To many people, Australia is referred to as the "lucky country".
Australia is a relatively "young" country - special, unique, beautiful & is often viewed as the land of opportunity for people of all races.
With a population of around 20 million in 2005 & a disproportionately large land mass, Australia is keen to allow genuinely good & talented people from all over the world to live & contribute towards making this successful nation even better.
In addition to a highly competitive workforce, the country is rich in mineral resources, & is world class in areas such as agriculture, wine making & technological research.
Australia has much to offer to intended migrants. Things that come to mind include:
- Excellent weather
- Friendly people
- Balanced lifestyle
- Fresh air & clear skies
- Clean & safe
- Great place to raise a family
- Excellent schools & universities
- Peaceful multicultural society
- Political stability
- Outdoor lifestyle & sports
- Lovely beaches
- Wide open spaces
- Technological & sporting achievements
Australia's spectacular natural environment, multicultural communities, food and wine, combined with its weather and lifestyle make it one of the world's most popular destinations for tourists. These qualities also make it one of the best places in the world in which to live and conduct business.
Basic facts on Australia…
- Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere. It has an area of nearly 7.7 million square kilometers. It is the world's sixth largest nation after Russia, Canada, China, the USA and Brazil.
- Australia is a culturally diverse society with a population of over 20 million. English is Australia's official language but more than four million residents speak a second language.
- Australia has an exceptional range of species with more than 80 percent of our mammals, frogs, reptiles and flowering plants found nowhere else in the world.
- Climatic zones range from deserts to snow-capped mountains; from tropical rainforests to cool climate forests. The summer months are December to February, autumn months are March to May, winter months are June to August and spring months are September to November.
- There are three levels of Government in Australia: Commonwealth (also know as 'Australian Government' or 'Federal Government'), State and Local
- Under the Australian Constitution, the legislative power of the Commonwealth of Australia is vested in the Parliament of the Commonwealth, which consists of the monarch (currently Queen Elizabeth II), the Senate and the House of Representatives.
- The Australian economy has experienced strong growth in recent years producing a high-growth, low-inflation economy.
- Sport plays an important part of the Australian lifestyle. Some popular Australian sports include Australian Rules football, cricket, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby union, soccer, swimming and tennis.
- Australia has a rich and diverse contemporary arts scene which reflects our society, ancient landscape, cultural traditions and varied mix of migrant cultures. All forms of the performing arts, including music, dance and theatre have strong followings in Australia.
- January 26 is celebrated as Australia Day and is a national public holiday.
These facts were taken from www.australia.gov.au