New South Wales: Sydney
Sydney is a vibrant, dynamic and accessible city and is the largest city in Australia with a population of 22,000 in central Sydney and 4 million people in greater Sydney. The working population in central Sydney is around 10 times the residential population at 235,000. The CBD is quite small in comparison to other cosmopolitan cities occupying an area of less than 6.2 square kilometres. Greater Sydney on the other hand, comprises over 600 suburbs and localities and occupies an area of 2,500 square kilometres.
The best way to find employment in the CBD and greater Sydney region is through online employment sites. Each of the below sites will also provide you with tips for preparing for interviews, research on specific employers, education and training, self employment opportunities and a whole lot more.
Sydney is home to some of Australia’s most prestigious universities, technical institutions and schools. The Sydney education system is considered one of the most highly developed educational systems in the world. Comprising of the oldest Australian university and some of the very well known schools, it is also a favourite educational hang out among numerous international students.
There is a large range of public and private schools to choose from as well as many options for universities and tertiary education facilities.
For more information including a list of schools, TAFE’s, universities and curriculum information, visit www.nsw.gov.au/education
In recent months, interest rates have come down considerably enabling people greater access to the housing market. In addition, the Federal Government has increased the First Home Buyer grants which have seen an increase of first time buyers enter the housing market. The Sydney market has been a tough one to get into in recent years, however with the various grants offered by the Government for investors and alike, there has been a shift in the market with more properties on the market.
The leasing market has also been difficult to enter in recent years with the demand being greater than the supply. It is advisable you do some research into the best area to suit your needs as costs of rentals can vary greatly depending on the location.
The best websites to gain insight and information about the current market prices for purchasing and renting are:
The NSW Department of Health works to provide people in NSW with the best possible health care. They aim to keep people healthy, prevent, detect and treat illness and delivery high quality, affordable and well-managed health services.
The NSW Department of Health website is www.health.nsw.gov.au which will provide you with comprehensive information on the general health facilities and serviced offered in New South Wales. Another important website to look at is www.privatehealth.gov.au as this website details the information you need to know to organise relevant insurance to ensure you are covered in Australia. It is also a requirement for most visas that individuals have Private Health Insurance upon arriving in Australia.
Recent migrants are generally eligible for Medicare benefits, which provide help with basic medical expenses including free public hospital care, help with the cost of out-of-hospital care and subsidised medicines. You may be eligible to join Medicare and gain immediate access to health care services and programs. To register, you need to visit a Medicare office within 7-10 days of arriving in Australia with your passport and travel documents. (TheDepartment of Immigration and Citizenship website provides more information on Medicare registration) Medicare does not provide for all health services – you must pay for general health service such as dental care, optical care and ambulance service or take out private health insurance to cover these costs.
Most visas will require applicants to obtain private health insurance before entering or shortly after entering Australia. There are many providers of this level of health care, with the larger ones being listed below for your reference:
A popular website in recent times is www.iselect.com.au which helps you choose the best health care provider for your individual or family needs.
Roads and Traffic Authority
The RTA is the governing body in NSW and is responsible for promoting road safety and traffic management, driver licensing and vehicle registration. It is also responsible for the maintenance and development of the National Highway and State Road network in NSW. For further information on the RTA visit their website at www.rta.nsw.gov.au
For information on driving in NSW with a foreign license, please refer to the information at www.rta.nsw.gov.au/licensing/newtonsw/international_drivers.html. For driving on NSW roads, you will need to make arrangements to get a NSW driver or rider license although you can use your existing license for up to three months, after which you must have a NSW license in order to drive. The above link provides you with the relevant information to obtain a NSW drivers license.
Transport in and around Sydney is varied and readily available at all times of the day and night. For information including timetables please visit www.131500.com.au
www.dlg.nsw.gov.au is a handy website to visit to learn more about the local governments in the greater Sydney region. Amongst other information, this website has information including what to do, who the members of council are, how to have your say in your local community and much more.
There are so many attractions in Sydney offering something for everyone, including the world famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, fantastic shopping, gorgeous parks, museums, galleries, bars, restaurants and beaches to name just a few.
The Opera House is probably Sydney’s most distinct and well known piece of architecture, located at Bennelong Point and an easy 5 minute walk from Circular Quay. Admission to the Opera House is free with tours of the building departing every 30 minutes between 8:30am and 5pm daily. At a cost of $14 for adults and $10 for children, this is a must for any visitor to Sydney. The Opera House is home to many performances throughout the year. For further information visit www.sydneyoperahouse.com
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most recognised symbols of Australia. The bridge provides a frame for one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and holds a special place in the city’s heart. The Harbour Bridge has connected the CBD to the Northern Suburbs of Sydney since it opened in 1932. It is the world largest (not longest) steel-arch bridge. The Bridge Climb is the ultimate way to experience Sydney with a choice between two 3.5 hour guided experiences. For further information visit www.bridgeclimb.com
Bondi Beach is the most famous beach in Australia and among the world’s most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly 1km long and is patrolled by life savers who even have their own TV series! Bondi Beach is located on the east coast and is easily accessible by public transport or car. There are activities all year round, many of them centred around the Pavilion. Other local attractions at Bondi Beach include the markets held every Sunday at Bondi Beach Public School and a large variety of food and accommodation options. For more information visit www.bondivillage.com