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Moving to Sydney from India – the best places to live

Sydney Australia

Moving to a new city or country can be stressful. Many migrants who move from India suffer from culture shock and struggle to socialise and embed into the population.

A recent study has shown that more than 130,000 people settled in Sydney, were born in India. The Indian population isn’t spread out and in fact a few suburbs contain the majority of the Indian population living in Sydney. This guide has been created to inform Indian migrants about the best to live in Sydney

The prices for accommodation in and around the Sydney CBD/City are sky high and therefore migrants may want to instead consider living in the suburbs of Sydney. The following suburbs have housing that is both reasonably priced and provides easy access to public transport:

1) Parramatta and Harris Park

While the Parramatta and Harris Park suburbs lay a long distance away (23 Kilometres) from the main city, they also happen to contain the highest percentages of Indians in Sydney. Parramatta is often regarded as the second CBD of the city.

The suburbs bustle with Indian culture and the sight of Indian grocers, restaurants, boutiques and beauty parlours make them feel like home. It doesn’t take long to find tiffin and cooking services in the Parramatta area.

When moving to Sydney, alot of parents are worried that their kids will miss out on the significance of understanding of their own cultural customs. To counteract this, children are taught some aspects of Indian culture and history in school.

Diwali, also known as the “festival of lights” is celebrated by the pupils and staff of these schools. It is easy to forget while celebrating the occasion that you aren’t in India. These suburbs are mainly populated by traditional Indian families and students. It is really easy to find a public or private hospital as there are quite a few in the area.

Due to all of these factors, it is easy for a fresh migrant to acclimatise to new surroundings. However, Parramatta and Harris Park suffer from insecurity and crime which may be a turn-off for some people. The following suburbs are considered a safer alternative:

2) Strathfield, Homebush, Homebush West

Asians and Indians make up a majority of the population living in Strathfield. While the suburb is really close to the CBD, it also suffers from overcrowding. The north western parts of the inner suburbs are connected to Strathfield via an interchange station and bus hub.

Homebush is located 15 kilometres west of Sydney’s CBD. Homebush and Homebush West are highly recommended for families and large houses can be found at cheap prices. Slow speed trains stop at Homebush station in Homebush and at Flemington station in Homebush West around every quarter hour.

Indian grocers, restaurants and parlours can be found within a 3 Km radius of these suburbs

3) Liberty Grove

Liberty grove is a quiet and peaceful filled with greenery and places to relax. Despite being located less than 20 kilometres from the CBD, Liberty Grove emits a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere.It contains both massive apartment complexes and cute town houses. This dichotomy means there is something for everyone. It’s truly a hidden gem.

The Liberty Grove complex houses various sports and activities venues making it ideal for families with kids. Some of these venues are: swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, gymnasiums, and parks.

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Study and Stay in Australia on the 485 Temporary Graduate visa

International Students in Australia

Australia has been hit with a boom of international students taking advantage of the Australian 485 visa and its privilege to stay in Australia for an extended term of up to 4 years once they have graduated.

The Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa offers international students the right to come and study in Australia, with the opportunity of an extended stay of up to 2 years once the studies have been completed – with the stay reaching 4 years for those doing some higher degrees.

In March 50,000 international students were in Australia on the 485 visa, a staggering rise of 16,000 in one year. While studying, the students are capped under visa policy and can work no more than 20 hours per week of semesters. But “post-graduation” the visa loses all its restrictions, and the international graduates can stay with no employment related time or occupation restrictions, giving them full working rights.

The visa was revised in 2013, a revision that gave longer stays after graduation and less restrictions on post-graduation employment. In 2016 the I-graduate International Student Satisfaction survey, an initiative partly funded by the Department of Education and Training, found that the ability to work freely after graduation was of more importance to international students than being able to complete part-time work during study.

Last year, 350 000 international students were enrolled into Australian Universities, an increase of more than 100 000 in 3 years. This inflation of international students, and the gap between enrolling and graduating, is indicative of the number of international graduates we are to see entering into the Australian workforce in years to come.

And while this boom which has seen the number of temporary visa graduates double since 2015, has caused political parties such as Labor to question the government’s ongoing dedication to the integrity of Australian migration, and future job opportunism for Australian graduates.

