15 Useful Tips on how to move to Australia, all from people who have made the move:
- Put all important paper work in a travel file, including birth and marriage certificates, mortgage and bank statements, your driver's licence and any insurance policy documents you have.
- It's useful to have certified copies of your identification documents as well as electronic copies, as you may need to email these if you need to secure a tenancy agreement.
- Gather up any doctor or dentist files as well as a copy of any optical prescriptions. If you have children, make sure you get a copy of their immunisation records.
- If you need medication, make sure you have enough to last until you find a new doctor in Australia.
- Bring copies of your children's school reports and your resume, including work references and qualifications. Scan and save these documents to a USB memory stick to reduce the amount of paperwork you're travelling with.
- Finalise and close any utility accounts such as power, gas, internet and phone. Make sure you've supplied a forwarding address for the final statements.
- Consider closing your bank accounts. You may like to leave a fee free or low fee account open for any last minute banking. Ensure your signing authority is up to date and you're able to provide email or fax instructions if possible.
- Cancel your insurances where relevant, including house, contents and car. Also review your life insurance - check if it's valid overseas.
- Bring your superannuation or pension documents and ensure you have the up to date statements showing balances. Check to see if these can be transferred to Australia.
- Redirect your mail and be sure to advise remaining contacts of your new address.
- Set up an independent email address (such as with Gmail) and transfer your existing address book over before you leave. You might also like to save this to a USB memory stick as well.
- Contact your accountant to obtain any taxation advice you might need and advise them of your intending relocation and new address.
- Advise your solicitor of your intended move and provide them with your new contact details. This might also be a good time to ensure your will is up to date.
- If you're intending to rent in Australia, it's a good idea to obtain a reference letter. If you've rented previously, get a letter from the property manager or owner of the property. If you own a rental property, obtain a reference letter from your property manager. Alternatively, obtain a personal reference letter.
- If you're intending to rent, make sure you've budgeted for at least 6-8 weeks rent as most rental properties require four weeks deposit as well as monthly payments in advance.
This article covers general information about Moving to Australia , and doesn't take your individual circumstances into account. Please use it as a guide only.