Expatriate Community in Australia

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
There are several hundreds of thousands of expatriates.
Blogs For Expats
For Further Information
Reflections on Australia
Immigration Authority
Australian government portal
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Portal website

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Sydney is among the most expensive cities in the world.
Quality of Life
Australia is among the countries offering the best quality of life. Sydney and Melbourne are in the world top 10 of cities offering very good quality of life.
Sanitary Conditions
Very good sanitary conditions.
For Further Information
The Mercer Human Ressource ranking

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
Studios are apartments with one main room. Some of them are let furnished. The other apartments are designated 1, 2, 3 bedrooms, with a separate kitchen.
Normal Lease Term
Most often 6 to 12 months, renewable.
Rental Costs
A deposit (given back when you leave the apartment) equal to 2 months' rent is required. At the beginning of the rental period, a third party is often required to stand guarantor.
Agencies or Private Rentals
Going through a rental agency may be more convenient; but the fees are often sizeable (once or twice the monthly rent).Renting directly from an individual is less expensive, but value for money often varies from one apartment to another
Rental Agency Websites
Portal website
Century 21
Raine & Horne
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Sydney Morning Herald website
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
In all large cities there are structures called service apartments which are useful on arrival in Australia, before renting or buying an apartment. Studios and apartments are for rent for periods of a few days to several months. We can mention: MEDINA or APARTMENT SERVICE .
For Further Information
Fair Trading Agency

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School System

School Level
It breaks down into 4 levels of education: pre-school from 2 to 4 years old, nursery school from 5 years old; elementary school from age 6 (6 years from year 1 to year 6); secondary school (6 years from year 7 to year 12 leading to the Higher School Certificate (HSC) (baccalaureate); then higher education (3 to 8 years).
International Schools
To see the international schools in Australia, consult the Allo-expat website.
For Further Information
Study in Australia

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
The Australian health system offers good quality health care. It is accessible to everyone all over the country. Health care personnel are very well trained and competent. Problems of levels of staffing sometimes arise according to region or medical establishment. Global health costs are high for households in spite of a well developed system of complementary health care.
International Hospitals
Sydney Children’s Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred (Sydney), Australian Private Hospitals Association
Health Insurance
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Health System Insurance Body
Health Ministry
Department of Health

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