Your 2018 International Sports Calendar

Your guide to all the big sports in 2018.

Click here for our 2018 International Sports Calendar. 

At Ark Migration, we love our sport. And we know that plenty of you do too. So we thought what better way to help you (and us!) plan our sporting diary for next year than to compile a calendar of the biggest sporting events scheduled for next year.

2018 promises to be another bumper year in sport. The England Cricket Team are on tour down under, some of the world's finest athletes will be competing at the Winter Olympic Games for the first time in South Korea and Australia will host XXI Commonwealth Games on the spectacular Gold Coast. The FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia from 14 June and there are international honours in athletics, golf, and rowing.


Ark Migration - Cost of living in Australia

Cost of living: UK v Australia

Comparing the cost of living: UK v Australia.

With the prevailing economic uncertainty post Brexit, could a move to Australia provide a more stable future? With its great weather, cosmopolitan cities, diverse natural landscapes and relaxed lifestyle, Australia remains a top global destination for those seeking the relocation dream...but what is the financial impact of migrating to Australia?
Cost of living: 

Australia currently has the 12th highest cost of living in the world, however the overall cost of living in Australia is an incredible 10% cheaper than London. While the cost of living in Australia remains relatively high, Mercer’s most recent Cost of Living Survey shows that Australian cities remain very competitive.

Location:

Sydney and Melbourne remain popular relocation destinations but many people are now choosing to explore the benefits of other locations throughout Australia. While Sydney is Australia’s most expensive city, The Economist Intelligence Unit gave it perfect scores for healthcare, education and infrastructure. Ranked as seventh in a list of the world’s most liveable cities, Sydney has excellent weather, beautiful beaches and an attractive outdoor lifestyle. Melbourne is cosmopolitan with a thriving restaurant and arts scene. Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth are appealing options for many people, as are regional and coastal towns, where the cost of living is considerably lower.

Housing:

Like all countries, house prices vary greatly across Australia and location is key. Sydney tops the list with an average house price of $782,000, while Adelaide has a more affordable average price of $490,000. For those looking to live outside the major cities, the average house price reduces dramatically. The average cost of a property in New South Wales is $331,000 and you could expect to pay under $300,000 for properties in Victoria and South Australia.

The rental market also reflects location and while a Sydney rental averages at around $650 per week, renting the same sized apartment in scenic Hobart is half the price at $325 per week.

With housing comes utility bills and like in the UK, shopping around for the most competitive supplier will secure you the best deal. On average, basic utility costs for electricity, gas and internet for a standard two bedroom apartment, will cost around $350 a month.

Travel & Commuting:

Australia’s major cities are well served by its reasonably priced public transport system. Sydney boasts rail, bus and ferry options which are all covered by the Opal card; a swipe-on, swipe-off card that can be topped up as needed. Compared to cities like London and New York, Australia’s public transport system delivers significant value for money.

Health & Fitness:

Australia has a world class healthcare system and permanent residents have access to Medicare, thanks to reciprocal health agreements between countries. Like the UK, many Australians also choose to take out private health insurance to cover extras, like dental and specialist care. Comprehensive medical cover can cost around $500 a month.

Fitness is a key feature of the Australian lifestyle and average gym memberships costs around $65 a month. However, many Australians take advantage of the incredible weather, choosing to opt for outdoor personal fitness trainers and group sessions.

Shopping:

Groceries tend to be more expensive in Australia than in many other major cities around the world and an average weekly shop can range from $80 to $300. A dozen eggs will cost around $4.45, a loaf of bread around $2.53 and a 1-litre bottle of milk is $1.41. However, if you are eating out, the cost of a meal for two at a mid-range restaurant in Sydney will be around $70, while in London you would expect to pay more, at around $80.

Is moving to Australia cost effective?

While the cost of living in Australia is generally higher than in the UK (13.71%), earnings are higher too. Salaries in Australia are much higher than in the UK. Current average earnings show Australians earning over 25% more than their UK counterparts. Indeed, Australia’s minimum wage is AU$17.70 per hour, compared to AU$14.66 for the United Kingdom.

With higher salaries, growing career opportunities, an enviable quality of life and incredible weather, it’s easy to see why Australia remains a much favoured relocation destination.

 

If you want to find out more about how the cost of living in Australia may affect your migration plans, contact Michael Leonard, CEO and Founder of Ark Migration on +44 7904 666 124 or email michael@arkmigration.com


Applying for a visa? Check your social profile

How your social media profile can impact your Australian visa application.

In a world where our digital selves grace global public platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and many others, how can your social media profile determine your success in getting an Australia visa?

In short, your social media profile can have as much impact on your Australia visa application as it can have on any other formal application. Your social media accounts can be monitored and used to assess the credibility of the information contained in your visa application. Any publicly available information is taken into consideration when making a visa application decision. This may be information regarding your work history, qualifications, relationship status – any information in fact which might contradict details you have included in your visa application.

Facebook used to uncover visa application ‘truths’

Like other global public bodies, Australia’s Department of Immigration can and does conduct internet searches. They have refused applications where information contained with a social media profile was inconsistent with that in the application. In one high profile case, the Department refused an applicant’s submission because of inconsistencies relating to his religious status. On appeal, the Federal Circuit Court upheld the Department’s decision, ruling that material on his Facebook page constituted “evidentiary material” used to determine  whether his claims made in his visa application were truthful.

Not quite the US model...yet?

While such verification exercises are not without its critics, it remains to be seen whether Australia will adopt the US social media checks introduced by the Trump administration. Under the new procedures, rolled out in June this year, consular officials can request all prior passport numbers, five years’ worth of social media handles, email addresses, phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information including addresses, employment and travel history.

Your social media checklist

While social media platforms enable us to communicate and connect with friends, family, colleagues and contacts, it is important to remember that the internet is a global public forum. If you are considering reviewing your social media profile, this checklist might be useful:

Personal details - check what personal details are available on the internet and social media channels, and consider removing any information which is out of date or no longer reflects your current situation.

Posting comments - when posting information on social media platforms or internet forums, consider that this may be seen by the Department of Immigration.

Privacy settings - check the privacy settings on your social media accounts. These allow you to control the information published about you by others and to choose what information is publically displayed.

Professional advice - enlist the advice of a professional to ensure your visa application runs smoothly from start to finish.

Part of Ark Migration’s due diligence involves doing the same internet and social media checks that are done by the Department of Immigration. We look for any inconsistencies between the information contained within your social media profiles and in your application, and address these early on to give you the best chance of success.

For a free, no obligation consultation about your application or migration plans, contact Michael Leonard, CEO and Founder of Ark Migration on +44 7904 666 124 or email michael@arkmigration.com