The Vice- Chancellor of the Australian National University, Professor Brian Schmidt disagrees, telling the ABC that he believes the 485 visa offers international students the chance to study with “flexibility” and “incentives” including travel and financial benefits. He believes it is a program that gives back and allows highly trained individuals to add to the Australian economy.

“They’re not displacing other work, they’re actually very high value people that are hard to attract.”
And while the visa allows for avenues to residency, most graduates return to their home countries once the extended stay period is over. So why do they choose to study in Australia? The 2016 i-graduate survey found that Australia’s reputation on providing quality education, educational institutes and qualifications were the big draw cards for those considering studying abroad.

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Moving to Australia is getting much harder. For the 2017 – 2018 year, Australia had an annual cap of 190,000 places. However, they only accepted 162,000 permanent migrants – well below the annual cap and the lowest intake in 10 years.

In addition to the reduced intake, the number of points required via SkillSelect in order to get an invitation to apply for a visa, rose steadily throughout the year, making it harder and harder to get a visa.

The table below shows how the points require to apply for a the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 489) has risen from 60 at the start of the year to 80 (and actually hit 85 at one stage).

Emigrating to Australia

The Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) (Points-tested) stream has seen less of a fluctuation, averaging around the 70 mark +/- 5 points either way.

The reduction in visa grants and increase in points required to even apply has meant that emigrating to Australia is more difficult than ever before.

There’s also lots of political rhetoric in Australia at the moment about migration and population size, so it’s possible that the migration intake will drop in coming years.

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Immigration still driving NSW population growth

Over the last five years, New South Wales has never seen so much of its population leave the state. In 2016 alone, 15,160 people left NSW for other states and territories. However in 2016, New South Wales also had one of the biggest growths in population size than anywhere else in the country.

The three inner-city areas of Sydney, New South Wales that suffered the greatest devastation to their populations were the inner-south west, followed by the eastern suburbs, the inner-south west and Parramatta. Over 29,000 people left from suburbs within the inner south-west such as Bankstown, Canterbury and Hurstville, with the majority left for the outer south-west largely due to housing affordability. In the eastern suburbs, 18,000 people left during this same time frame. A total of 18,100 Sydney-siders left to regional NSW and other states during the year, suffering the greatest loss of people than any other state. Though, Western Australia also struggled with a loss of 14,000 people from their population to other states.

Despite Parramatta suffering a great loss of people from the area, the suburb had the greatest increase in population as a result of overseas migration in 2016 at a net increase of 13,400 people. The inner south west of Sydney also saw a net increase of 13,315 people who were overseas immigrants. Sydney, altogether, saw an increase in population of a total of 84,700 people who were overseas immigrants.

On average, according to the 2016 annual summary of migration in Australia by the Bureau, there were a total of 377,000 people who moved interstate, 276,000 who moved overseas and 539,000 who arrived as immigrants. 84,700 of total immigrants in 2016 were overseas immigrants. Most of these immigrants hold temporary visas, with students being the largest number of individuals within that category. In 2016, a total of 100,000 international students arrived in Australia. Individuals on temporary skilled working visas made up 32,000 of immigrants, and individuals on holiday visas made up 50,000. Less than 1/5th of all immigrants were permanent migrants.

Migrating individuals from overseas was largely the reason for the swell in the New South Wales population in 2016, with the arrival of a total of 104,500 immigrants. The number of arrived immigrants for New South Wales was followed closely by Victoria, with a total of 90,000 immigrants arriving in the state.

Numbers of immigrants arriving in Australia are likely to drop in 2018 as the effect of what the Turnbull government describe as being a stricter “recruiting exercise”. On multiple occasions, Labor have accused temporary migrants of “stealing” jobs from Australians and have indicated that as a result of this, the number of immigrants allowed into the country could be reduced. These expressions from Labor have not been met with approval by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who have accused Labor of reforming the current immigration policy in exchange for votes from Australian citizens as the “Super Saturday” byelections draw near.

