For nearly 150 years, Filipinos have been living and working in Australia. In fact, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2017, the number of overseas-born Filipinos in Australia had risen from 171,233 in 2011 to 232,386 in 2016. Filipinos are now one of the largest populations in Australia, with many choosing to pursue higher education before entering the workforce. Aside from better income and work possibilities, friendly locals and the ease of getting a Visa, there’s so much more that working in Australia can offer.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before making that big move to the Land Down Under:
1. Be ready for hot summers & cold winters.
When it’s summer in the south, it’s normally wet season in the north. Brisbane generally has a tropical climate, while Melbourne is known for having "four seasons in one day." It even snows so much in some parts of the country that you can actually ski there, while in other areas, the temperature can go as high as 40 degrees Celsius. Be prepared with the right attire to protect you from such extreme weather.
2. Stay on the left side of the road at all times.
Aussies don't just drive on the left, they walk on the left as well. In fact, unless you're overtaking on an escalator, always keep left. It's not a crime to walk on the right, but people will think of you as odd, if you do. And while you're at it, be sure to be wary of jaywalking as Aussies are very strict with that rule. Between 2014 and 2017, over 10,000 New South Wales pedestrians were fined for jaywalking.
3. Learn their slang words.
English maybe the official language of Australia, but they use a lot of slang words that are not normally used by Filipinos. One example would be to, as a rule of thumb, chop the second half off any word and then add an 'o' or 'y' at the end. 'Afternoon' becomes 'arvo', 'ambulance' becomes 'ambo', 'U-turn' becomes 'yewy', 'firefighter' becomes 'firie.' It's difficult to get used to at the beginning, but you will eventually.
4. Manage your smoking habit (if you have one).
The Australian government prefer that their citizens don’t smoke, so they made it awfully expensive by charging USD$0.7 of tax per cigarette, which is one of the highest tobacco duties in the world. This tax is predicted to increase every September until 2020 by 12.5%, and eventually a pack of cigarettes may cost around USD$40. If you’re moving to Australia with a tobacco addiction, it might be best to cut back on smoking or quit it altogether.
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