The best places to live in Australia

Moving to Australia but don’t know where to live? Take a tour of Australia’s capital cities and what they have to offer.

Want to know more? Choosing where you’ll live when moving to a new country is a huge decision. It can have a huge impact on how comfortable you feel in your new surrounds and on how successful your relocation is. With this in mind, we’ve put together a useful guide of some of the best places to live in Australia.

Detailed below we've look at the various major cities in Australia and broken them down into work / life opportunities.

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Which city has the best opportunities for my profession?

You've got a qualification in your home country and now you're thinking of taking your skills to Australia. Sound like you? But where should you move to increase the possibilities of employment in your field?

In 2016, the national unemployment rate was 6.3% (Australian Bureau of Statistics). The unemployment rate has been fairly steady over the years, averaging 6.9% from 1978 to present, which is a good indicator of what you can expect for future years.

A more specific breakdown of unemployment rates per state is as follows:

RegionUnemployment Rate
Australian Capital Territory4.3
Northern Territory4.5
Western Australia5.1
New South Wales5.7
Victoria6.0
Queensland6.3
Tasmania7.0
South Australia7.6

What are my job prospects?

Remember that these rates are across all sectors of employment and may not completely reflect the opportunities in your specific field.

When considering specific industries the Labor Market Information Portal states that the sectors with the highest number of persons employed (May 2016) include Health Care and Social Assistance (1,435,700), Retail Trade (1,238,000), Construction (1,037,500) and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (972,300). Areas with the least number of people employed include: Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (143,100) and Information Media and Telecommunications (212,000).

If you're wondering what the job prospects in your field in Australia are like, you might also like to explore Job Outlook, which is a government initiative designed to give you an idea of the market when looking for a job or considering education.

Australia also has specific visas for those qualified in Skilled Professions. There is a specific Skilled Occupations List (which changes constantly) which details professions that are in demand in Australia and can hold better prospects for you in Australia than other sectors might.

Occupations currently on this list include: Construction Project Manager, Engineering Manager, Child Care Centre Manager, Medical Administrator, Nursing Clinical Director, Actuary, Architect, Surveyor, Chemical Engineer, Structural Engineer, Veterinarian, Special Needs Teacher, General Practitioner, Midwife, Nurse Practitioner, Software Engineer, Barrister, Social Worker, Carpenter Chef, Dental Therapist and more. Click here for a full, current list.

Ultimately, if you're thinking of making the move and would prefer the security of work before you leave, you can start searching job portals such as Indeed, SEEK and jobsearch.gov.au to begin applying and to also get an idea of what roles are available at the moment. From there, you can determine the best city for you to live and work in.

But if you're not as particular, then why not explore our cities and see which suits your personality and needs yourself.


What should I be getting paid?

The salary expectations at home may be vastly different from the expectations in Australia. While there will be variations between companies, positions and genders (yes, it still happens) it's good to have a general idea of how much you should expect to be paid in your position.

Here, we've mashed together Glassdoor's rating for average salary ranges across Australia's largest employees for Australian university students and graduates to give you an idea of how much you can expect to receive.


Living in Sydney

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From the sands of Bondi Beach to the sights of its famous harbour, Sydney is a city that’s famous all around the world. Australia’s largest and oldest city, Sydney is perhaps best known for its natural beauty and cultural diversity. It combines the hectic pace you’d expect of a major world city with some of the most iconic man-made landmarks anywhere in the world.

Weather-wise, Sydney follows the seasons with the warmest months being during the Australian summer (November to February) where temperatures can reach up to 40°C. Winters are quite mild here, reaching minimums of 6°C at night.

Where to live

With a population in excess of 4.6 million, Sydney is easily Australia’s largest city. While the Central Business District (CBD) is contained within a compact area near the harbour, its suburbs spread far to the north, south and west. As finding somewhere to live in the Inner City is quite expensive, you’ll probably be looking further afield for somewhere to live. At least while you’re still starting out.

For a trendy, bustling 20-something lifestyle, the suburbs of the Inner West might do the trick. If you’re looking for family friendly, the Hills District in the north-west or perhaps the Northern Beaches could be suitable. For those looking to settle among cultural pockets of fellow expats, Western Sydney is home to a significant migrant population. For example, many Indian expats live in the Parramatta region, while a number of migrants from Britain and New Zealand live in the city’s south-west.

