Why Melbourne Is The Most Liveable City In The World

Why Melbourne Is The Most Liveable City In The World

There are many reasons why Melbourne has won the coveted title of Most Liveable City in the World for the past 3 years. But here are my top reasons why I love Melbourne and why she totally deserves the title. We have achieved … BALANCE … oooommmmmmm … Whenever I get asked why I love living in Melbourne, the first answer I would give is .. BALANCE. Everything about Melbourne feels “just right”. There is a strong economy (second only to Sydney) but also with a great emphasis on family life There is good healthcare & education couple with a relatively low crime rate There is an energy and passion about Melbournians and yet they are extremely warm and friendly. This is something you will very much appreciate when you visit other cities in Australia! Probably with the exception of Hobart but Tasmania is kind of like a big district of Victoria. I can see the hate mail coming already. 😉 There are modern developments all around town but historical architecture is embraced at the same time. The Melbourne Central Shot Tower is a fantastic example. Urbanization continues unabated but yet there areas to relax large and small – like the fauna of Botanic & Fitzroy Gardens or the Docklands seascape Melbourne has the most culturally diverse multi-cultural population in Australia. For example, it has the largest population of Greeks outside of Athens. It is easy to get around by car and yet the public transport system works and there are bike paths everywhere   Undisputed Sporting Capital of Australia ! If there is one thing that defines Melbournians is...
Australian Visa Categories and the Federal Budget 2014

Australian Visa Categories and the Federal Budget 2014

The Federal Over-Budget? The ramifications of the recently released Federal Budget has been widespread and there has been some impact on the Australian Visa categories as well. Despite the perceived harshness of the Budget savings measures and the majority of Australians expressing disapproval (and even downright anger!), PM Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey has remained steadfast in their support of the Budget. There hasn’t been much details released so far but from the information I have gathered, here is a summary of the 2 main points. No reduction in Australian visa numbers Firstly, the good news. The 2014‑15 Migration Programme is expected to retain the same allocated Australian visa number of 190,000 with the breakdown as follows: Skilled Stream – 128,550 Family Stream – 60,885 Special Eligibility Stream – 565 This means that the Skilled Stream (by far the most popular and covered in my recent blog post Moving to Melbourne – Australian Visa Categories) will continue to be the focus of the Migration Programme. Employer sponsored visas will be given a higher priority. Emphasis will be on Australia’s longer term skills needs and helping out with the significant skills shortages in regional Australia. So if you are willing to move to Australia and live / work in regional areas, your application might stand a better chance of being prioritized. Change in focus for the Family Stream visa The policy for the Family Stream will be adjusted to increase the number of Australian visa given to partners and child places – or “close family reunions” according to the Immigration department. The number of places in the contributory parent...
Moving to Melbourne – Australian Visa Categories

Moving to Melbourne – Australian Visa Categories

Emigrating to Melbourne Australia ? So you have done your research, probably even stopped by Melbourne for a visit as tourist and finally decided to make the big move and make Melbourne your new home city! So what’s next? Assuming you are not already an Australian or NZ resident, you will need a valid Australian Visa that will allow you to stay and work in Melbourne Australia! Most Popular Australian Visa Categories There are a MYRIAD of Australian Visa categories that you can target for but I will touch on the most popular categories. Temporary Work (Skilled) Better known as the Temporary 457 Working Visa. This is by far the most commonly used Visa category used by employers to bring in skilled workers from overseas As such it is Employer sponsored – that means you’ll need a job before you come here which is not easy. Internet job sites are your best places to start. Also, the Visa is tied to your job – so No job = Go home! Don’t laugh as it almost happened to me! The term can be anywhere between one day to 4 years. But it’s quite ridiculous for an employer to go through all the effort for 1 day! More likely than not, it will be for 3 or 4 years. This is a popular immigration stepping stone to the coveted Australian Permanent Residency status (and onto full citizenship later) Skilled – Independent This is will give you a Permanent Residency visa that is not tied to any employer or job This is the most common immigration path if you are applying for...
Moving To Melbourne – How To Get A Driver Licence

