“Is country X better than country Y?”
This is the foremost question in anyone’s mind who is seriously thinking about living overseas. The answer to this question can be very subjective as individual circumstances and preferences are quite different. You have to consider a lot of aspects when choosing prospective country, such as cost of living, ease of employment, safety, weather, public infrastructure, family support – so on and so forth.
Below are the top 10 reasons why I chose Australia over other countries:
1. Ease of Immigration
Australia has got one of the best visa processes in the world. It is quite efficient, completely online and amazingly transparent. You can go through the entire process on your own without need for professional services. All the resources are available online to help you, right from Points calculator to sample formats for statutory declaration. As the process is completely online, it saves a lot of time trying to send documents physically to different country. Plus given the different categories of visa, there is always a chance that if you don’t fit in one category, you will still have some fallback option.
2. Employment Opportunities
This is the single most deciding factor for anybody immigrating to any country. Job market in Australia is quite large and diverse. You can find jobs in all sectors – from retail sector to mining, from healthcare to banking and from hospitality to tourism. In addition, due to dignity of labour, everyone is treated fairly and respectfully. In fact, if you know skills like plumbing, chances are that you are going to make same money as an IT consultant, if not more. Being in software industry, I found that Australia is quite young in this sector and there is a shortage of skilled people, despite steady flow of immigrants. The only thing that can scare you is that you cannot get job offer unless you are in Australia. Well, most of the time!
3. Cost of living
Australia is generally considered to be an expensive country to live in. You might want to make your research before making up your mind. If you want to get some idea, there is an excellent online resource – numbeo.com – which can give you detailed city-wise cost of living breakup. Again cost of living for each person can be different, but I found that if you make right choices, you can still save decent amount of money in Australia without compromising your lifestyle. Plus, you have to stop converting those costs to your home country’s currency. (I know because I used to do that!)
4. Public Safety
This is a major factor especially when you consider raising family. Australia is considered quite safe by all standards. Its unique geographical location reduces the changes of any conflict with neighboring countries. Due to strict gun control and strong law enforcement, you will find Australia to be quite safe and peaceful country. According to Global Peace Index 2016, Australia ranks 15th well above UK at 47 and the US at 103. This confirms my belief that I did the right thing in choosing Australia.
5. Work Life Balance
When it comes to raising family, Australia is one of the best places to be. Australians are generally considered easygoing, fun-loving and quite flexible. Don’t get me wrong, they are not lazy. On the contrary, they are quite dedicated and hard-working. However, Australians know it better that “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy”. After all, there is a reason why Australians cities rank in top 10 most livable cities in the world.
6. Public Infrastructure
Australia has highly sophisticated public infrastructure similar to other first world countries. Major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth have widespread public transport options including trams, buses and railways. In addition, all the regions are well connected by admirable road network. Australia is highly urbanized and yet it didn’t do this at the cost of nature. In cities like Melbourne, you will find at least a small park or reserve around every mile. Despite being second highest in the car ownership, Australia is one of the lowest when it comes to pollution index. Significant portion of government spending go into providing social welfare to the people who need it the most. Add to that world class healthcare facilities, better food and clean water, safe environment and you will know why life expectancy rate is so high in Australia.
7. Government Assistance
In a country like Australia where everything is so expensive, there are few things which are actually cheap. One of them is medical facilities and it’s not a small gain. Australian Government provide free healthcare facilities to all the residents of Australia. You can opt for private insurance if you want but if you can’t, you are still covered by government. Moreover, public hospitals are equally good or even better than private hospitals when it comes to medical facilities, staff and services. Contrast this with the money one has to spend on getting medical cover in US and you can see the reason why this is so important. In addition, Australian government provide certain other benefits like child care rebate, family assistance, first home owner’s grant and so on. Do you still need more reasons, then please read on.
Australia boasts of one of the best education systems in the world. School education is free in Australia if you enroll your kid to a public school which accounts for 60% of Australian kids. Education system here is focused on practical learning, making kids independent and guiding them to explore their own talents, rather than forcing them to follow certain pattern. When it comes to higher education, Australian universities rank very high against their global counterparts. All this makes Australia one of the best place to study.
Weather can be an important factor when relocating to a different country. I for example was used to live in sunny Indian terrain and it would be extremely difficult for me to migrate to a country like Canada which is below zero throughout the winter and has a very short summer. I like the diversity of Australian climate where you can find places where it snows in winter whereas on the other hand, there are places with tropical weather too. It is sunny throughout the year, though in places like Melbourne, it is quite usual to experience four seasons in a day. Most of the time, temperature is moderate and winter is not too severe.
10. Cultural Diversity
Australia is considered the melting pot of different cultures, communities, religions and races. It boasts of diversified culture which borrowed a lot from different communities that helped shape it. Australians are considered quite tolerant, open-minded, helpful and friendly towards immigrants contrary to what you might have heard or read. In my experience here so far, I have never heard any racist remark or generalized opinions from anyone. If you are polite and free of any bias, you will find this to be an amazing country full of beautiful people.
I hope I covered most of the things that came to my mind when I decided to move to Australia. What are your reasons for choosing Australia as your home?
Moving To Australia Series
- Moving To Australia – The Idea
- 10 Reasons Why I Chose Australia
- Which Work Visa Is Right For You?
- Should I Go With Migration Agent?
- Introduction To Skilled Visa Points System
- How To Prepare For Skills Assessment – Part 1
- How To Prepare For Skills Assessment – Part 2
- How To Clear IELTS In First Attempt – Part 1
- How To Clear IELTS In First Attempt – Part 2
- How To Clear IELTS In First Attempt – Part 3
- EOI – Express Your Desire To Migrate
- Getting Visa Invitation
- Lodging Visa Application And Making Visa Payment
- Getting Evidence of Functional English
- Undergoing Health Examination – The Whole Story
- Getting Indian PCC And The Road Ahead