Family and leisure life in Australia rated as great by expats

by Ray Clancy on October 2, 2015

in Australia Immigration

Australia is a place for expats who are on the lookout for fun leisure activities in their free time and a great family life, according to global research.

Australia outperformed every other country in the leisure options category of the latest quality of life index published annually by InterNations.

Australia-Leisure-BeachSome 95% of expats in the country said that they appreciated the leisure activities and 59% rated facilities as very good. In addition some 92% said that they enjoy the weather and climate.

The country also scored highly in terms of the opportunity to travel. The transport infrastructure was rated positively by 67% of expats, slightly higher than the global average of 66%.

The vast majority of respondents rated political stability, personal safety, and peacefulness favourably at 85%, 90%, and 94%, respectively, and overall, five in six survey participants in Australia said they are satisfied with their life abroad in general terms.

Australia also rated high in terms of feeling welcome with the country ranking 10 out of 64 globally. Some 81% found it relatively easy to get used to the new culture, and 72% felt at home while 27% felt so well integrated that they now have Australian citizenship, while around the world only 10% have done so for their respective country of residence.

The general friendliness of the population was rated positively by 84% of expats, and 79% confirmed that the friendly attitude of the local population towards foreign residents well above the global average of 67%.

Making new friends in general was not considered difficult by 63% of expats and 51% said they found making local friends easy and 81% found learning the local language easy.

Children’s health and safety in Australia was rated favourably by 100% of expat parents and 96% confirmed that their kids are generally well, and not a single person rated their family life negatively.

Furthermore, 97% favoured the leisure activities for kids, and only 2% were generally unhappy with the local attitude towards families with children, putting Australia as the top country for family and wellbeing.

Childcare options were liked by 71% of expat parents, but only 40% considered that their availability sufficient, and only 26% found childcare affordable. However, the vast majority, some 92% of expat parents, were overall satisfied with the available education choices. Some 73% found education options generally numerous and easily available but some 38% were concerned about the cost. But the quality of education was considered overall high by 72% of expat parents.

Enjoying the expat life in Australia comes at a price literally with the country ranked 52nd in the cost of living section of the index. Some 55% of survey participants considered life expensive and a 26% said that their disposable household income isn’t enough to get by.

Although Australia ranked 15th in the working abroad section, 66% said that they are generally satisfied with their job and 64% found their career prospects appealing. Additionally, 59% rated their job security positively and 80% overall approved of the state of the Australian economy.

In the work-life balance category, Australia ranked tenth and 71% said that they are content with their working hours, which isn’t surprising considering they are significantly lower than the global average at 42.3 compared to 44.9 hours per week for those working full time. Altogether, 68% said they were generally satisfied with their work-life balance in Australia.

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