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Australia is one of the most livable countries in the world. With our great natural resources, picturesque surrounds, natural beauty, cultural diversity and lifestyle, many students find that their education experience in Australia is everything they have dreamt of and more.

Our key services meet the needs and challenges of people from across the world. We have put together some key lifestyle information that will help you get the most out of life and study in Australia.
A typical Australian experience for international students includes;

  • Visiting Museums and Art Galleries in all the Australian Capital Cities
  • Travelling through the Great Ocean Road
  • Visiting Ayres Rock and the Great Barrier Reef
  • Holidaying on the Gold Coast
  • Skiing in New South Wales and Victoria
  • Learning to surf
  • Seeing a play or the ballet
  • And more….

Student Visa
Before you can study in Australia you need a valid student Visa. Australian Agency can help you through the process of securing your student visa. You will to show you have:

  • Financial resources
  • Letter of confirmation that you will be undertaking full-time study in Australia
  • Sound health
  • Good character with no criminal convictions
  • Health insurance
  • No outstanding debt in Australia

When you abide by all student visa regulations you will have a fabulous experience in Australia.

Shopping
Australia is the shopping destination of the Southern Hemisphere!

Throughout Australia there are several big shopping malls for clothing, shoes and appliances. Standard opening hours are 9.00am – 5.00pm weekdays with shops open on weekends.

Many supermarkets are open 24 hours meaning that you can grab something to eat or essential items any time of the day or night. Other major chain supermarkets close at 10pm daily.

Banks
Australia has a wide variety of banks available. Most banks open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Some banks are even open on Saturday mornings. Australia’s four major banks are:

  • Commonwealth Bank
  • ANZ
  • Westpac
  • National Australia Bank (NAB).

You can use Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) to withdraw money anytime. ATMs are conveniently located in all cities. So you do not have to visit a bank each time you want to withdraw money.

Most shops in Australia offer Electronic Funds Transfer (EFTPOS) as a way to pay. Money is taken straight out of your bank account to save you carrying cash. You can even withdraw cash using EFTPOS.

Australia Post
Australia Post looks after all postal services and mail delivery. You can visit an Australia Post Office to buy everything you need to send packages within Australia and overseas. You can even pay some household bills at an Australia Post Office.

Telephones
If you have a telephone line in your home, you can call anywhere in Australia for about 30 cents. There will be a cost for interstate and international calls and this can vary. It is a good idea to find out toll rates before you make a call. Of course you can also use Skype and VOIP to keep in touch if you have broadband internet.

Public phones are also available throughout Australia. These are coin-operated or you can purchase a pre-paid phone card if you will be a frequent user.

Consider getting a mobile phone to keep in touch. There are a range of plans and payment options available. So it is easy to keep in touch with friends and family in Australia and at home.
Australia’s major telephone service providers are:

  • Virgin Mobile
  • Vodafone
  • Telstra
  • Optus

Internet
Australia is one of the highest internet users in the world with some of the cheapest and most efficient connections available.

Internet access is provided in all universities and education institutions or perhaps you may like to consider getting personal internet access for freedom to use wherever, whenever. There are many internet service providers throughout the country. AAET can help you find an internet plan that suits your needs and budget.

Public Transport
Australia is a big country. So we have an excellent public transport system to make getting around easy.
Whether you are planning a trip or relying on public transport for university travel, Australian Agency can help you find the best route and transport.

Driving in Australia
To legally drive in Australia you must hold a valid drivers license. Driver licensing requirements vary between Australian States. We can help you determine whether you are eligible to drive in Australia.

Newspapers
Australia has a national newspaper called The Australian. You can view this online at www.theaustralian.news.com.au .

Each Australian State has its own major newspaper. You can use www.newspapers.com.au to find a full list of these.

Because Australia has such a multicultural community, you will find many international community newspapers. Often these are written in the language of that community. These newspapers contain great information about local activities where you can meet people within the community.

Find out more about Australia’s States
Each Australian State offers a unique lifestyle and study experience. To find out more about these and interesting groups you can join, check out these links:

For more information on how you can register with AAET, click here

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