The Commonwealth of Australia or Australia, as it usually called, is a resource rich sovereign country comprising of the mainland of the Australian continent, Tasmanian islands and numerous other smaller islands. Its capital city is Canberra with Sydney being its Largest city. The country’s official language is English. Australia is situated entirely in the Southern Hemisphere, with a majority of the continent lying south of the tropics.
Australia is ranked as 12th largest economy, with the world’s highest per capita income. It has the 6th highest per capita GDP. In 2016, The United Nations had ranked Australia second, in the Human Development index. Australia has the world’s 9th largest Immigrant population with immigrants accounting for 26% of the whole population. The average age here being 37.Australia has a world-class excellent educational system. In fact, eight of Australia’s universities feature in the top 100 ranked universities in the world, in the QS ranking list. The educational cost here is cheaper compared to that of USA and the UK. The average tuition fees here is about Rs 20 lakhs. The Australian government and universities provide you with many scholarships and grants aimed at supporting you financially with your studies. The Australian Government, recently started an Endeavour Leadership Program, wherein if you are a student or researcher interested in studying overseas and building expertise in your field, this program is for you. This year’s Endeavour Leadership Program 2019 application closes on Thursday 15th November 2018.
The average living expense in Australia is about Rs 6 lakhs. Apart from scholarships provided, the government allows students to undertake part time jobs. According to student visa conditions, subclass 500, a student is allowed to work for 40 hours over 2 weeks, when his/her course is in session. The time can be divided based on the students convenience and course timing. When not in session(ie during breaks) students are allowed to work for an unlimited time. The Fair wage Act guarantees a minimum wage of about 17$ per hour. The part time jobs that students are allowed to undertake include Clerical roles in companies, Sales, Tele callers and Telemarketing, Tutors, agricultural related activities, works in restaurants, café, hotels etc.
Aspirants should have a minimum IELTS score of 7 or a minimum PTE score of 60 points. Fees for Student Visa costs about AUD 575 (about Rs 30100/-). The type of visa provided would depend on the duration of the course. At present, Australian Universities give preference to stream line visa process.
After graduation, students who prefer to work in Australia need to get in touch with the Australian government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to apply for a work visa. Work visas can be applied online or in person. Visa costs may vary from AED $160-AED $3700. The most common work visa provided is the 485 Skilled Graduate visa. This visa is provided for students who have completed at least 2 years study in Australia. The next visa available is an employer sponsored visa, for companies or individuals ready to sponsor you.
Australia is in great need of employees in the healthcare , IT, construction and Architecture , Education, hospitality, mining, tourism and agriculture sectors. Australia’s skilled occupations list shows the occupation most in demand. Students and job aspirants can monitor their job scope via this list.
To conclude, many international students join the Australian work force with little to no troubles at all. If moving to Australia is your long term goal, aspirants should start planning for it before they finish their education. Internationally acclaimed courses should be given a higher priority. For students who are still studying or those that have completed their education can opt for a two year course in any Australian University to become eligible for a job visa.
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