Increasing number of millionaires moving to Australia

Recent released figures from the Department of Home Affairs show that the number of millionaires migrating to Australia jumped to 7260 in the 2016-17 year. This is despite concerns raised from the Business Council of Australia over Australia’s high income tax rate dampening the migration of millionaires from Asian countries such as China, Malaysia and Vietnam. This influx of the high net work individuals is providing a multi-million dollar investment surge into major Australian cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.

Visa applications have increased by 74% in 2016-2017 for individuals with more than $2.25 million in business and personal assets. During 2016-17 9051 Visa applications were submitted, which is up from 5781 in 2014-15. Of these applications, 7260 were approved.

A fast track Visa can be obtained in as little as 40 days and does not require the migrant to pass tests related to English skills, employment qualifications or education. The “significant investor 188” Visa stream asks foreigners to invest $5 million of their funds into Australian shares, bonds, manages funds, and commercial real estate. 2000 of these Visas have been approved so far, resulting in a $10 billion cash injection into the Australian economy.

In 2017 Australia had a net migration of 10, 000 millionaires, which is the highest net migration of millionaires to any country in the last year, according to John Daley of the Grattan Institute.

Although Australia has a comparably high top marginal tax rate of 45%, which begins at an income of $180 001, it has not deterred many foreigners from wishing to move here. Singapore with its low income tax rate of 15% attracted only 1000 millionaires to its shores.

There are many other reasons why foreigners are seeking to move to Australia. For example Australia has an agreeable climate, is politically stable, with low crime rates and good educational opportunities. Australia’s proximity to the Asian continent, similar time zones and lack of inheritance taxes were also reasons given by many wealthy Asian foreigners in their decision to move here, rather than the UK or USA.

The increasing political strain between China and Australia has not slowed down the private Chinese migration in 2016-17 with mainland China providing 90% of the millionaires migrating to Australia, followed by Hong Kong.

China has become a powerhouse for creating newly minted millionaires in the last 10 years, as a result of its unimpeded growth in the technology, constructions and manufacturing sectors.

One Chinese investor observed he made the decision to transfer his wealth to Australia to become eligible for a Visa once his children started studying in Australia.

It’s an advantageous Visa program for many. Migrants do not have to come to Australia and work, it provides the flexibility to invest $5 million in local shares and projects and their children will be able to attend Australian schools and universities.

AfrAsia Bank which polls its wealthiest clients, advises that Australians can expect to see an increase in the lifestyle and hobbies of the rich such as watch collecting, fly-fishing and New York style “hotel residences”.


Australian Unemployment Rate at Five Year Low

The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently released the latest unemployment figures.

The trend unemployment rate was 5.4% in the month of June 2018.

“Over the year to June, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage points. This continues a gradual decrease in the trend unemployment rate from late 2014 and is the lowest rate since January 2013,” said the Chief Economist for the ABS, Bruce Hockman. 

Employment and hours

Trend employment increased by around 27,000 persons in June 2018 and the growth was evenly split between full-time and part-time employment, with both increasing by over 13,000 persons. The net increase of 27,000 persons comprised well over 300,000 people entering employment, and more than 300,000 leaving employment in the month.

The trend participation rate remained steady at 65.6 per cent in June 2018, after the May figure was revised up.

Over the past year, trend employment increased by 318,000 persons or 2.6 per cent, which was above the average year-on-year growth over the past 20 years (2.0 per cent).

15 to 19 year olds have contributed around a third of trend employment growth since January 2018. Employment for 15 to 19 year olds increased by over 6,000 in June 2018 and grew by around 58,000 over the last year.

The trend monthly hours worked increased by 3.4 million hours or 0.2 per cent in June 2018, and by 2.6 per cent over the past year.

States and Territories

Year-on-year growth in trend employment was above the 20 year average in all states and territories except for Victoria and Western Australia. Over the past year, the states and territories with the strongest annual growth in trend employment were New South Wales (3.7 per cent), Australian Capital Territory (2.9 per cent) and Queensland (2.6 per cent).

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Why do people emigrate to Australia?



