In recent years there has been increasing cooperation between the federal and state governments in relation to migration and under the Skilled visa program one of these great places could become your new home.
The Australian Capital Territory is the smallest of the states and territories and hosts Canberra, the capital city. Many people say Canberra is "Australia’s best kept secret".
If you are thinking about migrating to Australia, Canberra is a great place for a new start. It has excellent employment opportunities, outstanding health and education services and a lifestyle that is relaxed and friendly. There is no traffic, people are diverse, and the city is safe and welcoming.
Canberra - Australia's best kept secret - Facts and Figures (June 2014):
Median age: 34 years
Average full time weekly income: $1,639
Average commute time to work: 15-25 minutes
Median house rent: $445 per week
Median house price: $427,000
Median unit rent: $410 per week
Driving time to Sydney: 3 hours
Driving time to beach: 1.5 hours
Driving time to ski fields: 2 hours
The ACT Government offers a range of free settlement services to help new migrants move to Canberra. These include a meet and greet service on arrival, a two-hour guided tour of Canberra and accommodation assistance and employment support.
For more information about migrating to Canberra please visit the following websites:
New South Wales (NSW)
New South Wales lies on the east coast of Australia, between Queensland and Victoria. Sydney is Australia’s premier gateway, the State capital and Australia’s largest city, and is easily reached by frequent flights from Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. NSW is also well serviced by a network of regional airlines, trains, buses and coach services. NSW lies in the temperate zone so generally the climate is free from extreme hot and cold temperatures - the annual average being between 12°C and 26°C, with a rainfall average of 463.4mm (during 2013)
Sydney - The Harbour City
Sydney is the biggest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia - and one of the most vibrant and exciting cities on earth. Its sparkling harbour, dazzling beaches and sunny, mediterranean climate are matched by an array of splendid museums and galleries, spirited nightlife, relaxed lifestyle and rich architectural heritage.
Sydney is also one of the most culturally diverse cities on earth. With a population of 4,391,674 (June 2012), the accents of Asia, Europe and the Middle East intermingle on its streets, restaurants and festival calendar.
For more information about migrating to New South Wales please visit this website:
Northern Territory (NT)
Darwin - Home of the Australian Outback
Australia's Northern Territory extends from the tropical waters of the Arafura Sea in the north to the Simpson Desert in Central Australia, covering one-sixth of the country's land-mass. With a population of almost 212 000 (last Census 2011), the Northern Territory has a clean environment, pristine oceans and friendly communities. It combines a relaxed lifestyle with an economic climate that is ideal for investment and business development.
The Northern Territory is closer to Asia than to the centres of southern Australia, making it Australia's Asian Gateway. It has a progressive, development-oriented government and offers a range of business and investment opportunities. The capital city, Darwin, is modern and sophisticated with a vibrant, multicultural population and long-standing cultural and trading links in the Asia Pacific region.
For more information about migrating to the Northern Territory please visit this website:
Queensland is in the north east of Australia and has the third largest population (4,676,000) of the states and territories. Queensland is the home of the Great Barrier Reef, rainforests, spectacular white surfing beaches and glorious tropical islands off the coast. Queensland is known as the “Sunshine State”, because of its warm subtropical climate and is one of the more popular destinations for migrants to Australia.
Brisbane - Where the Gotham Towe is
Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland with a population of more than 2,043,000. This hilly city is built around the Brisbane River and is situated in the south east of the state. It received its name from Sir Thomas Brisbane, British soldier and ex Governer of NSW.
For more information about migrating to Queensland please visit this website:
Adelaide - A brilliant blend
South Australia is the southern, central state on the mainland of Australia. Its area is 984,377 square kilometres (12.8% of the total Australian land mass) and the population is 1.6 million (June 2009). The capital city is Adelaide with a population 1.2 million in June 2009.
South Australia shares a border with all Australia’s mainland States, as well as the Northern Territory. The average maximum daily temperatures in Adelaide range from 29ºC in February to 15ºC in July. While primarily a British colony, Adelaide attracted early immigrants from many non-English speaking countries, including German Lutherans escaping religious persecution in Prussia. After the Second World War, Italians, Greeks, the Dutch and Poles arrived to make a new start in South Australia. An influx of Asian immigrants following the Vietnam War added to the mix.
The global media conglomerate News Corporation was founded in Adelaide although its headquarters were moved to New York in 2004.
The South Australian Government offers a range of settlement services to help new migrants move to South Australia, including a meet and greet service on arrival and arranging very reasonable accommodation for the first three months you are in South Australia.
For more information about migrating to South Australia please visit this website:
Tasmania - Hobart - A world apart
Tasmania - Australia's island state - lies 42 degrees south of the equator and less than one hours flight from mainland Australia. Consisting of one main island and a number of smaller unpopulated islands, Tasmania is located in the temperate zone of the southern hemisphere and is a land of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, spectacular wilderness and sparkling highland lakes.
Tasmanians breathe some of the world's cleanest air and drink the world’s purest water. Unpolluted coastal seas and rich, fertile soils enable Tasmania to produce some of the world’s finest foods.
Tasmania’s capital city Hobart, offers a diverse lifestyle with restaurants offering fantastic, fresh seafood and produce with a clear focus on gourmet living, friendly bars, and shopping, all within a short drive to some of the world’s greatest natural heritage.
For more information about migrating to Tasmania please visit this website:
Victoria - Melbourne - Home of one of the world’s most liveable cities
Victoria is the home state of great tourist attractions such as the 12 Apostles, The Great Ocean Road, The Grampians, and great sporting events such as the Australian Open Tennis, The Australian F1 Grand Prix and The Melbourne Cup. Although Victoria is the smallest mainland state, with 5.2million people, it is the second most populous and the most densely populated state in Australia. Over 70% of Victorians live in Melbourne, the state capital and largest city.
Population: 3.6 million
Average age: 27
Average full time weekly income: $ 771 a week.
Median house price: $426,000.
Flight time to Adelaide: 655km (50min flight), Sydney: 1000km (1h 20min flight)
In 2008 Melbourne was ranked 2nd in the Economist’s survey of the world’s most livable cities and is also considered to be Australia’s sporting and cultural capital. Built on the Yarra River and situated in the south of the state, Melbourne is a city with diverse cultural and ethnic influences. With a European vibe, Melbourne screams sophistication.
Weather-wise, Melbourne has an oceanic climate and experiences changeable weather conditions. It is often said that you can experience four seasons in one day in Melbourne. The average temperatures range between 17C to 32C in summer and 6C to 14C in winter.
For more information about migrating to Victoria please visit this website:
Western Australia is the largest state in Australia with a population of 2.1 million people of which 1.65 million live around its capital city Perth in the south-west of the state. It is the fourth largest city in Australia with approximately 30% of the population born overseas.
Perth has been ranked one of the top 5 most liveable cities in the world by the Economist in 2008, which is easy to believe given that its Central business District is located only 7km from the ocean. The main Industries of WA are mining, agriculture and farming.
The weather in Perth features hot dry summers and cool winters. The city is cooled by an afternoon sea breeze called “The Fremantle doctor”. Average temperatures range between 18C and 29C in summer and 8C to 18C in winter.
Perth facts and figures
Average age: 33
Average full time weekly income: $1358 a week.
Median house rent: $485 p/w
Median house price: $450,000
Flight time to Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne: 2700km (3h flight), 4000km (4.5h flight)
For more information about migrating to Western Australia please visit this website:
To discover whether you are eligible for a Skilled or Student Work visa that will allow you to migrate to or study in Australia, we invite you to take e-Key, VisAustralia’s free on-line self assessment system or to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.