Traditions & Culture: Australian culture is as broad and varied as the country’s landscape. Australia is multicultural and multiracial and this is reflected in the country’s food, lifestyle, and cultural practices and experience. Australia has an important heritage from its indigenous people, which plays a defining role in the cultural landscape. This diversity of influences creates a cultural environment in Australia that is lively, energized, innovative and outward looking.
Food: The meat pies and pasties had their connection to what was considered the staple foods of the 1800s:
beef, pork, or mutton (the meat of adult sheep)
flour, usually made into bread or damper, a dense, thick bread
tea, considered a necessity, even when other items were scarce.
Safety: While Australia is generally a safe place to live and study, it is still important that you take precautions to reduce the chance of an incident occurring. The 2011 OECD Better Life Index rated Australia 9.3 out of 10 for safety, one of the highest ratings awarded to any country. Following your common sense and best practices will ensure you remain safe and healthy, whether you are handling emergencies, personal and home safety, or natural elements such as sun, water, and fire.
Welfare: Universities provide free and confidential support and assistance to help students develop practical skills to better manage time, money, and personal issues. Officials’ help students develop strategies to concentrate on their studies and get the most out of university life.
Health: Healthcare in Australia has been steadily improving over the last ten years. Visitors in Australia under a student visa are required to take out Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) during their stay.
Transport: The transport options available in Australia include buses, trains, trams, and ferries. Your access to these transport services will vary depending on where you live. You will also be able to access private and public car services from taxis to hired limousines, available to take you from door to door. If you hold a current driver’s license in your home country, you might be able to drive in Australia without sitting for any further driving tests. But remember that many state and territory governments require you to get an Australian driver’s license if you are there for more than three months.
Cost of Tuition Fees in Australia
Undergraduate- AUD $15,000 – $33,000 per year
Master’s Degree- AUD $15,000 – $37,000 per year
Doctoral Degree- AUD $14,000 – $37,000 per year
Living in Australia
Transport Cost: AU$15 to AU$55 per week
Accommodation Cost- AU$450 to AU$1500 Per Month
Cost of food- AU$250 to AU$350 per month
Health Insurance- AU$1700 to AU$2000 per year
Entertainment Cost- AU$80 to AU$150 per week
Planning & Housing: Whilst you are staying in Australia, you will have a variety of accommodation options available to you. Your choices will depend largely on whether your college or university has halls of residence, what city you are located in, and the amount of your monthly budget. Various options include Halls of Residence, Self- Catered Halls, Flats/ Houses.
Welcome week: Welcome Week or Orientation Week is your opportunity to make friends, learn more about studying at the university and living in the country. You will be invited to attend a number of events throughout Welcome Week – some of which are optional and others compulsory.
Travel to your institution: If you are staying near the university, there is a shuttle service available. Else, you may choose to travel by train or bus.
Opening a bank account: In order to open an Australian bank account, you will need two documents: one to prove your identity and one to prove your address. This applies both in branches and online. Proving your identity is simple. You just need your passport.
Can you work? Yes
What kind of work can you do? Many companies hire international students with no questions asked, especially if you are looking at retail, hospitality, tourism, agriculture, and administration jobs. You could also get an apprenticeship with a tradesman, or you may even be able to find a job at the university that you are attending.
Do you need prior approval when you work? No
About Tax? In order to work in Australia, international students need to get a Tax File Number (TFN). Students who wish to work during their studies in Australia should first visit the Australian Taxation Office to get their TFN.
The Post-Study Work stream offers extended options for working in Australia to eligible graduates of a higher education degree. Under this stream, successful applicants are granted a visa with a visa period of two, three- or four-years’ duration, depending on the highest educational qualification they have obtained.
How to find a job?
Your university will offer a range of career support services to students, including some for international students such as yourself. They will be able to help you with your job search, resume, and applications. You should also be able to attend workshops that focus on skills that will help you to improve your employability, such as interview and communication skills. Your university may also offer special career events, such as expos or lectures where you can hear from employers in your area of study.
Keeping in touch with your classmates and instructors may be vital in finding a job, especially if they have connections to a particular employer and can recommend you. This way you will be more likely to hear about employment opportunities and receive advice about working in your field. A good way to start networking is to join clubs and societies on campus that are related to your field; this will also help you to gain valuable skills such as effective communication, teamwork, and accountability.
A$ 45, 000- A$ 55, 000 per annum
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