Live in Australia

All the information you need to know to live in Australia in one place.
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We wanted to collect in one place everything you need to know to live in Australia, from the visas you can choose to, to the cost of living, through the main characteristics of the climate.

Our goal is to make everything clear to you from the beginning, so you know at all times what you are going to find on the other side of the world and do not take surprises. Ready?

1. Why live in Australia?

If you need more reasons to convince yourself that Australia is one of the best countries in the world to live, here we leave you the ones that for us are the most important:

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The quality of life is very top

We would have to write this reason in capital letters since it encompasses all the others. One fact explains it all: Australia is the country with the best life according to a 2016 OECD ranking. Almost nothing.

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A growing economy with high wages

Australia has been one of the countries in the world that has least felt the effect of the global crisis. His unemployment rate has not exceeded 6% for many years (before the crisis in Spain we had 8%), and his minimum inter-professional salary is one of the highest in the world and stands at 23.306 euros per year.

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Few countries are safer than Australia

It is one of the safest countries in the world, with very low crime rates. In addition, the possession of firearms is not allowed.

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Your education system is a world leader

Australia is one of the best countries in the world to study: it has an innovative educational system and is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

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A solid healthcare system

The Australian healthcare system is public and free for its citizens and permanent residents. Furthermore, it is one of the world's leading innovators and researchers.

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It has the city with the highest quality of life in the world

Melbourne has reached the top of the ranking of the best cities in the world to live for several consecutive years, and other cities such as Sydney, Gold Coast or Perth are not far behind. Its cities are comfortable, with little pollution, well connected and with a great climate.

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Australia is a multicultural nation

Australia is a multicultural country. Workers and students from all over the world are attracted by its high quality of life and its multiple opportunities. Because, above all, that is Australia: a land of opportunities. This means that miscegenation is the day to day of the nation, and that everyone lives together without any problem.

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Nature in its purest form

If you like enjoying the outdoors (and who doesn't!), Here you are going to enjoy it squared. Australia has endless corners to explore where you will feel like you are the first person in the world to visit them to surf, set off on a road trip… Here you will find a perfect setting for everything you want to do!

2. Cost of living

Although the cost of living here is quite high, wages are proportional and allow you to cope perfectly, even if you are a student and work only part-time.

For you to get an idea, these are the 3 main expenses that you will have to face yes or yes and will largely determine the cost of your stay in these lands: accommodation, transportation and food.

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Price of accommodation

This is one of the costs that will depend the most on the city you live in and the type of accommodation you choose: living in a flat with a shared room is not the same as living in a single room.

To give you an idea of ​​the prices of individual rooms, in Sydney a room can cost between $ 250 AUD and $ 350 AUD, depending on whether you are in the center or outside. In the case of Melbourne you can find rooms between $ 250 AUD and $ 380 AUD also depending on whether you want the center or the surroundings. On the other hand, cities like Gold Coast or Perth, you will find rooms between $ 190 AUD and $ 290 AUD per week very well located.

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Public or private transportation

In Australia public transport is very good and you can get around the city by bus, metro and tram. However, there are cities that are cheaper than others, such as Melbourne, where tram transportation is completely free in the downtown area.

Our advice is to always try to buy a second-hand car, especially for those weekends that want to get away. In addition, there is so much movement of buying and selling that when you leave you can sell it at almost the same price that you bought it.

On the other hand, it is also highly recommended to buy a bicycle or a scooter, since in the long run you will save a lot of money especially on short trips.

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Food expenditure

If you really want to save, avoid eating out and learn to cook. Supermarkets often have happy hours with very aggressive discounts. Coles, Woolworths and Aldi are the best known in Australia. Take advantage of those moments to make the purchase and prepare tuppers to take them to work or to school! They usually put these offers in the late afternoon.

Keep in mind that not all of us eat the same, but if we had to say how much you could spend a week on your purchase of the supermarket it would be between $ 60 AUD and $ 90 AUD. A tip to save even more money on food is to share expenses with a friend.

3. Australian lifestyle

Australians take life very seriously, and that is why they are not limited to just work: they go out, laugh, surf, live, fall in love ... Here there is time for everything and life goes at a pace that allows you to reconcile.

In Australia you can enjoy a leisurely lifestyle that will allow you to meet new people and do activities such as surfing, discovering nature, visiting new places, trying different food ... Oh, and enjoy the events that we organize every month at Dingoos, of course!

4. Types of accommodation

In Australia there are as many types of accommodation as budgets and lifestyles: from a backpacker (which comes to be like a hostel and is perfect for your first days), in fact if you come with Dingoos we will help you hire one for your first weeks, up to a student residence, a shared flat or staying in the house of an Australian family working as an au pair.

Our recommendation regarding accommodation is that don't start looking for one until you get to AustraliaThere is so much on offer that you will find something safe, and it is also better to visit them personally.

