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Relocation to Australia – where do I start?

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If you have decided to relocate to Australia, then you have probably done the hardest part already. Taking such a significant step in your life is never an easy matter. The rest is just nuts and bolts. But they are essential nuts and bolts, so here we will take you through them step by step.

Choosing your destination

If you are moving for work, then you might not have much choice in destinations, but if you can be flexible, there are many fantastic destinations to choose from. For instance, Melbourne has been ranked seven times as the most liveable city in the world, Sydney has frequently ranked in the top ten and is currently number three, and Adelaide presently ranks as number 10. Perth has also made the occasional appearance in the top ten list. Sydney is considered as one of the most affordable cities. Average rental prices tend to be a little higher in Australia than the UK though if you are buying a house, Australia tends to be a bit less expensive, certainly in terms of price per square meter.

Arranging somewhere to live

It is hard to find suitable affordable housing in Australia’s big cities, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney. For rental property, you will need to go through an agent who will require at least two identification documents such as a passport and driving licence. If possible, you should provide references too.

Get your visa before you relocate to Australia

Getting the right visa is vital, and the process is a little more complicated than it might be. Australia publishes a skilled occupations list, and if you are qualified to work in one of these jobs and can meet the requirements, your first step is to register an expression of interest. Most people start with a temporary skilled visa allowing companies to sponsor employees for up to four years. If your job isn’t on the list, then you can always apply for a working holiday visa but this last for just six months.


Make sure that you standard UK vaccinations are up to date. These include measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus and polio. Although there is no danger of contracting yellow fever in Australia, you will need a yellow fever certificate. You are also advised to get vaccinated for hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis (JE), and tetanus.

Planning your move

If you are moving all your worlds goods to Australia, and there are lots of them, then your best way is to use a shipping container. Container shipping is the most affordable solution, though it takes a long time for your goods to arrive. Most container shipping companies provide a door to door shipping service from the UK to Australia, though it can be eight or more weeks before your goods arrive. If you are only transporting a small load, then you might consider air-freighting. While it costs considerably more,  it is also significantly faster.

Driving in Australia

Australia is one of the few countries in the world where you drive on the left. By far the majority of cars in Australia are automatics. When you arrive, you can use your UK driving licence; however, it is valid for just three months, and after that, you will need to get an Australian driving licence. Fortunately, there is no need to take another test; you can convert to an Australian licence by paying an administrative fee.

Living in Australia

With its glorious climate, mostly friendly locals, and its love of sport, living in Australia is a fantastic experience. Just be careful with all the poisonous spiders and snakes that turn up when you are least expecting them.

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