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I'm thinking about applying for jobs in Australia and moving there after all of these Covid-19 related lockfiwhs have lifted. I've been there twice before and love it. What do I need know about work visas, Australian culture, and work culture in Australia before getting started? (US Citizen)

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Would you rather live in San Francisco or LA/San Diego? That should probably answer Melbourne vs Sydney. They’re a little more comfortable being racist, if you’re a US large metro/coastal. Comments about Asians etc. They’ll tell you they have lots of Mexican food. They lie, it’s terrible, just accept this. Their burgers are also not great by US standards, but you’ll find passable ones. Great access to good Asian food unsurprisingly, so on the whole you’ll be fine. Malaysian food rules, and they have it unlike here. Try not to roll your eyes when they say Australia has the best wine in the world. It actually is solid, just don’t huff again when they think California etc don’t have good wine. You’ll likely find mostly just French for imported wine. They’re beer drinkers not hard alcohol when out and about. Good luck trying to afford getting proper drunk on mixed drinks there.

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All of this for real. I used to make (very average) mexican food when I would get desperate and friends would tell me to open a restaurant. But I still dream about laksa.

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Salaries are a little bit lower (similar to what you’d find in Canada) but good quality of life and emphasis on work life balance makes up for the difference. It is quite far from other countries and there’s a lot fewer major cities down under so some of my aussie friends have said they sometimes get “island fever”

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In talking yo Australians while I was there their relationship to work and their private lives seemed much healthier. That's a part of the reason I'm looking! Thanks!

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Lockdowns, but I can't edit the post.

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San Diego all the way. I lived in SD for 7 years. Omg the food was amazing in Australia. I didn't have a bad meal there once. And the Asian food options were awesome. I'm from the SW and I'm a pretty good cook, as long as I can find the basic ingredients I can make a mean chili verde, taco, or burrito. As far as wine goes, I generally only drink at parties or dinner at home and Shiraz and any Syrah based wines are my jam! (I'm actually trying to come up with an idea for a wine industry start-up if anyone has any ideas!)

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DO NOT drink and drive in Australia. Seriously, not a single drink. Won’t be a g’day.

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Yeah, not a problem. Never have and never plan too. I actually got pulled over just north of Brisbane last year for no reason. They just wanted to see who was driving a rental car. As an American I was freaked out a bit, but they were pretty nice.

Work culture will obviously differ based on your actual office/industry etc but largely it’s a decent work life balance and it’s pretty standard to take your full annual leave/purchase more leave. I don’t know much about US work culture but we like to think we’re less formal and less hierarchal than most. Your pension % is mandatory (called super) subject to caps and can sometimes be quoted as part of rem package (vs in addition to). I’m not sure if that impacts you as an expat. Trying to think about how to describe Australian culture. Sense of fairness/fair go, doing the right thing is valued, the flip side of this is “tall poppy syndrome”. There is a very racist history against asians (White Aus policy) and indigenous people that people don’t like to talk about and pretend it’s fine, but in your day to day life as a professional you’re probably unlikely to experience it. We do have negative stereotypes of Americans but it’s largely of tourists, I would think rather than of colleagues. People don’t generally talk or care much about politics as both main parties are pretty similar. I would say this covid issue has actually raised more awareness for politicians as we’ve had to tune in to be aware of rapidly changing rules/guidance. We’re on our way to reopening, the rugby is allowed 50 fans per corporate box from Thursday. Not sure about international travel/work visa but assume your new job would sort that out.

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Moved from Europe to Australia, I love it. Also a great place to raise kids. A few differences: -very down to earth and informal culture, including the way people dress to work. Fancy suits, designer bags, mont blanc pens are less common vs Europe (don’t know how it is in the US). People don’t care most of the time, and don’t like show offs. -US work experience is valued, Americans sometimes seen as “arrogant”. I think it’s a combination of accent and also being more direct. Aussies are very indirect -decisions take longer. Higher risk aversion, indirect culture and overall lower level of urgency -good WLB but in consulting and some corporates I’ve seen people work quite long hours actually, some including weekends. Working long hours is not something to be proud of or bragged about though, and there is a lot more emphasis for leaders to help their teams live a balanced life

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I am thinking about the same haha their visa policy is more friendly than US for non us citizens for sure

Is it? Other than the English language skills, it looked like their requirements were pretty much the same for everyone.

Work in an Australian firm or government if you wanted the Aussie work life balance. I prefer Melbourne to Sydney (you won't find work elsewhere probably), but there are pros/cons to both of them. As everyone mentioned, expect to take a big pay cut but your work life balance will also be better. Be aware though that a ton of immigrants head back home unsatisfied with their experience though (mostly Brits). You've spent a decent amount of time here so this might not be true for you, but it's easy to get very bored in Australia and lots of foreigners feel lonely when living here (it's easier to make friends in the US generally outside your social circle)

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