Transport

Transport in Sydney is an oft-complained-about subject for the city’s residents. Many Sydneysiders choose to get around by car, though travel times and traffic queues can be extensive for those heading to the CBD from the west. Sydney’s public transport system covers nearly all of the metropolitan area.

Commuters can get around by train, bus, light rail or ferry, while the State Government has recently introduced an Opal Card (similar to London’s Oyster Card) to make it easier to get around on the public transport network.

Working life

Sydney’s economy is larger than Hong Kong’s or Singapore’s, producing more than $306 billion of goods and services each year. The major industries in the city are financial and professional services, manufacturing, information and communications technology, tourism, research and education, and the creative industries. Employment prospects in Sydney are generally considered to be quite good, with plenty of opportunities available and a low unemployment rate.

Universities and educational institutions

Sydney is home to a wide range of universities and educational institutions to help you further your learning journey. World-class universities based in the city include the University of Sydney (USYD) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), both of which have been named in the world’s top 100 universities.

In fact, Sydney has been named the sixth best student city globally, with other institutions including Macquarie University, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the University of Western Sydney (UWS). Whatever you’re looking to study, you’ll be able to find the right place to do it in Sydney.

Cost of living

Sydney is the most expensive city in Australia to live in and features prominently on lists of ‘the most expensive cities in the world’. As an example, the average cost to rent a one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre is $1,624.22 per month.

In comparison, the same apartment might cost around $946.16 per month in London and $1,719.44 in New York. According to the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA), Sydney’s median house price for 2014 is $763,169, which is the highest among the capitals.

Read our full Sydney guide


Living in Melbourne

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Melbourne is Australia’s second-largest city and has legitimate claims to be the country’s cultural and sporting capital. The city’s four million residents love both the arts and sports, and the city is also home to some of Australia’s best dining and nightlife. With this in mind, it’s no wonder that The Economist regularly names Melbourne as one of the most livable cities in the world. Weather-wise, Melbourne is known for having "four seasons in one day", while it follows the seasons, the weather often changes during the day expectantly. As it is further south than Sydney, winters and summers generally tend to be a few degrees lower with frost sometimes appearing during the winter months.

Where to live

The heart of Melbourne sits on the banks of the Yarra River, with the city branching out in all directions from there.

Of course, choosing where to live will depend on your lifestyle and preferences.

You might choose to live by the sea in the artsy St Kilda suburb, or perhaps further afield in Sandringham. Or maybe you’ll find the unpretentious and vibrant surrounds of somewhere like Fitzroy more up your alley. Richmond boasts plenty of cafes and restaurants, Camberwell is leafy and family-friendly, while Surrey Hills is another great spot for those with kids. Melbourne is also a multicultural city, boasting large pockets of Greek, Italian, Chinese and Indian residents.

Transport

Designed around a grid system, Melbourne’s city centre is generally easy to navigate. The city also boasts an extensive public transport system which, especially in inner city areas, is quick and easy to use. Most popular spots can be easily reached by train or tram, while buses are generally used to link those areas without train or tram connections. All services are offered under the myki ticketing system.

Working life

Job prospects are generally quite reasonable for migrants moving to Melbourne. The main industries in Melbourne – and Victoria as a whole – include the automotive industry, aviation, building and construction, education, engineering, nursing, financial services, and information and communications technology. The city and its employers are welcoming of migrants looking for work and Australia has a reasonably low unemployment rate, meaning job prospects are good.

Universities and educational institutions

The state of Victoria has the highest university participation and graduation rates in the Asian region, and Melbourne is home to some world-class educational institutions. Students can study at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Monash University, or one of a number of other educational providers.

Both Monash Uni and the University of Melbourne are members of the Group of Eight, which is a coalition of leading tertiary institutions in the fields of research and professional education, while Melbourne is regularly ranked as one of the world’s top student cities.

Cost of living

Melbourne may not be as expensive as Sydney when it comes to cost of living, but it’s still quite pricey. A one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre might cost you around $1,237.15 per month to rent.

Read our full Melbourne city guide


Living in Brisbane

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The thing that attracts many migrants to Australia’s third-largest city is its weather. Brisbane boasts warmer temperatures than Sydney and Melbourne, allowing you to avoid Melbourne’s notoriously fickle weather and the chill of a Sydney winter.

