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Cities in Australia Offer High Quality of Life

Sep 28, 2016 People who live in Australia enjoy a high quality of life that is hard to beat. For example, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released its list of the world’s most livable cities in August 2016 and named Melbourne as the #1 most livable city in the world for 2016. This was the sixth consecutive year that Melbourne has been honored by The Economist as the best place on the planet to live out of the 140 major cities around the world that its researchers examined. In addition to Melbourne, the...

Australian Universities Among the Best in the World

Aug 17, 2016 The 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was published August 15, 2016, and for the first time in history, six of Australia’s 39 universities were listed among the 100 best universities in the world.   According to the ARWU evaluation, Australia’s six top universities for 2016 are: #1 University of Melbourne (#40 in the world); #2 University of Queensland (#55 in the world); #3 Australian National University (#77 in the world); #4 Monash University (#79 in the world); #5...

Australia’s Capital Has Best Standard of Living

Aug 04, 2016 If you want to immigrate to Australia, you may want to consider settling in Canberra, since the Australian national capital has once again been ranked #1 in the world for its high standard of living, according to a survey published in July 2016.   The Numbeo.com “Quality of Life Index” analyzed data about cities around the globe and rated them based upon their safety, cost of living, healthcare, climate, purchasing power, time spent commuting in traffic, pollution, and ratio of income...

Survey Finds Australia #1 Country for Millennial Generation

Jun 17, 2016 A survey of approximately 6,000 young adults from around the globe aged 18-35 has found that Australia is perceived as the #1 country for the “Millennial Generation” to live in.   The 2016 Best Country rankings survey was conducted by US News & World Report, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the BAV consulting firm in order to measure the perceptions of people throughout the world regarding countries with the largest economies.   Around 16...

NSW and Victoria Boast Australia’s Best Performing Economies

May 04, 2016 As Australia continues its 24th consecutive year of positive GDP growth, New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria are leading the other Australian States and Territories in economic performance.   The Commonwealth Securities (CommSec) “State of the States” report (April 2016) evaluated the economies of Australia’s six States and two Territories based upon eight key criteria: (1) economic growth; (2) unemployment, (3) retail spending, (4) housing starts, (5) housing finance, (6) c...

Economic Growth in Australia Strong During 2015

Mar 02, 2016 In early March 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that Australia’s economy enjoyed an impressive Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of 3.0% during 2015.   Driving economic growth in Australia last year was construction, household consumption, information technology, manufacturing, media, public spending, recreation, retail trade and telecommunications, according to the ABS analysis.   The strength of these and other sectors of Australia’s economy...

Aussies Appreciate Their High Standard of Living

Feb 29, 2016 The results of a recent survey of 2,000 Aussies conducted by National Bank Australia were released in February 2016 and revealed that an overwhelming majority of people who live in Australia are happy with their high standard of living.   In particular, the survey discovered that Australians appreciate the high level of freedom and safety that they have living in Australia, with access to quality healthcare and a hospitable environment also listed among the attributes Aussies like mos...

Australia’s Population Reaches 24 Million

Feb 16, 2016 Australia reached a major milestone on February 16, 2016, as the Australian population hit 24 million people for the first time in history.   According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), immigration to Australia accounted for 53% of the country’s population growth during this last year.   In fact, immigration to Australia has been the largest source of population growth in Australia for the past 10 years as hundreds of thousands of people move to Australia each y...

Business is Booming in Sydney and Melbourne!

Feb 15, 2016 According to the 2014-15 Australian Cities Accounts report released in February 2016 by SGS Economics and Planning, business is booming in Australia’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, which combined produced 54.3% of Australia’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth.   During 2014-2015, Sydney’s economy accounted for an incredible 30.3% of Australia’s overall GDP growth, while Melbourne’s economy generated an impressive 24.0% of Australian GDP growth.   ...