Migration is defined in the Oxford dictionary as the movement of people to a new area or country to find work or better living conditions. Globalization can be seen as one of the primary issues that have affected our world in recent decade through the promotion of people movement from one country to the other, one continent to the other coupled with free international trade policies between countries. This process is vital to the new look of the flow of ideas, innovation, economic development as well as investment in the world at large. Various people have different opinions and thought relating to their preferred destination country before they migrate finally. To mention a few of such reasons include, but not limited to; the country’s economic stability, the social amenities, the employment opportunities and sometimes how famous the country is compared to the rest of the world. This assertion varies from one individual to the other and choosing Australia as a final destination is no exception from the other developed nations. At this point, one may ask who Australia is.

According to Wikipedia, Australia is a country and a continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities are Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide. Its capital, Canberra, is inland. The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses. In recent time, Australia has experienced a rapid increase in the number of migrants into the country as seen in figure 1 below.

Figure 1


From figure 1 above, it can be inferred that most of the people who migrate to Australia are skilled labor and hence help to supplement the labor in our country. Another clear reason why people migrate is based on family reasons which form about 32% of the total migrant to Australia as at 2014 and 2015. Although migration to Australia will help build the economy, shape society, support the labor market and reunite family, there is the need to investigate the true reason why people move to our historical continent and country.

Seeking Greener Pasture

To get started, it is a myth that most people that migrate to developed nations are largely from developing countries and are always running to seek greener pasture in Australia. Australia is believed to be one of the developed economies in the world and full of career advancement opportunities hence a more appropriate place to live and earn a good quality standard of living.

Searching for greener pasture by most migrants in Australia believes their way of their personal life will be much better. For example, if we consider a random sampling of 20, 6 out of 20 usually migrate to search for a better climate and lifestyle which is not far from why most people do migrate to our country. A better quality life includes proper health care system and better returned on services.

In Australia, the Medicare system provides access to a wide range of health care services for free medical care in public hospitals and lower costs for prescription medicine. The accessibility of this facility is open to some categories of Visitors, Citizens and Residents which serves as an attraction to migrate who intend to seek a better way of life of which quality health care is included.


Again, tourism is an important component of Australian economic development and growth, hence cannot be ruled out on its effect on the country’s development, Information from Wikipedia confirmed that in the financial year of 2014 and 2015, tourism formed about 3.0% of Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contributing about $47.5 billion to the national economy. Most people migrate to Australia for tourism purpose and to learn the culture of Australians. Adventure is part of an individual socialization process, hence the motivation for some travelers to come to Australia to see the biggest Island in the world. The coastline cities of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are the most popular tourist destinations in Australia upon arrival of tourists. Also, the high profile destinations in the regional Queensland, the Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef which happens to be the world largest reef are also popular destinations. The unique Australian wildlife is also another significant point of interest in the country’s tourism. This served as an attraction point to invite a lot of people into the country. Also, people who choose Australia as their tourist destination are attracted by the temperate weather in the country and the political stability of the country. Australians are naturally friendly and welcoming people; hence the Australian hospitality serves as a factor to draw more tourists into the country.

Family and Romance

Another reason why people migrate to Australia is because of their family. When we think of family, we are quick to conclude that they are those that are the traditional nuclear or extended members that we share a blood bond with. However, the family goes beyond that definition. It is seen as a group of people that share emotional bonds, common values, goals and responsibilities and contribute significantly to the well-being of each other.

A lot of people who move to Australia based on family reasons usually migrate permanently, especially when it has to do with the other spouse living in the country. When two people are romantically attached to each other, it is always a pain to live far from each other hence the motivation for some people migrating to establish the rest of their life with their partners in Australia. This move is usually a blow to some of the partners considering the change in the environment and the idea of starting a new life all over again.

However, they are encouraged by the fact that they are with the people the love. Spousal migration is a very common reason why people move to Australia. In addition, other family member like the parents of the migrant are also motivated to move to Australia in order to still maintain that family tie they have with their family that are already in the country.

As Kim Kardashian once said “At the end of the day, life is about being happy, being who you are, and I feel like we are so blessed to have the support system and the best family to really just support each other no matter what we’re going through”. This saying summary why family is one of the main reasons why people relocate to Australia.


Knowledge is power and Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today (Malcolm X). Studying overseas is one of the major reasons why people migrate to Australia. The education system in Australia is believed to be well structured and advance in the usage of technology as well as research facilities. Also, Australia is noted to include best-in-class educational system and it has ranked 8th position in the worldwide rankings. This has served as the incentives for most migrate to consider the country as their study destination.

