Tasmania, abbreviated as TAS and nicknamed Tassie, is an island state of Australia. It is located 240 km (150 mi) to the south of the Australian mainland, separated by Bass Strait. The state encompasses the main island of Tasmania, the 26th-largest island in the world, and the surrounding 334 islands.

Tasmania has a population of about 540,000 people as of March 2020. The state area is 68,401 km2 (26,410 sq mi), of which the main island covers 64,519 km2 (24,911 sq mi).It is promoted as a natural state, and protected areas of Tasmania cover about 42% of its land area, which includes national parks and World Heritage Sites.

Tasmania’s natural beauty is captivating, its cultural experiences are diverse, and its food and drink offering is enviable. The capital city of Hobart is home to one of the world’s most intriguing art galleries as well as a fascinating convict history. Get a true taste of Tasmania in its fresh apple cider, cheeses, wine and oysters, and experience a dose of its serenity with its powder-white beaches and laid-back luxury.

For more info visit: https://www.australia.com

Hobart

Hobart is Tasmania’s capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Located at the entrance to the Derwent River, its well-preserved surrounding bushland reaches close to the city centre and beaches line the shores of the river and estuary beyond.

Hobart offers a contrasting blend of heritage, scenery and culture, with world class activities and attractions nearby. Nestled amongst the foothills of kunanyi / Mt Wellington, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty.

Population

Hobart has an estimated population of over 240,342 people.

Weather

Hobart has a mild temperate oceanic climate.The average temperature in Hobart ranges from 8.5 °C (47.5 °F) in July to 17.5 °C (63.5 °F) in January and February. So, summer is cool, but winter is mild, although the wind can exacerbate the sensation of cold.

Sometimes, especially in June and July, a cold air mass can reach the island, and in the hills and mountains of the interior, snow and frost can occur. In Hobart, in the coldest nights, the temperature can drop to around freezing (0 °C or 32 °F) or slightly below.

Education and living costs

Hobart offers an affordable alternative to other Australian cities such as Sydney and Melbourne and is very easy to get around – there are no traffic jams or pollution for students travelling from their home to schools, colleges, universities, restaurants and shops.

The city 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.

At Hobart you would be able to:

  • Explore inspiring galleries and world class museums.
  • Experience year-round festivals celebrating music, art, sports and produce.
  • Choose from hundreds of cafes and restaurants.
  • Live an active lifestyle with sporting clubs, world-class mountain bike and hiking trails, surf beaches and beautiful parks all over the State.

Filled with great food, a fascinating arts and culture scene, beautiful landscapes and incredibly friendly locals, Hobart is a great place to live and study. With an average cost of living of approximately $650 per week, Hobart is one of the more affordable cities in Australia.

Average student budget

  • Rent: AUD$120 – $450 per week
  • Utility Bill (Shared): AUD$30 per week
  • Grocery: AUD$40 – $150 per week
  • Public Transport: AUD$25 – $50 per week
  • Entertainment: AUD$80 per week
  • Accomodation

    Hobart is quite a bit smaller than other Australian cities, so there’s not a whole lot of difference in the cost of living in the city versus the suburbs.

    Depending on the location and type of accommodation you choose, rental prices may vary between $238 per week for shared rental to $380 per week for one bedroom unit

    Utilities

    Electricity, water, gas and internet are generally split between tenants, but if you are planning on renting by yourself, this will be more costly. An average cost for these services is between $50 to $150 per week. Please note that this amount will be reduced if you share accomodation.

    Public transport

    Hobart is an easy city to get around. The central Hobart area offers a great network of public transport that allows you to walk to and from busses, ferries, and taxi locations as you explore or commute.

    In Hobart and Tasmania in general, the best way to get around is the bus. You can take off the Greencard and recharge it both for individual tickets and in monthly subscription format. The average price of a ticket is $ 3 AUD each way, and the monthly pass costs about $ 77 AUD. The price will also change according to trips within urban areas or in areas further away from the city center.

Like most cities around the world, finding work greatly depends on your skills, motivation & willingness to learn as well as personal connections and how you represent yourself (resume presentation, interview experience, etc.)

There are different places where you can look for part-time work in Hobart, including:

  • Seek – https://www.seek.com.au/
  • Indeed – https://au.indeed.com/
  • Jora – https://au.jora.com/
  • Average Salaries:

    Salaries and wages in Hobart range due to employee’s experience, formal qualifications as well as demand within each industry type for a specific workforce.

    The average full-time hourly rate in Tasmania is $24.79.

