Moving to a new country can be a daunting experience, and expats often have all sorts of questions regarding life in their soon-to-be home. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about expat life in Perth.
Does Perth suffer from water shortages?
Yes, dire water shortages have plagued the city for several years. In addition to imposing restrictions and advocating for conservation, the government has imposed price hikes on water usage to try and curb consumption.
What are job prospects like in Perth?
In the past, most expats working in Perth were hired to work in the city's booming mining industries and would arrive with a job already secured. But now that the mining boom is beginning to slow down, such jobs are becoming scarce.
The city is now putting effort into expanding other sectors with potential, such as healthcare, tourism and construction, and expats are more likely to find work in these industries than in the mining industry. Overall, the rate of unemployment in Perth is often higher than the national average, so expats should be prepared for a possibly challenging job search.
How can I meet people when I arrive?
Australians love sports and the outdoors. To meet locals, expats can join a sports club and get to know a circle of people with common interests. For those with children, it is a simple matter of meeting other parents through playgroups and kindergartens. Australians are known for being friendly, and it's common for the whole office to go out for drinks after a day's work – an excellent way to meet people and make friends.
Will I need to drive in Perth?
While the public transport network in Perth may not be as extensive as those found in Sydney or Melbourne, most expats find it sufficient for getting around the city on a day-to-day basis. While owning a car is by no means a necessity in Perth, expats with children will find having a car useful. It is also useful for those keen to explore the city and its surrounds.