Situated in the sunshine state of Australia, Brisbane has a wonderful sub-tropical climate and a dynamic economy, making it an attractive city to migrate to. As a matter of fact, it is estimated that one quarter of Brisbane’s 2.4 million populations was born overseas. The people of the city enjoy a flourshing restaurant, bar and cultural scene on top of the the relaxed lifestyle offered by this spacious, sprawling city and most of its residents live in detached houses with gardens. Brisbane acts as the gateway to the beaches of Gold Coast and it is also the traditional home of the Jagera people who are the Australian Aboriginals.
(Last updated: 23rd April 2021)
Brisbane does not have pronounced seasonal changes. The annual mean minimum temperature is 16.6° and the mean maximum is 26.6°. Positioned close to the warm ocean currents of the Pacific, the city does not experience sub-zero temperatures.
On average Brisbane has 124 days of sunshine.
• October- May – This is the warmer period with average maximums of above 26 ° C and only occasionally over 35°C. This is the season
• June and July – A very short time of slightly cooler temperatures with an average maximum of 22° C and average minimum temperature of 11°C.
• November – March – This is the rainy season and thunderstorms are common.
Cost of living
Brisbane ranks 103rd most costly city on a list of 450. The monthly costs for a single person are approximately A$ 1,171.05, excluding rent.
Take a look at the link below to get an idea of the average prices for market shopping, transportation costs, eating out and everything else.
- It’s close to some fantastic beaches and surfing hotspots.
- Offers plenty of study and work opportunities.
- Its music scene is the best in Australia.
- A diverse population makes for a city full of multicultural celebrations through the year.
- Its biodiversity and green spaces.
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We’re not a fan of
- The sun sets very early.
- Mosquitoes, cockroaches and termites aplenty.
- There are too many toll roads in the city.
Driving in Brisbane might be necessary, especially if your home is in a more remote location. Gasoline costs A$1.39 per liter and a new Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort or something similar will cost A$23,997.35 (as of 2021).
It is easy to swap your existing driver’s license in Brisbane as long as you have the necessary documents. These can be presented to the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads Service Center and should include your existing driver’s license from your home country and other identity documents, a signed credit card and proof of your current address. Remember, paperwork must be translated if not in English. You may be asked to take an eye test, but it is not compulsory. You should have your driver’s license in a few days.
If you do not have a driver’s license or it has expired, you will need to do the written and practical driving test.
Booking an appointment
You can easily book an appointment by visiting any VicRoads customer service center. You do not need any documents to book an appointment.
Here’s what you should bring on the day of your appointment:
- Evidence of identity (current interstate license).
- Proof of a new address, that is, any document that shows your new address. It could be utility bills, your rental agreement, or an updated bank statement.
- A secondary form of identification, like an ATM card.
- Your current overseas license written in English. If you have it in another language, then you will need to get it translated into English.
- A letter of confirmation. This is necessary if your current overseas license is currently unavailable, you should get a letter with a formal letterhead to confirm your story. This letter could be written by your issuing country’s driver license authority.
- A completed license permit application form.
- Payment of necessary fees. A new driver’s license usually costs around $80.
Once all of this is verified, you will be issued a temporary form of license, until your plastic license is ready.
Everyone in Australia needs to have government- sponsored or private health insurance. Medicare is the government-sponsored health care system and anyone with a permanent visa and their dependents will have automatic access to the scheme. The scheme covers hospitalization and emergency department visits if you are a public patient in a public hospital. Until you can be covered by Medicare it is best to have private health insurance. Medicare does not cover dental care and glasses and these can be covered with additional private insurance.
1. seeing a GP or specialist
2. tests and scans, like x-rays
3. most surgery and procedures performed by doctors
4. eye tests by optometrists
Medicare doesn’t cover:
1. ambulance services
2. dental services
3. glasses, contact lens and hearing aids
4. cosmetic surgery
Documents required to register for Medicare:
2. Travel documents
3. Permanent visa
The registeration should be done one week after your arrival. Do note that the process takes between three weeks and a month.
Prices vary depending on if you will just have a hospital plan or an all inclusive medical plan. It is very difficult to price insurance because there are many factors that will affect the cost: family members, age etc.
• Global Health
Schooling becomes mandatory from the age of six, but children can attend a prep year from the age of five. Prep is the start of the early stage of learning which continues until Year 2.
Learning in Prep :
1. speaking, listening, reading and writing
2. mathematics and problem solving
3. science, exploring interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world
4. history, beginning to examine and enquire about the past to develop curiosity and imagination.
5. negotiating rights, roles and responsibilities and developing social skills for working and playing with others
6. diverse social and cultural practices of people in their community
making healthy choices
7. experimenting with materials in a variety of creative, imaginative and innovative ways
8. technology in everyday life
9. music and movement.
How to enrol:
1. check if you live in the school’s catchment area and are eligible to enrol
2. contact the school or check their website for any specific enrolment procedures
3. complete an application for student enrolment form
1. your child’s birth certificate or passport
2. any documentation that is required if the school has a catchment area (e.g. a current lease agreement, rates notice, utility bill) for proof of residency
3. information about your child’s medical condition, medications (if applicable) and doctor
4. details of any relevant Family Court orders or other court orders (if applicable)
5. details of your child’s previous education and care providers
Unfortunately, there is very little information about public prep school fees in Brisbane. The best option is to call the school directly to find out more.
