Get me to Australia

Looking to get to Australia? You've come to the right place!

If you decide to work in Australia you'll be in good company - the country is the world's number one expat destination and it's not hard to see why with its economic growth, low unemployment, high salaries and laid-back lifestyle

With all these plus points why wouldn't you want to head Down Under to seek your fortune?

GB Construction Training are able to assist you with the offering of the Offshore Technical Skills record; a one day assessment taking Tradespeople (from nominated countries) through a process that recognises their skills and allows them to apply for a Visa for Australia.

If you're a skilled worker working in the trades industry such as a Carpenter, Bricklayer, Electricial, Fitter, Joiner or more, we can help!

For further information on the sort of trades we cover, dates and costs of assessments, please use the left hand side navigate to visit our dedicated OTSR page or click here.

Moving to Australia


A good place to start is to check out the Australian Department of Immigration website. This can help guide you through the different types of visas available as well as explaining eligibility and requirements. You can visit their website at


There are a number of removalist companies that specialise in global relocations, so it's a good idea to get a range of quotes before making a decision. Keep in mind the cheapest quote isn't necessarily the best one.

Take into consideration:

  • how long it will take for your belongings to arrive
  • the insurance policy details and whether or not the company can help you with customs documentation

Australia has some tight quarantine laws, particularly around food, plant and animal material. There are also other restrictions on what you can bring into the country and in some cases permits may be required.

To be safe, it is best to check with customs before deciding what to bring with you when you move to Australia.


It's called down-under for a reason. Flying here from Europe, South Africa, North America and even most parts of Asia takes time. So it's good to be prepared.

Depending on your country of origin and preferred stopovers, there are numerous airlines to choose from. Most Australian capital cities, but particularly, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, provide multiple flying options.

Once past the usual customs, visa and quarantine checks - of which Australia is very stringent - and assuming no ongoing domestic connections, a new world of opportunity and challenge awaits. Here is a list of some things to consider:

  • Sort transport to your lodgings (all airports have shuttle transfers, taxis plus various public transport options)
  • Book and/or check in to your accommodation
  • Contact family and friends 'back home' and tell them you've arrived
  • Explore your new surroundings and sample the local produce
  • Learn the lingo and customs
  • Register at your local consulate
  • Buy sunscreen and apply. The sun in Australia is very strong.
  • Swim between the flags at patrolled beaches (you can, even in winter, at least pretty much north of the Tropic of Capricorn, but watch out for deadly box jellyfish warnings)

Everyone's circumstances and expectations differ. But moving to Australia, with some prior planning and savvy in-flight practices might just be the most liberating and life-affirming decision you ever make.


One of the first and most important things you'll need to organise when moving to Australia is opening a new bank account. This provides you with the ability to deposit funds to your account, make payments from the account, and access you money 24/7 via automated teller machines, Online and Mobile banking, and at the point of sale. Some banks will offer the ability to open and transfer funds to your new account prior to arriving in Australia

You don't have to travel far to find a bank branch. Most main shopping malls will invariably have branches of most major and some overseas banks. For more complex transactions, like foreign exchange or mortgage applications, visiting in person might be the best option.

Depending on your account and the identification process, you may need to visit a branch in person to verify original papers or sign documents

Tips & Advice

Useful Links,-overseas-and-defence-force-applicants/overseas-applicants


Australian Department of Education

Study in Australia

Education Services Australia

Government Sites

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Department of Communications

Department of Environment

Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Australian Passports

Sporting Sites

Australian Sports Commission

Tourism Sites

14 Useful Tips on how to move to Australia, all from people who have made the move:

  1. Put all important paper work in a travel file, including birth and marriage certificates, mortgage and bank statements, your driver's licence and any insurance policy documents you have.
  2. It's useful to have certified copies of your identification documents as well as electronic copies, as you may need to email these if you need to secure a tenancy agreement.
  3. Gather up any doctor or dentist files as well as a copy of any optical prescriptions. If you have children, make sure you get a copy of their immunisation records.
  4. If you need medication, make sure you have enough to last until you find a new doctor in Australia.
  5. Bring copies of your children's school reports and your resume, including work references and qualifications. Scan and save these documents to a USB memory stick to reduce the amount of paperwork you're travelling with.
  6. Finalise and close any utility accounts such as power, gas, internet and phone. Make sure you've supplied a forwarding address for the final statements.
  7. Consider closing your bank accounts. You may like to leave a fee free or low fee account open for any last minute banking. Ensure your signing authority is up to date and you're able to provide email or fax instructions if possible.
  8. Cancel your insurances where relevant, including house, contents and car. Also review your life insurance - check if it's valid overseas.
  9. Redirect your mail and be sure to advise remaining contacts of your new address.
  10. Set up an independent email address (such as with Gmail) and transfer your existing address book over before you leave. You might also like to save this to a USB memory stick as well.
  11. Contact your accountant to obtain any taxation advice you might need and advise them of your intending relocation and new address.
  12. Advise your solicitor of your intended move and provide them with your new contact details. This might also be a good time to ensure your will is up to date.
  13. If you're intending to rent in Australia, it's a good idea to obtain a reference letter. If you've rented previously, get a letter from the property manager or owner of the property. If you own a rental property, obtain a reference letter from your property manager. Alternatively, obtain a personal reference letter.
  14. If you're intending to rent, make sure you've budgeted for at least 6-8 weeks rent as most rental properties require four weeks deposit as well as monthly payments in advance.

This article covers general information about Moving to Australia , and doesn't take your individual circumstances into account. Please use it as a guide only.

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