Moving to Australia
This article below provides you a list of handy resources while in Australia or while planning for the move. Requirements such as housing, childcare, job search, transportation etc. are important aspects you need to sort out and hopefully the information below proves handy.
1. Housing / Real-estate
Australia has had a long housing boom resulting in very expensive housing for its two most populous cities, Sydney and Melbourne. Rents in Australia are advertised as a weekly rent. Searching for properties (for renting or buying) can be done online via the two main websites
Real estate costs is a very important consideration if you are thinking of moving to Australia, specially moving to Sydney or Melbourne. The high rental costs can be a strain to your budgets.
2. Finding Childcare, Preschool or after school care ( Childcare centre)
Finding the right childcare centre , preschool or after school care is important and its always handy to have a tool which allows you to search for childcare near your planned residence or work address.
(Spot A Childcare) is one such website which helps you search for childcare centres in your area and also displays vacancies, their quality ratings and provides an easy option to get in touch with a Childcare provider.
An alternative option to a formal childcare centre is the family day care option. Family Day Care is an approved form of child care that is provided in the family day care educators own home. The website ‘Spot A Childcare’ (www.spotachildcare.com.au) also lists family day care, preschool and after school care.
Australian government provides childcare rebates for citizens and permanent residents to encourage participation of women in the workforce and reduce the country’s skill shortage. After real estate Childcare costs can be the 2nd biggest component of your expenses depending upon your circumstances. Please
3. Job Search
Searching for jobs is done usually online or through recruitment agencies. Online options include Linkedin and seek.com.au . Many candidates move to Australia after being offered a job.
- NSW (Sydney)Transport
- Victoria Transport (Melbourne)
- Western Australia Transport (Perth)
- Northern Territory Transport
- Queensland Transport
- Tasmania Transport
- South Australia (Adelaide) Transport
- Canberra Transport
Most Australian cities have good transport infrastructure. There are many ways to plan your transportation trips online and various state governments have their online portal which lists transport options when you provide you’re from and to plans.
Additionally Australian cities are well connected by roads and air transport. Major airlines such Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar, Tiger Air operate on most routes.
Driving in Australia is fairly standard with well-maintained roads and good street signs. Similar to most Commonwealth nations, cars are driven on the right side of the road.
5. Medical / Healthcare
Australia’s heath system is one of the best in the world. For Australian citizens and permanent residents the public system is largely free. It is recommended to have a private insurance cover as the public system does not cover certain procedures and there may be a large wait list in hospitals for elective treatments. For more information on the public health system (Medicare), please refer to the website https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/subjects/medicare-services#a1
6. Tipping in Australia
Tipping is not expected in most restaurants other than some fine dining restaurants. It’s only customary to tip if you have had an excellent experience in a restaurant.
- Sydney suburb profile
- Melbourne suburb profile
- Brisbane suburb profile
- Perth suburb profile
- Parramatta suburb profile
- Sutherland shire suburb profile
7. Suburb Profiles focused around family friendliness
Finding the right suburb to stay for your family depends on your preferences and various factors as outlined in this blog article . To check out suburb profiles for some of the Australian Suburbs check out the below
If you are moving to Australia as a student, checkout the article ‘New National Code of Practice for education providers .