There’s also a relaxed, easygoing atmosphere to the place that you wouldn’t expect from such a major urban hub. Brisbane is one of the warmer cities in Australia as it's in a subtropic environment and bears an average temperature of 16-25ºC. It's also within easy distance to summer holiday spots like the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

Where to live

With a population of around two million, Brisbane is growing fast as more and more people move to take advantage of the sub-tropical climate. The compact city centre is situated on the banks of the Brisbane River, with suburbs spreading in all four directions from there.

You can find reasonably priced accommodation quite close to the city centre in suburbs like Auchenflower and Paddington, while those looking for family-friendly living might turn their eyes north to the Morayfield region. Whichever direction you choose to move away from the city, you can find yourself large parcels of land, yet still be within reasonable driving distance of the CBD.

Transport

The grid-like layout and compact nature of Brisbane’s CBD make it relatively easy to get around. If you’re driving, however, a number of one-way streets can make navigation a little difficult. In terms of public transport; trains, ferries and buses are all available under the TransLink ticketing system.

The public transport system offers access to all of the city’s major areas, making it easy to get around in every direction. As the city continues to grow, the public transport network grows with it.

Working life

Brisbane boasts a thriving economic environment alongside a relaxed ambience that you may not find in other cities. Major industries in the region include: hospitality, tourism, health, business and manufacturing. As Brisbane is a city experiencing rapid growth, job prospects for migrants are quite good, with a wealth of employment opportunities available for the right applicants.

Universities and educational institutions

If you’re looking to study in Brisbane, the city is home to universities and educational institutions that cover all the major disciplines you would find at other Australian universities.

The University of Queensland (UQ) is the state’s oldest university and has more than 46,000 students and a graduate employment rate of 81.6%. Other options for students include, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

Cost of living

The cost of living in Brisbane is generally much cheaper than in Sydney and Melbourne. Property prices are much more affordable across the board, which is one of the reasons why many people choose to move north to the Sunshine State. On average, renting a one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre can set you back $1,234.04 per month.


Living in Hobart

hobart_shutterstock_83513701From its relaxed country atmosphere to its beautiful country surrounds, Hobart has plenty going for it. A far cry from the hustle and bustle of a city like Sydney or Melbourne, everything in Hobart seems to move at a slightly slower pace. The city is also home to a thriving arts scene and family-friendly suburbs, and is noted to be a food lover’s paradise. Being Australia's southernmost capital city, Hobart lends itself to the coldest temperatures of the cities, reaching temperatures as low as 4ºC during winter (July) and as high as 22ºC during summer.

Where to live

The second oldest city in Australia, Hobart sits alongside the Derwent River and at the base of Mount Wellington. There are a number of desirable suburbs along the length of the Derwent, while the historic surrounds of Battery Point or the water views of Sandy Bay are always popular.

Those migrating to Hobart with their family might consider the southern suburb of Kingston as an option, as it was recently named the most family-friendly place to live in Australia.

Transport

There are two main ways to get around Hobart: drive yourself or take the bus.

The city has been sensibly laid out to make navigation easy, although keep an eye out for one-way streets when getting from A to B. The main bus interchange can be found in front of the General Post Office and offers sufficient service to most parts of the city. Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver with prices varying depending on the distance travelled.

Working life

With a somewhat insular economy, Hobart is protected from the global fluctuations of the international markets. While this also means that Hobart isn’t an area prone to rapid economic growth – there are still good employment prospects for skilled migrants.

The Occupation List provided under the State Migration Plan includes positions in industries like construction, health, hospitality, automotive, viticulture and engineering. The Tasmanian Government migration unit can also help those who are moving to Australia and looking for work.

Universities and educational institutions

The University of Tasmania is a respected institution and one of the oldest in the country. It’s ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide and has more than 29,000 students. Hobart residents may also seek to undertake further study through TasTAFE, which offers a wide range of vocational education and training courses.

Cost of living

Although certain parts of Hobart are home to some expensive real estate, the cost of living is generally lower than in other parts of the country. However, you should expect to pay more for certain goods and services (for example electricity) than you would in other parts of the country.


Living in Adelaide

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Known for its Mediterranean climate and boasting a population of around 1.3 million, Adelaide is becoming an increasingly popular place to live for new arrivals to Australia. The capital of South Australia, Adelaide combines a relaxed lifestyle, enviable weather conditions and affordable house prices. Adelaide weather is generally quite pleasant, it follows the seasons and hits around 7ºC during winter and peaks close to 30ºC on average during summer.