Thousands Become Aussie Citizens on Australia Day

Jan 27, 2016 On January 26, 2016, over 16,000 immigrants from 154 countries celebrated the “Australia Day” national holiday by becoming new Australian citizens in around 145 citizenship ceremonies held across the country.   Queensland led the country in the number of immigrants who became new Aussie citizens on Australia Day, with 4,300 people from around 100 different countries receiving Australian citizenship. At the largest Australian citizenship ceremony held in Queensland, 582 immigrants beca...

Australia Ranked #2 in the World For Quality of Life

Dec 17, 2015 A new report released by the United Nations (UN) in December 2015 declares Australia as the #2 country in the world for quality of life. The UN Human Development Report 2015 evaluated the quality of life in 188 countries around the globe based on three major factors used in its Human Development Index (HDI): standard of living (as measured by per capita gross national income); life expectancy at birth; and mean education level. Overall, the UN researchers considered people who live in Aus...

Australian Job Growth Hits Strongest Level in 28 Years!

Dec 10, 2015 Here is more good news about Australia’s economy. On December 10, 2015, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that the Aussie economy produced an impressive 71,400 new jobs in Australia during November 2015, which dropped the unemployment rate down to only 5.8 percent nationally. This strong Australian job growth followed the creation of 56,000 new jobs in Australia during October 2015. Furthermore, the data provided by the ABS reveals that during the October and November 2015 timef...

Australia's Economy Grows For 24 Consecutive Years!

Dec 02, 2015 When it comes to sustained economic growth, Australia is hard to beat. According to data released in early December 2015 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australia has enjoyed an amazing 24 consecutive YEARS of positive GDP growth! Maintaining this impressive record of positive economic growth also means that Australia has avoided having a recession for the past 288 months, including during the recent global financial crisis that affected much of the world.   Australia’s ...

Australian Education Ranked #1 in the World

Nov 05, 2015 Approximately 200,000 people from around the globe immigrate to Australia every year in pursuit of better opportunities, including Australian employment, educational options, freedom, a sense of community and an overall high standard of living. On all of these factors and more, Australia is one of the best places on Earth for a quality life. For example, the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index, which was published in November 2015 by the London-based Legatum Institute, evaluated 142 countries a...

Australia #1 in the World For Middle Class

Oct 25, 2015 According to the Credit Suisse 2015 Global Wealth Report, Australia is the #1 country in the world in terms of the percentage of its population that is considered in the middle class. The Credit Suisse report, published in October 2015, evaluated 200 countries around the globe and found that 66.1% of Australia’s 23.9 million residents are in the middle class, with an amazing 80.3% of all Aussies in the middle class or above. By comparison, the Credit Suisse researchers reported that 37.7%...

Aussies Living Longer and Better Quality Lives

Aug 23, 2015 Life for Australians keeps getting longer – and better! In August 2015, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released a report that reveals that Aussies are not only living longer than ever before, but the quality of their lives is also improving as they get older. Australians are among the longest-living people on Earth, including in the developed countries with the most advanced economies. The AIHW report, which is issued every two years, states that Aussie girls born between ...

Australian Cities Among Best Places to Live in 2015

Aug 18, 2015 Several of the largest cities in Australia have once again been listed among the world’s best places to live. In August 2015, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released its annual assessment of 140 cities around the globe and for the fifth year in a row, Melbourne was ranked as the #1 Most Livable City in the World! Other major Australian cities were also listed among the top places on the planet to live, with Adelaide ranked #5, Sydney #7, Perth #8 and Brisbane #18 out of the 140 cities eva...

Majority of Australians Are Happy With Life

Jul 19, 2015 When it comes to satisfaction with life, Aussies are among the happiest people in the world! In fact, people who live in Australia score higher than the average for residents of the other member countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In a report released at the end of June 2015, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed that Aussies 15 years of age and older rated their overall life satisfaction at 7.6 on a scale of 0-10, with 10 being the highest...

OECD Says Australians Enjoy High Income Equality

May 25, 2015 The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reported in May 2015 that Australians enjoy one of the world’s highest levels of wealth and income equality. This study says that although income inequality rose in the advanced countries of the OECD following the recent global economic downturn, income equality increased for Aussie workers during the same seven-year period. Additionally, the financial situation of the lowest 10% of Australian wage-earners got better between...

