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Why “Down Under” is still tops

by Sam Hopwood | May 18, 2011
  • So you’re thinking about moving from the UK to Australia? Immigration websites and forums are always full of questions and conversations about this very move and the consensus seems to be that the grass is indeed greener on the other side.

    In this article we look at what exactly attracts UK families in particular to the land Down Under, as well as the steps to take if you’re considering the move.

    One of the worlds most popular destinations

    Australia has always been a popular destination for young professionals and families seeking greener pastures. In fact, since 1945 more than six million people having left the country of their birth and made Australia home.


    Australia’s economy is one of the strongest in the world – stable and growing. The country has a relatively low unemployment rate and is open to skilled migrants and entrepreneurs, making it an attractive place to find work or start your own business.


    This continent has a massive shoreline, a variety of climate zones and plenty of leisure activities to match.  The inhabitants take full advantage of the weather and spend much of their time outdoors, having “barbies”, surfing and enjoying all sorts of other sports and recreational activities.  Australians are friendly and it is possible to have a “good life” in Australia – whatever that means to you.


    The education system is world-class, with great public schools, as well as many famous private schools and universities.


    The country has a sophisticated healthcare system which, although often criticised locally, is excellent by world standards.

    A seriously low crime rate further strengthens the argument for Australia as a top destination for UK families or single professionals.

    How to go from dreaming about it to doing it

    If you’re sold on the idea of uprooting and making Australia home, you’re probably wondering how difficult the process is?  You may have heard it’s not easy; that it’s a long and complicated process. The truth is, it’s not the easiest immigration process out there, but like most things in life, if it’s something you really want to do; something that will positively influence the rest of your life and the lives of your family, then it will be absolutely worth any red tape and admin you’ll be subjected to. Just ask the millions who’ve already settled happily in the Land of Oz.

    These are the simple steps you could take towards your Australia dreams.

    1. Do research

    One way to immediately get the ball rolling is to start doing research. You could frequent forums and chat rooms where people discuss the move from the UK to Australia, read books and articles about the subject and speak to both experts and family and friends who have already settled in Australia.

    You could also do a little research into which area would best suit your lifestyle and career. Most people moving to Australia from the UK choose to live in one of the main cities: Adelaide in South Australia; Perth in Western Australia; Melbourne in Victoria; Brisbane in Queensland; or Sydney in New South Wales.

    Find out too if your skills are in demand, which will automatically make it easier for you to qualify for a visa -

    2. Speak to the visa experts

    Once you have done some research you may decide to go through with the visa application process. It’s vital that you partner with an agency that really understands the process and has a history of success.

    Australia has a notoriously complicated visa process with many types of visas and an experienced company will be able to cut through the clutter and tap into all the right resources, first time. 1st Contact Visas have offices in Australia and an excellent track record for helping their clients get organised, moved and settled.

    From visas to bank accounts to practical information about the country, they have all the experience needed to help you get started. The Kickstart Package is extremely popular and has been described as a survival kit for anyone moving to Australia.

    3. Have the right attitude

    Don’t be put off by the red tape. If this is something you truly want, find ways to make it happen or at least explore the possibilities!

    Let 1st Contact Visas asses your eligibility and if you have all the right criteria in place, they can do all the behind the scenes work and apply for a suitable visa on your behalf.

    You have nothing to lose and a brand new life to gain!

    We are a professional services company that specialises in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions.

    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.

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