Where to live

Adelaide is often described as being more like a big country town than a major city. Happily, this means you can often expect to pay ‘country town’ house prices rather than ‘big city’ ones. The median house price for Adelaide is under $400,000, though properties on the coast tend to cost more than those inland.

The historic beachside suburb of Glenelg is a sought-after location, while family-friendly suburbs include Aberfoyle Park, Belair and Banksia Park.

Transport

Adelaide is a well-planned city that’s easy to get around by car. In terms of public transport, metropolitan train, tram and bus services cover most of the city. These services are contracted out by the State Government and offered under the MetroTicket system.

The extensive bus network covers the majority of the city, while the tram service includes stops at Hindmarsh, the CBD and Glenelg. Four lines make up the Adelaide Metro train system: the Gawler Line, the Outer Harbor Line, the Noarlunga Line and the Belair Line.

Working life

Just like the rest of Australia, Adelaide boasts a healthy economy. With estimates stipulating that Adelaide needs about 5,000 new skilled migrants every year to thrive, there are plenty of job opportunities for the right people. Major industries in Adelaide include healthcare, manufacturing, retail, public administration, education and training, and healthcare.

Universities and educational institutions

Students looking to further their education in South Australia can choose from a number of institutions. According to the Good Universities Guide 2015, the University of South Australia is the highest ranking university in South Australia in the graduate outcome category for 'Getting a Full Time Job.'

The University of Adelaide is the country’s third-oldest university and has been named one of the world’s top 200 universities. Bradford College is designed to offer a pathway for international students to the university, while other options include Flinders University and the University of South Australia.

Cost of living

Adelaide is generally considered to be one of Australia’s most affordable cities to live in. Goods and services, property prices and rent are all reasonable, with an average month of rent on a one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre costing around $982.25.


Living in Canberra

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It’s a common misconception that Sydney, being the largest city in Australia, is the capital of our country, but the truth is that our capital is Canberra. Located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Canberra is one of our smallest cities with a population of just over 373,000 people. Nevertheless, it receives many workers and visitors to its doorstep as it is the home of parliament. Canberra has a dry climate and is prone to frosty conditions during the thick of winter. Expect temperatures as low as zero in winter (July) or as high as 28ºC during summer (January to February).

Where to live

Australia’s capital city is divided in the centre by Lake Burley Griffin. To its north is the shopping and commercial area as well as the Australian War Memorial and National Library. Further north of these are the suburbs, where many government workers tend to reside.

Suburbs like Ainslie and O’Connor are popular areas for families living in houses, while Braddon and Civic are more popular for smaller numbers of occupants, with the majority of its residents living in flats, units or apartments.

To the south of Lake Burley Griffin is the Parliamentary triangle and embassy area. While it does have residential areas, it’s population is around half of what is in Canberra’s north, and features more expensive, waterside properties such as those on the Kingston Foreshore.

Transport

Canberra is a highly planned city, so it isn’t hard to maneuver your way around. Traffic jams and toll roads don’t really exist here with most car journeys taking little more than 20 minutes. As it’s a flat city, many of its residents choose to walk or cycle into work - depending on how convenient it is for them to commute from home to work/the shops.

In terms of public transport, because Canberra is so small it doesn’t rely on a suburban train or tram system. It does however provide a thorough bus network, and has a main train station and interstate buses to connect it to other cities and townships.

Working life

As Canberra houses parliament, many of its residents are public servants working for either the Australian or ACT Governments. Despite this, it’s interesting to hear that over half of the city’s workforce is employed in the private sector, making it a destination for business people.

In recent years, Canberra has begun to show more interest in cultural activities, and may soon develop more employment in the cultural sectors. Canberra might not be the business mecca of Australia, but it does offer a low unemployment rate, and the highest average full-time income in Australia, making it an enviable place to work in.

Universities and educational institutions

Both international and local students have a wealth of choice when it comes to higher education in Canberra with the University of Canberra (UC) and Australian National University (ANU) offering undergraduate and graduate awards in arts, business, engineering, legal studies and more.

ANU is also regarded as one of the top 20 universities in the world. More trade-based schools such as The Australian International Hotel School (AIHS), which teaches hospitality and business, and the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), which teaches military and civilian undergraduates and postgraduates, are also options for study in Canberra.