Aussies Among World's Wealthiest and Most Productive People

May 12, 2015 In terms of financial well-being, Australians are better off than most people on Earth. According to a report released in May 2015 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Australians are the third most-productive people in the world as measured by per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP), after #1 Norway and #2 Switzerland and ahead of #4 Sweden and #5 United States. Even more impressive, Credit Suisse reports that Australians are the world's wealthiest people, with Aussie adults enjoying a med...

Most Aussies Strongly Support Immigration to Australia

Apr 29, 2015 A recent survey conducted by Australian National University and published in April 2015 has found that an overwhelming majority of Aussies strongly support immigration to Australia. Researchers at Australian National University in Canberra polled 1,200 Australian adults across the country in March 2015 and discovered that nine out of every ten Aussies think people who immigrate to Australia improve the country's society, while over 80% of Aussies believe that immigrants help to boost the Austral...

Standard of Living For Australians Gets Even Better!

Mar 24, 2015 Life just keeps getting better in the Land Down Under! According to a new report released on March 24, 2015, by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM), the standard of living for Australians improved significantly during 2014. The NATSEM report revealed that the average growth of income for Aussies grew by 2.7% in 2014, outpacing the 1.4% increase in the cost of living. Thus, the standard of living index for the residents of Australia improved overall by 1.2% during 2014,...

Mercer Says Sydney Best Place to Live in Australia

Mar 04, 2015 It is said that “a picture is worth a thousand words” and so if you see a photo of Sydney, you immediately realize that it must be an incredible city to live in. The Mercer 2015 Quality of Living Survey confirms this common impression, declaring Sydney the best place to live in Australia and the #10 top city in the world for quality of life. Researchers at the respected Mercer international human resources (HR) firm evaluate 230 cities around the globe each year, assessing them based on...

Sydney and Melbourne Among World’s Top 10 Safest Cities

Feb 10, 2015 If you are looking for a safe place to live, Australia is hard to beat. In January 2015, The Economist released its “2015 Safe Cities Index” and ranked two Australian cities among the safest cities in the world. Fifty cities around the globe were evaluated based upon four major safety indicators: personal safety, health security, infrastructure safety and digital security. Sydney was rated by The Economist researchers as the world’s 6th safest city of 2015, while Melbo...

Hiring in Australia Hits Highest Level in 8 Years!

Jan 18, 2015 Hiring reached its highest level in Australia since December 2006 during the last two months of 2014. Statistics reveal that 37,400 new jobs in Australia were created in December 2014, which followed an increase of 45,000 Australian jobs in November 2014. This significant boost of jobs in Australia dropped the Australian unemployment rate down to 6.1% at the end of 2014 and was good news for Aussies in the New Year.   While the overall Australian economy closed 2014 on a high note, so...

Melbourne Ranked #2 City in the World For Students

Nov 26, 2014 The QS Best Student Cities of 2015 were announced in November 2014 and Melbourne was ranked as the #2 top city in the world to be a student, after 1st place Paris and ahead of #3 London. Not only did Melbourne receive high marks as a great place for students, but QS also considered Sydney to be the world’s #4 best city to live as a student; the Australian national capital of Canberra was rated #21; Brisbane #23; Adelaide #29; and Perth was the 38th top place on the planet for s...

New South Wales Boasts Australia’s Strongest Economy

Oct 21, 2014 According to a report released by Commsec in October 2014, New South Wales (NSW) now boasts the strongest economy of any of Australia’s states or territories. Commsec evaluated Australia’s six states and two mainland territories based on several indicators such as construction work, economic growth, equipment investment, housing finance, housing starts, population growth, retail spending and unemployment and considered New South Wales as the top economic performer in the country. Western Austral...

OECD Says Canberra Best City in the World to Live

Oct 19, 2014 In October 2014, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a report that declared Australia’s capital city of Canberra as the best place in the world to live. The OECD researchers evaluated 362 regions in 34 developed countries around the globe based upon nine indicators (access to services, civil engagement, education, environment, health, housing, income, jobs and safety) and found Australian Capital Territory (ACT) the world’s #1 location for well-being. This v...