5. Climates of Australia

Australia is so big that the weather differs a lot from the east coast to the west or from the north to the south. To give you an idea, the further south the colder it is and the further north the warmer, for example, Melbourne can be a cold place in winter while the Gold Coast is quite temperate, and in the case of Cairns even more.

In short, here there is a tropical, subtropical, desert, tropical climate ... If you are rainy, you will find a place where it rains every two times three; if yours is the sun, you can live in one of the sunniest cities in the world. What you want! Even so, when you talk to your Dingoos guide, he will inform you in detail about the climate of each city depending on the time of year, so that you have it easier and you can choose the destination that best suits you.

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6. Requirements to live in Australia

It all depends mainly on your goal, since the first thing you will have to do is apply for a visa depending on the time you want to spend in Australia and what you plan to do here. But calm @, because from Dingoos we will help you achieve this thanks to the team of experts in Australian visas.

Our advice is that if what you want is to study and at the same time work to get some money, it is the Student visa, although as we will see later there are many other visas that you should also take into account depending on your objectives and the time you are going to spend in Australia. Even so, we want you to know a little above what are the main advantages of this visa, since it can become your best option.

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What does the student visa allow me?

With this visa you can come to Australia to study and work for more than three months and for the entire duration of your course (plus the vacations that correspond to you and some extra time). Thus, in addition to studying, you can work part-time to pay for your stay and the occasional trip.

Another advantage of this visa is that you can also come with your partner, who can apply for a couple visa and work full time.

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Requirements for obtaining a student visa

Here comes the best part, because you will not need to have a minimum level of English nor will your age condition you, since you can request it no matter how old you are.

Student visa is the easiest to get! You will only have to enroll in a course accepted by the authorities.

7. How to live in Australia for 3 months?

If you want to live in Australia for 3 months or less, your best option is the Tourist Visa.

  • What does the tourist visa allow? As its name indicates with this visa, you can only travel, in no case work.
  • Requirements to apply for a tourist visa: If you come from Spain, this visa is very easy to get since you can process it directly online at eVisitor. It is free and you will only need your passport.

8. How to live in Australia for 6 months or 1 year?

If your plan is to come to live in Australia for 6 months or 1 year, you have two options mainly, the Student Visa or the Work and Holiday visa.

Both visas allow you to work, although they have their peculiarities, for example the W&H Visa does not allow you to work more than 6 months with the same employer and the student visa allows you to work 40 hours every two weeks.

On the other hand, its main difference is in the requirements that are demanded. To obtain the W&H Visa you must be under 35 years old and demonstrate a minimum level of English through an official certificate, while the student visa does not require any type of language or age requirement, regardless of your nationality.

On the other hand there is the issue of places, where the student visa does not have a limited number of places while the W&H visa does.

Our advice is that if you are thinking of coming for 6 months and then decide to renew, you will have to pay the visa fees again, while if you contract your course for a longer duration, You will save money when you have to renew your visa. Keep this in mind because it happens to many of us 😉

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9. How to live in Australia for 1 to 4 years?

If you want to live in Australia for between one and four years, the ideal visa is the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (482), although it is a visa that has its very specific difficulties and requirements.

  • What does TSS allow you? Work in Australia for 1 to 4 years, bring your family with you, and leave and enter Australia as many times as you like during that period.
  • Requirements to get it: In order to come with this visa, an Australian (approved) company will have to bet on you and do all the paperwork and request to the Australian Government. In addition, your profession has to be within those required by the Australian Government and, depending on which one, you may be eligible for more or less work time.

10. How to live in Australia indefinitely?

If your dream is to stay and live in Australia forever, your option is Skilled Visa for Australia, and you mainly have two types:

Skilled Nominated visa (190)

  • What does the SN Visa allow you? Live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.
  • Requirements: You will have to be invited by an Australian state. Here you have all the information about Skilled Visa Nominated.

Skilled Independent Visa (189)

  • What does the SI Visa allow you? Work in Australia with permanent permission and apply for Australian citizenship.
  • Requirements to get it: That your profession is one of those eligible by the Australian Government, have professional experience, a very good level of English and less than 45 years, among others. Here you have all the information about Skilled Independent Visa (189).

Cities to live in Australia

Do you already have a favorite city? If you are still not clear, "no worries", we leave you here a list so that you can find out about the main characteristics of each of them.

How do we help you from Dingoos?

In 1000 ways and more, but to give you an idea here you have only some of the services that we can offer you in a personalized and totally free way.
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Visa processing

We process your student visa so that you do not have to fill out a paper. All we need is to pay the fees and provide us with some documents, such as your ID and passport.

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School Enrollment

We will help you find the course that best suits you in the city that most interests you and we will manage your registration.

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Integration in Australia

We will be waiting for you upon arrival and we will receive you as one of ours. We want you to feel part of our community since your first day in Australia and become a member of our #FamiliaDingoos.

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Support Attention to the student

Australia comes to learn, grow, meet new friends, do thousands of things for the first time ... Australia comes to live intensely and for us it will always be a luxury to do it by your side!


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