Raising Kids In Australia As An Expat

As parents we naturally want the best for our children. We want them to have a nurturing and safe environment, lots of friends, plenty of opportunities and room to play and grow. Although developed nations are definitely better places to raise kids as compared to most of the developing world, some countries reportedly outshine others in this regard. Australia is close to the top of the list. Here are some reasons worth considering.

Safety

Australia has one of the highest HDI scores in the world. It has a high median income and a very low rate of poverty. The fact that there is less of a divide between the rich and the poor is one of the contributing factors that makes Australia safer. Australia has among the lowest crime rates of all countries. Geographically it is also a world away from all of the world’s notable conflict zones. Aussie parents are not usually afraid to let their children play and be on their own after a certain age. The result is that children grow up to be more independent. They learn to do things on their own and grow up to be more confident as adults.

Education

Public school education in Australia is free. The Aussie education system encourages students to develop their skills early on, and to keep learning and upgrading throughout their careers. Even public schools, often not ranked among the best in the country, offer a wide range of quality courses aimed at gaining specific skills. Students can take elective courses to learn about food science, law, management, business, marketing, and many other practical skills for free. The emphasis on upgrading skills also applies at work, where employees commonly have opportunities to learn additional skills or systematically improve their core skills for free.

Costs

To make schooling fun and effective the Aussie government offers very generous financial incentives. Family Tax Benefit (FTB) is primarily based on the number of children in a family, and their ages. It is meant to reduce the financial burden of raising children. It encourages children to stay in school longer and get a good education.

Moreover Australian students pay markedly less in tuition fees for higher education. Sending children to college in Australia is not free, but neither does it cost a bomb. Expats moving from America regularly report that education in Australia is cheaper and better. In surprising contrast the cost of an Australian university degree is often quite high for foreign students.

Weather

Owing to the sunny weather children and adults alike get to spend plenty of time outdoors. Australia has excellent infrastructure and a very low population density outside major cities. These factors come together to allow Australians to enjoy many outdoor activities almost throughout the year. Indeed sports are an important part of the Aussie culture. Kids learn to swim young, and usually grow up playing one or more sports such as soccer, cricket or athletics. In Australia children have the encouragement and opportunities to grow up with inherent good habits leading directly to lifelong health and fitness.

Outdoor sporting events, shows and festivals are common throughout Australia and are good excuses for families to spend time outdoors together. Australia has several huge national parks and a profusion of beautiful beaches. Another advantage on account of the good weather is that it is possible to grow a variety of vegetables in your own backyard garden and eat healthy.

Work life balance

The importance of family in the Australian culture is apparent. Australians get four or more weeks of paid vacations annually. In addition there are other holidays and ‘sick’ days. Living in wide open spaces Aussies don’t think much of distances. It is common to drive over to friends or relatives for a weekend barbecue. Living on a secluded continent Aussies also think of distance rather differently. Destinations a few hours’ flights away are considered ‘next door’. Aussies like to travel and take vacations with their families, commonly to nearby Pacific islands. Going to pubs is also a part of the culture, which is why pubs sometimes have play areas for children.

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