Record Number of People Travel to Australia

Sep 07, 2014 A record 6.1 million people from around the globe traveled to Australia last year, according to a survey released by Tourism Research Australia on September 3, 2014. This was an 8% increase in the number of visitors who traveled to Australia during the previous year. Although Australia was an attractive travel destination for people from many countries and regions in the world, record numbers of visitors traveled to Australia from China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapor...

Melbourne is the World’s Friendliest and Most Livable City

Aug 17, 2014 Good things are happening in Melbourne, Australia! In two recent surveys, Australia’s “cultural capital” of Melbourne was named as the “friendliest” city in the world, as well as the “most livable city” on Earth.   In the 2014 Reader’s Choice Survey conducted by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Melbourne tied with Auckland, New Zealand, as the world’s “friendliest” city. Melbourne also received high marks for being both “cool” and yet “classy,” having excellent eateries and top-no...

Looking For Happiness? Move to Australia!

May 12, 2014 If you are looking for happiness in life, you may want to move to Australia! In the 2014 Better Life Index, issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Australia was ranked as the #1 “happiest country” in the industrialized world for the fourth year in a row. The OECD assessed 36 of the world’s most highly developed countries according to 11 “happiness” factors which were used to create its Better Life Index. These indicators included: civic engagement, community,...

Australia #1 in the World For Youth Wellbeing

Apr 09, 2014 Australia is the best place in the world to be a young person, according to the Global Youth Wellbeing Index, which was released April 4, 2014. Researchers from the International Youth Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (both of which are respected think-tanks in the United States), evaluated the wellbeing of young people 12-24 years of age in 30 countries around the globe for this study, based on several indicators. They looked at such factors as health, safety/se...

More Australians Retiring in Their 50s

Feb 26, 2014 A growing number of Australian workers are choosing to retire in their 50s, which is significantly earlier than the recommendation of Australia’s government to retire at age 67. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the average retirement age for men in Australia is 58.5, while Australian women are retiring even earlier at age 50.   How can so may Australians afford to retire at such a relatively young age? The answer is that Australians are the wealthiest people in ...

Sydney Welcomes 2014 With Spectacular Fireworks Show

Jan 03, 2014 Approximately one-million Australians gathered around Sydney Harbor to bring in the New Year together by watching one of the world’s most spectacular fireworks shows. Two brief pyrotechnic "appetizers” delighted Aussie crowds with colorful hues bursting above at 9pm and at 10pm, prepping them for the dazzling display that would usher in 2014. When the clock struck 12 midnight, the skies over Sydney’s iconic Opera House and Harbor Bridge were illuminated for 12 amazing minutes by seven tons of fa...

Australians Enjoying Longer Lives

Nov 18, 2013 Aussies are living longer and healthier than at any time in Australia's history. Australians are known for enjoying the good life in the land down under, which is famous for its sunny beaches and laidback lifestyle. Australia also boasts one of the world’s best standards of living and one of the highest life expectancies found anywhere on the globe. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the life expectancy of Aussies has increased even further, by an average of 2.5 years during...

Sports Enthusiasts Enjoy Endless Activities in Australia

Oct 06, 2013 Australians love sports, so if you are a sports enthusiast and immigrate to Australia, you will find endless activities to enjoy throughout the year.   The most popular spectator sport in Australia is known as “Australian Rules Football” (sometimes called “Aussie Rules” or “Footy”) which started in 1859 and could be described as a blending of soccer/football, rugby and American-style football. The eight leading teams at the end of the season battle for the national championship at the...

Splash of Spectacular Springtime Colors Delight Crowds in Canberra

Sep 15, 2013 From mid-September to mid-October, over 400,000 people from across Australia and around the globe will flock to Canberra’s Commonwealth Park to enjoy its annual Floriade flower festival. Since Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere (i.e., south of the Equator), spring occurs in September, October and November and its arrival is announced in Australia’s capital city with the blooming of more than a million beautiful flowers. Much planning goes into making sure that the chrysanthemums, da...

