENT
It’s no secret that Australia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. You’ll always be within easy reach of natural beauty, whether that’s our stunning beaches or our scenic mountain and country regions.
Australia has more than 10,000 beaches, many of them outstandingly beautiful, such as Bells Beach in Victoria, Bondi Beach in Sydney and Glenelg Beach in Adelaide. It’s also brimming with stunning natural landscapes, unique flora and fauna, and incredible human-made icons.
VIGILANT ON COVID
Throughout much of the coronavirus pandemic, Australia has experienced a near-normal lifestyle. Large swathes of the country remain relatively COVID free, and people are staying vigilant as our vaccination program gathers pace. Around 80 per cent of the adult population is expected to be fully inoculated by the end of 2021, at which point we will all experience far greater freedoms.
Our leaders and people from across the political spectrum took the pandemic seriously early on, taking actions and precautions to safeguard Australians. All arms of government and industry continue to implement measures guided by health advice, including tight quarantine controls and efficient contact tracing, backed by a large cohort of dedicated and hard-working frontline healthcare professionals.