Australia: Country and Foreign Investment
Entry and Residence
After World War II, Australia encouraged immigration from Europe. Since the 1970s, immigration from Asia and elsewhere has also been encouraged.
The current migration programme allows people from any country to apply to migrate to Australia, regardless of their ethnicity, culture, religion or language, provided that they meet the criteria set out in the regulations regarding, for example, employer-sponsored workers and professional and other skilled workers.
Generally, an individual is Australian resident for tax purposes if he or she has always lived in Australia; has moved to Australia and now lives there permanently; or has been in Australia continuously for 183 days or more in a fiscal year and for most of the time has been in the one job and living in the same place, unless his or her usual home is overseas and he or she does not intend to live in Australia.