According to a survey report by InterNations GmbH, the majority of student move abroad to go to school or university (90%) while ten percent want to improve their language skills in general. According to the report, despite being able to communicate easily, students still struggle to make local friends abroad. More than two in five find it hard, compared to a global rate of 36%”. It is not very easy to make new German friends here”, Chinese expat says. Some students also see staying in Australia as a means to gain an extra 5 point on their visa application, especially those that has the intention to stay over after their education and apply for skilled migrant status. The student life in Australia is a fun and interesting concept. Most students, especially university level don’t live on campus rather live at their respective home and attend lectures on campus as at when they have classes.

The whole idea of student life is different in Australia and for one to embrace it, you need to forget your own anticipations of what you are used to. Students are free to choose to engage with their university experience or otherwise. Engagement with the university is entirely your choice and decision. The fact that student choose whatever they wish to do does not mean that there is no such thing like campus life in Australia. In fact there is an even more fun activity on various campuses, especially those universities in the cities. There are clubs and societies that are being managed by the students. As a club which is formed under the university, they usually receive financial support from the university budget that they use to put on events and services for its members, such as barbecues, concerts and daytime picnics. Most clubs in the universities host trips and events that bring both local and international students together and often charge a subsidized fee. All these activities improve socialization and networking on campus, which build their social life.

All this said, usually, temporary visas are designed for specific purposes like study activities in the Australia. The Student visa program is made up of a range of visa classes that mostly correspond to education sectors. Students must study with an education provider and on a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. There is a need to know the statistics on the number of students that are granted visa to migrate into the country as a student.

Following some data from the Australian Home Affairs Department, there is a need to analyze and assess the number of students that are granted visa to enter the country for the purpose of studying as seen in the data below in figure 2

Table 1

Citizenship Country  2016-17 to 31/12/16  2017-18 to 31/12/17 % change from 2016-17 2017*18 as % of Total
China, People Republic of (excl SARs)                           28,600                           28,934                                       1.2 27%
India                           11,082                           12,364                                     10.4 12%
Nepal                             5,323                             7,612                                     30.1 7%
Brazil                             5,685                             5,145 –                                  10.5 5%
United States of America                             3,092                             3,721                                     16.9 3%
Vietnam                             3,542                             3,515 –                                    0.8 3%
Colombia                             2,347                             2,870                                     18.2 3%
Japan                             1,870                             2,688                                     30.4 3%
Indonesia                             2,866                             2,601 –                                  10.2 2%
Malaysia                             1,997                             2,091                                       4.5 2%
Korea, South                             1,991                             2,035                                       2.2 2%
 Spain                             1,744                             2,029                                     14.0 2%
Pakistan                             1,467                             1,820                                     19.4 2%
Thailand                             3,220                             1,793 –                                  79.6 2%
Hong Kong (SAR of the PRC)                             1,992                             1,767 –                                  12.7 2%
Other Countries                           24,726                           25,366                                       2.5 24%
Total                         101,544                         106,351                                       4.5 100%


The table above shows the number of student visa applications granted in 2017-18 to 31 December 2017 where the clients were Outside Australia by citizenship country by compared with the same period in previous years. From the table above, we can say that most of the migrant that comes to Australia to study are from China, People Republic of (excl SARs) and the other countries that are less represented in Australia for the purpose of Studies include people from Spain, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the like although these countries are closer to Australia in terms of proximity.

Figure 2: Migration to Australia by purpose of Studies.


From the graph, we can conclude that there are a lot of Chinese and other citizen’s students rather than those names above in Australia more than any other country in the world. One major reason that comes in mind is proximity to Australia and the willingness to learn the English language could be a promoter.

Financial Stability

Furthermore, people migrating to Australia to secure financial stability. The Australian dollars are among the one of the highest denomination in the world and has been very stable for in the last few years. A stable currency means a stable economy and standard of living are better and cost of living is moderately low compared to other developed nations. Consequently, influencing the decision, why some people move to stay in our country.


