LIVING AND STUDYING IN AUSTRALIA
Australia is one of the world leaders in education and home to almost 700,000 international students. It’s a great place to live and study as Australia has some of the lowest crime rates in the world with lots of open spaces, beautiful parks and wildlife, golden surf beaches and vibrant cities and night life. Australia is a welcoming and friendly country toward overseas visitors and our national values include individual freedoms along with protection of the rights of citizens and visitors with a transparent legal system in place. We are a multi-cultural and diverse nation with a thriving mix of regional and city centres providing a variety of landscapes and opportunities. Australia is a technologically advanced nation with great infrastructure and transportation options for students and being a country with one of the highest minimum wage rates – Australia is really a fantastic place to live and study.
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Perth city lies at the heart of Greater Perth, which is home to just over two million people or 77 per cent of the state’s population. This is forecast to grow to 2.9 million people by 2031 and 3.5 million people by 2050, becoming the third largest city in Australia after Sydney and Melbourne.
Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and home to 2.6 million people. It attracts an estimated 2.24 million visitors from interstate and overseas each year (March 2016).
As the capital city of one of the world’s most significant mining regions, Perth is rapidly growing in lifestyle, population and economic prosperity. The strength of our economy, especially our capabilities in the resource sector, ensures that both the city and the state are competitively placed for future investment and growth.
Perth’s close proximity to Asia opens great potential for investors in energy, minerals, tourism & hospitality, education and agriculture & food, with 18 out of the 20 most populous cities in Asia are closer to Perth than Brisbane, Sydney, or Melbourne.
Perth is in the midst of an exciting period of expansion and new developments. The large-scale capital works projects throughout the city and surrounding areas means Perth has changed dramatically over the past ten years. These developments provide great opportunities for investors and will drive further economic growth, creating more jobs and stimulating commerce in all industries.
While the state of Western Australia is fortunate to have world-class reserves of natural mineral and energy resources, the city has become home to an equally impressive resource — a highly educated, skilled and productive workforce – gathered here by the strength of our tertiary institutions, economic climate and world-class lifestyle opportunities, making Perth the state’s leading destination for creative innovation and cultural diversity.
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Australia has great public transport options including trains, buses, taxis and other ride share options like Uber and Didi. Australia also has many cycling and walking paths and its affordable domestic flight travel means that you may like to take advantage of your time here by seeing more of the sights.
Visit Perth Transport info Line www.transperth.wa.gov.au for train, bus and ferry timetables, fares and online trip-planning
Working on a Student Visa
Student visa holders can work up to 48 hours every 2 weeks (fortnight) during study terms and unlimited hours during school holiday breaks. For more information on popular industries for students to work in, your rights and responsibilities, your employer’s rights and information about the Fair Work Ombudsman visit: https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/English/Live-in-Australia/work
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
You must have student healthcare cover before arriving in Australia and for the duration of time you are in Australia – this is a visa requirement of the Department of Home Affairs. For further information about OSHC and other optional insurances visit https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/English/Live-in-Australia/Insurance