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Daily life in Australia
left side of the road. There are different
driving regulations and age restrictions in
each state and territory, so it’s important to
familiarise yourself with the road rules.
Australia is a diverse and multicultural
country. It is extremely welcoming towards
international students and migrants, and
celebrates the various cultures from which
they come. With that said, as with many
other countries around the world, Australia
is not free from crime or other dangers.
There are certain methods that you can
use to avoid being placed in vulnerable
situations — tactics that can not only be
used in Australia, but also around the
• Know the number for the ambulance,
fire and police services in Australia: 000.
• Know the emergency and non-
emergency numbers for the campus
• Know where the emergency phones are
located on campus.
• Use campus patrol or evening escort
programs that accompany students from
one campus location to another.
• Try to avoid going out alone at night.
If it is unavoidable, stay in well-lit areas
and avoid short cuts through secluded
areas, such as alleys or parks.
• If you wear headphones while walking
or jogging, keep the volume low so that
you remain aware of your surroundings.
• Always keep your doors locked in the
car and at home, never leave your
belongings unattended, and place
valuables under the seat or in the boot
of your car.
• If you take public transport at night, try
to sit close to the driver or in the first
carriage of the train.
• Beware of cars and public transport,
and only cross the road at designated
pedestrian crossings and traffic lights.
• Familiarise yourself with the laws in your
state or territory.
• Only swim at beaches patrolled by surf
life savers, and always swim between the
red and yellow flags.
• When swimming or bushwalking, take
note of any warning signs, seek local
advice and let someone know exactly
where you are going.
The Australian Government has established
a student hotline for international students
who are concerned about their welfare:
1300 363 079. If immediate emergency
assistance is required, the best thing to do
is call the Australian emergency telephone
There are a number of public holidays
celebrated in Australia. During public
holidays, workplaces and education
providers typically close, but retail stores,
entertainment facilities and restaurants may
remain open, as well as essential services
such as public transport, supermarkets and
petrol stations. National public holidays in
• New Year’s Day: 1 January
• Australia Day: 26 January
• Anzac Day: 25 April
• Good Friday and Easter Monday
• Christmas Day: 25 December
• Boxing Day: 26 December
Individual states, territories and cities also
celebrate their own public holidays, which
may include celebrations such as the
Queen’s birthday, agricultural shows and
Your living costs will vary according to
factors such as your lifestyle and location.
To give you an idea of what you might
expect to spend on living expenses each
week, the Australian Government has
provided a guide:
• Groceries and eating out: AUD$80 to
$200 per week
• Gas and electricity: AUD$60 to $100
• Phone and internet: AUD$20 to $50 per
• Public transport: AUD$10 to $50 per
• Car (after purchase): AUD$150 to $250
• Entertainment: AUD$50 to $100 per
Cost estimates were sourced from the Australian
Government’s Study in Australia website in 2013
Australia’s public transport system includes
trains, buses, trams, ferries and taxi
services. The type of transport available
varies between cities. Your education
provider will give you details of local
public transport and ticketing information
when you arrive. While larger capital
cities typically offer a number of transport
options, transport is generally more limited
in regional areas, often consisting of a local
bus service. Check with your institution to
see whether you qualify for student travel
concessions. Each state and territory has a
public transport website:
• Australian Capital Territory:
• New South Wales:
• Northern Territory:
• Queensland: http://translink.com.au
• South Australia:
• Tasmania: www.metrotas.com.au
• Victoria: http://ptv.vic.gov.au
• Western Australia:
For travelling longer distances within
Australia, there are trains, buses and four
major domestic airlines:
• Jetstar: www.jetstar.com.au
• Qantas: www.qantas.com.au
• Virgin Australia:
There are also smaller airlines for travel to
regional or remote areas.
International students may drive in Australia
on a valid overseas drivers licence, which
you must carry with you when you are
driving. If your licence is not in English, you
must also carry either an English translation
or an International Driving Permit (IDP).
Remember that Australians drive on the
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