Moving to Adelaide
Newly arrived expats to Adelaide will find a city that’s negotiated a moderate midpoint between its colonial roots and its progressive nature. Adelaide has historically held a stigma as being a removed outpost in Southern Australia; but while it can be somewhat behind in terms of the style and the energy that define the bigger commercial centres, its sense of space, and uncluttered urban geography make for a refreshing and wholesome way of life that expats tend to enjoy.
Think of it as a big country town, the perfect antidote for the stress that plagues city dwellers; and a place that claims a prominent history, large parklands, wide streets, old buildings and pleasant suburban housing that add nostalgic elements to its natural beauty.
Furthermore, though Adelaide has been formerly singled out as the mainland capital city with the least significant economy, it has weathered the global financial crisis relatively well, and has billions of dollars of projects in the pipeline, many of them in the mining and defence industries. Thus expats on the market for a job in the city would do well to approach firms related to these sectors, as well as those in the healthcare, retail and social assistance sectors – disciplines that employ the largest workforce in the city.
Wages in Adelaide are generally less than those in the other areas of Australia, but this is balanced out by an overall lower cost of living; the city has the most affordable housing prices of any of the mainland capitals. Furthermore, the government is eager to attract foreign talent to jobs that are abandoned by Australians migrating to the likes of Sydney or Melbourne, and incentives are more common than in other destinations.
Adelaide expat life is further enhanced by pleasant warm weather, very little traffic and accessible public transportation. Contrary to the idea of an old city with a struggling economy, the nightlife and entertainment in Adelaide remains edgy and hip. In fact, Adelaide is one of the few cities in the world that goes out of its way to draw foreigners to a destination with such a high quality of life.