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Published on August 9th, 2013 | by


Life downunder is top for British expats

Eight out of ten British expatriates (80%) believe they enjoy a better quality of life living abroad according to the sixth annual NatWest International Personal Banking (NatWest IPB) Quality of Life Report. For expats who have chosen to live abroad on a permanent basis, seven in ten (71%) feel their work/life balance is good to excellent and an overwhelming 86% believe their standard of living is tops.


Brits who emigrated ‘down under’ are on top of the world as the land of eternal sunshine is judged to have all that’s needed for a healthier, wealthier and happier life.  Over eight in ten (82%) British expats in Australia cite the natural environment and quality of life for their children as the number one reason for moving there.


The global Quality of Life study of British expatriate opinions and attitudes on lifestyle, employment and financial status reveals 84% British expats in Australia say the weather is one of the top five reasons for living there and 92% of expats cite the overall lifestyle keeps them in Australia. For 73% of expats, their health has improved whilst living there.

Financial stability

British expats in Australia are financially confident and, whilst some restrictions exist, find buying a property attractive and relatively easy. The majority (71%) own a property (compared to the global expat average of only 33%). While the majority of people say that the improved quality of life is their main motivation for staying, the lower cost of living is a factor too with the majority rating their cost of living as very good. In July 2012, Australia marked 21 years without a recession, an achievement unmatched by almost any other developed country.

Dave Isley, Head of NatWest International Personal Banking, comments: “It seems life down under really is the cream of the crop according to this year’s NatWest IPB Quality of Life Index. Continual sunshine coupled with a strong economic stability make Australia the perfect destination for Brits to set up home. Factors such as an efficient health care system, low crime rates, a clean environment, good education, civic engagement, and a longer-than-average life expectancy also factored in the high scoring.”

UK expats in Oz

The majority of expats (74%) are in professional/managerial occupations while 19% are self-employed professionals and 28% have taken up clerical positions. Brisbane has recently overtaken Perth as the most popular migration destination in Australia and has the fastest-growing population of all Australian cities.

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