Tasmania offers two visa options for skilled migrants:

Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

  • The visa subclass 491 is a provisional visa for skilled workers which allows you to live and work in Tasmania for up to five years
  • State nomination from Tasmania for this visa provides you with 15 additional points to help you meet the Department of Home Affairs’ points test pass mark of 65 points
  • You may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa after you have lived in Tasmania for at least three years and earned a minimum taxable income that meets the minimum threshold determined by the Department of Home Affairs for at least 3 years (currently set at AU$53,900)
  • For more information visit: https://www.migration.tas.gov.au

    Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Visa

  • The Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers which allows you to live and work in Tasmania
  • State nomination from Tasmania for this visa provides you with five additional points to help meet the Department of Home Affairs points test pass mark of 65 points
  • If you are nominated by the Tasmanian Government for this visa, you must live in Tasmania for two years after the visa has been granted
  • For more information about this visa visit: https://www.migration.tas.gov.au

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

Launceston

Launceston is Tasmania’s second major city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. In fact, the whole region is packed with city and country charm, gorgeous old towns, excellent food and wine and beautiful scenic highlights.

One of Australia’s oldest cities, Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks.

For more info visit: https://www.discovertasmania.com.au

Population

Launceston has an estimated population of 80,916 people. This city is considered the second largest in Tasmania after Hobart.

Weather

Launceston has an oceanic, temperate climate with four distinct seasons. The warmest months are in January and February with an average air temperature range of 12 to 24 °C (54 to 76 °F). The coldest month is July, with an average temperature range of 2.2 to 12.5 °C (36 to 55 °F).

Education and living costs

Launceston is known for being big enough to provide excellent cultural, leisure and lifestyle experiences but small enough for students to feel safe and instantly part of a community. Filled with beautiful architecture, fabulous eateries and a thriving festival and creative culture scene, Launceston is a perfectly balanced city.

As a student city, Launceston boasts comfortable living, world-class education opportunities and a welcoming and supportive community. Launceston is also one of Australia’s most affordable cities with brand new student accommodation in the heart of the city. It also offers specialised education facilities with subjects exclusive to Launceston, including Architecture, Maritime Studies at the Australian Maritime College, Aquaculture, Laboratory medicine, Exercise science, nursing and hospitality.

Being so close to the mainland of Australia means that Launceston’s direct flights are short and consistently some of the cheapest in Australia. Launceston is also a perfect home for exploring some of Tasmania’s most well-known tourist attractions including the Bay of Fires, Coles Bay, Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair.

Multicultural society

Tasmanian cities feature a blend of modern and classical, European styled buildings and like all Australian states has a multicultural population which means many styles and types of food, cultural and religious activities and strong communities are available to students.

Most Tasmanian schools, colleges and universities have a multicultural student population and many host international students and foreign exchange programmes.

For more information visit: www.studytasmania.tas.gov.au

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

Accomodation

  • Hostels and Guesthouses: $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental: $100 to $215 per week
  • Single Rental: $150 to $300 per week
  • On-Campus: $165 to $420 per week
  • University Homestay: $285 per week
  • Living expenses

    • Groceries and eating out: $80 to $200 per week
    • Utilities: $12 to $20 per week
    • Phone and Internet: $20 to $55 per week
    • Public transport: $15 to $30 per week
    • Car (after purchase): $150 to $260 per week
    • Entertainment, sport, personal care: $60 to $150 per week
    • Study expenses (books, photocopying, stationery, etc.): $800 per year
    • Source: University of Tasmania Accommodation Services 2019; studyinaustralia.gov.au, Tasmanian service providers, August 2018.

Working part time while you are studying in Tasmania is a great idea. You can earn some extra money to help with living and travel costs as well as meet lots of local people. On a student visa you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session and unlimited hours when it is not.

Here are a list of key sites to look for jobs in Tasmania:

  • Australian Government Job Search
  • UTAS Career Connect
  • Graduate jobs

    After Graduation you may decide to stay in Tasmania and apply for a temporary graduate visa or additional visas through the Tasmanian skilled migration program in order to live and work in the state. Tasmania has demand for skills in many different areas including IT, construction, hospitality, healthcare, finance and professional services. Because Tasmania has a relatively high average age of workers in many industries, there are increased opportunities for graduates to take on rewarding and challenging roles.

    Many Tasmanian companies hire international students for their year’s graduate programs. To search and apply for such roles visit these sites:

Tasmania offers two visa options for skilled migrants:

Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

  • The visa subclass 491 is a provisional visa for skilled workers which allows you to live and work in Tasmania for up to five years
  • State nomination from Tasmania for this visa provides you with 15 additional points to help you meet the Department of Home Affairs’ points test pass mark of 65 points
  • You may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through the Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa after you have lived in Tasmania for at least three years and earned a minimum taxable income that meets the minimum threshold determined by the Department of Home Affairs for at least 3 years (currently set at AU$53,900)
  • For more information visit: https://www.migration.tas.gov.au

    Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Visa

  • The Skilled Nominated visa (Subclass 190) is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers which allows you to live and work in Tasmania
  • State nomination from Tasmania for this visa provides you with five additional points to help meet the Department of Home Affairs points test pass mark of 65 points
  • If you are nominated by the Tasmanian Government for this visa, you must live in Tasmania for two years after the visa has been granted
  • For more information about this visa visit: https://www.migration.tas.gov.au

    To discover whether you are eligible for a Skilled visa to live and work in Launceston (TAS), 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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