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Key Facts

Official Name: Commonwealth of Australia

Capital City: Canberra

Official Languages: English

Religion: Catholic, Anglican, Christian

Currency: Australian dollar (A$)

Time Zone: Perth: GMT + 8 hours, N. Territory, S. Australia: GMT + 9.5 hours, Sydney, Melbourne: GMT + plus 10 hours

Country Domain: .au

Country Tel Code: 61

Moving to Australia

The world's smallest continent, but the world's sixth largest country, Australia is a unique land of great physical beauty, unusual fauna and flora, mild climate, and an optimistic people. Australia can be defined as a large country, a continent, and an island. It slightly smaller than the United States and more than twice the size of India, with a population of over 20 million people.

About one quarter of Australia's population was born overseas. After years of European immigration, Australia is now attracting large numbers of Asians. Australia realizes that it is more a part of Asia than Europe, and Australians are beginning to identify with the Asia-Pacific world. Visitors will find the blending of the two cultures to be a unique and interesting mix.

Politics

Australia is organized as a federation of six states and two territories and is governed on the federal level by a prime minister as the chief executive, and a bicameral parliament made up of a House of Representatives and a Senate. Members of the House are elected for three years and members of the Senate for six-year terms. The Senate does not initiate legislation but must approve laws enacted by the House, where all legislation is introduced. The prime minister and his cabinet must have the support of the majority in the House of Representatives, but a majority in the Senate is not required.

Economy

Australia is a country rich in mineral wealth, the world's leading supplier of wool, a major energy producer, and a land blessed with sun, sea, mountains and beaches. To take advantage of these attractions, the tourist industry is rapidly expanding. An effort is also being made to expand technological industries, which are less subject to fluctuations in prices than Australia's traditional exports.

Property

Australia is organized as a federation of six states and two territories and is governed on the federal level by a prime minister as the chief executive, and a bicameral parliament made up of a House of Representatives and a Senate. Members of the House are elected for three years and members of the Senate for six-year terms. The Senate does not initiate legislation but must approve laws enacted by the House, where all legislation is introduced. The prime minister and his cabinet must have the support of the majority in the House of Representatives, but a majority in the Senate is not required.

Schools

Government schools operate throughout Australia as well as private schools. Some private schools are independent, but the majority have a religious affiliation. Children of expatriates in Australia attend the same schools as Australian children, with the exception of a few schools catering for specific nationalities (e.g. Japanese, German, French). A few schools describe themselves as an “international school," however, these follow an Australian curriculum with an international flavor and maintain the Australian school terms. An increasing number of schools now offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, mainly in Melbourne and Sydney.

Visa & Immigration

Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services around the world. Furthur information on how Santa Fe can help you help with a Australian Visa is available here.

Contact Us

Full detials of Santa Fe Melbourne office can be found here

Address: 26-40 Nina Link, Dandenong South, Vic 3164

Contact Number: +(61) 3 9554 7300

Email: Melbourne@santaferelo.com.au

Manager: Bridget McCarthy

Let us assist you with obtaining a Australian visa, finding an apartment or school in Sydney, and more!”

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