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The Education Destination : The Education Destination
One of the fi rst things you will notice about Perth is its cultural diversity. Above: Western Australia offers outdoor activities, cultural events and beautiful landscapes. Images courtesy of Perth Education City. As a student, you always need a bit of extra cash! If you are on a student visa, you can work part-time for up to 20 hours per week (and up to 40 hours per week during semester break). This allows you to earn some spending money and become an active member of the community. If you’re not a native speaker, it is also a great way to improve your English. There are ample jobs available in the areas of administration, communications, hospitality, house-keeping, retail and tourism. If extra cash is not a concern, why not volunteer at one of Perth’s numerous charitable organisations or community programs. Dynamic economy In 2008, WA had the fastest-growing economy in the country through its provision of energy, precious and base minerals, and agricultural produce. With 10% of Australia’s population, WA generated over 30% of the country’s export income. This economic boom has generated thousands of high quality and highly paid jobs. People working in WA are among the best paid in the country, ahead of the national average. Last year, WA had the lowest unemployment rate in the country, at just 2.2% (Oct 2008). This means that if you decide to 60 apply for a skilled migration visa or permanent residency after fi nishing your studies, you are more likely to obtain a job in WA than any other Australian city! Festivals, food and fun Perth is WA’s cultural hub for arts and entertainment, with the city and its surrounds providing the backdrop for festivals and cultural events all year long. Visit the traditional and contemporary art galleries; spend a night of theatre, dance, music, comedy or fi lm; or take advantage of Perth’s amazing weather and enjoy alfresco entertainment. The city’s multicultural mix is most evident in its food which caters for all moods and tastes. Local and international students love to frequent dim sum restaurants and food > AUSTRALIAN STATE PROFILES
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