Cost of living

According to the REIA’s June 2014 report, the ACT is the most affordable state or territory in Australia to purchase a home. That is, when you consider the proportion of income required to meet loan repayments. In its December quarter 2013 report, it estimated that the median cost to purchase a three median room was $520,000, while to rent a three-bedroom home the median cost was $445 per week.


Living in Darwin

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Darwin has a laid-back and relaxed approach to life that you’d struggle to find anywhere else in the world. Boasting world-class natural scenery, a buzzing nightlife and warm weather all year round, Darwin has a lot to offer to new Australians. Being so close to the tropics, Darwin's weather follows the dry and wet seasons. Dry occurs between April and October and is the more pleasant season of the two with clear skies and balmy nights. During wet season (November to March) sees many rain and lightning storms with a little reprieve in terms of temperature, which on average jumps between 33 and 33ºC throughout the year.

Where to live

With a population of some 100,000 people, Darwin is home to a multicultural mix of expats of all nationalities. With this in mind, it’s a place where many new migrants can expect to feel very welcome.

House prices in Darwin are quite high compared to most other capital cities, with properties in suburbs like Bayview and Fannie Bay fetching a pretty penny or two. Family-friendly options include Wanguri and Wulagi.

Transport

Driving yourself is the best way to get around Darwin. As it’s not a huge city, traffic is fairly manageable and commute times are not too long. If you need to access areas close to the city centre, a public bus service can get you where you need to go with tickets starting at $3.

Working life

Darwin is a city experiencing economic growth at the moment. And with new port facilities, an improved airport and the construction of the north-south railway, that growth is expected to continue. There are plenty of employment opportunities available for migrants with the right skills and training.

Major industries in the region include construction, retail, accommodation and food services, public administration and health care.

Universities and educational institutions

Charles Darwin University (CDU) teaches 21,000 students across four campuses and four training centres. Ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world, CDU aims to provide high-quality learning experiences to all students.

Cost of living

Although it’s not the biggest of cities, Darwin is actually quite expensive to live in. It boasts a competitive real estate market that drives up prices, while geographical isolation means you can expect to pay more for certain goods and services. On average, renting a one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre may cost $1,702.71 per month.


Living in Perth

perth_shutterstock_111711725Last but certainly not least on this guide to Australia’s capital cities is Perth. Featuring a wonderful climate and relaxed beachy lifestyle, it’s definitely worth considering when looking for somewhere to live. It may be a fair way away from the rest of Australia but that’s just how the locals like it. Another consistently warm city, Perth weather never dips too cold, peaking above 30ºC during summer and dipping to around 18ºC during winter.

Where to live

With a population of about 1.25 million people, Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world. Situated on the banks of the Swan River, the city’s CBD is relatively compact and the suburbs spread out from there.

In general terms, suburbs in the city’s north and west are considered to be the most desirable places to live. Perth has a large migrant population, in part because of the mining boom in the state’s north, with many British migrants in particular calling this city home.

Transport

Although Perth is quite an easy city to drive around, the best approach for new arrivals is to use public transport. Operated by Transperth, the city’s public transport system is generally considered to be both reliable and affordable.

Buses and trains are the modes of transport used, with trains being particularly effective to help commuters access outer suburbs. Holding a SmartRider card may help make your public transport journeys easier to manage.

Working life

Thanks to Western Australia’s immense natural resources, the ‘mining boom’ has brought many in the mining industry to Western Australia. If you’ve got skills in this sector, there may be job opportunities for you in this sector.

All of the other regular industries you’d expect to find in a large city can be found in Perth too, including tourism, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and information and communications technology. However, because of the size of the city, jobs might be slightly harder to come by than in Sydney or Melbourne.

Universities and educational institutions

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a member of the Group of Eight and one of Australia’s leading educational institutions. It’s ranked as the 88th best tertiary education institution in the world.

There are plenty of other study options for Western Australian students, including Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University (ECU) and more. All of the major conventional areas of study are covered by these institutions.

Cost of living

Although Perth is generally quite an affordable place to live, certain goods and services can cost more due to the city’s remote geographic isolation. The resources boom has seen a sharp rise in house prices in recent years, although you might still be able to rent a one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre for around $1,452.43 per month.