Meanwhile, a private pre-school or kindergarten costs A$1,647.46 per month. Check out this page for a comprehensive listing of all private schools in Brisbane!
Public school system
Public Primary Schools
There are 1,200 free public schools available in the state of Brisbane, which most of the children in the state attend. Again, as with the pre-schools above, the huge number of public schools across the different districts make it difficult to shortlist any schools here at all. It is best to head to this page (https://schoolsdirectory.eq.edu.au/) to find for primary schools that are in your region and to contact the schools directly regarding school fees.
Public Secondary Schools
Students are eligible to enter the first year of secondary school, Year 7, after completing 6 years of primary education (Prep to Year 6). Unfortunately, there is very limited information on the enrol process or school fees. It will be best to contact the school directly or visit their website for details. Head to this page to see the listing of secondary schools in Brisbane according to your district.
Private school system
Just 33% of children in the region attend private schools. Many are run by the Catholic or Anglican Churches. There is one self-designated international school in the Brisbane, St Paul’s) area, three Queensland state high schools and three Queensland Academies that offers IB Diploma Program:
1. Indooroopilly State High School
2. Mountain Creek State High School
3. Cairns State High School
4. The Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology
5. The Queensland Academy for Creative Industries
6. The Queensland Academy for Health Sciences
For more information about IB Programs that are divided into Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme, you can visit this page (https://www.ibo.org/en/programmes/)
The cost of private school varies depending on the school so you should contact the school directly to get an accurate figure. But here is the range of private school fees:
Private Primary School fees:
~A$900 – A$17,990
2. Year 2
~A$900 – A$17,990
3. Year 4
~A$900 – A$18,970
4. Year 6
~A$900 – A$22,320
Private Secondary School fees:
1. Year 8
~A$1,455 – A$26,740
2. Year 10
~A$1,525 – A$26,740
3. Year 12
~A$1,931 – A$26,740
Griffith University is one of Australia’s top universities that is also well-reputed internationally. Known to be the most innovative university, it is the only one to offer Asian studies and environmental studies. Their prowess in academics has enabled them to make links with organisations like World Bank and Pfizer.
Queensland University Of Technology (QUT)
QUT is known for offering great and relevant courses that contribute to the growth of the Tech Society immensely. As a matter of fact, QUT courses are high in demand.
University of Queensland (UQ)
The University of Queensland is the oldest university in Queensland. Known for its contribution to all Australian research, UQ is the only Australian university that happens to be a part of 21 universitas. This position has helped UQ students acquire top jobs and positions in several institutions.
TAFE caters to young people who are interested in complete vocational or commercial training and expats can make use of the subsidized training and career info services of the Queensland Government.
Food & Grocery
Coles, Woolworths, IGA and ALDI are the main supermarkets, and Foodworks and DRAKE are some of the smaller ones . The city has many Asian grocers, health stores and other delis. The larger supermarkets have online sites where you can order from too. There is a plethora of organic and bulk food stores in the city.
Some supermarkets that you might want to try:
– Formosa Asian Market
104 Mary Street, CBD
– Yuen’s Market Trading
155 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley
– Best Friends Foods
329-345 Kelvin Grove Road & 10-12 Bishop Street, Kelvin Grove
Australians love the outdoors and their BBQs, and there are many opportunities to learn how to BBQ or become an amateur home chef the Australian way through courses. Check it out here.
Whether you want to try some craft beer, go on a pub crawl, catch a gig or take the kids out for some fun, Brisbane is the right city to be in.
The city and its river area offer many opportunities for exploring and there are also a lot of free activities to partake in. Take a look at this site and find everything from sports activities, nature & wildlife.
There are a number of restaurants in this culturally rich city to try and each one has its own specialties, but if you want to experience some flavors try:
For local cuisine try:
• 1889 Enoteca – Their specialist dish is the gnocchi with pork and fennel sausage
• Flour and Chocolate – the patisserie is known for its classics and other specialist cakes, but its most famous offering comes on Thursdays and is called the Gonut, a thick layer of croissant pastry, fried until crisp and served with various toppings.
Try the following places for drinks and dining:
– Eat Street Market
– Every Wednesday in the city center – A great opportunity to buy produce and to enjoy a delicious meal.
– The Gresham
– Brisbane’s favorite whiskey bar!
– 8 Street , Westfield Garden City
– 13 Asian food stalls with delicious food and beer. Enjoy the feel, sound and smell of this Chinese themed area.
Get more ideas here.
Brisbane is a relatively safe city moderate to low crime rates.
• Be aware and stay alert
• Be smart and plan your routes according to safer and more populated areas
• Trust your instincts
• Make sure you are heard by shouting if you are in an unpleasant situation
• Report crime
All homes in Brisbane are fitted with fire alarms.
Because of powerful currents take care when swimming.
Emergency number for the police and fire department: 000
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Do’s and dont’s
• Do mix with other cultures.
• Do explore the country side.
• Remember to pay your fines or to defend them if you feel they are unjustified.
• Do try Vegamite and see if you will like it!
• Do leave water for the wild animals.
• Don’t swim in undesignated and unsupervised areas.
• Don’t forget the sunscreen.
• Don’t litter wherever you enjoy the outdoors, and if there are no bins provided, take rubbish back with you.
• Don’t feed wild animals as it is bad for them.
• Don’t forget why you came to live in Australia, be adventurous and get out the cities.