Moving to Melbourne
As the largest country in Oceania, Australia is a continent of a population over 25 million people with about 30% of the population made up of immigrants due to its reputation for quality of life, education and work opportunities. Australia's largest city in Australia is Sydney, followed by Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Canberra.
Located in the southern hemisphere, Australia's mainland is made up of what is considered the largest island continent in the world, completed by Tasmania island off to south-east, and many smaller island territories. Neighbouring countries include New Zealand, Indonesia, Papa New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
English is the national language spoken in Australia. Before European settlement, Australia was home to Aboriginal Australians, and many places and monuments throughout the country still retain their aboriginal names.
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Student Visa for Australia
International students need to be granted with a Student Visa (Subclass 500) to live and study in Australia for up to 5 years, depending on the course taken. You can apply for the student visa inside or outside of Australia.
For full information, visit the Home Affairs website on the subclass 500 visa:
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Diversity & culture
Australia is notably diverse, boasting about 28.5% of the Australian population being born overseas (according to Bureau of Statistics 2016). A melting pot of around 140 ethnic groups make up the multicultural fabric of Melbourne, with highlights of this diverse cultural make up displayed through its cityscapes, food scene, local events and communities. Melbourne City acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land are the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation.
Did you know?
The City of Melbourne created an interactive residents profile visualisation that you can use to learn more about the demographics of Melbourne.
Learn more about Melbourne's multicultural history at the City of Melbourne website, or visit the Immigration Museum on Flinders Street.