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Moving To Australia

Immigration

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 www.immi.gov.au/immigration.

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Relocating

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.

Travelling

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.

Banking

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