What are the pros and cons of living in Australia?

Gaurav M Sharma

I have studied, worked and lived in Australia as an International student, employee, business owner and a citizen.

I have experienced this country in all the ways possible, you can imagine. However, I firmly believe that there are definitely more pros than cons of living in Australia but still I have mentioned below a few potential challenges and benefits.

Hope it helps! 🙂

Possible Challenges
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  • Language problem for those who don’t speak good English.
  • Not having your family and friends around could be a problem for some – Our society is more and more connected and thanks to Skype, WhatsApp and Social Media you can stay in touch a bit easier with your family and friends. It still doesn’t mean that it is any easier to live in a foreign country half way round the world. Sometimes it can be hard, because everything is new and you don’t have your familiar safety net of friends and family.
  • Cultural shock/differences can be a problem for some – We all know that African people are different from Asians, Chinese are different from Indians and Indians are different from Australians. So some differences are obvious while others are more subtle. Moreover the food is different mostly, you might have difficulties to find your old comfort home style food. Food is an important part of a country’s culture so if the culture is different, the food will be too.
  • It can be expensive for some depending on their specific needs – The cost of living in Australia can be daunting for some. It mainly depends on your lifestyle choices, the city you choose to live in and ofcourse, your own specific circumstances.
  • Housing, construction and real estate overall are very expensive for what you get.
  • Economy is heavely reliant on export of non-renewable resources.
  • House flies follow you where you go..and are bigger in size – Most insects are bigger in size than in other countries.
  • Mostly automobile are imported into the country due to high cost of local manufacturing so it is quite expensive to buy and maintain one.
  • Public transport is still under developed even for such small size population country. Generally, you do need a car to travel efficiently.
  • Business operations are still old school when it comes to ECommerce and any contactless way of shopping.

Possible Benefits
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  • Australia has seven of the top 100 universities in the world so great place for education. Also, each year Australian Government provides approx $200 million dollars in scholarships for local and international students.
  • Job opportunities in Australia are better than many other developed countries.
  • As UK focuses more for doctors and the US focuses more on IT professionals but in Australia there are work opportunities present for migrants in multiple disciplines i.e. agriculture, aeronautics, accounts and actuaries and of course including the IT and Medical streams as well.
  • Australia is a safe, multicultural, friendly and harmonious society. Australia has a comparatively very low crime rate and strict gun control laws providing a safe place to live.
  • In most shops all the prices shown are inclusive of taxes so what you see is the price what you pay.
  • There is no culture of obligatory tipping when you pay your bill at a restaurant.
  • Medical insurance, healthcare facilities and doctor’s prescription medications are cheaper than many developed countries.
  • Australians are pretty casual, witty and straightforward people. No smile n wave attitude and no political correcorrectness like in UK or USA exists here. If you are easily offended then you may get into trouble but if you joke around and have fun – then most Aussies embrace you as one them.
  • In most metropolitan cities you still have access to a Local butcher, local baker and a local farmers market so commercialization is still not at its peak here.
  • Great sporting and fitness culture – Aussies love their Australian rules football, Cricket, and Rugby sports. Every weekend, stadiums are packed. If you or your kids are into sports then you are in heaven but be ready to be up for some good competitive aussie spirit.
  • Various people including myself from around 150 different countries have migrated to Australia, making Australia one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. And I am sure we wouldn’t call Australia our home and a lucky country for no reason.