A Guide to Moving to Australia

Moving to Australia might be the best move you ever make. But it’s a huge move, and you need to get it right. So, let this guide help you out. I have experience in moving to amazing new countries having moved from Australia to the United Kingdom and then back and then from Australia to New Zealand and Back...

Get Your Paperwork in Line

To be allowed to live in Australia, you have to get a Visa that allows you to work there. This is different from simply traveling to the country. A travel visa is not enough to allow you to live there permanently and get paid for work. And trying to work without the correct documentation is a criminal offence that will lead to deportation.

A skilled migrant visa can be given to people who have particular skills and qualifications. This includes nurses and doctors. The Australian government give these skills priority when deciding who to let in. Just make sure that the visa you get offers you an Australian permanent residency.

Find Work & Schools

It’s best to get your work arrangements sorted out before you leave for your new life in Australia. This is what most people have to do in order to be allowed to enter Australia anyway. If you can get in without a job, it’s still a better idea to get work arrangements sorted in advance. Life in Australia can be quite expensive, so you need access to cash.

You also need to think about the children if you have a family. If they’re between the ages of 2 and 5, you should add them to a school waiting list to make sure that they get into the school you want. And if they're older, you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting them into the local school. As long as they speak English, they’ll fit in pretty quickly.

Consider the Different Regions

Australia is divided into various states and territories. And although Australia might appear huge when you look at it on the map, it’s isn’t. This is because the vast majority of Australia is not inhabited by people. People tend to congregate around the large cities and towns. So what are the best cities?

Well, the city that most people are most familiar with is Sydney. And this is the common destination for people who are moving to the country. But there are other cities that you should explore before you make your final decision though. There’s Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, which are all great too.

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Finding a Home

Before you move permanently, you’ll have to find a home for you and your family to live in. This might be more difficult than you imagine. For some people, this is good news and for others it’s bad: buying property in Australia is expensive so Renting is common, so you might want to consider this.

Of course, you can buy a home if you want to make a long term investment but for people on modest incomes, renting is the best option. And, when you’re looking at rental properties, it’s important to remember that the price will be presented as per week, not per month. So, don’t get your hopes up when you see a low price!