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Australia, as the sixth-largest country in the world, is famous for its breathtaking nature and unique flora and fauna. Despite that fact, this country is quite urbanized, because the majority of people lives in cities on the seaboard. For instance, in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Furthermore, Australia, as a country, which has the world's thirteenth-largest economy, is famous for the high quality of life, education, health, political rights and economic freedom. There is one interesting fact that near 25% of Australians were born outside this country. Moreover, Australia was the second country in the world, where was given women the right to vote.

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Interesting facts about Australia

Capital
Canberra
Population
24 370 500
Number of migrants
6 673 700
Timezone
UTC +8 to +12
Currency
AUD
Minimal salary
AU$ 2,760 (US$ 2,100)
HDI Rank
Number of international airports
10
Index of English proficiency
English is a national language
Higher education

There is a three-level educational system in Australia: Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees.

There is one interesting fact that in Australia it is quite common to enroll combined Bachelor Degree. For example, law and science, commerce and arts, etc. Furthermore, there are only 38 public universities and 3 private universities in Australia, but also many other institutions offer higher education courses. The average cost per year of study in Australia for international students is AU$ 43,780 (US$ 33,280) but there are a lot of scholarships.

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Schooling

School education, which starts at around the age of five or six years, is compulsory in Australia. Usually, schooling lasts for 13 years.There are different types of schools in Australia: government schools, nongovernment schools and schools, which are based on educational philosophies. Public schools are free, but with “Voluntary Contributions”. Private schools fees are between AU$ 850 (US$ 640) and AU$ 30,895 (US$ 23,495) per year.

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Kindergartens

Visiting kindergarten or preschool is not compulsory in Australia. There are two types of preschools in Australia: governmental and nongovernmental. In different types of kindergartens, children learn through play-based programs. There is one interesting fact, that if children turn four before May 1, they can start preschool on the first day of Term One in that year, but if children turn four on or after May 1, they can start preschool on the first day of Term One the following year. Furthermore, finding a kindergarten in Australia is not very easy, so it is better to be in the waiting list earlier.

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Healthcare

Healthcare in Australia provides a big amount of services and can be private or governmental. A large part of the cost of health services is paid by federal government. Dentistry, optometry and ambulance transport are not covered, so patients must pay the full amount, unless they hold a Health Care card, which may entitle them to subsidized access. Furthermore, in Australia is available an online summary of citizens medical information, which is called “My Health Record”.

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Salary requirements for highly-skilled workers (2017)

Minimal salary for highly skilled migrants per year in IT is AU$ 60,820 (US$ 46,250).

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