Australia’s population is booming as Britons are lured by the prospect of tripling their income while enjoying the great outdoors.
The country is poised to experience its biggest wave of immigration on record, with government figures revealing 650,000 migrants will arrive this financial year and next as Australia entices skilled workers to fill gaps.
Laurel Dyer, 28, is one of those who contributed to the biggest two-year population increase Australia has ever had.
The nurse, from the Isle of Mull, Scotland, moved to Australia last year and has held roles in Western Australia and New South Wales – all while fulfilling her love of the outdoors.
Laurel, who works for a nursing agency, explained The times her income was about triple what she earned at home and revealed that some of her Scottish nursing colleagues have followed her lead.
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Western Australia previously launched a daring attempt to ‘steal’ 31,000 skilled workers to work Down Under
Nurses from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in England at a picket during a February strike
“They came at a similar time to me and are loving it in Australia,” she said.
“I think the friends who are still at home are more settled in their lives, but they are very jealous of the job, the money, the lifestyle of Australia.
“I think if it weren’t for those roots, they’d probably be out in a heartbeat.”
Western Australia previously launched a daring attempt to ‘steal’ 31,000 British doctors, police officers and teachers to work Down Under, sparking outrage.
In a nod to the post-war ‘Ten Pound Poms’ plan, a delegation from the state government and industry is trying to lure workers away to fill more than 31,000 job openings.
They have also been on the hunt for miners, plumbers, mechanics and builders to sell the Australian dream in the UK.
They promise hard-working Brits that they can ‘have it all’ and boast that Australia’s utility bill is nearly half that of the UK.
Some of the positions on offer are Nursing staff with a salary of $85,713 (£45,968.74) which is 58 per cent more than the average UK salary of £30,586, GPs with a salary of $232,963 (£124,940.39) in comparison with their UK salary of £72,070 and civil engineers with a salary of $120,193 (£64,460.71) compared to their UK salary of £37,398, Belfast Live Reports.
Australia is predicted to experience its biggest two-year population growth ever, with some 650,000 migrants arriving this financial year (pictured, skilled workers)
NHS nurses and other medical staff hold signs during a strike, amid a dispute with the government over pay earlier this year
Pat Cullen, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), joined members on the picket line outside the Royal United Hospital in Bath in February
Police and Defense Industry Minister Paul Papalia previously highlighted Western Australia’s wine regions, coral reefs and culinary scene.
“Our wages are higher and our cost of living is lower,” he promised. Our healthcare system is world class. You will be taken care of.
“Many of our ancestors were sent to Australia from the UK as convicts. Now it would be a crime not to take the step.’
Finance officials predicted in 2019 that a total of 1.2 million migrants would arrive in the country by the end of 2024, but that number has now been revised to 950,000.
The analysis published late last month means the country is expected to see 650,000 migrants start a new life in Australia by the end of the 2024 financial year.
At least 350,000 are predicted to settle in Australia this financial year, with another 300,000 in the next 12 months.