Potential Migrant: Issues to Consider

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There are many issues that a migrant should consider before applying to migrate to Australia. It is essential that you think about how you will provide for yourself and your family for at least your first two years.

The Form 994i, ‘Settlement information for migrants to Australia’ provides information about the following topics:


  • Cost of living in Australia
    The cost of living in Australia is high, compared to many other countries. It is essential that you think about how you will provide for yourself and your family for at least the first 2 years. Do not assume you will find a job quickly.
    The cost of relocating is high. There are significant costs involved in travelling to Australia, moving household goods and setting up a new home
  • Medical costs
    The Australian Government provides help with some medical, optometrical and hospital expenses through a program called Medicare. Medicare provides free treatment as a public (Medicare) patient in a public hospital and free or low-cost treatment by practitioners such as doctors, specialists, participating optometrists and dentists (specified services only). If you reach a Medicare Safety Net threshold, visits to your doctor or having tests may end up costing you even less.
  • Employment in Australia
    The Australian labour market is very competitive. Employment in Australia depends on economic factors, the type of work sought and specific circumstances which may affect the availability of work in different parts of the country. Approval to migrate does not guarantee  job, even for applicants assessed as highly skilled.
  • Safety in Australia
    Like in any country, there are dangers to be avoided. Swimming in the ocean or in rivers can be very dangerous and even life threatening. At ocean beaches, you should swim between the red and yellow flags or not swim at all. Fishing on ocean rocks is also very dangerous.
  • Help for families with children
    There is no waiting period for family payments which help with the cost of bringing up children. Migrants also have immediate access to health care under Medicare Australia.


The Settlement Grants Program (SGP) aims to assist eligible migrants and refugees become self-reliant and participate equitably in Australian society as soon as possible after arrival.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship under its Settlement Grants Program funds non-profit organisations and government service delivery agencies provide settlement assistance to eligible clients.

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