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Moving to a new country is always a daunting experience, and expats often have all sorts of queries and concerns regarding life in their soon-to-be home. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about moving to Australia.
What is the weather like in Australia?
In such a vast geographical area there are significant fluctuations in temperatures between one part of the country and the next. Generally speaking though, the northern parts of the country are warm to hot most of the year. The coastal areas around Sydney experience mild winters and are warm to hot in the summer months.
How safe in Australia?
The general level of safety in Australia is high and expats who exercise the general precautions they would in any other developed country should be fine. The usual security measures are recommended for homes such as good locks and alarms, and alarms are recommended for cars. Poorer areas of cities are usually the areas with the highest crime rates.
Where do I get an Australian driving licence?
Australian driving licences are administered at a state/territory level with varying regulations for each. Expats will normally need to get a state licence within three months of taking up residence in the state and can use their foreign licence in the interim. Australians drive on the left-hand side of the road.
What is the standard of healthcare in Australia?
The standard of healthcare in Australia is excellent. The healthcare system is a hybrid of both public and private service provision. Expats from certain countries are entitled to subsidised public healthcare as their countries have engaged in reciprocal healthcare agreements with Australia.
Which city in Australia is best for expats?
Sydney, Melbourne and Perth all have large expat communities and come recommended but Australia has a wide range of options. Where expats choose to settle down in Australia will depend on their field of work and personal priorities, but the country has something to suit everyone.
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