Queensland is Australia’s second largest state. It occupies approximately 23% of the continent in the north-east and shares boundaries with New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Queensland spans 1,727,000sq. kilometres. It is seven times the size of Great Britain and the amount of geographical variation within the state definitely reflects that multiple countries could fit within its borders!

Queenslanders famously live an outdoor lifestyle. The state is nicknamed the Sunshine State for its fantastic climate.

Gold Coast

Gold Coast is the sixth-largest city in Australia, making it the largest non-capital city, and Queensland’s second-largest city.

The city is located approximately 66 kilometres south-southeast of the centre of state capital Brisbane and immediately north of the border with New South Wales. The demonym for the Gold Coast is Gold Coaster.

Gold Coast is a major tourist destination with a sunny, subtropical climate and has become widely known for its world-class surfing beaches, high-rise dominated skyline, theme parks, nightlife, and rainforest hinterland. The city is part of the nation’s entertainment industry with television productions and a major film industry.

Population

Gold Coast’s 2020 population is now estimated at 699,226. In 1950, the population of Gold Coast was 29,034. Gold Coast has grown by 11,766 since 2015, which represents a 1.71% annual change.

Weather

The Gold Coast experiences a humid subtropical climate with mild to warm winters and hot, humid summers.
During summer the average temperature is a pleasant 21 – 28.4°C (69.8 – 83.1°F) and during winter, the city is generally sunny and dry with average temperatures between 12.5 – 21.5°C (54.5 – 70.7°F).

Education and living costs

The Gold Coast is a city coming of age. It is a place of opportunity that, over the next decade, will transform into a globally-recognised city while retaining its enviable lifestyle and stunning natural environment. Located on the edge of the Asia-Pacific rim, with access to two international airports, the Gold Coast is perfectly positioned as a destination for study and vocational training, research, careers and employment.

In 2018 the Gold Coast was rated as the #1 regional study destination in Australia and was named in the QS rankings as Australia’s most affordable student city with living and studying costs on average 40% cheaper than Sydney or Melbourne.

The Gold Coast is renowned for its white sand beaches that stretch across 57 kilometres (35 miles) of coastline. As well as its beaches, the Gold Coast is equally famed for its world-class theme parks. Water lovers should head for Wet ‘n’ Wild with its extreme waterslides such as Kamikaze and the Tornado. Warner Bros. Movie World is great for families, with plenty of kid-friendly attractions and the chance to meet loveable cartoon characters. Dreamworld caters to adventure seekers with big rides, including The Giant Drop, Tower of Terror and Buzz Saw.

The following is a rough guide to living costs for international students living in Gold Coast (in Australian dollars). Of course, these will vary depending on your preferred standard of living and where you choose to live.

Estimated weekly cost of living

  • Rent: AUD$200
  • Health: AUD$9
  • Food: AUD$100
  • Transport: AUD$50
  • Leisure: AUD$100
  • Utilities: AUD$20

International students who choose to study on the Gold Coast have the option of a three year post-study work rights visa.

Gold Coast Student Jobs is your one-stop-shop if you’re a Gold Coast student or graduate looking for a job, work experience, or opportunities to launch your career.

Students also have the benefit of a range of support and professional development experiences through the Gold Coast Student Hub, including free employment and career advice. Further, the Gold Coast Careers Explorer is a dynamic and interactive digital tool which allows you to explore the study pathways to your chosen career.

Fore more information visit: www.studygoldcoast.org.au

Finding employment

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) is the state nominating body for the Queensland Government and a business unit of Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ). In partnership with the Department of Home Affairs, BSMQ nominates successful skilled and business applicants wanting to establish themselves in Queensland.

Benefits of seeking state nomination

Nomination by the State of Queensland will provide:

  • priority processing of your visa with the Department of Home Affairs
  • an additional 5 points for a Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190) towards the Department of Home Affairs points test
  • an additional 15 points for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) towards the Department of Home Affairs points test
  • the same work rights as an Australian citizen. You’ll be an independent migrant not tied to a single employer

If you wish to migrate and work in Queensland, you must first obtain a visa. State nominated visas allow you to live and work in Queensland and fall into two categories:

  • Provisional visas which are a pathway to permanent residency
  • Permanent residency which allows migrants to live and work in Queensland permanently

BSMQ nominates skilled migrants for the following visas:

Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190)

This is a point-tested visa for skilled workers and postgraduate alumni who wish to live and work in Queensland permanently. The Queensland postgraduate degree stream offers streamlined conditions for Masters and PhD graduates from a Queensland-based university.

If you are a current holder of a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) or have applied for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) you will not be eligible for nomination for the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190). This is also applicable to the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491 visa).

To apply you need to meet any of the following criteria:

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

This is a 5-year points-tested visa which leads to permanent residency and requires nominated skilled workers to be employed and live in regional Queensland.

