Australia consistently ranks highly in studies on quality of life. In 2013, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Australia as second on its where-to-be-born index, taking into consideration factors like GDP, job security, climate and governance.
According to Mercer’s 2014 Cost of Living Survey, Brisbane’s cost of living has fallen - making the city an appealing destination for expatriates and multinational companies looking to establish an Asia Pacific headquarters. Australia’s economy has experienced more than 20 years of uninterrupted economic growth, and the fundamentals are in place for this trend to continue. Other strengths include its strong institutional framework; track record for world-class innovation; highly educated, multilingual labour force; high quality of living; and proximity to Asia and its time zones.