Life in Australia
Life in Australia
Includes information on what you need to know as an Australian permanent resident or Australian citizen.
There is no such thing as a typical Australian lifestyle. Some Australians choose a laid-back life in the country, and others prefer to live in busy cosmopolitan areas. Regardless of where they choose to stay, Australians enjoy a high quality of life.
The Australian government encourages new residents to learn as much as they can about their new country, including Australia’s heritage, language, customs, values and way of life.
Information for permanent residents
Becoming an Australian citizen
The Australian government encourages permanent Australian residents to apply for Australian citizenship when they become eligible.
Bringing your family members to Australia
If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident with family overseas, your family may be able to apply for a family visa option.
Visa options for family members include:
- Partner category visa options
- Child and adoption visa options
- Relative visa options
- Parent visa options
Children born to permanent residents of Australia
Children born in Australia to a permanent resident parent will automatically acquire Australian citizenship at the time of the child’s birth.
Other useful information for permanent residents of Australia
Australian permanent residents may be eligible for a number of services within Australia, including access to our national health scheme and social security.
Beginning a life in Australia
- Living in Australia
- For information on the settlement and multicultural affairs, including:
- Settling in Australia
- Settlement policy, programs, service providers and grants
- Multicultural Australia (including a calendar of religious and cultural dates)
Learn to speak English
The Adult Migrant English Language Program (AMEP) provides up to 510 hours of free English language tuition to eligible migrants from the skilled, family and humanitarian visa streams.
Help with translating and interpreting
The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) is an interpreting service provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to:
Help people who do not speak English in their daily lives
Help agencies and businesses to communicate with their non-English speaking clients
Family safety pack
The Australian Government has developed a family safety pack with information on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault, and forced marriage. The family safety pack also includes important information about essential services and emergency contacts in Australia.
Certificate of Status
Certificate of Status are for permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens who need evidence of their status in Australia and are unable to use our Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) tool.
New Zealand citizens
Most New Zealand citizens who enter Australia on a New Zealand passport do so under the Trans-Tasman Travel arrangements.