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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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)