Australia is a culturally diverse, racially tolerant society that welcomes and offers opportunity to those who wish to settle here. From the vast landscape and the exotic flora and fauna to the cosmopolitan cities, Australia is a beautiful and varied place of contrasts, and a vital destination for business development and growth in the 21st Century.
Since 1945, nearly 6.5 million people from over 150 countries have come to call Australia home. Currently Australia has a population of 23 million people, but this number is growing constantly. Approximately 1 in 4 Australian residents are born outside Australia.
Australia has evolved an immigration policy which encourages anyone who meets the selection criteria to apply to emigrate regardless of sex, religion, or ethnic and national origin.
Because of this country's increasing participation in international markets a greater emphasis is now placed on the "skill" element of the Migration Program. This is due to a specific skills deficit in the Australian workforce.
To reduce these shortages, the Australian Government is very keen to attract highly skilled labour abroad. Occupations most in need include
Business migrants with capital and international experience are equally invited to contribute to Australia's economic expansion.
This country is now home to 20,000 business people from 100 countries who have not only contributed their experience and capital but the 52,000 family members who have accompanied them have added to the rich cultural tapestry of which Australia is so proud.
Australia is an ideal country for business investment due to its deregulated economy, enormous natural resources and technical strength. The potential for expansion is tremendous. Underpinning this exciting business climate is a tax system, which favourably competes with all other Western economies.
Australia is a stunningly beautiful country and those residents who have ambitions, and the will to achieve them, are well rewarded. It boasts world standard universities and education and health systems that receive considerable government funding and, enjoys political stability and government underpinned by the Westminster System.
Australians have a strong belief in equality and social justice and as a destination Australia is one of the world's most attractive for quality of life.
Australians work hard but they like to enjoy their leisure time too. Because Australia spans several climatic zones, from the tropical far-north to the cool temperate climate of the south, there are a wide variety of leisure activities and holiday destinations within the country. Beautiful beaches abound and a wide variety of sports are available from surfing to skiing. In addition, Australia possesses some of the world's great wilderness areas. Many are designated national parks to be enjoyed by present residents and preserved for future generations.
Australia is known for its wide open spaces but most of its residents, indeed 86%, live in urban areas along the seaboard. Sydney and Melbourne host 40% of the country's population whilst other state capitals such as Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth attract populations of approximately 1 million each.
Even though distances are great, Perth is 3,985 kilometres from Sydney; efficient and fast transport connects all capital cities and regional centres. Australians love to travel and do so within Australia without any restrictions.
Together with the abundance of outdoor activities Australians enjoy a sophisticated culture of opera, two of the greatest identities in opera, Dames Nellie Melba and Joan Sutherland are Australians, ballet, art, music and museums.
Australia produces some of the best food and wine on earth and its quality, and the cultural diversity of the population, is reflected in world standard restaurants, which are located in all capital cities and many regional centres.
Housing is of a high standard and affordable in comparison to other countries. Schools, hospitals and public transport reflect the high standard of living Australians enjoy.
Australia provides unrestricted work rights to the spouses of skilled sponsored workers with temporary and permanent entry visas.
There is no limit on number of visas able to be granted for gazetted professionals and other skilled migrants using the temporary entry program.
Australia has more flexible and streamlined temporary entry arrangements than other countries.
A temporary principal visa holder, once in Australia, is generally able to apply for most permanent visas.