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    Real Estate Options for Australian Migrants

    Last updated 1 year ago

    When migrating to Australia, one of the biggest questions you will no doubt have is: where will I live? Here are the real estate options you will face when making the move.


    At least in the short-term, it’s very likely that, unless you can stay with family or friends, you will need to rent a house or apartment. Some people don’t like the idea of renting, but it can be a useful ‘toe in the water’, a way to familiarise yourself with the different areas and the local market in order to decide what you would ultimately like to buy, and where.

    Most landlords in Australia lease their properties through a real estate agent. Websites like are a good place to look for agency listings.

    The rental market in Australia is extremely variable depending on location. The rent payable on a property in the CBD or inner suburbs of a large city will be considerably more than that in the outer suburbs or in the countryside. There are also considerable differences between cities, with prices in Sydney and Melbourne being particularly higher than other state capitals.


    Buying a property is a big step. Again, property prices vary considerably based on location, with there generally being a premium on centrality in big cities, as well as on certain fashionable hinterlands. Auction sales are common, though by no means the norm. Regulations surrounding buying and selling property vary from one state and territory to another, so familiarise yourself with such essentials as the stamp duty payable in your jurisdiction.

    Migration Lawyer Specialist Brisbane

    Hunt Migration can assist with all aspects of the Australian migration applications and approvals process. Call 1300 519 414 for more information.

    10 Features of the Australian Lifestyle

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you are considering moving to Australia, here are 10 reasons why the land down under truly is the lucky country.

    1. Multiculturalism

    The development of multiculturalism in Australia over the past 40 years is one of the country’s greatest success stories. Australia is now home to people from all over the world, whose stories and cultures are all accepted as part of the national fabric.

    2. Cosmopolitanism

    Part of the multicultural achievement has been an increasing cosmopolitanism and variety in Australian culture generally. Whether it’s food, music, dance or religion, Australia has a little of everything on offer.

    3. Little Corruption

    Unlike in some parts of the world, Australia has no persistent culture of corruption. Those in positions of authority such as the police can generally be trusted to uphold the letter of the law.

    4. Participatory Democracy

    Again, unlike in some countries all Australians are invited to participate in the running of their country.

    5. Festivals and Events

    From charity fun-runs to film festivals, there are always exciting opportunities to get involved in something new going on around the country.

    6. The Mining Boom

    There are plenty of opportunities for those who don’t mind getting their hands dirty to earn up big in Australia’s mining sector.

    7. Transport

    All major cities have good public transport links and roads are generally of a high standard, making getting from A to B very easy.

    8. Surfing

    Australia is one of surfing’s natural strongholds. Particularly in warmer coastal areas, surfing is a major part of local community culture.

    9. Connections to the Wider World

    Australia is connected by a number of air routes to the rest of the world, with new routes being constructed regularly.

    10. English Language

    English is the world’s new lingua franca, valuable in business and government all around the world. Being in an English-speaking country is the best way to develop your language skills.

    Australian Migration Lawyers

    For migration services in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, contact Hunt Migration on 1300 519 414.

    Australian Migration: Boosting Australia's Education Levels

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Recognising the value to society and the economy of high levels of academic attainment, in 2009 the Australian government set a target for 40 per cent of Australians aged between 25 and 34 to hold a university degree by 2025. Recent figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the considerable contribution that migration is making to achieve this goal.

    A Growing Knowledge Base

    According to the ABS’s figures, in 2002 only 25 per cent of Australians aged 25-34 held university degrees. By 2012 this figure had increased to 37 per cent. This places Australia on track to achieve its 40 per cent goal by 2025.

    A large part of this increased educational attainment is being driven by migration and in particular by Australia’s recent strategic focus on skilled migration. No less than 39 per cent of 25-34 year old students holding a university degree in 2012 were migrants. This proportion has increased since 2002, when it was only 20 per cent.

    The Contribution of Skilled Migration

    This means that while Australia’s overall level of educational attainment is growing, much of its skill-base is being imported rather than developed locally. It’s not only that a significant proportion of those in Australia’s universities are international students, but that much of Australia’s intellectual resources come from migrants who gained their qualifications overseas, and only afterwards moved to Australia.

    All of this is the logical result of Australia’s skilled migration program, which preferences those who already have particular qualifications and skill sets. The ABS figures show clearly the benefits to Australia’s knowledge base of skilled migration.

    Migrating to Australia

    Contact Hunt Migration on 1300 519 414 for assistance with skilled migration applications. Hunt Migration has offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

    Everything You Need to Know about Australia's Healthcare System

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Australia has both public and private health sectors. As a migrant or short-stay visitor, your eligibility for access to public health services, or your need to purchase private health insurance, will depend on the specifics of your situation. Talk to your migration agent if you are unsure about the entitlements and responsibilities that apply to your visa.

    Choosing the Best Health Care for You

    In general, only Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents (those on permanent visas, including New Zealand citizens) are entitled to a Medicare card, which is what you need to access the public health system.

    Those on short-term visas are expected to purchase their own medical insurance, or travel insurance that covers medical services. Many medical insurers have packages which are specifically designed for overseas visitors.

    Even if you are eligible for a Medicare card, you may still opt, as many Australian citizens and residents do, to purchase private health insurance. There can be a range of benefits in choosing private health cover, such as greater flexibility in your choice of doctor, and decreased waiting times for surgeries and specialist appointments. It’s also worth noting that for the time being Medicare does not cover dental care, though it will do so from 1 January 2014.

    Having private medical insurance also allows you to make a substantial deduction against your income tax, which means that those on higher incomes may even be financially better off with private health insurance than without.

    Australian Migration Lawyers

    For help managing your visa application and for all other Australian migration needs, contact Hunt Migration on 1300 519 414. Hunt Migration has offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

    Skilled Migrants, Rural Australia Needs You!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If life in rural Australia doesn’t scare you, there is plenty of migration opportunities for skilled tradespeople qualified in a number of trades for which there is a shortage of in rural Australia. This video from Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship talks about the department’s rural trades migration scheme.

    Opportunities in Regional Australia

    The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme allows those who have particular skills and are sponsored by an employer in regional Australia to migrate in order to fill existing worker shortages. The programme is a migration avenue for those whose skills and qualifications, such as in certain trades, would not otherwise qualify them for a skilled migration visa.

    In the video we hear from Karen Prevost, of the Peter Kittle Motor Company, about her business’s difficulty in finding qualified mechanics for its four dealerships in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Also interviewed is Ray Harris, of the National Electrical and Communications Association, on the availability of electrical trades work in regional areas.

    These two trades represent the sort of work currently available for skilled tradespeople under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. This is a valuable opportunity for migrants to discover the pleasures of life in rural Australia, to contribute to the building of communities in these areas, and to gain access to visas that might otherwise be unavailable.

    Australian Skilled Migration Lawyers

    To discuss regional skilled migration opportunities, contact Hunt Migration on 1300 519 414. Hunt Migration has offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

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