Moving Interstate and Overseas
Moving interstate or overseas is an incredibly exciting experience but one that requires strong planning. So, here are some tips you may wish to consider to help the transition.
Before the Move
- Go through your possessions and sort out what you will be packing to take interstate.
- Throw out or sell anything that you don’t intend on taking with you.
- If there are items you still want to keep but don’t have the room for, organise storage options.
- Figure out how you will be getting to your new home – fly or drive.
- Decide if you will need to organise a hotel, you may not be able to move into your new home straight away.
- Make sure you wash any dirty clothes before the move to reduce the amount of things to do once you reach your new home.
- Empty, defrost and clean your fridge and freezer. Give away any food that cannot be taken with you.
- Consider getting cars serviced before the move.
- Make sure you label boxes by room and clearly label what is in each box. This will make unpacking much easier.
- Make sure all the bags you are taking with you are kept separate so that they are not confused with and loaded into the moving truck.
- Carry all important items with you such as passports, cash, and other important papers.
- Turn off the gas at the meter and electricity at the switchboard.
- Leave a note with your forwarding address for the new occupants.
- After everything is inside the moving truck, do a final walkthrough.
- Lock all windows and doors before leaving.
After the Move
- Go for a walk around your new neighbourhood and familiarise yourself with the closest parks, schools and shopping centres.
- Find out about any social or sporting clubs in your new neighbourhood. Join some clubs and meet people from around the area.
- Make sure you unpack everything carefully and take note of any items that were damaged during transit for insurance purposes.
- Get rid of empty boxes as soon as possible, call your council to find out pick up times for recyclables.
Moving to Australia from overseas
Moving to a different country is daunting. Once you have made the big decision to actually move to another country, there are many things you need to think about before jetting off. Take a look at some of our tips below to help make the transition as easy and stress free as possible.
Before the Move
- Organise a Visa. This doesn’t relate to moving interstate but if you want to move to Australia, you will need to obtain a Visa. There are different visas depending on the reason why you are moving to Australia. Use the government’s handy visa wizard (http://www.immi.gov.au/visawizard/) to figure out which one is best for you.
- Take care of all your financial matters.
- Make sure all your tax is under control – tell your family and friends of any details they may need to know in order to take care of this for you.
- Close any bank accounts you won’t be using.
- Open new bank accounts in the new country – this may be easier to do once you have moved.
- Important documents. Make sure you have copies of all your important documents including birth certificate, visa, marriage certificate, any medical documentation and any relevant work records. It’s also handy to leave a photocopy of your passport with family at your home town in case of emergencies.
- Travel plans. Ensure that you have all your travel sorted early. Your travel dates will determine the rest of your plans.
- Job opportunities. If the reason you are moving (either moving interstate or overseas) is separate to your career, make sure you have a look at job prospects before you go. You don’t want to move and not be able to afford your living costs.
- Transfer your license. If you are planning to drive in Australia, you will need to transfer your driving license. Depending on where you are moving interstate to, there are different rules. Follow the links below to find out more.
- NSW (http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/)
- VIC (http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/Licences/NewToVictoria/)
- WA (http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/licensing/20393.asp)
- SA (http://www.sa.gov.au/subject/Transport,+travel+and+motoring/Motoring/Interstate+and+international+motorists)
- QLD (http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Licensing/Visitors-and-new-residents/International-drivers.aspx)
- If your license was gained in a non-English speaking country, your application for transfer will need to be accompanied by an English translation. This translation is usually at the license holder’s cost.
- Insurance. Make sure you purchase travel insurance before you leave. Also consider purchasing other insurance such as health, contents and car (if considering buying a car).
- Find a place to live. Browse your areas of interest and the local rental properties.
During the move
- Go through and decide what belongings you want to bring along with you to Australia. Try to sell off any items you know you won’t use. If you are planning to move back home, leave belongings that you want to keep, but won’t need whilst you’re in Australia.
- Make sure you check that you can bring everything – customs in Australia is very strict, and you don’t want to run the risk. Check the Australian and Quarantine Services (AQIS) to find out how to bring your belongings to Australia. It is very important that you stick to these rules, as the Australian environment is unique and free from many diseases found in other parts of the world. In order to protect the environment, the government has to be very strict with what comes into the country.
- When you’re packing, make sure you clean the items as you go along. This will reduce the change of your items being rejected by customs.
- Make sure you label your boxes properly. You don’t want to lose any. Putting your new address and a valid phone number on the boxes will help if any are misplaced.
- You will most likely use a removalist company, which will know all about the forms required to transport goods to Australia.
- Be aware that you may be charged for some goods to enter the country. Make sure you check the AQIS website thoroughly so you can avoid this.
- Make sure you have some local currency on you and remember that money exchanges are in every airport.
After the Move
- Organise Medicare: If you hold New Zealand citizenship, or if you have applied for a permanent Visa, you may be eligible for Medicare.
- Familiarise yourself with your local area: Go for a walk around the city and around your home; get to know where your local shops are, nearest medical facilities and any other amenities you will need.
- Join clubs to meet new people: Join classes, the gym or sports clubs to meet new people in your area.