If you’re planning to move down under, you’re going to have to consider a number of different factors – where will you live, where will you work, how will you move all of your stuff and of course, how can you get permanent residency and citizenship?
Australia and the UK are not as different as you might think
Being part of the commonwealth means that Australia’s and the UK’s cultures are intertwined and the result is that many aspects of Australian life are familiar to British people, making the transition for many expats easy.
1. Aussies love sports (and betting on them)
Sports that Brits hold dearly like cricket, rugby, soccer, tennis, netball, and even sailing have all been adopted by Aussies with many Australian national teams now beating their British counterparts on the world stage.
The Australian Open, Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and the NRL are some of the world’s biggest sporting competitions in their respective disciplines and all are held in Australia.
Australia-England sports rivalries are also fierce with The Ashes cricket series often considered the most intense sporting rivalry in the world.
Australia’s love of sport extends off the field as well with punters contributing $24 billion dollars to the economy annually through sports and racing betting. In fact the British and Australian betting cultures are deeply connected and in Australia betting sites are licensed with similar restrictions to British bookies.
Many of the biggest Australian betting sites are also British bookies with Ladbrokes and Betfair being two of the most popular.
2. Irony, slang and double entendre
Brits love humor but Australians might love it even more. For many migrants who settle in either country, understanding the irony, self-deprecation and innuendo can be challenging but both Australians and Brits have these vocabularies in their blood.
Live at the Apollo, 8 out of 10 Cats and the Leicester Comedy Festival will all be familiar to Brits but Australia’s The Project, Summer Heights High and Melbourne International Comedy Festival will undoubtedly satisfy Brits missing out on some of the wit, puns and wry-sly humor.
Like Brits, Aussies also use a lot of slang. While you might not immediately know what a drongo is, if snags are edible and why everyone plays footy with a weird-shaped rugby ball, it won’t be long until you’re True Blue.
3. There is a huge British expat population
Surf, sun and the Australian outback may not make you feel at home but with almost one million English, 130,000 Scottish and a fair few Welsh and Northern Irish expats living in a country of just 25 million, you’ll find a huge number of familiar faces, and accents, down under.
In fact, today Australia’s population is made up of almost 30% migrants so you’ll be living among plenty of other folks without strong accents and mullets.
4. Meat pies, sausage rolls and barbeques
Meat pies, sausage rolls and barbeques all play an important part in Australian everyday life and these snacks and foods will be familiar to any Brit from the get-go.
But it’s not just British cuisine that many expats will be looking for in Australia, and with a huge number of residents from all round the world you will still find a horde of different cuisines so that you won’t ever miss out on a Friday night curry, Ramen bowl, sushi tray, kebab, pizza or pho.
5. Aussies love music
AC/DC, Kylie Monogue and INXS are all some of Australia’s greatest music exports but with huge international acts like Tame Impala, Sia and Flume among Australia’s greatest artists of this century, Brits won’t miss out on the vibrant and varied music culture that they have back home.
Australian music festivals like Splendour in the Grass, Laneway, For the Love, Falls Festival and Lost Paradise attract some of the world’s biggest acts, including British favourites like Gorillaz, Disclosure and Lewis Capaldi all set to play in 2021.
Of course, Australia is not the UK and you may have to deal with warmer weather, the smell of the ocean and unique wildlife but there are still many reasons why making the move will be easier than you might’ve thought.