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Australia is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.

A highly developed country and one of the wealthiest, Australia is the world’s 12th-largest economy and has the world’s fifth highest per capita income. Australia ranks highly in many international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights.

Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary due to the size of the continent. The northern states typically experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters. Australia is also one of the driest continents on earth with an average annual rainfall of less than 600 millimetres. Like all countries in the southern hemisphere, Australia’s seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere.

Seasons in Australia
Summer December – February
Autumn March – May
Winter June – August
Spring September – November
  • Australian Universities have an International reputation for academic excellence
  • Several Australian Universities are listed in the Top 200 Jiao Tong World University Rankings
  • Australian qualifications are recognised and accepted globally
  • Educational facilities and teaching resources are of the highest quality which means students get access to the very best minds and resources, in a wide range of study areas
  • Australia offers an attractive lifestyle that is safe, stable and friendly. A multicultural society means international students quickly feel at home
  • Studying in Australia promotes innovative, creative and independent thinking – valued by employers worldwide.
  • Russell Crowe – Actor
  • Nicole Kidman – Actor
  • Cate Blanchett – Actor
  • Kylie Minogue – Singer
  • Hugh Jackman – Actor
  • Mel Gibson – Actor
  • Dame Joan Sutherland – Opera Singer
  • Naomi Watts – Actor
  • The Bee Gees – Musical group
  • Natalie Imbruglia – Singer & Actor
  • Ultrasound
  • Plastic Spectacle Lenses
  • Army Tanks
  • Solar hot water
  • Refrigerator
  • Electric Drill
  • Notepad
  • WIFI
  • Anti Flu Medication
  • Google Maps
  • Australia is the biggest island and the smallest continent in the world.
  • Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, the driest is Antarctica
  • The Kangaroo and the Emu were chosen to feature on the Australian Coat of Arms because they are incapable of walking backwards and therefore symbolise a nation moving forward
  • No part of Australia is more than 1000 km from the ocean and a beach.
    Population density in Australia is usually calculated in km2 per person, not people per km2.
  • Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the largest organic construction on earth. It also has a mailbox! You can ferry out there and send a postcard, stamped with the only Great Barrier Reef stamp.
  • Australia has the world’s largest cattle station (ranch). At 30,028 km2 it is almost the same size as Belgium.
  • The longest section of straight railway trackin the world at 478 kilometres crosses The Nullarbor Plain (South Australia to Western Australia).
  • The longest fence in the world is approximately 5,400 kilometres long starting at Jimbour in Queensland and continuing on to the Great Australian Bight in South Australia.
  • Up to 40 hours / fortnight during term time
  • Up to 40 hours / week during holidays
  • Minimum Wage: $15.96 / hour*

The information above may be subject to change. Please refer to http://www.immi.gov.au/ and http://www.fairwork.gov.au for the most up to date information.

On completion of your degree in Australia, you are able to stay back and work under the new Post Study Work Scheme:

  • 2 year Post Study Work Visa: Graduates who have completed a Bachelor degree, Masters by coursework degree or Masters (extended) degree in Australia
  • 3 year Post Study Work Visa: Graduates who have completed a Masters by research in Australia
  • 4 year Post Study Work Visa: Graduates who have completed a Doctoral Degree in Australia

* The information above may be subject to change. Please refer to http://www.immi.gov.au/ for the most up to date information.

ISAT exam – required if you are applying to study Medicine. More information available at http://isat.acer.edu.au/

Please get in touch with the PTC Team!

Capital: Canberra

Currency: AUD or AU$

Language: English

Country Dialing Code: +61

Neighbouring Countries: New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Solomon Island, Vanuata, New Caledonia and Indonesia