Australia is an attractive place for foreign citizens to come and work. Our weather is the envy of much of the world, and when you consider such natural wonders as Uluru, The Great Barrier Reef, and our miles of white sand beaches, it's easy to see why many choose to join us Down Under.
There's also the relatively healthy job market, which welcomes workers who have particular skills, allowing our economy to strengthen in the process.
However, are Aussies as welcoming as the immigration system is? According to a new report by Australian National University, we are.
Almost nine in 10 respondents to the university survey said they support immigration and that people entering Australia from overseas improves our society and cultures. Meanwhile, almost the same number of people agreed that immigration is good for the economy.
"We found Australians are largely welcoming of those born overseas," said lead researcher Dr Jill Sheppard of the Australian Centre for Applied Social Research Methods.
For those looking into moving to Australia, this no doubt comes as great news. Feeling welcomed in your new country of residence is an important factor when choosing to work overseas – though there are other crucial matters too.
Understanding health insurance and visa 457 conditions
Anyone moving to Australian shores will need to ensure they have health insurance coverage to meet 457 visa conditions.
Under visa condition 8501, all overseas workers entering the country on any 457-subclass visa-holders are legally obliged to have private health cover before entering the country. Not doing so will result in the visa being rejected upon entry to the country, or later issues could arise if the visa-holder is found to be in breach of this rule.
This came into effect back in September 2009 to ensure that workers are covered for a range of accidents and injuries while in the country.
By taking out private health insurance, workers will in turn be given the benefits of the Australian healthcare system, so there is a double dividend for taking a policy out in good time before starting out Down Under.
What to do next
While your immigration advisor will help you meet certain visa requirements, your health insurance broker will help ensure you have the necessary health insurance policy for entering and working in the country.
HICA has decades of experience matching individual or family insurance plans with people moving to Australia. We do this by comparing policies between a range of health funds providing cover for overseas visitors and then finding one that meets both cost and coverage requirements.
We can also make sure companies have cost-effective and correct policies in place if they are sponsoring workers and putting them on their corporate health insurance plans.
To learn more, give one of our advisors a call on 1300 44 22 01 for free and impartial advice.