G'day mate, and welcome to our expat community in Australia! InterNations is a social network aimed at helping you connect with other expats, so you can get the advice, help and support you need when making that big step and moving abroad. Instead of making those big decisions on your own, learn from other expats and their experiences living abroad with InterNations. You will no doubt have a lot of questions about living in Australia, like, “how does the education system work in Australia?”, “is Sydney an expensive place to buy property?” or “is healthcare expensive in Australia?”. By joining InterNations and getting in touch with your new expat community in Australia, you will receive helpful, friendly and knowledgeable responses to any questions you may have, both online in our forums and face-to-face at our events. Don't wait until you get there to find out the answers to those all-important questions; draw on the experiences of the Australian InterNations expat community to help. Discover more about Australian culture, which is a mixture of Western influences and old traditional indigenous roots, in this large, expansive country.
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Attend our monthly events and activities for Australia expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.
Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Australia expat forums.
The enormous country of Australia can seem a little daunting. Despite the large numbers of expats living there, it can be difficult to know where to set up home; in the southern cities of Sydney or Melbourne, the western city of Perth or even the northern part of Queensland, Cairns. With access to the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef, and landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, there is plenty to see and do wherever you base yourself in Australia. Lots of expats that have moved to Australia have moved for the lifestyle, the weather and the job opportunities. For the last two decades, Australia has seen low unemployment and continuous growth, and its abundant natural resources and thriving service industry keeps the economy relatively strong, with over 70% of workers in Australia working in this sector. Mining is also another dominant industry, and is centered in Western Australia around Perth, with a number of workers employed in the offshore sector. With a number of large international companies based in Australia, these companies are often looking for skilled expats to improve the skill shortage. While eating out is cheaper than in many other countries, rent and groceries can be more expensive, although many feel this is relative and say they feel safe living in Australia, even in the large urban areas such as Sydney.
InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities around the world. Meet fellow global minds in your city of residence or get to know local expatriates before you're moving or traveling abroad and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Peru or Portugal, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.
Every InterNations member has been selected and approved to become a part of our expat community in Australia. Every member understands and respects our guiding principles, making our community a perfect home away from home for everyone living and working abroad. If you have specific questions about living in Australia, you can find many of the answers you're looking for in our Australia Country & City Guides. If you want to ask expats about anything else having to do with your move to Australia, you can do that in our forums. Depending on what you are interested in, you may also want to join one of the many groups on InterNations Australia, such as the Sydney Craft Beer and Live Music Group, the Brisbane Outdoor and Adventures Group, or even the Melbourne Film Club. There's something for everyone, whether you already have a hobby you would like to continue or a new interest you are keen to get involved with. Meeting new and like-minded people is all part of a successful relocation, and trying new things or continuing to do the things you love just makes that big move a bit easier. Because InterNations members are so trustworthy, you can also meet up with members for events or as part of a group without any worries, and you'll soon find yourself making new friends and business contacts.