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179 Responses to The best places to live in Australia

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    Lakmal | September 26, 2016

    Hi..i need to know the cheapest cost of living city for student visa holders with family.(accomodation,foods,medicine & others)

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      Stephanie | September 26, 2016

      Hi Lakmal,

      You can find out more about studying in Australia, including an idea about the cost of living, here.

      Hope that helps,

      Stephanie

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    Pawandeep | September 24, 2016

    Hello
    I have applied for Australian PR under section 189. I am a Telecom Engineer and have experience in optical fibers and transmission systems. Can you suggest which city would be best for me to move in among – Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide. Please suggest on basis of more job availaibility and cost of living. Also what is the scope of job with NBN?

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      Stephanie | September 26, 2016

      Hi Pawandeep,

      According to Job Outlook, the number of job openings for telecommunications engineers is expected to remain low for the next five years. The greatest state share of employment for this field is NSW, Victoria, Queensland and then Western Australia. You can find the cost of living in each in the above article. Generally where the hub of employment is (e.g. NSW, Victoria), there is a greater cost of living.

      You can find out more about the prospects in your field, as well as apply for jobs in it, through Job Outlook.

      I hope that helps,

      Stephanie

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    Behrooz | September 16, 2016

    Hi,Adelaide economics conditions perplexed me.which is the most affordable populated city but at the same time,suffering from the most unemployment rate.
    In comparison with the other important cities,how is it’s costs/expenses ratio?
    Another question,As an android developer is Melbourne the best choice for me?
    Thanks alot.

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      Stephanie | September 16, 2016

      Hi Behrooz,

      Thanks for your question.

      As mentioned in the article, Adelaide is one of the more affordable cities in Australia. You’ll find that the smaller and less populated cities have better cost/expenses ratios than larger cities such as Melbourne and Sydney.

      According to Job Outlook Software and Applications programmers should see an above average growth in the next five years. The greatest employment opportunities in this field may be found in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and ACT in that order.

      I hope that helps,

      Stephanie

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    Ashwin | August 29, 2016

    I am a Civil Engineer from India with more than 3 years of experience aspiring to work in Australia. I hold an Australian PR and is eligible to work in New south wales. Hence please advise regarding migrating to Australia and where to start looking for job? Is it advisable to search through online portals or fly to Australia and start searching. Kindly advise.

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      Stephanie | August 29, 2016

      Hi Ashwin,
      Thanks for your question.
      Please be advised that finder.com.au is a financial comparison website and not a migration agent.
      You can find more information about searching for a job in Australia here.
      I hope that helps,
      Stephanie

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    | August 23, 2016

    I am a stock broker in India and applying for Australian PR.Can any body tell me about which city should I look for job opportunities?

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      Stephanie | August 23, 2016

      Hi Rattandeep,

      Thanks for your question.

      A good place to look for information on job prospects in Australia is Job Outlook. It’s a government initiative that shows the outlook for various professions throughout Australia. It also breaks down where industries are throughout Australia.

      I hope that helps,

      Stephanie

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    Rajan | August 20, 2016

    You are required to provide a best explanation, why I should like to live and work in Victoria for ICT professional.
     

    ·         Why you would prefer to live in Victoria instead of the states/territories in which you already have family/friend connections

    ·         Your professional prospects in Victoria compared to the other states/territories

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      Stephanie | August 22, 2016

      Hi Rajan,

      Please be advised that finder.com.au is a financial comparison website and not a migration agent.

      In the article above, we have outlined details about life in Victoria, which should help you to decide whether you’d like to live in it or not. For professional prospects in Victoria, you can have a look at Job Outlook. This is a government initiative that provides you with ample information regarding prospects in your field of employ for the upcoming years, as well as in all the different states of Australia.

      I hope that has helped,

      Stephanie

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    Mohammad | August 18, 2016

    I have completed my bachelor’s in mechanical engineering in 2016. I plan to pursue masters in Australia. I want to know the job prospects of postgraduate mechanical engineer and also that of engineering manager in Adelaide, given that it’s a smaller city. Or is it that Melbourne and Sydney have more jobs per capita in this field. Depending upon your answer ,I’ll select the university ,whether to study n then find work in adelaide or Melbourne ……… Thanks in advance !

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      Stephanie | August 19, 2016

      Hi Mohammad,

      Thanks for your question.

      A good place to start for an insight into your future employment prospects is Job Outlook. It’s a government initiative that allows you to search hundreds of occupations for details on how the sector and the occupation are looking in the future. It will also show you what the market is like across Australia’s states and territories.

