Medical Jobs in Australia
Australia is the unexpected: a place where the world’s oldest cultures share vast ochre plains, stylish laneways and unimaginably blue waters with successive waves of new arrivals from across the globe.
In every corner of Australia you’ll find unique experiences and landscapes bursting with colour, culture and natural beauty. Australia is rich in wildlife, precious raw materials, pleasant weather and career opportunities which makes it one of the world's most sought after expatriate destinations.
Attractions of living and working in Australia
- An affluent Australian lifestyle with high levels of home ownership, outdoor life and attractive climate means that Australia continues to attract migrants from across the globe and its population has more than quadrupled since the end of the Second World War.
- It is the most popular expat destination for British citizens with over 1 million resident there. It is home to at least 100,000 Americans and 1 in 4 Australian residents are foreign born.
- Immigration to Australia restrictions have tightened recently but demand for highly skilled workers in specific fields is strong, salaries are among the highest in the world and education and postgraduate training excellent.
- Australia’s cities are consistently cited at the top of world rankings of the best places in the world to live. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide are the largest cities of Australia.
- Australia is a highly developed country with the world’s twelfth largest economy and the sixth highest per capita income. It is a major regional power with the 13th highest military expenditure.
- Australia ranks highly in terms of human development index, quality of life, health, life expectancy, education and literacy, economic freedom, civil liberties and political rights.
- Australia has a strong market economy with a high GDP per capital and low rate of poverty. The service sector of the economy accounts for 70% of GDP and includes tourism, education and financial services. Rich in natural resources, Australia is a major exporter of agricultural products, minerals, gold and energy.
- Owing to its size Australia’s climate varies greatly throughout the country. Rainfall is much higher along the east and northern coastlines with east and south western coastlines offering the most habitable environments. Most of the country gets over 3,000 hours of sunlight a year.
A Brief History of Australia
Australia’s aboriginal population first arrived around 50,000 years ago and continue to have a strong influence on Australian culture.
The British began their colonisation in 1788 and this has led to the development of Australia’s highly westernised contemporary culture.
The original British occupation of Australia as a penal colony was followed by many subsequent waves of migration, including the Australian Gold Rush of the 1850s and significantly the arrival of migrants from over 200 countries after World War II.
The Commonwealth of Australia was founded in 1901 following a series of referenda in favour of independence.
The British impact is evident in the predominance of the English language and in the continuance of the constitutional monarchy and parliamentary tradition following the British model.
However, Australia has its own culture with an increasing recognition of its proximity to Asia, a focus on outdoor activity and an independent spirit fed by its remote location from Europe and North America.