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Living in Australia

Why choose Australia?

Australia is a truly multicultural nation with people from all parts of the world. Australia has a population of over 23 million people. We are the fourth happiest country in the world (Prosperity Index 2012) and we have five of the 30 best cities in the world for students (Top University Rankings 2012). Australia is surrounded by water so there a many beaches and Australia has a beautiful natural environment with national parks and a relaxed lifestyle. The formal language of Australia is English.

How’s life in Sydney?

Sydney is the largest city in Australia and the capital of New South Wales. Some of the major tourist attractions include the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and of course the iconic, Bondi Beach. Sydney is a cosmopolitan city and truly multicultural with many restaurants and China Town not far from Times Academy.

There are many educational institutions including colleges, institutes and universities in Sydney. Travelling around the city is relatively easy. Students can purchase a travel ten ticket and get around the city by trains, buses, ferries and light rail. There are lots of beautiful beaches and less than an hour from the city you can be in the natural bush land surrounding the major metropolitan area. There are cinemas, restaurants and plenty of things for you to do with your time in Sydney.

Useful Links

Study in Australia
This is the official Australian Government website for international students. Search for courses, institutions and scholarships, read about studying and living in Australia, watch stories from other students, and learn about Australian education. This website is managed by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).

What’s on in Sydney
Discover the best events that Sydney has to offer. What’s On website is a service for local business and community groups provided by the City of Sydney, the local government authority for central Sydney and surrounds. It is curated by City of Sydney staff.

Transport in NSW provide you with the information you need to plan an efficient and successful trip on public transport in NSW anytime, anywhere on the website, apps, mobile website or Twitter. If you prefer you can phone 131 500 for trip planning information and automated information about service changes and trackwork.

Share Accommodation
Gumtree is a local classified ads and community site, designed to connect people who were either planning to move, or had just arrived, and needed help getting started with accommodation. Gumtree is now loved by its ever growing community all around the world.

Apartment Rental
Domain Group is one of Australia’s leading multi-platform property industry destinations. We provide residential, commercial and rural property marketing solutions and search tools, plus information for buyers, investors, sellers, renters and agents Australia wide.

Gumtree Job Board
Gumtree is a local noticeboard that now spans 76 cities across 11 countries that connects not just new people arriving to a city but also the locals. It is the biggest websites for local community classifieds including Stuff for sale, Cars, flatshare, flat rentals and jobs.
Seek is an employment marketplaces that focused on facilitating the matching between jobseekers and employment opportunities, and helping hirers find candidates for advertised roles. There are over 375 million visits to our sites every month and have over 3 million job opportunities available at any given time.

GoVolunteer has a large range of volunteer roles including one off, short term and long term opportunities and many volunteer involving organisations can be flexible with times. They also make it easy for you to find a volunteer role that suits your interests, motivation, availability and location.

Australian Taxation Office
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is the principal revenue collection agency of the Australian government. On ATO website you can access a range of information about tax and super. All information are available for individual, business and not for profit company.

Department of Fair Trading
NSW Fair Trading safeguards the rights of all consumers and advises business and traders on fair and ethical practice. They provide services directly to individuals and businesses to create a fair, safe and equitable marketplace.

Department of Home Affairs (DHA)

Department of Home Affairs is responsible for immigration and customs border policy. On this website, you can find out more information about different types of visa, entering, living, working and leaving Australia.

Department of Education and Training
The Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians access quality and affordable early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

Australian Education International
The Department of Education and Training works with the education sector, other government agencies and ministries to ensure Australia is recognised as a regional and world leader in education and a partner of choice for international collaboration. The department provides leadership and coordination across government, delivering programs and policies, to support mobility and the global exchange of knowledge.

Overseas Student Ombudsman
In Australia, there is a Commonwealth Ombudsman as well as State and Territory ombudsman.The Commonwealth Ombudsman deals with complaints about Commonwealth Government departments and agencies, and is also the Ombudsman for overseas students, private health insurance, Immigration and others.

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