Get ready for your internship in Australia

If you are considering an internship in the land “down under”, Globin can provide you with important relevant details before you embark on your flight.

Read on to see the perks and considerations for living in Australia while completing a paid internship.

Cost of living

We are all aware of how expensive living in Australia can be; as one of the wealthy economies, the cost of living in Australia can be somewhat high particularly in cities like Sydney and Melbourne, however if you choose other cities like Brisbane or Adelaide, living expenses are not as high. Australian living standards are also high complementary to the expenses and while it can be slightly less expensive than living in the UK, there are some perks to living in Australia. When considering worldwide internships, Australia is definitely a strong option. A lot of primary produce is grown and so many people can shop locally-grown fruit and vegetables which helps keep the prices down and furthermore, helps the local farmers. You can have access to quality produce for affordable prices and know that you’re eating locally.

However, housing costs can be considerably higher than in Europe and expatriates and travelers with little or no history of living in Australia can find it somewhat difficult to gain entry into the Australian market. Many landlords and real estate agents request Australian references for tenancy and if you haven’t lived in Australia before you might find it difficult to attain a rental property. Good references are highly-important so if you can gain entry into the real estate in Australia, ensure that you are quality tenants and therefore will gain local references.

The average rent in the big cities are as follows:

  • Transport: the cost is quite similar to the main capitals in Europe. A one-way ticket is around AUD$4. However, students can enjoy a concession and pay up to the half price. Moreover, you can purchase a travel monthly pass with great discounts.
  • Eating out and leisure: Australia has become a foodie destination and more and more people enjoy going out for a delicious lunch or dinner with friends. The cost of an average restaurant is around AUD$30-50 per person.
  • Groceries: as mentioned earlier, fruit and vegs are produced locally so some products are not that much expensive comparing to your home country. Supermarkets in general are a little more expensive and one of the most important things to take into account is that alcohol is not available to buy in supermarkets; it is generally sold in “liquor shops” or “bottle shops”. A bottle of a reasonable Aussie wine (red or wine) cost an average of AUD$15 while an imported brand of beer costs around UD$50 for one block of thirty bottles or cans.



Language skills

All interns are required to be fluent in English for effective workplace communication. The ideal level required is IELTS 5.5-6 or TOEFL 550. For non-native English speakers, we advise considering a short English course to support with workplace preparation. It will help to succeed in an interview, for instance and help you engage in quality customer service and understanding within employment roles.

The location

Here comes the big decision! Where should I live in Australia? There is a myriad of factors to consider when it comes to where to live in Australia and if you read on, you’ll find some of our tips.

  • Cost of living: as we mentioned earlier the general cost of living in Australia differs from one city to another. Overall, Sydney and Melbourne lead as the top most expensive cities around Australia, while Canberra, the Gold Coast or Brisbane are considerably cheaper to live in. Adelaide can also be relatively inexpensive while Perth, due to the great distance between the city and the remainder of Australia, can be somewhat expensive.
  • Job opportunities: this is one of the most aspects you should consider when deciding the place to work in Australia. Are you an IT or Engineer? Then maybe Perth in Western Australia is your place. Or maybe are you keen to work in a startup? Melbourne definitely would be your place! Job opportunities arise in the major cities but in particular Melbourne and Sydney so if you are seeking out employment opportunities, then consider the larger cities for more prospects.
  • Weather: some people put the weather as a key aspect to consider the city to live in Australia. Honestly, it´s a total mistake! You might miss job opportunities that can suit you on the other side of the country so do not focus on the weather when making your decision. In the end, Australia has a very varied climate from side to side. The northern states typically experience warm weather much of the time with the southern states experiencing cooler winters.
  • Travel: Australia Is renowned as the “land of contrast” and with a paid internship, you can gain some holiday time too to travel Australia and see what all the fuss is about. Witness majestic oceans, wildlife such as koalas, kangaroos, dingoes and more, nestle into dunes to watch the sunset over the water, enjoy red dirt outback adventures and plenty more in Australia. A worldwide internship or work and holiday Australia adventure is just what the doctor ordered sometimes and travelling certainly does open your eyes!

Type of visa

There are different types of visa available to intern in Australia depending on your profile and personal goals:

Visa 407 – Training Visa: 

This visa allows you to take part in workplace-based occupational training activities to improve your skills for your job, area of tertiary study, field of expertise or in a professional development training program in Australia. It is a great choice of visa for those who are skilled and would like to invest and further enhance their skillset and expertise within their chosen or a specialised field.

With this visa, you can:

  • visit Australia to complete a workplace-based training as per the above

You must

  • be sponsored
  • be nominated (unless your sponsor is a Commonwealth Government agency)
  • be invited (if your sponsor is a Commonwealth Government agency)

Visa 408 

Temporary activity visa – This visa lets you stay in Australia to take part in an approved special program. Special programs can include youth exchange, cultural enrichment or community programs, school language assistants or “gap year school volunteering “. A fantastic visa for people wishing to temporarily live in Australia for growth and personal development including enhancing knowledge and expertise.

You must:

  • have the skills to undertake the activity to be carried out in Australia
  • be supported or sponsored
  • meet additional requirements of the relevant stream

Working holiday visa 462 or 417: these visas are quite similar in terms of rights in Australia and both allow to combine work and travel for up to 12 months. Internships are also possible for up to 6 months. The working holiday visa is one of the most popular among those who wish to live and work in Australia for one to two years depending if you complete WWOOFING work as well and can attain the second year visa.

You must:

  • Must be 18 to 30 years old (inclusive)
  • Must have a passport from an eligible country
  • Must not be accompanied by dependent children

Student visa: whereas the visa subclass you hold, this visa allows you to complete part-time internships of up to 20 hours per week, or full-time internships of up to 40 hours per week during your study breaks (summer holidays, for example)

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