Living and Working in Australia

Australia is the world's smallest continent and the sixth largest country in the world!

Australia is divided into six states and two territories. The Australian culture is all about ‘a fair go for all’, enjoying the great outdoors – along with a dry sense of humour!

Australia defines itself by its Aboriginal heritage, vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures, the outdoor lifestyle 'beach & barbeques', innovative ideas, a thriving arts scene, legendary folk and modern day heroes - all this makes it an exciting, eclectic and modern place to live.

Because of its diversity there is an Australian state/territory to suit almost everyone and each location has something unique to offer. The landscape ranges dramatically from vibrant and exciting costal cities and towns, to the natural wonderland of beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, pristine rainforests, amazing ancient rock formations and the arid dessert.

Working Conditions in Australia

You can access information about working conditions in Australia from the Australian Immigration website. This website contains information about:

  • Conditions of employment
  • National Employment Standards (NES)
  • Pay scales, allowances and overtime
  • Awards
  • Leave/public holidays
  • Termination of employment

Costs involved in relocating to Australia

  • Australian registration fee for your relevant health profession - for example nursing registration fee AUS$540 (plus English language test fee if required – between £110 - £475)
  • Police Clearance - approximately £45
  • Sponsorship Visa application fee - AUS$455
  • Medical and chest x-ray (required for Sponsorship Visa) - £250 to £350 per person
  • Initial temporary accommodation (single) - AUS$400 - AUS$700
  • Initial temporary accommodation (family) - AUS$600 – AUS$1000
  • Permanent accommodation rent (three bedroom house) – AUS$400 per week. Bond/rent in advance – approximately equivalent two/three months rent usually required
  • Miscellaneous costs –buying whiteware/furniture (if not shipping over), buying a car, initial start-up cash in hand for travel and day to day necessities

Some hospitals/healthcare facilities in Australia do offer relocation allowances, but this is not common. If you are offered a relocation allowance, you will generally be required to pay costs up front and then be reimbursed after arrival, so you still need to have accommodate these costs into your financial plan

The following link is a useful currency calculator: www.xe.com/ucc