Moving to Australia
This article below provides you with a list of handy resources while in Australia or while planning for the move to Australia. Requirements such as housing, childcare, job search, transportation are important aspects you need to sort out and hopefully the information be handy for you while moving to Australia.
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 on a weekly basis. Searching for properties (for renting or buying) can be done online via the two main websites:
Real estate cost 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
Finding the right childcare centre, preschool or after school care is important and it’s always handy to have a tool which allows you to search for childcare near your planned residence or work address.
Service NSW is one such websites in New South Wales 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.
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.
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 by an Australian employer.
- 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 health insurance cover as the public system does not cover certain procedures and there may be a large waiting list in hospitals for elective treatments.
For more information on the public health system (Medicare), please refer to Services Australia.
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.
7. Help with your visa while moving to Australia
There are times when you may need help to navigate through the complexity around Australian visa rules. If you need help or would like to discuss your individual circumstances with us, please feel free to contact us on 04 9030 6632 or via email [email protected].