Benefits of having a permanent residence in Australia
There are many benefits to living in Australia—including generous government benefits, a low cost of living, beautiful weather and a laid back approach to work and life.
There are certain undeniable benefits of having a permanent residence in Australia. It is the sixth largest economy in the world, it’s the sunniest country on earth, and it has some of the lowest registration and transaction taxes anywhere in the world. And these are just a few of the reasons why so many expats (people who have permanently relocated to Australia for work or pleasure) have chosen to call Australia their home.
However, there are certain drawbacks to living in Australia which can be difficult for an expat to accept. The cost of living is high, the weather can be extreme, and certain businesses and professions just aren’t as easy to enter as they are in other countries. But, all this could change if you are looking to relocate to Australia.
There are a number of expatriates who have decided to make Australia their permanent home because of all the positive benefits listed above. But, what if I told you that you could live in Australia, but still retain the benefits of a global economy?
As you may have guessed, I’m an Australian citizen living in Sydney. In fact, I’ve lived here in Sydney for more than 15 years. Why? Because it’s a great place to live and work. There are many benefits to having a permanent residence in Australia—benefits that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Here are 18 of the major reasons Australians enjoy life here in the ‘Land Down Under’:
1. Work/Life Balance
2. Quality Health Care
3. Low Cost Of Living
4. High Standards Of Living
5. Peaceful Nature
6. Clean Air
7. Wide Open Spaces
8. English As The Official Language
9. English Heritage Buildings
10. English Common Law System
11. Australian Rules Football
12. The Outback
13. The Beach
14. The Great Ocean Road
15. Safety In Numbers
16. Modern Conveniences
17. Sunshine (Most Of The Time)
This issue focuses on “Permanent Residents” of Australia who have become Australian citizens. Among other things, it discusses: * Why the “golden visa” program is so popular with foreigners seeking to live and work in Australia * The economic advantages of “Permanent Residency” for both Australia and the foreigner applying for it * What you need to do if you are considering applying for a “Permanent Resident” visa * How a “Permanent Resident” can apply for Australian citizenship * And much, much more…
Weather: Australia has the best of all climates
Better Health: Because there is less humidity and the air is much drier, Australians have a life expectancy that is the highest in the world.
Year-round sunshine: no snow, ice, rain or fog
4-8 hours of direct sunlight from November to April
Warm days and cool nights year-round
Fewer rainy days than any other continent
Fewest tornado’s of any continent
Fewest hurricanes of any continent
One of the few places on earth where you don’t need an umbrella even during the day
Average temperatures range from 15°C (59°F) in the south to 37°C (100°F) in the north
Fewest earthquakes of any continent
Cost of Living: Goods and services are much cheaper in Australia
Things are expensive in Australia because we are so far away from the rest of the world. When you adjust for the cost of living, things here are actually quite cheap. I personally think this is one of the best parts of living Down Under. There are a few products and services that are more expensive here, but for the most part, everything else is dirt cheap.
For example, I paid $3.50 for a big mug of coffee (regular) at a local cafe. That same coffee would cost you over $5 in the U.S. Because of this, I often wonder if Aussies don’t take advantage of the bargain-basement prices they enjoy by being a little too enthusiastic about shopping. Hey, if it saves a buck, why not get a second or third opinion?
Freedom: You can live where you want without getting permission from anyone
The freedom to choose where you live is a basic human need. Once people know they have this need unfulfilled, it becomes a strong psychological motivator for them to seek fulfillment by doing something about it. In the case of Australia, many people want to live there because it is a “free country” where they don’t have to ask permission from anyone to live or work there. This gives them a strong sense of control over their lives and makes them feel less trapped and restricted.
Freedom means different things to different people. To some, it’s the right to do and say whatever they want without being judged. To others, it’s the freedom to make as much money as possible. Whatever your definition of freedom is, one thing is true: Most people (regardless of nationality) yearn for the freedom to live life on their own terms.
Australia offers one of the highest quality of life indexes in the world. What this means is, compared to the other countries in the world, Australians are the happiest, have the lowest level of stress, and enjoy the highest levels of personal freedom.
Safety: Crime is very low in Australia
Safety is one of the primary reasons why people choose to live in a particular location. Safety from what? That varies based on the individual and what they find threatening. Personally, I think safety is often overrated.
Yes, there are dangers in every situation. However, when you remove the “comfort zone” threats, I believe people will generally take care of themselves. I have lived in various countries and can say with 100% certainty that if it’s not safe here, then it’s not safe anywhere.
If you make safety your number one reason for choosing where to live, I believe you will be severely limiting yourself in terms of where you will choose to live. You see, people don’t choose to live in dangerous neighbourhoods for safety; they do it for other reasons like convenience, proximity to friends and family, public transportation, schools, shopping, etc.
“Safety is one of the reasons why people choose to live in a particular location. However, when you remove the ‘comfort zone’ threats, I believe people will generally take care of themselves.
Transportation: You can get almost anywhere by air, sea or land
Australia is such a vast country, it is almost impossible to travel around without using some form of transportation. There are over seven thousand miles of highways and streets, more than one thousand public airports, and almost two hundred major port facilities. There is also more than one thousand miles of railway lines and more than five thousand railway stations. And there are over fifteen thousand public and private boat clubs and marinas.
But the transportation system in Australia is handy that you can get almost anywhere by air, sea or land.
And with the size of the country, almost any place you may want to go is within easy reach. You can fly from Sydney to Adelaide in just over three hours, and from there, you can drive for eight days and you will be in Johannesburg.
You can fly from Cairns to Darwin in just over three hours, and from there, you can take a plane, a train or a bus to almost any part of the country.
You can fly from Perth to Adelaide in just over seven hours, and take a boat to Hobart. I really like Transportation system in Australia.
I’m sure you get the idea. There are so many ways to travel around Australia that you are certain to find one that suits your needs. It’s important to decide where you are going to travel before you decide what type of transportation you are going to use.
You should choose your transportation based on where you are going and what you are trying to accomplish. For example, if you are going someplace far away, you should use a car. If you are going someplace nearby, you should use a bus, a train, or a plane.
- Employment Opportunities: There are plenty of jobs for everyone who wants one
- Education: The education system in Australia is world-class
- Health Care: The quality of medical treatment is exceptional
- Legal System: It’s fair and just
- Lifestyle: With so many things to do and see, your “bucket list” will be filled up
In conclusion, I am not an immigration lawyer and this is not legal advice, just my personal opinion. If you decide to apply for residency in Australia, you should seek the counsel of a qualified immigration lawyer. The biggest benefit of having a residency visa in Australia is the ability to work here without having to pay Australian income tax on any of your earnings.
However, there are other benefits to having a residency visa in Australia. For example, if you have a business here, you may qualify for much lower business rates and you won’t have to pay capital gains tax if you sell your business or any of its assets.
Another big advantage is that you can bring your spouse and dependent children to live with you here on a visa. Finally, if you want to become an Australian citizen, it is much easier and quicker to do so if you have a residency visa.
Visit www.australia.gov.au to find out more.
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