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Guide to settling in Australia
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15,000 km: the distance between France and Australia. 14 times: the surface area of Australia compared to that of France. And 4% is the average unemployment rate in Australia. If you are looking for far away places, wide open spaces and professional opportunities, then there is no doubt: move to Australia!

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Why move to Australia?

The figures speak for themselves. With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world, Australia is the real deal for work in all sectors. Not to mention the fact that Australian employers see things in a big way when it comes to pay. The average salary is $1,200 per week, or more than $54,000 (AUD) per year (€50,000). 

A comfortable salary, in line with the quality of life in the country, which offers sunshine almost every day. The beaches of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are yours to enjoy after work. And don't forget the cross-country trips that will take you from the coast to the desert or from the mountains to the rainforest! 

Finally, Australia is also a land of exile and permanent multiculturalism. One of the foundations of this country for which difference is a strength. Being an expatriate in Australia is not difficult when it comes to everyday life.

How do I get a visa for Australia?

You can choose to join Australia on a work visa. There are several types of visa available depending on your profile. 

For a first entry in the country, expatriates have more chances if they opt for a sponsored visa. These visas are sponsored by employers for jobs that are in demand in Australia. 

It is also possible to obtain a visa without sponsorship if your profile is on the MLTSSL (Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List). Due to the urgent need for labour, these visas are given priority by the Australian government. 

Another very accessible solution for 18-35 year olds: a Working Holiday Programme in Australia
A Working Holiday Visa that allows you to stay and work in the country for one year. This first visa could be useful as it is not uncommon for people on a WHP to get a sponsored visa at the end of their stay. 

> Read also: How to get permanent residence in Australia

Living in Australia: what to expect when you get there

Once you have your visa, the adventure is yours! In terms of work, you will discover an Anglo-Saxon work model: primacy of skills and experience, teamwork, proximity and a relaxed atmosphere like the "No worries Mate" that Australians love to use. 

If you're not on the road in a van, you'll need a roof. It is not very difficult to find accommodation in Australia. Australian rents are paid every fortnight and, to sign a lease, you will need to commit to 6 months with a deposit of one month's rent. 

While the quality of life is high, it does come at a cost. This will be felt in rents, food, transport and health care. This is why Australian salaries are also higher than in France. 

> Read also: 3 things to know about taxes in Australia

As far as health is concerned, you should know that when you arrive, you will not yet benefit from the Australian public health system. The latter is reserved for citizens and residents who have been so for at least two years. So before you leave, think about taking out international health insurance.

> Read also: The healthcare system in Australia

APRIL International: your health passport for Australia!

Because health care in Australia is far more expensive than in some European countries like France, consider taking out international health insurance before you leave. With APRIL International, choose from 5 fully flexible cover options to suit your situation and live the Australian adventure to the full!

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