We think we know Australia. We’ve seen “Crocodile” Dundee, we listened to INXS, and we loved “The Crocodile Hunter”: Steve Irwin. We know that Hugh Jackman is Australian. As are Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, Heath Ledger, Kylie Minogue, Russell Crowe, and Cate Blanchett. We know that Australia is big (it’s the sixth-largest country by landmass) but it has a very small population (just under 24 million as of 2015… that’s less than North Korea, Afghanistan, Peru, Canada, and 47 other countries). The earliest inhabitants arrived about 45,000 years ago but the first European to lay eyes on it was Willem Janszoon of Holland in 1606. The first European settlers? That didn’t happen until the English set up house in what is now Sydney in 1788.
We love their unique wildlife: kangaroos, koala bears, and emus. But we also know that Australia is home to some of the most deadly snakes and spiders in the world… not to mention the crocodiles and sharks (Great Whites and otherwise).
But those are just stats and figures. If you really want to get to know Australia (and who wouldn’t?!), you have to visit her. And if you want to truly understand and explore her, you need to live there. A visit is good. Residency is better.
And in the global, mobile world of 2015, that’s easier than ever before. People can live and work in different countries with unprecedented ease these days. You just need a job, a place to live, and the proper documentation.
Countries no longer just look inward when trying to meet their employment needs. The whole world is available to them. Citizens of one country may go to school in another, and then settle and work in a third. That’s becoming the new normal. Fifty years ago, that was practically unprecedented.
Get a Job
To find a job in Australia, you could connect directly with an Australian business and inquire about available vacancies. Or you could request a transfer if you already work for a company with offices or locations in the country. But for the greatest simplicity and choice, you should consider a recruitment agency.
Find a Home
Once you have your job lined up, you’ll need to turn your attention to housing. Australia is big (again, sixth largest in the world), and the variety of available housing options is second to none. You might opt to buy, rent, or even sublet, and major cities provide plenty of agencies to help you navigate the housing market.
But even after locking down a position and finding suitable housing, you’re still not “legal”. You next need to sort your visa. Many of the recruitment agencies (though not all) can also assist in this department, but you may decide to turn to a specialist.
Want to live and work in Australia for a while? These companies can help make it happen.
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1. ISA Group
Founded in 2001, ISA Group has a staff of 30 migration agents ready to connect Australian businesses with international candidates. They offer recruitment, immigration, and human resource services… basically everything a company would need to find international talent, and everything talent would need to land a job and legally arrive in the country. Check out their job vacancies page to see what’s available now and if something grabs your attention, sign up and create a job seeker account.
Headquartered in Sydney (but working with companies all over Australia), Konnecting deals with skilled migration and recruitment services. Businesses can register available positions, and candidates can create job seeker profiles. They provide recruitment, migration, and settlement assistance… your one-stop shop for moving to and working in Australia.
3. Michael Page
With offices in over 30 countries, the Michael Page group is a truly international organization. Founded in London in 1976, they have since established a presence in Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong, Paris, and Toronto, among others. The first Australian branch opened in 1985, and now includes offices in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, and Melbourne. They have Australia covered. They work with employers and job seekers, bringing the perfect candidate and the perfect company together. You can search their current openings and submit your CV via their online portal.
4. Just Rent Sydney
Sydney is the most famous and largest of Australia’s big cities. Located on the east coast, and home to the iconic Sydney Opera House, you’ll find plenty about the city to love. Just Rent Sydney specializes in the city. Search their available property listings (advanced search options include number of bedrooms/bathrooms, type of property, and price range), or create a property alert (and be notified by email when something comes up).
5. Melbourne Real Estate
Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and the second largest city in the country. It’s located on the southeast corner coastline and was ranked the world’s most livable city (for the fifth year in a row) by the Economist Intelligence Unit. If you’re looking for a place to hang your hat, look no further than Melbourne Real Estate. Buy, rent, or sell, they have you covered. Easy to navigate, plenty of full-color and high-definition pictures, and nearly 25 years’ experience in the city.
6. REIWA (Perth)
Found on the west coast, Perth is the capital of Western Australia and the fourth largest city in the country. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent, REIWA has the property for you. They are one of Western Australia’s largest real estate companies, with over 25,000 properties listed for sale and over 12,000 for rent. With numbers like those, you’re sure to find your dream house (or apartment, loft, or whatever). Founded in 1918, REIWA represents over 1,100 real estate agencies and 90% of real estate agents in Western Australia.
7. Brisbane Real Estate
Queensland just sounds like a great place to live. Plenty of coastline and beaches. A long, proud history. Brisbane is the capital of the state, and the third biggest city (2.3 million) in Australia. It’s located about 700km north of Sydney. Brisbane Real Estate can help find you someplace to call home. Boasting a sales staff of 19, they can find the perfect place for the perfect price.
8. Migration Expert
An authorized third-party organization like Migration Expert provides fee-based services to get you legally in the door. Work visas, travel visas, business visas, and work holiday visas (available to individuals between 18 and 30 from reciprocating countries, it allows for short-term and casual employment to finance your travels in the country) are just a few of their services. Of course, your visa is still subject to the approval of the Government of Australia.
9. Live In Australia
The largest and most awarded visa service company is Live in Australia. They’ve assisted 90,000+ applicants from over 200 countries since their inception. They can answer questions, advise you on your application, or do everything on your behalf. They’ve taken visa applications into the 21st century, and their website is packed with useful information and resources. Use them for a little help, or a lot.
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Sunshine. Beaches. Beer shrimps on the barbie. Friendly people. Australia has a lot going for it, and a working vacation – or short-term employment – could easily turn into a permanent relocation. Once you get there, you may never want to leave.
So come Down Under. The water’s perfect, the beer is cold, and you get to say “G’day, mate” on a daily basis. Job? Check. Housing? Check. Visa? Check. You’re good to go, mate. Swing by Moving to Australia for more information from a local (including a basic intro to Australian lingo… which can be pretty damn confusing to an outsider).
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