Things to know about Australia before migrating

Date: Oct 18, 2012

According to the immigration department,nearly half of Australia's population is a result of migration and as a result, it's one of the most diverse and engaging countries on earth.

There are a number of things to consider if you're planning to migrate to Australia to live, work or visit, and any questions can be answered by by an experienced immigration lawyer.

A new report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers showed that Sydney is the second most expensive city in the world. The cost of living is particularly high in Australia, and even allowing for costs once you're here, there are still a number of expenses in getting here including accommodation and furnishing your new home. In terms of money itself, it's a good idea to bring travellers cheques or Australian currency into the country so that you've immediately got some physical currency on hand as soon as you touch down.

Transport in the country is fairly consistent and varied in its forms, , your preferences can be accommodated through buses, ferries and all other forms of transport. If you do have a license from another country, depending on that country you may be legally allowed to drive in Australia for a short space of time.

Australia is known to be a relatively safe country, but it is important to take basic steps to ensure that you and your family are safe.These include not walking alone in the early hours, locking your doors and windows when you're not at home and keeping your belongings close to you on public transport.

Obtaining health cover is important in Australia as it means you can access health services for little costs. Sometimes, medical cover is a requirement of obtaining a visa and it's a good idea to talk to an immigration lawyer to find out if this is something you will need to obtain before you submit your application. Through Medicare (if you're eligible) many basic medical needs can be covered. Go to your nearest Medicare centre to discuss your eligibility and what documents you need to present.

Education is compulsory for children aged between the ages of five and 15 in this country and there are a number of different options to choose from. They range from private to public and religious to secular. Private schools can be expensive, especially the bigger more prestigious ones, so it's a good idea to budget for costs that might present themselves.