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Your moving to Australia checklist

Updated: Aug 6, 2023

Moving to Australia is an exciting prospect but requires careful preparation. Here's a handy checklist to help you organise your relocation:

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Before the Move:

1. Visas and Documentation: Apply for the appropriate Australian visa. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months

beyond your date of entry and even longer if you need to travel on that passport for an extended period of time. Applying for new travel documents from your home country can take time and effort.

2. Research: Learn about Australian culture, etiquette, cost of living, healthcare, and local laws. Understanding the Australian climate and geography is also helpful, especially if you are prone to allergies or have specific health concerns.

3. Finances: Notify your bank about your move. Research banking in Australia and consider opening an Australian bank account. Most need an Australian address; the account will activate when you arrive. Understand the tax implications of your move.

4. Housing: Secure accommodation before you arrive. It will help if you rent a place short-term while you look for long-term housing.

5. Healthcare: Australia has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with certain countries. Check if you're eligible or consider getting private health insurance.

6. Moving Company: Choose a reputable international moving company. Get an estimate and understand all inclusions in the quote.

7. Pets: If you're bringing pets, make sure you understand Australia's strict pet importation requirements, which may include vaccinations and quarantine.

8. Driving License: Apply for an International Driving Permit if you plan to drive in Australia.

During the Move:

9. Pack your belongings, ensuring all boxes are clearly labelled. Consider Australia's strict customs regulations when deciding what to bring.

10. Important Documents: Keep your passports, visas, birth certificates, medical records, and other essential documents in a safe, accessible place.

After the Move:

11. Register with Medicare: If eligible, register with Medicare, Australia's public healthcare system.

12. Set up Utilities: Arrange for utilities, including electricity, water, gas, and internet.

13. Local Services: Locate the nearest healthcare providers, schools for children, supermarkets, etc.

14. Get an Australian Driver's License: While an International Driving Permit allows you to drive temporarily, you'll need a local license for a long-term stay.

15. Tax: Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) if you plan to work in Australia. Understand your tax obligations.

16. Integration: Start learning about local customs, phrases, and social cues to integrate better into the Australian community.

17. Emergency Services: Familiarise yourself with emergency numbers in Australia. The general emergency number is 000.

Remember, every individual's situation will be different, and this moving to Australia checklist may need to be modified based on your specific needs and circumstances. Good luck with your move!

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