Why live and work in Australia?
Although Australia offers a quality of living comparable to that of most other first-world countries, it does so at a price generally lower than that of other industrialized nations. Whilst its cities have been ranked as some of the most livable in the world, its cost of living is the third-lowest of any major developed nation, behind only the United States and New Zealand. Indeed the Australian economy is one of the strongest on the planet having experienced 17 years of uninterrupted growth before the global financial crisis of 2008.
Australia boasts one of the top educational systems in the world. According to the educational company Quacquarelli Symonds' ranking of the world's top universities, Australia holds six of the top of 50 places, second only to the United States and the United Kingdom.
Occupying Australia's north-eastern corner, Queensland offers a growing economy driven by the resources sector including coal mining, metallurgical and significant upcoming Natural Gas (LNG) projects.
The people of Queensland enjoy an unrivalled outdoor lifestyle. With a dazzling landscape, vibrant cities and 300 days of sunshine a year, it is home to some of the country's most notable highlights; from the golden beaches of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts and Surfers Paradise, to the luminous green of the Daintree rainforest and to the clear blue waters of the world renowned Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays Islands.
Some key economic indicators include:
- Queensland is the world's largest exporter of seaborne coal
- Queensland leads Australia in the production of base metals, including copper, lead and zinc
- $134 billion will be spent on infrastructure projects in 2012 and 2013
- Investment of over $70 billion in LNG projects between 2012 and 2015
- Queensland has had the highest long term average economic growth rate over 20 years of any Australian state or territory