• Australia at a Glance
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  • Education in Australia
  • Australian Properties
  • Australian Tax
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    Life Expectancy
    81.2 years
    Literacy rate % 99%
    Starting a Business World Rank 4/189
    Economic Freedom World Rank 3/189
    Human Development Index 2/189
    Political Freedom 1/189
    Population as of 2014
    23.5 million
  • World Class Education

    • Australia is home to some of the world’s leading educational institutions, academics and researchers who are conducting universally acknowledged research.
    • It has a high education participation, literacy rates and ongoing government spending.
    • 9th best tertiary education system (2009) (ahead of Germany)
    • Australia has 8 of the top 100 universities in the world.
    • It is an excellent place to learn and use English for non-native English speakers.
    • International students in Australia are protected by the most rigorous consumer protection in the world through the Education Services for Overseas Students Act.
    • 250,000 international student visas were issued by the Australian Government in 2010-11 with China the single largest contributor to the international student population with 20% of this total.
    • Australia has the highest percentage of international students in the OECD (22% of total student numbers).

    International Success

    • 2,500,000 International Alumni of Australian Education are making a difference around the world
    • 15 Nobel Laureates
    • Over 1,000,000,000 people around the world rely on Australian discoveries and innovations every day

    Australia’s Education System

    • 3rd most popular international student destination in the world despite having a population of only 23 million.
    • > AUD $200,000,000 AnnualGovernment Investment on international scholarships
    • 5 out of 30 best student cities in the world are in Australia
    • 22,000 courses, 1,100 institutions
    • 87% of international student respondents are ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their overall experience in Australia.
    • Source:

    World University Rankings 2013-14

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      • Disclaimer

        The following commentary is provided for general information only and should not be relied upon as specific taxation advice. Readers should note that this section is not a comprehensive and complete tax guide. As tax is complex and may change, we recommend that you obtain expert advice in relation to your personal circumstances, particularly in relation to your residency status for income tax purposes. While you may need to pay tax on your investments, you may also be able to receive relief due to your residency status.

        Tax Residency

        For Australian income tax purposes, if you are an Australian resident you are subject to tax on the worldwide income you derive during an income year. In contrast, if you are a foreign resident, you are only subject to Australian tax on the income you derive from all Australian sources during an income year. Therefore, it is important to determine whether you are an Australian resident or a foreign resident when calculating your Australian income tax liability. The Australian income tax rules are not dependent on whether or not you are a citizen of Australia. A taxpayer’s residence must be assessed on an annual basis.

        Broadly, Australian income tax is levied as follows:

         Australian income? (eg interest, rent, dividends)Foreign income? (eg interest, rent, dividends)Australian capital gains on taxable Australian property (TAP)?Australian capital gains on non-TAP?Foreign capital gains?
        Australian residentYesYesYesYesYes
        Temporary residentYesNoYesNoNo
        Foreign residentYesNoYesNoNo

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