Moving To Melbourne – How To Get A Driver Licence

You need to get a Driver Licence As Melbourne is a large expansive city, the ability to move around easily is very important. You will soon find that getting around with just public transport is extremely limiting. Moreover, as taxis and delivery services are VERY expensive, having a car to transport groceries, small furniture, etc is very handy. If you don’t have one already, the first step is to get a Driver Licence! You Can Convert An Existing Driver Licence In order to drive a car in Melbourne, you will need a valid driver licence which is issued by Vicroads. As a newcomer to Melbourne with an existing licence, you will probably fall into one of the following categories: Hold an interstate or NZ licence If it is a current licence or has expired less than 5 years, you don’t need to take a test! Just show your current licence, prove your identity and Vicroads will send you a local one. Else, you will need to take a knowledge test and practical driving assessment Overseas licence This is a bit more complicated and depends on several factors – most important of which is whether your stay in Melbourne is permanent or temporary If you are on a temporary visa, you don’t need to get a local one provided it is in English If you are on a permanent visa, you will need to get a local licence 6 months after you enter the country or 6 months after you get a permanent visa – whichever is more recent If you have a license from a country on the Vicroads...
Top 3 Melbourne Suburbs For Hipsters

Top 3 Melbourne Suburbs For Hipsters

Hipsters – who are you ? Melbourne has a very diverse community and it is reflected in the unique characters of individual suburbs. Melbournians with similar backgrounds tend to congregate in a particular area. This is frequently based on ethnicity and culture, but it can also be based on interests and social inclinations. In this post, I will list down the top 3 suburbs where hipsters love to stay and/or hang out. According to the Urban dictionary, “Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.” It’s a bit hard to narrow down this group to a specific type but it tends to consist of people such as artists, performers, spiritualists, philosophers, dancers, etc. You know who you are ! 😉 Fitzroy Created in 1839, Fitzroy is Melbourne’s first suburb. Due to strong community and local government support, it has managed to retain many of the old colonial buildings giving the area a very special village feel. Traditionally a working class area, these days Fitzroy is an eclectic mix of ethnicities and socio-economic groups. With the Melbourne Fringe Festival centred around Fitzroy, the area not surprisingly attracts a lot of artists, hipsters, performers. bohemians, etc to the area. Popularly known as the Hipster capital of Melbourne It is a great place to people-watch with interesting characters abound. I love walking around the area admiring the wonderful street art, exploring the interesting shops or just chilling out at one of the many great cafes and restaurants. My...
Moving To Melbourne – Where To Live In Melbourne

Moving To Melbourne – Where To Live In Melbourne

Being a city spanning a very large land area, Melbourne consists of many suburbs of differing traits and character. Comparing all the various areas can be mind-boggling for anyone, let alone an immigrant moving to Melbourne. So how do you choose where to live in Melbourne ? Which suburb or area is suitable for you? Here are 3 areas of considerations that I reckon will be help to narrow down your shortlist to just a few suburbs making your choice a whole lot easier! Distance A good starting strategy to deciding where to live in Melbourne would be to draw a 15 km (vary this based on your preference) radius around either the Melbourne CBD or your place of work, and see which suburbs fit into your budget. Since you’re only just moving to Melbourne, I would recommend you start off renting first so as not to commit to a big mortgage on a house until you are more familiar with the lay of the land and eventually find the suburb of your dreams. 🙂 Education If you have children, a key driving factor for choosing where to live in Melbourne might be the location of a specific school. Many public schools (especially the popular ones) are “zoned”. What this means is that you must live within the defined neighborhood boundary in order for your child to be eligible to study there. Lifestyle If you like a specific lifestyle then that may influence your decision. For example, If you like beaches, places like St Kilda and Altona might appeal to you If you like rivers, you can’t go past the scenic locations around the...

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