We can therefore conclude that migration is inevitable in this our world where Australia is no exception. Most of the reasons why people migrate to our beautiful country are to get better opportunities and greener pasture, for tourism purpose, family ties, and educational purposes as well as securing financial stability. Gael Garcia Bernal once said “Migration is as natural as breathing, as eating, as sleeping. It is part of life, part of nature. So we have to find a way of establishing a proper kind of scenario of modern migration to exist. And when I say ‘we,’ I mean the world. We need to find ways of making that migration not forced” which we intend to agree with him. It is there prudent for the world to assess the positive impact of migration to their economies and make good policies to drive it.

Pakistanis Settling in Sydney


 Just to name a few, the suburbs where majority of Pakistanis reside in are Auburn, Lakemba, Punchbowl, Granville, Parramatta, Mt. Druitt, Blacktown, Bankstown, Rooty Hill, Surry Hills and Fairfield. A few of the mentioned suburbs are not really considered as the “posh or rich suburbs of Sydney”, due to factors such as low-medium rent, distance from main CBD, etc. Although living in these suburbs is great if you are a Pakistani because it gives the advantage to draw closer to the Pakistani community, multicultural events, mosques and a wide variety of Pakistani/Halal cuisines.



 Majority of Pakistanis are Muslims, therefore, before choosing a location to live in, the location of the nearest mosque/prayer hall does play a vital role in the decision making process. In Sydney alone, there are over 50 mosques spread out. A list of some mosques are:

  • Auburn Gallipoli Mosque
  • Bankstown Mosque
  • Blacktown Mosque
  • Granville Mosque
  • Lakemba Mosque
  • Surry Hills Mosque
  • Rooty Hill Mosque
  • Macquarie University Mussalah
  • Hornsby Mussalah
  • Sydney CBD Mussalah



Depending on your skills, qualifications and experience you can find a suitable job. Most of the professional jobs are located in the main Sydney CBD area. There are also many security jobs where you would require a security license to work.  You can also work in the Childcare field once you have successfully completed a Certificate IV. There are options to drive as delivery drivers for apps or as an Uber driver to earn some extra cash on the side. You can find full-time, part-time and casual jobs on websites such as Seek, Gumtree and


Public Transport

More than 4 million people reside in Sydney, therefore, you can expect some heavy traffic. It is best if you reside near public transportation and work at a place where you can reach right on time. The best way to commute from one place to another is by using the Sydney Train Transportation System. You would require an Opal card to ride these trains and may even be eligible for a discount for example if you are a senior or a student.  Usually malls, restaurants and main buildings are located near the train stations. You can also use different modes of public transportation such as Sydney Buses, Ferries, Uber and Taxi depending upon where you need to go.


Islamic Schools 

There are a number of Islamic schools around Sydney. These schools offer a variety of courses relating to Islamic studies and learning Arabic.  Some of these are listed below:

  • Australian Islamic College of Sydney located in Mt. Druitt
  • Al-Faisal College located in Auburn
  • Al-Amanah College located in Bankstown
  • Malek Fahad Islamic School located in Greenacre


Activities to Do

Sydney is full of fun filled activities, you hardly can ever get bored in this busy city. In your spare time you can indulge in different sports and activities such as:

  • Bowling
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Cycling
  • Gym
  • Hiking
  • Shopping


Halal/Pakistani Restaurants and Fast Food Places

Pakistan is known for its famous dishes like “Biryani”. From my personal experience and popular reviews from customers, here are a few restaurants I will name that are great in taste and flavour. Following restaurants are Halal certified around Sydney:

  • Lal Qila – Surry Hills
  • Lahori Dhaba – Punchbowl
  • Faheem Fast Food- Enmore
  • El Jennah – Granville
  • Nandos – multiple locations
  • Student biryani – Auburn
  • Himalaya Pakistani and Indian Restaurant- Surry Hills
  • Kabul House- Merrylands

If you are looking to eat at Fast food restaurants. Pakistani/Muslim majority suburbs such as Auburn, Bankstown, Granville, Merrylands, etc. have McDonald’s, KFC and Hungry Jacks that are Halal Certified. If you are unsure, it is best to speak with management for them to display their Halal Certification.



