Australia's strong economy, hot, sunny climate and relaxed, outdoor lifestyle make it a top expatriate destination. Immigration 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.
Australia - basic information
Currency: Australian Dollar
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign nation comprising the Australian mainland, the island of Tasmania and numerous small islands. The largest country in Oceania, it is the world’s sixth largest country by land mass but sparsely populated with a total population of just over 25 million inhabitants concentrated mainly in the major cities of the eastern seaboard.
Canberra is the capital city of Australia and Sydney is the largest city and commercial capital. Other major metropolitan centres of Australia are Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Australia is a federal constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as the Queen of Australia, represented by the Governor General at the federal level and the Governors at the state level.
Australia has six states - New South Wales NWS) , South Australia (SA) , Queensland (QLD), Victoria (VIC), Western Australia (WA) and Tasmania (TAS) - and two major mainland territories, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Northern Territory (NT). In most respects the two territories function as states.
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. It has an immigrant population of 26% of the total population. 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 highly developed 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 (wool and wheat), minerals, gold and energy.
The healthcare system in Australia is a complex mix of Commonwealth and State Government funded services and services funded by private health insurance. Healthcare outcomes are excellent in comparison with other developed countries, although the life expectancy of the indigenous peoples remain lower than those of other groups.
The are opportunities for internationally trained physicians to secure employment in this system as general practitioners, specialists and doctors in training. Physicians seeking work in rural areas, often called "Areas of Need", would benefit from some skills in rural and remote medicine and procedural competency.
Employment Packages will typically offer:
good remuneration, usually salaried, but some fee for service opportunities exist
salary packaging options
relocation, immigration and license fees may be reimbursed