      Hope that helps,

      Stephanie

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    Thomas | August 17, 2016

    Hello,

    I am very seriously considering leaving the US for life in Australia. My company will start doing business in AU before he end of this year and because of this I do not have to look for a job, work., & can live anywhere in AU because I will be working from home.

    What actions do I have to take to start the process to become an Australian citizen? What different types of Visa’s do you suggest I look into getting prior to or after arriving?

    I’m even considering renouncing my citizenship. What are some of the best cities, areas to live in? Must love dogs.

    Thank You,
    Thomas

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      Krish | September 13, 2016

      Hi Thomas,
      I am currently staying in US and holding 489 visa for australia. It will be a new setup for me. Could you please suggest me any job prospects with your company?

      Thanks

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      Stephanie | September 13, 2016

      Hi,

      You can find out more information in our Guide to Jobs in Australia. You may also like to look at Job Outlook for an idea of work prospects in your field.

      Hope that helps,

      Stephanie

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      Stephanie | August 17, 2016

      Hi Thomas,

      Thanks for your question. You can find out more on visas and citizenship on in our Moving to Australia article here.

      To determine which visas you are eligible for, please use the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Visa Finder. You can also use this to see which visas will allow you to obtain citizenship later on.

      In the article above, we’ve outlined the atmosphere and job prospects in each capital cities. Australia is a very pet-friendly country in general, so you will likely find numerous suburbs within each city that are dog-friendly.

      Hope that helps,

      Stephanie

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    Milan | August 16, 2016

    Hi ,

    Me and my husband are planning to relocate to Australia (Perth) region . My husband is Business analyst with 9 years of experience .I would like to know about the job market in the above mentioned city. Also if we are re-locating on PR Visa, can we buy a house initially? or should we have to wait until we get PR visa & then buy?
    If we are renting a house outskirts how much would it cost per month for 3 bedroom house?
    What would be cost of living in this region?

    Regards,
    Milan

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      Ben | September 19, 2016

      hi

      l am telecommunication engineer with more than 10years experience planning to migrate to Australia which part Australia has great opportunities for me also with good living cost.

      best regards

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      Stephanie | September 20, 2016

      Hi Ben,

      If you’re wondering what the job prospects in your field in Australia are like, you might also like to explore Job Outlook, which is a government initiative designed to give you an idea of the market when looking for a job.

      Hope that helps,

      Stephanie

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      Stephanie | August 16, 2016

      Hi Milan,

      Thanks for your question.

      According to Job Outlook, employment for Business and Systems Analysts is predicted to grow moderately. In WA there are decent prospects for a position in this field, however it’s still small compared to in other states such as NSW, Victoria and Queensland. You can see a breakdown here.

      As a temporary resident, you may be able to invest in property in Australia, however there may be restrictions and additional eligibility criteria to meet before you will be able to do so. You can find out more here.

      The cost of renting a home in Perth can vary depending on where you choose to purchase your property and how large you’d prefer your land to be. For a general idea, the average rent for a 3-bedroom in North Perth is around $500 per week.

      I hope this has helped,

      Stephanie

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    Josh | August 12, 2016

    Hi there,

    Me and my partner are recently qualified primary school teachers and are seriously interested in emigrating to Australia for a more enjoyable life compared to the UK. We love going to the beach, swimming, eating out and most importantly, reasonably consistent warm weather, (as well as a bit of hustle and bustle as we are in our mid 20′s); so because of this we have shortlisted Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide as potential cities to relocate to. We would also like our wages to go as far as possible, hence why we have not entertained Sydney as a potential city. Do you think the cities mentioned previously could provide what we are after? If so, are there any particular suburbs you would recommend to us to look at and further research?

    Thanks in advance.

    Kind regards,

    Josh.

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      Stephanie | August 12, 2016

      Hi Josh,

      Thanks for your question.

      It’s no secret that Sydney is one of the most expensive cities to live in in Australia, so if you do want your wages to go further other cities are probably a better choice. On that note, Perth too can be quite expensive and is quite remote, so you might like to take its distance away from other major city hubs into consideration, especially if you’re thinking of travelling around the country.

      For suburbs to live in, you might like to browse Profile.id, which provides a detailed demographic of areas throughout the country.

      I hope this has helped,

      Stephanie

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