Australia is blessed with fine weather, friendly people and a stunning and diverse natural landscape. Its lifestyle is similar to that of North America and Europe when it comes to work and leisure, and Australia and North America share similar legal systems, education systems and business cultures.
Quality of life
Australia's quality of life is consistently rated at or near the top in Asia and globally, according the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook.
As the most multicultural city in the Asia Pacific, Sydney's cultural diversity has produced a society that is creative, open and friendly. Sydney offers a secure environment for families, with excellent facilities, transport and telecommunications.
- Sydney is ranked 11th in the world out of the 221 cities reviewed in the 2011 Worldwide Quality of Living Index compiled by Mercer Human Resource Consulting.
- Sydney was voted the world's best city three years in a row, taking top place in the Anholt City Brands Index in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2011, Sydney was ranked as the third best city 'brand' in the world and was ranked first in the people, place and pre-requisites categories.
- Newcastle, NSW's second largest city, has been ranked in Lonely Planet's top 10 cities for 2011 because of its surf beaches, a sun-drenched subtropical climate and diverse dining, nightlife and arts.
World class education and training
As Australia's largest State, NSW offers world class training and education.
NSW is one of the world's favourite destinations for students seeking a first-class education. Our schools have an international reputation for high quality curriculum and innovative teaching.
- NSW is home to five of the top 100 academic institutions in the Asia Pacific, as ranked by the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.
- In December 2011, there were 152,388 international students enrolled in NSW tertiary courses, representing 37% of all tertiary student enrolments in Australia.
Dynamic cultural centre
Sydney is Australia's oldest and largest city, set on a stunning harbour. Our State's capital city is home to two of the world's most recognisable icons − the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sydney is a dynamic cultural centre that has a rich year-round program of world-class performances and events. The city also offers outstanding theatres, great shopping, museums and art galleries and restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world.
NSW has an abundance of natural beauty with more than 820 national parks and reserves. They protect landscapes from rainforests and rugged bush to marine wonderlands and outback deserts. You'll find campsites ranging from luxurious settings to quiet wilderness clearings, and walking tracks to suit every level of experience.
Visas & migration
New South Wales welcomes business and skilled migrants to Sydney and NSW as well as expatriate Australians returning after working overseas. FindRead More
Standard & cost of living
Australia's quality of life is consistently rated at or near the top in Asia and globally according the the IMD World CompetitivenessRead More
Where to live or work
Sydney is a thriving city of over 4 000 000 people. The bustling world-class city offers much to business and residents. RegionalRead More
Entertainment & leisure
New South Wales (NSW) is a culturally sophisticated State where leisure pursuits can range from the active - sailing swimming bushwalking surfingRead More
Getting around NSW is easy by road. Sydney's public transport system is comprehensive; you can travel by bus train monorail and lightRead More
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