After the Global Financial Crisis, many countries are struggling with their economies, while the Australian economy is booming with the development of contracting and mining industries. While some highly skilled workers are fighting to keep their jobs overseas, the unemployment rate in Australia is around 5%.
Having a similar culture to the USA and the UK, Australia is eminently accessible and enjoyed by workers from North America and European countries. The major difference is often said to be the Aussie ‘laid back’ approach to life.
Sydney is Australia's largest and most populous city, and is the capital of New South Wales. It is located on the east coast of Australia, and is home to the famous landmarks of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney has several main business centres, and a wide variety of suburbs, some close to beautiful beaches or overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria, sited in a bay on the south coast of Australia. It has a vibrant and diverse culture, and was ranked as the world's most liveable city by the Economist Group's Intelligence Unit in 2011 and again in 2012.
Brisbane and the Gold Coast are two closely related cities in Queensland. They are both located on the east coast of Australia, with the Gold Coast located at the famous Surfer's Paradise, and Brisbane sited about 90km away, on the Brisbane River. Both cities enjoy a very warm climate and a lot of sunshine.
Perth is the main city in Western Australia, and the country's fourth-largest city. It is located on the western coastline of Australia, on the Indian Ocean. Western Australia is home to a huge boom in the mining industry, with over 500 commercial mineral projects and nearly a thousand mining operations. Perth is also reputed to have the world's largest proportion of self-made millionaires in the world.