Living in Australia

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Australia is the sixth largest country in the world and has the lowest population density per square kilometre.

The country is divided into 6 states (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia) and two territories (Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory); each has a separate Government and is led by the Premier. 

The Commonwealth of Australia is a democracy with its own federal government.  The Queen of England is the Head of State but is permanently represented by the Governor General. The Federal Government is elected every three years and is led by the Prime Minister.

Australia is a natural wonderland of beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, amazing ancient rock formations and pristine rainforests. Much of Australia's exotic flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world and the lifestyle is second to none.

BrisbaneBrisbane – the river city

Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. Its warm, sunny climate, and location close to both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, makes it a popular destination for international students. Brisbane’s cosmopolitan lifestyle affords students many options for outdoor leisure activities, sight-seeing and living alike. Students can study and live in a safe, clean and friendly environment.

Brisbane has a great lifestyle at an affordable cost. There is never a shortage of fun and interesting things to do in Brisbane. Due to the beautiful climate, people in Brisbane love to participate in outdoor activities such as swimming, visiting the beach, rock climbing, bush walking and having picnics and barbeques with friends.

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Melbourne campusMelbourne - the cultural hub

Known for its exceptional restaurants, bars and local wines, Melbourne is the cultural hub of Australia. Whether you decide to visit one of the numerous art galleries or purchase unique pieces of fashion, Melbourne is fast becoming a popular destination for lovers of food art and fashion.

Located in the southern part of the country, the climate in Melbourne can change numerous times a day. Regarded as having four seasons in one day, visitors to Melbourne can experience sunshine, rain and /or wind all in the span of a couple of hours. It is this temperate climate which makes Melbourne the perfect destination for travellers from right around the globe.

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The Australian climate is generally pleasant without extremes in temperatures.  Broadly there are two climatic zones – the north, above the Tropic of Capricorn and, the south.  Because of Australia’s vast size, there are variations within these zones.  The south has all four seasons, while those in the tropical zone have two (summer "wet" and winter "dry").

Season Month Temperature ranges
Summer Dec/Jan/Feb 15°C - 35°C
Autumn Mar/Apr/May 10°C - 25°C
Winter Jun/Jul/Aug 0°C - 15°C
Spring Sep/Oct/Nov 10°C - 25°C

Living costs

The basic cost of living in Australia as outlined by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection is AUD $19,830 per year and international students may be required to demonstrate sufficient funds throughout the visa application process.

Living costs in Australia vary depending on where you live and your lifestyle. Below is a list of estimated costs for everyday expenses in Australia:

  • Bus, train and ferry ticket $17.00 – $55.00 per week (depending on the location)
  • Taxi $2.06 per km
  • Pre-paid phone card $10.00 – $20.00 per week
  • Cinema ticket $12.00 – $17.00
  • Nightclub entrance: $25.00
  • Pint of beer (570 ml): $4.50 – $7.00
  • Newspaper: $1.50 - $3.00
  • Loaf of bread: $2.50 – $5.00
  • 1 litre of milk: $2.00
  • 1 litre of orange juice: $2.50 – 4.00
  • 1 kg rice: $2.30
  • Bottle of soft drink: $1.50 – $3.50
  • Coffee / tea: $3.00 – 5.00
  • Lunch (take away): $8.00 - $15.00
  • Fast food (KFC, Hungry Jacks, McDonalds): $5.00 – 10.00
  • Bottle of shampoo: $3.00 – $7.50

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