What’s it like living in Australia
Australia is different than that what is portrayed on TV and film. And no, kangaroos do not deliver the mail. Australian culture is very laid back and friendly. Australians expect everyone to be treated equally and expect you to be courteous, meaning use “please and thank you” all the time. Australians like being punctual so never be late for your appointments. Always call ahead and let them know if you are going to be delayed.
Smoking is not permitted in restaurants, bars, night clubs and many other public areas. Please ensure you do not smoke in forbidden areas. Most bars and clubs have smoking areas.
Drinking Alcohol in public places is forbidden and so is littering. Hefty fines and jail time may be handed down if you are caught.
In general, the laws are pretty fair and you will get a fair go in the Australian court system. Let’s hope you never need to use it.
Australia is a multicultural mixing pot, cultures from every corner of the planet live in Australia. It’s a great place to meet new friends and get to know new cultures different to yours.
Come to Australia and be a part of society and contribute, obey the laws, live a life of abundance and peace. Australia is still the lucky country!
Australian Government Sites
- Australian Federal Government Information
- Department of Home Affairs (Customs & Border Protection and Immigration)
- Australian Quarantine & Inspection
- English Language Testing
- Department of Health
- Taxation (Apply for TFN)
- Bureau of Meteorology
Here are some important links to assist you with your research.
Living in Australia: https://www.livingin-australia.com/
Health Care in Australia
Major Banks in Australia
Australia has a wide range of banks, some of which operate nationally and others that just operate within one or several states.
Domestic Violence Information
If you are in a domestic violence situation and live in fear there are organisations in Australia dedicated and committed to help you. You do not have to suffer domestic violence and abuse. Call the police (dial 000) immediately if your life is in danger. The centres below can assist you in your situation and provide you with support, advice and options.
White Ribbon Australia : https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/find-help/domestic-violence-hotlines/
Domestic Resource Centre for Women – Victoria – https://www.dvrcv.org.au/help-advice/women
Crisis Support & Suicide Prevention – https://www.lifeline.org.au/ (13 11 14)
Call 000 for emergency (Police, Fire, Ambulance)