Your guide to expat life in Australia

Welcome to the land down under

Australia’s near-perfect weather, cultural diversity and good quality of life attract expats of all ages from around the world.

This vast continent has a relatively small population and most people live in its coastal areas. Many expats head for Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney to enjoy a laid-back lifestyle under sunny skies.

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Quick Facts

  • Population: About 25 million
  • Capital City: Canberra
  • Neighbouring Australia: Indonesia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea
  • Main language: English
  • Time: There are three time zones – Eastern (GMT+10), Central (GMT+9.5) and Western (GMT+8). In all states except Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, clocks move forward an hour in October and back an hour in April.

Try and visit the major cities first to get a feel for the area you'd like to settle. Each city feels quite different: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane.

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Relocation Checklist

Our checklists give you a comprehensive overview of the kinds of things you need to do before you move and also what to consider in your first few months in your new country or territory.

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Consider the distance from family and friends.

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