To apply you need to meet any of the following criteria:

To apply for a skilled visa, you must have an occupation which is listed on one of the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOLs). QSOLs are reviewed regularly and updated to reflect current labour market conditions. Please note:

  • Certain occupations have specific specialisations or licensing requirements are needed in order to work in Queensland
  • Certain occupations have limited places and when filled, further applications for state nomination will not be accepted

To discover whether you are eligible for a Skilled visa to live and work in Gold Coast (QLD), we invite you to take VisAustralia’s Migration Assessment Tool or to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

Townsville

Townsville is Australia’s largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast. Considered the unofficial capital of North Queensland by locals, Townsville hosts a significant number of governmental, community and major business administrative offices for the northern half of the state.

Population

Outside the southeast corner, Townsville is the largest city in regional Queensland.

The current official population count of this city is 195,430 persons (Australian Bureau of Statistics Estimated Resident Population). It is estimated that by 2036, Townsville will have a population of approximately 314,362 people (Queensland Population Projections, 2013 edition).

Weather

Located in the dry tropics region of Queensland, and a gateway to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville North Queensland is the perfect blend of tropical sea breezes, glorious winter days, and refreshing rainforest retreats. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year. the average climate in Townsville North Queensland is a tropical 28 degrees.

Education and living costs

Providing a laid back tropical lifestyle that is complemented by capital city comforts, no other Australian city boasts the resilience, diversity, lifestyle and economic potential that the Townsville North Queensland Region enjoys.

Known as the Second Capital of Queensland and with a population of approximately 193,601 people, Townsville offers a dynamic lifestyle coupled with strong economic prosperity. Townsville is a thriving precinct with access to a variety of world class education facilities, leading edge health care, affordable housing, unique retailing, spectacular events and entertainment, dining precincts and a wide range of outdoor recreation options. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Townsville’s lifestyle is second to none.

For more information visist: www.townsville.qld.gov.au

Studying in Townsville provides a source of outstanding education facilities, a safe and friendly environment and real value in terms of living and education costs.

Compared to the capital cities living in Townsville is relatively cheaper.

The following is a rough guide to living costs for international students living in Townsville (in Australian dollars). Of course, these will vary depending on your preferred standard of living and where you choose to live.

Estimated weekly cost of living

  • Rent – Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre: AUD$300 per week
  • Food – AUD$80 per week
  • Transport – One-way Ticket: AUD$3
  • Utilities – AUD$20 per week

It’s important that if you’re not moving to Townsville because of a job, that you explore the job market to ensure there’s something within the city or nearby that you can commute to in order to do what you love. As it’s a tourist spot, you’re likely going to get plenty of customer service roles available as well as the industrial side of the city being very lucrative for those interested.

There’s definitely a mixture of industries available in Townsville to pick from, so it’s worth considering what’s available and doing your research before settling here.

Finding work

There are many places where you can look for part-time work in Sydney including:

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) is the state nominating body for the Queensland Government and a business unit of Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ). In partnership with the Department of Home Affairs, BSMQ nominates successful skilled and business applicants wanting to establish themselves in Queensland.

Benefits of seeking state nomination

Nomination by the State of Queensland will provide:

  • priority processing of your visa with the Department of Home Affairs
  • an additional 5 points for a Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190) towards the Department of Home Affairs points test
  • an additional 15 points for a Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) towards the Department of Home Affairs points test
  • the same work rights as an Australian citizen. You’ll be an independent migrant not tied to a single employer

If you wish to migrate and work in Queensland, you must first obtain a visa. State nominated visas allow you to live and work in Queensland and fall into two categories:

  • Provisional visas which are a pathway to permanent residency
  • Permanent residency which allows migrants to live and work in Queensland permanently

BSMQ nominates skilled migrants for the following visas:

Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190)

This is a point-tested visa for skilled workers and postgraduate alumni who wish to live and work in Queensland permanently. The Queensland postgraduate degree stream offers streamlined conditions for Masters and PhD graduates from a Queensland-based university.

If you are a current holder of a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) or have applied for a Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) you will not be eligible for nomination for the Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190). This is also applicable to the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491 visa).

To apply you need to meet any of the following criteria:

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

This is a 5-year points-tested visa which leads to permanent residency and requires nominated skilled workers to be employed and live in regional Queensland.

To apply you need to meet any of the following criteria:

To apply for a skilled visa, you must have an occupation which is listed on one of the Queensland Skilled Occupation Lists (QSOLs). QSOLs are reviewed regularly and updated to reflect current labour market conditions. Please note:

  • Certain occupations have specific specialisations or licensing requirements are needed in order to work in Queensland
  • Certain occupations have limited places and when filled, further applications for state nomination will not be accepted

To discover whether you are eligible for a Skilled visa to live and work in Townsville (QLD), we invite you to take VisAustralia’s Migration Assessment Tool or to book a consultation with one of our expert migration lawyers.

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