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Living & Working in Australia

Australia is one of the most popular destinations for migrants offering high standard of living, a strong economy and an attractive lifestyle. According to the 2013 Census, over one in four of Australia's 22 million inhabitants were born overseas.

Australia’s geographical location along with its strict visa requirements represent major challenges. The pursuit of living and working Down Under requires a sound preparation.

The German-Australian Chamber of Industry & Commerce wishes to support you on this journey and has compiled key information about living and working in Australia.

Immigration advisory services

The German Federal Office of Administration (BVA) provides relevant information on migration to individuals who want to gain a realistic assessment of their possibilities and limitations in their desired destination country. On their website, the BVA also lists immigration advisory services available in Germany where one can seek individual advice.

Visa issues

Only citizens from Australia and New Zealand are exempted from any visa requirement. Everyone else has to apply for a visa when travelling to Australia. Those wanting to work Down Under have to apply for a visa that includes a work permit. For more details on the various visa categories, please visit the website of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship or contact the Australian Embassy in Berlin. For an individual consultation, please get in touch with our members (accredited lawyers and migration agents). The Australian Skills Recognition Information (ASRI) assesses skills or experience gained overseas and facilitates recognition of diplomas and professional qualifications.

Job application

Check out the following websites to get expert advice on how to create great cover letters and resumes according to Australian standards.

Online job portals

Include the most popular job platforms into your job hunting strategy:

Recruiting agents

Seek professional career advice from our Recruiting Agents. They assess your opportunities in the Australian job market and guide you through the application process. Please note that in general recruiting agents can only assist candidates who are eligible to work in Australia.

German-Australian Business Directory 2015 / 2016

The publication German-Australian Business Directory 2015 / 2016 assists you in your job search. It contains more than 340 addresses of German companies located in Australia - email address, phone and fax number as well as their websites. This way, you can get in direct contact with your future employer. Please note that this print publication is available in German only.

Study in Australia

The charitable foundation Ranke Heinemann is the international registrar's office of all Australian and New Zealand universities. It provides individual consultation and coordinates student enrolment. The foundation also grants scholarships to eligible students. Detailed information on scholarships and general funding can be obtained through the DAAD website (German Academic Exchange Service). Use the study wizard on Study-in-Australia to search for courses or institutions. Learn more about the Australian education system and get an estimate of the expected costs of living and studying Down Under.

Healthcare and social welfare system

Visit the Department of Health and Ageing to learn more about the Australian health system. The Department of Human Services provides information on the social welfare system in Australia.


Caroline Stapleton 
Manager - Events & Training

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Der 'Immigration Guide Australien 2015' wendet sich an Personen, die planen, aus beruflichen oder privaten Gründen nach Australien auszuwandern.