Moving to Perth – Expat Information
There are over 2 million people living in Perth, 30 percent of whom were born outside Australia. The largest proportion of expats living in Perth is from Britain, representing 10 percent of the city’s total population. Perth is also a popular destination amongst expats from New Zealand, South Africa, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. With such a diverse population, new arrivals really have no problem meeting fellow expats and settling down.
The local government in Perth has actively taken steps to attract highly-skilled immigrants to address the demands of Western Australia’s flourishing economy. Perth is a particularly attractive destination for expats who have experience working in the mining industry and many expats who relocate to the city do so to work on a project in this field.
Perth was ranked highly on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s list of the world’s most liveable cities, testament to its balanced lifestyle and excellent climate – backed up by its claim to have more sunny days than any other city in Australia. On the downside, Perth is possibly the most isolated city on earth, and that means imported goods and international travel are expensive.
Its remoteness also leads to a sense of cultural detachment, reflected in a somewhat moribund theatre and arts scene. Many youngsters move to Perth as it’s ultimately a young, outdoor oriented city, with a sedate and wholesome environment. Ultimately, Perth has a down-to-earth, sports-orientated culture, which is perfect for families and lovers of the sun-bleached beaches.
Perth is the capital of Western Australia, which is by some margin the largest state in Australia. The southern and western border is formed by miles and miles of endless, faultless coastline, and the eastern border, is of course, the gateway to the outback.
To know before you go:
There are a variety of visas available for people who wish to move to Australia permanently. The main categories are: Skilled Independent Migration (for those who are not sponsored, under 50, and with qualifications relevant to occupations on Australia’s “skilled occupation list”. This currently includes engineers, accountants, actuaries, vets, special needs teachers, dentists and electricians); Employer Nomination Scheme (for people sponsored by an overseas employer); and Business Migration (for entrepreneurial businesspeople and investors).
Australia also offers retirement visas for people aged 55 or older, as long as they have no dependants (excluding a partner), are self-supported and are able to make “a significant long-term financial investment in Australia.” This means they must have assets of at least $750,000 (£484,000), or $500,000 (£323,000) for those settling in regional Australia. They must also have access to a minimum net income of $65,000 (£42,000), which can be pension income.
Use the Department of Immigration’s Visa Wizard to help you find the right visa.
You will be able to claim your UK state pension while in Australia. The bad news is there is no social security agreement between Australia and the UK, so your pension will be frozen at the value it was when you moved to Australia. The UK government has opened discussions with Australia regarding the frozen pensions policy, so this may change in the near future.
There are no requirements for vaccinations unless you’re coming from a country with a risk of yellow fever, in which case you’ll have to show you’ve been vaccinated against that, but health advice suggests standard vaccines against the following would be wise: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, tetanus.
Quick Expat Tips:
It’s sunny weather, excellent quality of life and the economic growth in Western Australia are just some of the reasons why Perth is becoming an increasingly popular destination among expats.
Some great Expat tips given by true expats living in Perth:
1. Work out how you’ll later want to get around.
2. Sort all Perth suburbs by house price.
3. Rate the schools.
4. Research crime rate in suburb area.
5. Drive by streets you have your eye on and suss out neighbour activities.
Great Expat Websites to help assist your move to Perth:
Expat Blog Perth
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