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Australia



Quick Facts

Economy

GDP: 1.205 trillion USD (2016)

Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)

Government: The Australian Constitution creates a democratic legislature, the dual Parliament of Australia which consists of the Queen of Australia, and two houses of parliament, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Constitution provides for the Commonwealth Government’s legislative powers and allocates certain powers and responsibilities (known as “heads of power”) to the Commonwealth government. All remaining responsibilities are retained by the six States (previously separate colonies). Further, each State has its own constitution, so that Australia has seven sovereign Parliaments, none of which can encroach on the functions of any other.

Location: Australia is an island nation that is located in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean. Australia is located to the southeast of the mainland Asian continent and to the southwest of North America.

Capital: Canberra

Major Cities/ Counties: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide

Main Language: English

Climate: The climate varies widely due to its large geographical size, but by far the largest part of Australia is desert or semi-arid. Only the south-east and south-west corners have a temperate climate and moderately fertile soil. The northern part of the country has a tropical climate, varied between tropical rainforests, grasslands and part desert.

Why Study in The Australia?

Australia is currently the third most popular destination for international students in the English-speaking world.
For a country with a relatively small number of universities, Australia offers a truly world-class education and regularly features in global rankings. Eight Australian universities placed in the top 100 in the latest QS World University Rankings
Australia’s standard of living is amongst the highest in the world. International students are able to work part-time while they study, allowing them to offset their living costs. There is also the possibility of scholarships, which can help to lower the cost of studying in Australia for international students.
Institutions in Australia offer a wide variety of courses and degrees, so international students can easily find the school and field that are right for them.
One of the most appealing aspect of the country for international students is the quality of scientific research. Australia is at the forefront of new technology and innovations.
Australian qualifications are recognized by employers and leading educational institutions in many countries around the world. Moreover, most courses and training undertaken by international students in Australia are covered by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). It is a system of learning which is authorized by the Australian government.
Australia offers job facilities in multiple disciplines. Be it in agriculture or aeronautics, accounts or actuaries, Australia offer work permits to international students like none other.

Living in the Australia

Food: The meat pies and pasties had their connection to what was considered the staple foods of the 1800s:
beef, pork or mutton (the meat of adult sheep)
flour, usually made into bread or damper, a dense, thick bread
tea, considered a necessity, even when other items were scarce.

Safety: While Australia is generally a safe place to live and study, it is still important that you take precautions to reduce the chance of an incident occurring. The 2011 OECD Better Life Index rated Australia 9.3 out of 10 for safety, one of the highest ratings awarded to any country. Following your common sense and best practices will ensure you remain safe and healthy, whether you are handling emergencies, personal and home safety, or natural elements such as a sun, water, and fire.

Welfare: Universities provide free and confidential support and assistance to help students develop practical skills to better manage time, money and personal issues. Officials’ help students develop strategies to concentrate on studies and get the most out of university life.

Health: Healthcare in Australia has been steadily improving over the last ten years. Visitors in Australia under a student visa are required to take out Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) during their stay.

Transport: The transport options available in Australia include buses, trains, trams and ferries. Your access to these transport services will vary depending on where you live. You will also be able to access private and public car services from taxis to hired limousines, available to take you from door to door. If you hold a current drivers license in your home country, you might be able to drive in Australia without sitting for any further driving tests. But remember that many state and territory governments require you to get an Australian drivers license if you are there for more than three months.

Money Matters

Under Graduate Studies: A$ 20,000 – A$ 30,000 per year

Post Graduate Studies: A$ 22,000 – A$ 30,000 per year

Living Expenses as per the Australia High Commission visa guidelines: 20,290 A$ per year

Arrival & Accommodation

Planning & Housing: Whilst you are staying in Australia, you will have a variety of accommodation options available to you. Your choices will depend largely on whether your college or university has halls of residence, what city you are located in, and the amount of your monthly budget. Various options include Halls of Residence, Self- Catered Halls, Flats/ Houses.

Welcome week: Welcome Week is your opportunity to make friends, learn more about studying at the university and living in the country. You will be invited to attend a number of events throughout Welcome Week – some of which are optional and others compulsory.

Travel to your institution: If you are staying near the university, there is shuttle service available. Else, you may choose to travel by trains or buses.

Opening a bank account: In order to open an Australian bank account, you will need two documents: one to prove your identity and one to prove your address. This applies both in branch and online. Proving your identity is simple. You just need your passport.

Employment Prospects

Part Time Wages: 9.15 euros – 14 euros per hour

Can you work? Yes
What kind of work can you do? There are various part-time jobs available in all the sectors of hospitality/catering to call center to banking and finance and etc. With few exceptions, it is very unlikely that you will find a part-time job related to your course of study.
How many hours can you work? 20 hours per week during studies; 40 hours per week during vacations.
Do you need prior approval when you work? No.
About Tax?
You will normally start to pay tax on your first payday. The amount of tax you pay depends on your level of pay and the number of your tax credits.
Full Time:
Employment Permit System
Work permit
Work permits are issued for up to 2 years. Generally, the salary must be €30,000 or more and the employer must have carried out a labor market test. The cost for a 2-year work permit is €1000. After 12 months working in the country, work permit holders can apply for their family members to join them.
Green card permit,
Green card permits are issued for jobs where the salary is over €60,000. Green card permits are also issued for certain jobs where the salary is between €30,000 and €59,999, for an up-to-date list of eligible jobs go to : www.enterprise.gov.ie. There is no labor market test. There must be a job offer of 2 or more years.
Spousal/Dependent work permit
Spousal/Dependent work permits are issued to spouses or dependents (who came to Ireland before they were 18 years of age). If the main work permit holder was granted their work permit before 1st June 2009:
There is no labor market test
There is no fee for the work permit
There are no ineligible jobs
If the main work permit holder was granted their work permit after 1st June 2009, then the spouse or dependent will have to apply for a work permit in their own right which means
There is a labor market test
There is a fee for the work permit
There are ineligible jobs

How to find a job?

You can contact your Local Employment Service (LES)
You can check local and national newspapers: The Irish Times and The Irish Examiner (job supplement on Fridays), The Irish Independent (job supplement on Thursdays), The Sunday Independent and The Evening Herald.
Use personal contacts, for example, relatives or friends who may know of current vacancies.
You can also check the internet for details of current vacancies – here is a sample of some websites for job-seekers:
www.irishjobs.ie
www.jobfinder.ie
www.monster.ie
www.hireland.ie
www.jobs.ie
www.findajob.ie
www.activelink.ie/community-exchange

Average Salary?

€25,000- €30,000
Useful Links
http://www.hse.ie/
http://www.livinginireland.ie/
https://housinganywhere.com/
http://www.educationinireland.com/
http://www.citizensinformation.ie/
https://www.djei.ie/