AUSTRALIA is a nation built on migration, and its impact continues to be all-pervasive. Today, migration helps to address the challenges of an ageing population by increasing workforce participation and productivity, as well as boosting economic growth.
Immigration plays an important role in reuniting families and in helping Australia fulfil its international humanitarian obligations. According to the latest Scanlon Foundation social cohesion survey, almost two-thirds of Australians think immigration from a diverse range of countries makes the nation stronger.
THE BENEFITS OF IMMIGRATION TO AUSTRALIA
Harmonious Lifestyle & Culture:
Australia’s diverse culture and lifestyle reflects its liberal democratic traditions and values, making it an ideal place for immigration. Australia’s residents are very friendly and helpful people, with a great sense of humour and a natural ability to tell jokes and play with words. Aussies like the great outdoors, they love sport, worship their beaches, having BBQs with their mates and eating out at the thousands of multicultural restaurants in almost every city.
The population is comprised of over 130 nationalities which makes Australia one of the most multicultural countries in the world. It is also known for its diversified art, music and various sports. The majority of Australians live in coastal areas and enjoy a high-quality and relaxing lifestyle. Australia boasts a beautiful natural environment and clean air, and it is considered to be one of the most competitive nations on Earth.
Australia ranked 3rd in the Index of Economic Freedom (2010). It is the world’s 13th largest economy and has the 5th highest per capita GDP (nominal) at $66,984. Melbourne reached first place on The Economist’s 2011 World’s Most Liveable Cities list, followed by Sydney, Perth, and Adelaide in sixth, eighth, and ninth place respectively. Australia has a very low poverty rate and an average annual growth rate of 3.3%.
Quality Education for Your Children:
Australia comes eighth in world rankings for higher education. It is a friendly, young, adventurous and stylish nation that welcomes international students. The Australian Education system offers more than 12,000 internationally recognized courses. Seven Australian universities have been named among the world’s top 200 higher education institutions in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings list.
The University of Melbourne leads the Australian contingent as the highest placed Australian facility, coming in at number 37. Australia has more than 40 public institutions of higher education which offer world-class degrees and postgraduate diplomas. School education in Australia is compulsory between certain ages as specified by state or territory legislation.
Many primary and secondary schools are free of charge while others offer unrivaled world-class education. Geelong Grammar School, for example, is amongst the top 10 schools in the world. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2010 evaluation ranked the Australian education system as sixth for reading, seventh for science and ninth for mathematics, on a worldwide scale including 56 countries.
Social Stability, Welfare and Citizenship:
Australia is a safe country to live in, where there are no civil wars or racial disputes. Australian residents enjoy comprehensive national health protection and medical treatments at public hospitals. They also benefit from other social security and welfare schemes like pension (superannuation), support and disability subsidies, and other welfare systems. These include unemployment benefits, family allowances, special financing and more. After arriving as new immigrants and obtaining Permanent Residency visas, migrants are required to complete five years of residency before applying for Australian citizenship.
Employment & Business Opportunities:
In May 2012, there were 11,537,900 people employed (either full- or part-time), and Australia had an unemployment rate of 5.1%. Thousands of Engineering, Management, Medical, Accounting, Skilled Tradesmen and Education jobs are available in Australia. With 54% of employers in Australia having difficulty filling key positions in their organizations, you could help to meet those demands and enjoy a thriving career while you’re at it. Bloomberg reports “Australian Employers Add 38,900 Jobs as Currency Jumps”.
From innovation to a highly educated and multicultural workforce, Australia is a globally competitive location for business. Australia is a serious trade and investment player, generating more than 20% of GDP from exports.
- Capital: Canberra
- Land Area (sq. km): 7.692 million
- Official Language(s): English
- Population: 25.09 million
- Currency: AUD
- GDP per capita (US$): 57822
- Real GDP growth (% change yoy): 2.0%
- Inflation (% change yoy): 1.3%
- Unemployment (% labour force): 5.2%