Information About Moving To Australia

Settling in AustraliaMaking the decision to move to Australia can be life changing, for the better, but if you aren’t prepared for the process and the move itself, you might land yourself in the middle of a bit nightmare. That’s why you need to know what you’re getting into before you get started. Making the move to the great Down Under isn’t exactly easy, but if it’s something you’ve dreamed of and it’s something you want to do, then let us help you get your things in order so that you can avoid all the problems along the way.

Basic Requirements

The first thing you should know about the country of Australia is the fact that a visa will be required if you want to stay or work in the country. There are a number of different kinds of visas, and not all of them will allow you the right to work. In Australia, it is considered a privilege to work rather than an outright right to people, so you’ll need to get the right visa if you plan on moving there for the long term. While there are visitor visas that are available to those who just want to visit, or even retire in the country, these visas may not grant you the right to work at all.

Permanent visas that would allow you to permanently settle in Australia are granted only to those who are skilled, with a post-secondary certificate or degree. They must have some work experience and present with good English skills. While those without good English skills are potentially able to obtain provisional visas that may lead to permanent types, only the permanent version will allow a person to live and work in the country for a long period of time.

In order to get this kind of a visa, you will have to fill out an application and submit it to the Department of Immigration. Be prepared to pay a fee in Australian dollars, even if your application is denied. If it is approved, however, you will have to submit both a health check that ensures you are in good health, and a character check from the local police, which will convey to the Department of Immigration that you are of good character. If you’ve lived in multiple countries during the last ten years, you’ll need to submit one of these character checks for each location.

Your Pets

Australia is a bit unique in the fact that they don’t have to deal with many of the common animal related diseases that many other countries suffer with. Because of that fact, they are pretty strict on what kinds of animals can be imported, where they can come from, and what kinds of vaccinations they need. Before you consider taking your pet, check the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service website to see if you currently live in a country that they allow imports from. If you live elsewhere, you can still import your animal, but you will have to import that animal to an approved country first and live there for six months before you can apply to import the animal to Australia.

The only animals generally allowed to be imported into the country are dogs, cats, and horses. Each animal must meet certain veterinary criteria, including a list of vaccinations, negative disease tests, and they must be micro chipped. Once all of this is complete, the AQIS will issue a document allowing import, which you can use to begin transport planning. Keep in mind that a minimum stay of thirty days in quarantine will be required once you and your pet are inside the borders of your new home country. Owners must arrange for quarantine accommodation prior to their arrival in the country.

What’s Next?

Now that you’ve applied for yourself and your pets, and both have been approved, it’s time to start planning the move itself. Start looking for a professional international moving company as soon as you’ve been approved. The sooner you start, the better off you will be. Finding the right mover will take time since there are so many companies out there. Be sure to get moving quotes from three or four at least so that you can compare the costs of the move. Once you’ve chosen a company, make sure that you consider the following:

  • What is their online reputation?
  • Do they offer liability or other insurance coverage? (If not, it’s not a deal breaker, but make sure you locate coverage elsewhere).
  • Are they familiar with the laws of moving in both your current country and Australia?
  • Can they provide you with a list of things you should not pack or cannot take with you?
  • How will the move be accomplished and what do you need to do? (Often, international movers will handle all aspects of the process).
  • Can you get a binding quote to limit the potential for price spikes on the other end of the move?

Once you’ve thoroughly considered these questions and vetted the moving company you want to use, sign the contract and set a date in stone so that you can move forward with the other aspects of the move that you’ll need to take care of.

Preparing to Leave

So you have approval to move, and you’ve hired a mover to take your things to your new home. Moving day is fast approaching, which means that things are about to get really busy. But there’s still a few things that you need to consider and take care of before you leave. One of the most important is gathering up the paperwork you’ll need to have with you when you cross the border into the country. This paperwork should include:

  • Certificates of birth and marriage
  • Social security cards
  • Passports or proof of citizenship
  • Employment and academic records
  • Insurance cards and proof of insurance
  • Living will
  • Medical and shot records
  • Documentation for pets

Keep this paperwork in a file or folder that is easy to carry with you and be extra careful not to lose it along the way. Having the proper paperwork will help the Department of Immigration process things a little faster once you arrive in the country.

You can prepare also by researching the banking, insurance, tax, and driving laws and requirements in Australia. You’ll need to check with your home country regarding your tax obligations, though you can open a bank account in Australia when you arrive or before you leave. Remember that the Australian dollar is different than any others, so check into the current exchange rate to prepare yourself. Get an international driver’s license before you leave your home country as well, as this can bridge the gap between when you arrive in the country and when you actually get a license to drive there.

Moving to Australia can be a complex task to take on, but if you consider these things and move forward carefully, there is no reason that this move can’t be as simple as any other domestic move. Keep these things in mind as you begin the process and let us help you find a mover who can make at least that aspect of the move simple.