Housing in Australia
Finding a home is often the paramount concern for people moving to
a new country or city and it is natural to feel a degree of anxiety.
However, Australian cities offer a wide range of housing options
to suit every family, budget and location preference, so finding
a home from which to explore your new surroundings should be anticipated
Australia has an abundance of public open space, beach and river
locations. Many communities and housing designs are developed to
capitalise on our outdoor lifestyles and temperate weather.
Apartments prevail as the dominant housing option for inner city
living. In areas that surround the inner city, housing consists mainly
of apartments, townhouses, semi-detached homes and terraces. As with
most cities, real estate in the inner city and surrounds can be expensive
but offers great proximity to public transport, facilities and business
and leisure activities.
Real estate in outer suburban areas is more economical and is comprised
typically of larger free standing homes with substantial backyard
areas, although townhouses and duplexes are also present to a lesser
degree. Suburban areas offer plenty of space for living and often
appeal to families. These considerations need to be balanced against
possible diminished access to public transport, fewer facilities
and longer transit times to city centres. It is increasingly necessary
to travel by car in suburban locations due to the longer travel distances
and with most facilities being based centrally at large shopping
Housing styles in Australia range from period through to contemporary
designs. Modern, contemporary home designs are found mainly in new
inner city apartment developments and also in new housing estates.
New housing developments usually fringe the outer suburban areas
which are being established, although small pockets of new housing
may still be found in closer, more established areas.
Housing in the established inner city surrounds is usually a mix
of styles, indicative of the era in which the suburbs were first
established. These can include old period homes and Victorian terraces,
Californian Bungalows and Art Deco designs, brick veneer homes and
weatherboard cottages. It is common to find older houses that have
been completely renovated that offer comfortable, light filled living
spaces along with period features and facades.
These websites may be of assistance when searching for a
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Schooling in Australia
Another important aspect of planning your move to Australia is the
education choices available for your children. The success or failure
of a move is often attributed to the children’s happiness in
their new school environment. Australia offers an array of high quality
education choices in public, religious and independent (private)
As primary and secondary education is the responsibility of State
Governments, there are differences between education systems across
each state and territory of Australia. These differences usually
pertain to the age that children may commence schooling, year level
comparisons and the names of certificate programs undertaken by senior
secondary students as a pathway to tertiary studies. Core curriculum
does not vary a great deal between the States, although it may be
staggered at differing paces.
Typically, a child will commence 3 year old (optional) and 4 year
old (compulsory) kindergarten, also known as pre-school. Formal primary
school education will commence in the year the child turns 5 or 6
years of age, dependent on where their birthday falls during the
year. Seven years of primary schooling is followed by the commencement
of secondary school. Secondary school is for a period of 5 or 6 years
and children will usually be 17 or 18 years of age at completion.
When choosing a school for your child it is advisable to access website
material and prospectus information to get a feel for each school.
Remember that all children are unique and profiling characteristics
such as extra-curricular activities, subject choices, special needs,
preferred learning styles and social choices will assist greatly
in developing school criteria.
The following aspects may also be important elements to consider:
school size and class size
elements of your child’s current schooling
that you would retain or change
of parental involvement at school
or single sex education
care and holiday programs available
philosophy in relation to your family values