Excellent Quality of Life

Australia offers a welcoming attitude and an excellent quality of life. Australians are well known for their open and friendly nature. Welcoming foreign investment is simply an extension of that character.

The Australian Government actively encourages and supports foreign investment through a range of services and programs. While the majority of foreign investment in Australia does not require approval, almost all proposals that are subject to approval are approved by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Australia’s political and economic advantages are complemented by its excellent quality of life.

With one of the highest standards of living in the world, Australia offers a superb climate, a unique and beautiful environment, and quality social and cultural infrastructure. Five of Australia’s mainland capital cities have been ranked in the top eleven liveable cities in the world.[1]

Australia’s cost of living is significantly lower than many other developed countries, including the UK, Germany, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.[2] Expatriates and visitors alike find Australia both attractive and affordable, offering high quality housing, education, and health care.[3]

Live the lifestyle

Australia’s lifestyle attracts people from all over the world. The country’s quality of life was judged the best in the Asia-Pacific region by the 2007 World Competitiveness Yearbook. Combined with all the other attributes Australia offers, including the relatively low cost of living, it’s not only a leading location for international companies but the destination of choice for their employees.

Quality of life

Australia’s human development index (HDI) is the third best in the world, behind only Norway and Ireland.[4] Australia’s life expectancy (81 years) has been judged third highest in the world behind Japan and Hong Kong.[5]

Australian cities are regularly judged to be among the most liveable in the world across by a range of international surveys. Five Australian capital cities are ranked in the top eleven most liveable cities in the world.

According to Mercer Human Resource Consulting’s quality of living survey for 2006, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane are all among the top 35 cities in the world in which to live, and ranked ahead of notable cities such as London, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo and New York.

Room to move

Australia has space in abundance. It is the sixth largest country in the world, but with the world’s lowest population density at an average of only two people per square kilometre.


Australia has the third lowest cost of living in the major developed world, behind only USA and New Zealand .[6]

Education and training

The quality of Australia’s education and training sector is internationally recognised. The country has well-designed private, state and federal-funded education systems offering high quality primary, secondary and tertiary education, and extensive vocational training, including specialised institutions for teaching English. Expatriate students at Australian schools can continue their schooling at US and European educational institutions without difficulty.

Sport and recreation

Australians not only work hard, they play hard. Their love of sports is famous. New facilities created for the 2000 Olympics and 2006 Commonwealth Games, along with many other centres, provide options to view and participate in many sports.

Australians also love the outdoors. Australia has more than 7,000 beaches more than any other country in the world. Thousands of kilometres of coastline create access to all water sports. Mountain ranges in Victoria and New South Wales offer a choice of snow sports and hundreds of state and national parks provide access to vast, pristine wilderness areas.


Australia supports a thriving national and local art, theatre, dance, film, opera and music scene which attracts many international performers and artists. Australian restaurants are creating an international reputation for their fresh and inviting menus.

The print and broadcast media is robust and lively, with about 1,200 lifestyle and other magazines among the most per capita in the world catering for all tastes.

A society to grow in

Living in Australia is to share in the culture of openness and a passion for getting the most out of life. Australian society encourages opportunity for all and gives everyone a fair go’, while also fostering a strong spirit of competition.

We have recruited more than 60 graduates from Australian universities. We have also convinced some Australian engineers to come home from jobs overseas and employed new migrants with significant experience. Put simply, the smart people are deciding where they want to live. TONY QUICK, Director and General Manager, GKN Aerospace Engineering Services, Australia

[1] Economist Intelligence Unit 2005

[2] IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2007

[3] EIU 2005

[4] UNDP, Human Development Report 2006

[5] Ibid

[6] IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2007

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