Living in Australia After Graduation

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If your study in Australia is near to its end and if you are not ready to leave Australia just right now, then you have no other choice but stay and look for a job!

There are a number of options for those of you seeking a job in Australia.

Job Opportunities for Graduates in Australia

There are a lot of job opportunities for graduates from tertiary universities in Australia. Some of the most popular websites to look for a job are and where you can find great job vacancies for international students. Another option is the local job market.

Skilled graduates from Australian universities are in high demand in the country, especially if their English language skills are advanced. A number of industries such as hospitality, health and tech industries are growing in Australia and there’s a desperate need for skilled workers.

Australian Graduate Visa Options

Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

To meet the criteria for this visa, you need to be under 50 years old and have recently graduated with an eligible qualification from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). You also need to be in Australia in order to apply for this visa;

Skilled—Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476)

This visa is for engineering graduates to gain up to 28 months of skilled experience in Australia. To be eligible you need to be under 31 and in the last 2 years, you have completed an engineering degree at one of the universities recognized by the immigration authorities.

Cost of Living

As a young working professional, you need to have a clear idea of the cost of living in Australia. Those who have already lived in Australia as students might be aware that the salaries are good but the daily expenses are pretty high in Australia too.

Cost of Living in Australia, 2015


Milk, (1 litre)1.47 A$
A loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)2.84 A$
Rice (1kg)2.93 A$
Eggs (12)4.65 A$
Cheese (1kg)9.68 A$
Chicken Breasts (1kg)11.03 A$
Apples (1kg)4.19 A$
Oranges (1kg)3.70 A$
Tomato (1kg)4.68 A$
Potato (1kg)2.96 A$
Lettuce (1 head)2.43 A$
Water (1.5-litre bottle)2.51 A$
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)15.00 A$
Domestic Beer (0.5-litre bottle)4.92 A$
One-way Ticket (Local Transport)4.00 A$
Monthly Pass (Regular Price)130.00 A$
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)4.00 A$
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)2.17 A$
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)50.00 A$
Gasoline (1 litre)1.43 A$
Utilities (Monthly)Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment210.56 A$
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)0.54 A$
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)70.65 A$
Sports And LeisureAvg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult64.98 A$
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)19.93 A$
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat18.00 A$
Rent Per MonthAvg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre1,719.79 A$
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre1,232.12 A$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre2,855.18 A$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre1,943.88 A$
Salaries And FinancingAvg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax)4,190.86 A$


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