What Makes Melbourne So Marvelous?

Sep 10, 2013 Since its founding at Port Philip 178 years ago on 30 August 1835, Melbourne has accomplished several remarkable milestones that have transformed it into one of the world’s most incredible cities. Rapid population growth, fueled by the Victoria gold rush of the 1850s and 1860s, allowed Melbourne to surpass Sydney in 1865 as the largest city in Australia. Victoria’s gold rush helped to further stimulate Australian immigration as people from around the globe moved to the Melbourne area to strike i...

Australia Attracted 6.3 Million Visitors in 2012

Aug 08, 2013 According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), there were 6.3 million short-term foreign visits to Australia in 2012. Why are so many people from around the globe traveling to the “land down under?” Many are visiting family and friends who live in Australia, while others are arriving for vacation or business purposes. Approximately half a million visitors to Australia come in order to go backpacking in Australia’s many breathtaking wilderness areas.   In addition to this reco...

Australia Boasts the ‘Most Livable’ Cities in the World

Aug 07, 2013 If you are considering immigration to Australia, you will be happy to hear that Australia boasts several of the “most livable” cities in the entire world! This has helped to make Australian immigration one of the top choices for foreign nationals around the globe, with approximately 200,000 people approved for immigration to Australia every year.   In August 2012, the respected London-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) evaluated 140 cities around the globe, based upon five key cr...

Australian Universities Among the Best in the World

Jun 19, 2013 One of the many benefits of immigration to Australia is having access to some of the best universities found anywhere around the globe. While the Australian education system is generally well-respected at all levels (e.g., primary school, secondary school, vocational school, university, etc.), many of its institutions of higher education are held in particularly high esteem.   For example, Times Higher Education considered the University of Melbourne to be the 28th top university in t...

Australia’s Population Reaches 23 Million

Jun 19, 2013 The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reports that Australia’s population reached 23 million people in April 2013, due in large part to Australian immigration. Australia’s soaring population is increasing by around 1,028 people each day from births inside the country and also because of immigration to Australia.   Every 120 seconds (on average), a baby is born in Australia, while every 140 seconds (on average), Australian immigration contributes one new resident to Australia’s div...

Australia’s Strong Economy Attracts Immigrants

Jun 19, 2013 It would be difficult to find a better place to live than Australia, which has spectacular scenery (including over 10,000 beautiful beaches); several of the most livable cities in the world; a relatively mild climate year-round for most of its 23 million residents; laidback lifestyle; and the strongest economy in the developed world! All of these positive attributes and others make Australian immigration the number one choice for hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals annually who are lookin...

Have a Taste of Australia’s Wonderful Wine Country

Jun 19, 2013 When people think of immigration to Australia, they often envision beautiful beaches, vibrant seaside cities, or the rugged majesty of the Outback, but this amazing country also has an extensive and well-respected wine industry that includes over 60 wine-producing regions. Therefore, whether you are on vacation or approved for Australian immigration, you will want to treat yourself to a taste of Australia’s wonderful wine country!   In 1788, when Governor Arthur Phillip arrived with h...

Immigrants Find ‘Fun in the Sun’ at Australia’s Beautiful Beaches

Jun 19, 2013 One interesting aspect of Australia being the largest island on Earth (and the world’s only island continent) is the fact that this incredible country boasts over 10,000 beautiful beaches! Approximately 80% of Australia’s 23 million residents live an hour or less away from one or more of these breathtaking beaches, which means that you and your family can easily enjoy “fun in the sun” if you immigrate to Australia.   If you settle in Sydney after being approved for Australian immigrat...

Australia Considered the Happiest Place to Live

Jun 19, 2013 For the third year in a row (2013, 2012 and 2011), Australia was ranked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in its annual “Better Life Index” as being the happiest country to live in the developed world.   Every year, the OECD evaluates the 36 developed countries in the OECD based upon various “measures of well-being” such as housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balan...

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