There are many cultural and fun-filled events that are held around Sydney which usually takes place on the weekends or on public holidays. These events are great as people can come together and enjoy with their family and friends. Some of these events include:


Chand Raat Eid Festival 

This is a grand festival where Muslims celebrate just before Eid Day. At this event you can find the Muslim community coming together. There is a wide variety of food stalls, henna stalls, music, dances, different cultural performances, ice cream, toys, jewellery and the list just goes on! There is also a mini carnival and games for the kids to enjoy. Usually this event takes place at Rosehill Gardens.

Pakistan Independence Day Celebrations 

There are quite a few functions held for Pakistanis to celebrate Pakistan Day. The main highlights in these type of events are food stalls, music, dances and fireworks.

 Halal Expo Australia 

The name says it all. You will get to find that this event showcases and creates awareness of the halal lifestyle and displays different halal products and services.


Pakistani Cinema

If you are in the mood to watch a Pakistani Movie or even a Bollywood movie, there are cinemas in Sydney that play the latest movies. Cinemas such as Events Cinemas and Hoyts Cinema do play popular Pakistani and Bollywood films. These movies are usually in Urdu/Hindi language with English subtitles. A lot of Pakistani celebrities also visit Australia to promote their movies, you can find out by following your favourite celebrities through their official accounts on Facebook or Twitter.


Places to Visit

Sydney has wonderful attractions. It is a very popular destination that attracts tourists from all around the world. There are many places to visit with you family and friends such as Landmarks, Zoos, Amusement Parks, Beaches, Aquariums, Museums, Malls, etc. Here are the names of some popular places to visit:

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Darling Harbour
  • Wild Life Sydney Zoo
  • Taronga Zoo
  • Royal Botanic Garden
  • Luna Amusement Theme Park
  • Bondi Beach
  • Manly Beach
  • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
  • Powerhouse Museum
  • Madame Tussands
  • Sydney Olympic Park


I hope you enjoyed this article and gained some insights about the Life of a Pakistani in Sydney Australia!

Thank you, Sonia.

ABS figures highlight Australia’s transient population

A summary of migration in Australia recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has highlighted just how much the population moves, revealing that in 2016-17:

  • 377,000 people moved interstate
  • 276,000 moved overseas
  • 539,000 people arrived as migrants

Director of Migration Statistics at the ABS Myles Burleigh said that the number of people moving interstate was the highest in 13 years, and the number of arrivals of overseas migrants was the highest on record.

“However, factoring in departures, in net terms overseas migration was 262,000, which is below the record high of 300,000 in 2008-09”, Mr Burleigh said.

Of the 539,000 people who migrated to Australia in 2016-17, 315,000 arrived on a temporary visa, including just over 150,000 international students, just over 50,000 working holiday makers, and 32,000 workers on temporary skill visas.

There were 106,000 migrants that arrived on permanent visas including 45,800 on skill visas, 29,800 on family visas and 23,900 on humanitarian visas.

Mr Burleigh said that New South Wales had the largest population increase from net overseas migration of any state or territory, with an addition of 104,000 people.

“However, New South Wales also had the largest net loss through interstate migration, with a net loss to other states of 15,200 people.

“Western Australia experienced its highest net loss to other states on record, with a net loss of 14,000 people”.

Mr Burleigh also said that Victoria had the largest gain in population from interstate migration of any state or territory, just ahead of Queensland.

“In 2016-17, 86,700 people moved from another state or territory to Victoria and 68,500 people from Victoria moved interstate. This produced a net gain of 18,200 people, Victoria’s highest ever figure.”

“Queensland was just behind, with a net gain of 17,800 people”.

Changes to SkillSelect Invitation Rounds Frequency

The Department of Home Affairs have announced that: “SkillSelect invitation rounds for Skilled – Independent (subclass 189) and Skilled – Regional Provisional (subclass 489) Visas will occur once each month, on the 11th day of each month, effective 11 August 2018. There is no change to the overall number of invitations provided each month.”
Previously, there had usually been two invitation rounds per month. The last invitation rounds taking place on the 06th and 20th June 2018.
We are still waiting for the July round of invitation results to be published and it will be interesting to see how many invitations were made so that we have an idea of how things may move forward.

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For information, below is a chart showing the occupation ceilings for the 2017-2018 program year and the number of invitations issued per occupation.