Life in Australia

Culture

Australia is a multinational and multiracial nation, and this is reflected in its cuisine, way of life, and cultural activities.

Indigenous people in Australia have contributed greatly to the country’s rich and significant cultural legacy and are an integral part of Australian society.

Entry Into Australia

When you arrive in Australia, a Customs and Immigration checkpoint will need you to provide your passport and incoming passenger card. Prior to having your passport stamped and returned, you can be questioned about your stay. After you have gone through the immigration checkpoint, you should go pick up your bags, making sure to check them for damage or missing items. Go to the baggage desk and inform them of your issue if something is damaged or missing. If you have lost luggage or have items that have been damaged, the staff at the baggage claim desk can assist you.

Once you’ve got your bags, you’ll go through customs and maybe have them checked. In order to prevent people from bringing in specific foods and plant materials, Australia maintains strong quarantine rules. Any items you plan to bring should be listed on the form you were given on the plane. Your items will be confiscated and destroyed if customs officials determine they are not safe. A fine or legal action may result from your failure to declare or properly dispose of any things subject to quarantine or from your making a false declaration. Customs also screens and inspects all foreign mail. Visit the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website at www.aqis.gov.au for more information.

Arriving Into Australia

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GETTING FROM SYDNEY AIRPORT TO CAMPBELLTOWN

Visit the train platforms at the domestic or international airports. Take the train to Central Station, where you should switch platforms to board the train to Campbelltown.

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KEEPING IN CONTACT

Details on your flights to Australia and your accommodations there should be shared with your family, friends, and your Australian education provider before you leave home. (Never alter this information without first notifying them.) After you arrive in Australia, you should inform your loved ones that you are safe and sound. Let someone know where you are at all times for safety concerns.

ARRANGING YOUR FINANCES

Australia uses the Australian Dollar as its official currency. If possible, exchange your money into Australian dollars prior to arrival; however, if you haven’t, you’ll need to do it as soon as you land. You can typically do this at the airport. You can exchange extra money into Australian dollars at any bank or currency exchange after you are in Sydney. However, keep in mind that banks are closed on weekends, and although airport currency exchanges are frequently available, the conversion rate is typically not as favourable as it would be at a bank.

It is better to only bring the money you will need for the first few days and to make arrangements to have the remaining money transferred to you in Australia. You shouldn’t bring big sums of money with you. Whether you have previously made arrangements for lodging before your trip will determine how much money you need to bring. Consider how much money you’ll require to get by for a few weeks.

Visit HERE to learn more about financial matters.

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ACCOMMODATION

International Students studying in Australia have various housing options, they can choose to stay in Homestay Accommodation, Renting, Shared Accommodation.

Typical accommodation costs in Sydney are as follows:

GETTING TO ALICE SPRINGS

By Air

Getting to Alice Springs by air has its own charm and advantages. You can take a flight from any of the major cities of Australia and can easily reach Alice Springs, which is also well linked to Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Broome, Perth, Melbourne, Darwin, and Sydney.

By Bus

Getting to Alice Springs by road is very adventurous as there is plenty to explore and enjoy in the beautiful surroundings and natural scenery. There are a few bus services like McCafferty’s and Greyhound Pioneer, which provide transportation in the whole area of the Northern Territory. These buses run from different parts of Australia to Alice Springs.

The journey will easily take one or two days to reach to Alice Springs.

By Train

Great Southern Railways offers rail transportation through Indian Pacific, the Ghan and travels from Sydney to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Alice Springs. The historic train starts from Sydney and Melbourne once a week and from Adelaide two times a week.

BRINGING YOUR FAMILY WITH YOU

If you’re planning to travel with your family, they must also have a visa and health insurance, if you plan to bring your family with you. Family members include your spouse, whether you are legally wed or not, and your minor children. You will be required to present official documents, such as birth certificates and marriage certificates, as evidence of your familial ties.

Visit www.immi.gov.au for additional information.

You should be aware of the following expenses if you have dependent kids that need to go to daycare or school:

Find out more at: www.mychild.gov.au

Most dependents of visitors living temporarily in New South Wales must pay school fees. There are certain exceptions; more information is available on the DEC International website.

Visit www.humanservices.gov.au for additional information on application procedures and costs. Also keep in mind that the aforementioned expenses for childcare and education are in addition to living expenses.

The amount shown below, according to www.studyinaustralia.gov.au, is simply an estimate meant to provide a general idea of the average cost of living in Australia under the country’s immigration laws.

LIVING IN ALICE SPRINGS

Meet Alice, a vibrant city in the heart of Australia. With its large blocks of land and single-story homes, Alice has a suburban landscape that’s perfect for families who want the convenience of schools, parks, and activities for kids. Many of the older houses in Alice were built as government housing in the 1940s and 50s, and they often have identical original floor plans. In recent years, more and more people have been drawn to Alice for opportunity and adventure, and as a result, there are more units available to accommodate singles. Alice Springs has a fully equipped teaching hospital and a range of GPs, dentists and other specialised health services.

OVERSEAS STUDENT HEALTH COVER

Overseas Student Health Cover is a unique health insurance programme in Australia for foreign students (OSHC). To be covered when you reach Australia, you must purchase OSHC before travelling there. You must maintain OSHC as long as you are in Australia on a student visa, according to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. You have the option of purchasing OSHC through a source we recommend or through the Australian OSHC supplier of your choice. Australia currently has five OSHC providers. You can pick which provider is best for you by visiting these websites to learn more about what they cover in depth.

Australian Health Management OSHC

WORKING IN AUSTRALIA

As a holder of a student visa, you are permitted to work up to 40 hours every two weeks while classes are in session and as many hours as you choose when off-campus (out of session).

Visit HERE to find out more about working in Australia, including how to find a job.

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LIVING COSTS IN AUSTRALIA

International students must demonstrate their ability to contribute to the cost of living and tuition in Australia in accordance with immigration laws there. This makes it easier for students to get the most out of their education and to enjoy their time in Australia.

The “living costs” criterion ensures that students do not have to rely solely on part-time employment to cover all of their expenses, even though international students may choose to augment their income with revenue from part-time employment in Australia.

The basic rate of living expenses covered by the immigration rules rises in tandem with the cost of living in Australia. According to these criteria, potential candidates for student visas must have access to at least the following finances to cover their living expenses (excluding tuition fees):

A$19,830 a year for a student. This includes clothing, food, accommodation, transportation, entertainment and travel costs in Sydney – but excludes tuition costs.

Students must show that they will actually have access to the finances they are counting on during their time in Australia to cover the costs of attending school there.

The expenses shown above are simply illustrative; they can change greatly depending on where in Australia you live. In the event that your living expenses exceed the amounts shown, you should be ready.

The official website of the Australian Government for overseas students, Study in Australia, provides further details about studying and living there.