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Moving To Australia: A Checklist

Moving to Australia: A checklist

Moving overseas is exciting, but for many people coming to Australia, the thought of moving away from family and friends is daunting. To make the most of your time in Oz, use our simple relocating-to-Australia checklist that’ll have you settled Down Under before you can say ‘Fair dinkum!’

Before you arrive in Australia

Visa
First things first – get the right visa. Visit the Australian Government website to discover the different types of visas available and get information on eligibility and requirements.

Relocation
You’ll have your choice of international removalists, but get plenty of moving quotes before you make a decision. Factor in time frames and international removals insurance.

Insurance
Speaking of which, if you’re leaving an empty (or occupied) house behind and you don’t currently have insurance, now is a good time to protect your assets.

Research
If you have a reasonable idea of where you’re going to be living, dedicate some time to investigating the local services, from doctors and dentists to supermarkets and cafes.

Packing
You may not have the organisational skills of Mary Poppins, but sourcing the right packing boxes, packing supplies such as labels and security fastenings will help keep your personal effects in order.

Banking
Whatever you’re paying for, you need an Aussie bank account to get easy access to your money (and receive your salary). Plan ahead and set one up before you leave.

After you get to Australia

Health care
In Oz, the public health system (Medicare) is subsidised through taxes for some eligible expats, but it doesn’t cover everything. Private health care is recommended for the best protection (and it is essential for certain visas). Visit the Department of Human Services website for more details.

Tax file number
All workers in Australia are required to have a nine-digit tax file number (TFN), which is issued by the Australian Government. Find out how to lodge an application at the Australian Tax Office website.

GST
The goods and services tax (GST) is a tax paid, at a rate of 10 per cent, on all goods and services purchased in Australia. Products that are exempt include most basic foods, some medicines and medical aids, and some education courses.

Superannuation
This is a method of saving for retirement and you will most likely require a super account if you work in Australia. Your employer will generally pay a monthly contribution.

Electricity and other services
Once you have your accommodation sorted, you may need to set up your energy supply. Here’s how to get your electricity and gas connected.

Communications
Being so far away from home will mean racking up a hefty phone bill unless you invest in internet and decent line rental. Be warned though: you may find the broadband speed a little slower than it is back home – and quite a bit more expensive.

Change of Address
Inform people of your new postal address. That goes for your Great Aunt Mildred and your bank manager – even if you don’t really want to hear from either of them! Creating a change of address checklist is an excellent way to cover all bases.

There are so many reasons to move to Australia – follow our guide and you could soon be calling Down Under home.