It’s a vast country, but by far the greatest majority of us live near the sea. The biggest cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Cairns are all coastal, and – from the Gold Coast to the West Coast, there are miles and miles and miles of beaches, most of which you might call stunning. Australia without beaches would be a bit like England without pubs. No one would know what to do with themselves.
The people here are a bit like the environment: energetic, colourful and slightly rebellious. In the high streets it’s not uncommon to see large, audacious print designs in boutique windows, or art with rich impasto, dripping with pigment on gallery walls. The blazing colour and boisterous rebellion also live on in movies like Mad Max, Crocodile Dundee, and Priscilla – Queen of the Desert; all of them loudly and proudly Aussie to the core.
But just because the weather gets hot and the people get boisterous, that doesn’t mean we’re short of culture. It’s called an opera house for a reason, after all!
The work scene
In 2015, over 215,000 new jobs were created and filled in Australia. That’s an expansion of almost 2% of the entire job market: not where it was in the heady days before 2010, but solid nonetheless. The good news is that this trend is expected to continue, with official estimates that employment will grow by 10% between now and 2019. That’s about 1.16 million jobs.
(Aus Government dept of Labour)
And what sort of jobs are they? The top five employment categories are expected to be:
- Health care & social assistance
- Education & training
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Accommodation and food services
Hey, the climate’s awesome, there’s tons of energy, and there’s work for the right skill sets. Click here to find out what sort of visa you’ll need to work, play and live like an Aussie.