Why Australia is the best place to live

April 1, 2024

Australia is like no other place in the world. The Australian lifestyle boasts a perfect balance between work, family and play. You can experience a bustling city lifestyle, or escape to the country. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches and iconic World Heritage Sites, and celebrating a hugely diverse population, those who call Australia home are a lucky bunch. Australia is the best place to live!

What makes a great country comes down to a number of factors – the quality of life, the people, and the places.

Quality of Life

Australians enjoy a high quality of life. In the 2023 Global Liveability Index, Melbourne and Sydney were deemed the 3rd and 4th most liveable cities in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual global liveability ranking. Melbourne was awarded the World Most Liveable City for 8 years from 2011-2017.

Let’s take a look at the reasons why Australia is the best place to live.


Australia is home to less extreme wealth and poverty discrepancies than other countries, with plenty of job opportunities. According to the OECD Better Life Index, Australia boosts a higher than average employment rate. Around 73% of Australians between 15 and 64 have a paid job.

Life expectancy

There must be something in the water because Australians also live longer. The same study revealed that the average life expectancy at birth in Australia is 82 years, two years higher than the average of 80.

Fresh air

When you take a breath in Australia you’re breathing in some of the cleanest air in the world. According to the World Health Organisation, Australia has one of the lowest air pollution levels in the world. This is in comparison to some of the world’s leading international cities, with Australia one of only 7 countries who meet WHO air quality standards in 2024.

Community and culture

Australia is also renowned around the world for it’s laid back and friendly lifestyle – Aussies don’t take themselves too seriously. Spending time with family and friends on the weekend is high on the to-do list or many Australians. Backyard barbecues, hanging by the pool, and going to the pub for a drink are regular activities – work hard, play harder!

Australians also enjoy a strong sense of community. It was revealed in the OECD Better Life Index that 93% of Australians believe that they know someone they can rely on in a time of need.


Due to mass immigration to the country in recent times, Australia has an extremely diverse and multicultural society. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2022 29.5% of Australians were born overseas, and that ratio is only going to increase. With this comes an opportunity to become involved in many different cultural and religious experiences and of course, a wide variety of amazing cuisines!

Sporting culture

In Australia, sport is a national obsession. With too many ‘footy’ codes to count, a love of all things cricket and tennis, and some of the best swimmers in the world, there’s never a shortage of sporting events in Australia both on an elite level and right down to the local level. This also adds to the quality of life, with sports participation rates in Australia comparatively high. Melbourne also lays claim to being the sporting capital of the world as host to the Australian Open Tennis, Formula 1, the Melbourne Cup and countless other local, national and international sporting events.

Nature and climate

If you’re still not convinced, maybe it’s the beauty of the country itself that you’ll fall in love with. Australians enjoy a temperate climate with mild weather all year around. Whether you love summer and the beach, or winter and skiing, you’ll be happy – Australia has both!

Although Australia is such a vast continent, most Australians gravitate towards the coast. And why wouldn’t they? The country has a coastline of over 36,000 kilometres and some of the most picturesque beaches in the world. Australia is also home to 14 World Heritage Sites, so there’s plenty to see. Over two million tourists visit the Great Barrier Reef each year alone.

Being so far away from everyone else, Australia also has some unique wildlife. Cuddly koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, platypus – in fact, there are more kangaroos in Australia than there are humans.

How can I get there?

By now you might be asking yourself why you haven’t moved to Australia earlier. The good news is, Australia offers a range of permanent and temporary visas. So whether you’re looking for a bit of casual work while you travel around this beautiful country, or you’re after something a bit more permanent for you and your family, you’ll need to get the right visa.

Visas can be tricky so get in touch with Port Migration for some free, expert advice tailored to your situation.


Australia has a wide range of exciting opportunities for tourists who visit Australia and for residents who want to explore the country they call home.

There are incredible tourist attractions in Australia’s cities, regional areas and coastal locations.

Don’t miss these adventures when you visit Australia.

Yes! If you visit Australia you need to have a valid visa for your stay.

Contact Port Migration for assistance with Visitor Visas, Work Visas and Family Visas.

Yes! It is important that you have a visa with work rights if you plan to work in Australia and that you understand and comply with the work conditions on your visa.

Australia has a range of work visas including Working Holiday Visas, General Skilled Migration Visas and Employer Sponsored Visas.

Australian work visas target skilled migrants with experience and qualifications relevant for in-demand industries and occupations.

Find out more here or contact Port Migration for a skilled migration eligibility assessment.

Australia has a strong job market, particularly in sectors like mining, health care, aged care and disability care, technology, tourism and education.

In February 2024 the unemployment rate in Australia was a very low 3.8%. This means there are job opportunities across a wide range of industries and sectors.

Supercharge your efforts to find work in Australia with these suggestions for job search, recruitment and resume writing.

Always seek advice for your individual situation and circumstances from a MARA Registered Migration Agent or migration lawyer.

Contact Port Migration for eligibility advice and application assistance.

Joanna Hill

Registered Migration Agent

Joanna Hill is a Registered Migration Agent with over 8 years experience assisting individuals, business owners and HR managers to apply for all Australian Visas. Joanna’s areas of expertise include Work Visas, Partner Visas, Visitor Visas and Australian Citizenship. She makes the complex and constantly changing process of applying for Australian visas simple and stress free for client sand achieves a 100% success rate for partner visa applications. Joanna is a Member of the Migration Institute of Australia and is registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARN 1575613). In addition to her work in Migration, Joanna has over 15 years experience as a teacher, Leading Teacher and Learning Specialist in Primary and Secondary schools. She has a research Masters in Education and has presented research and workshops at conferences in Australia and internationally

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