As a permanent resident, you will be given a permanent visa. This visa entitles you to the right to live in Australia indefinitely. You can enjoy the facilities of unlimited travel to and from Australia for a period of 5 years once you become a permanent resident which can be renewed from either outside Australia or from within the country.
Your children will have immediate access to all public schools in Australia for free! In addition to that, Permanent residents have various options to choose when it comes to University education.
Permanent residents can work for any employer in any occupation. But, working in the Public Service or Armed forces is strictly restricted to the Australian Citizens. This, however, does not distinguish the industrial laws between the permanent residents and citizens. Permanent residents enjoy the same benefits under these laws as the citizens. They can become a part of trade unions and can claim worker’s compensation.
As regards to social security, the permanent residents must hold on for a period of two years before they are entitled to receive social security benefits through the centrelink system, benefits such as sickness, unemployment and student benefits.
As a permanent resident of Australia, you will enjoy the privilege of health insurance scheme run by the government called Medicare. Under Medicare, you could receive free treatment at a public hospital and subsidized medicine.
The permanent resident of Australia is also granted the right to travel to New Zealand and apply for a New Zealand Visa. This is a provision that has been granted by the government of New Zealand.
Permanent residents have the right to take up some professions in Australia like that of a migration agent or any government position.
Permanent residents can also sponsor their relatives for acquisition of permanent residence. But this is possible only after the applicant meets certain residence and support assurance prerequisites.
Children of permanent residents who are born in Australia are deemed Australian citizens by birth. This will be one great advantage because they will enjoy the maximum benefits in the field of education and health care.
The permanent resident of Australia has the right to apply for Australian consular assistance overseas when things get a little rough abroad.