The increasing cost of housing in Australia’s major cities is a burden on Australian citizens, permanent residents and new migrants alike.

This has influenced a recent trend towards migration to towns in regional Australia

Rent in regional centres can be up to 30% cheaper than Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. With shorter commutes and more space, the cost of living in general is significantly lower.

In fact there are many reasons to consider moving to a rural hub, including career and business opportunities.

Regional centres in New South Wales have seen resurgence in the last decade, with a strengthening of rural development from both Governments and the private sector. This has been partly driven by increased domestic tourism and massive investment in Australia’s rich farmlands to feed the ever-growing world population.

Technology has also been a large influence; Australia’s new and vast National Broadband Network (NBN) is ensuring that businesses in regional Australia can compete with access to a high-speed Internet connection.

Physical location is now less important when it comes to conducting business and many regional towns are developing call centres and other online services – a type of rural outsourcing.

For potential migrants, a major upside to these developments is that there are skills shortages in country towns and regional hubs as much as the major cities.

There are also opportunities for students with six universities in rural centres in the Eastern states, and a number of major universities with regional campuses.

With improving infrastructure, many rural centres now have equal access to healthcare, quality schools and all the conveniences of a city. Lifestyle is another major factor; not just home affordability, spaciousness and short commutes, but also low crime rates, communities and healthy living should factor into choosing your ideal destination.

Yonder Australia can help you with all your migration inquiries, including recommendations about where to live, regional skills shortages and advice regarding visa requirements.

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