Moving to Australia? – 9 Important Things to Take Care of While Settling Down
Australia is a beautiful country housing over 20 million people which makes up about 0.33% of the world population. With liveable cities, laid back lifestyle, beautiful beaches, blue skies, and more than 100 national parks, it is ranked sixth among the best countries in the world. Over the years it has experienced huge migration rates from around the world and neighbouring New Zealand.
Moving to a new country and home can be quiet stressful and daunting. Moving to Australia may be less daunting but not without effort and stress. Sorting out most of your immigration needs before you reach Australia can help you settle down quickly and adjust to the lifestyle.
In order to adjust and become a part of the country, there are other basic checks you need to take care of once you move into the country. It is important that you plan for them before you move. These checks include…
#1. Great Accommodation
Most immigrants book temporary accommodation in Australia before moving. There are various options such as Airbnb accommodation, a hostel, or even a hotel. However, once you arrive and settle down, it is best to look for a better and more comfortable accommodation in order to save money. You can go for a furnished, partly furnished, or unfurnished apartment depending on the amount you can spare. Most apartments require at least a month’s deposit so ensure you have enough money. You may also need a reference for your previous job or location in New Zealand. Go for apartments with air conditioning to help you sleep better as the weather is always hot in Australia.
#2. Better Job
Getting a well-paying job in Australia can be a bit difficult in some cities besides Sydney and Melbourne. You should have a CV that is well-recognized in Australia and plans to begin job-hunting once you get to the country. You can also search for suitable jobs online in the city where you reside. You need a good job in order to beat the high cost of living in Australia.
#3. Tax File Number (TFN)
This is very essential especially if you desire to work comfortably in Australia. The TFN is the Australian equivalent of an IRD number. Without a TFN, you will be taxed heavily. Once you settle down in the country, you should try to sort out your tax. Unlike a bank account which you can open from anywhere, you can only apply for this when you are in Australia. With your TFN, the proper amount you will pay as tax will be deducted from your income.
If you are relocating with your family, a good school for your kids is one of the things you should put into consideration. There are many good schools in Aussie. If you wish to enrol your child in a state or Catholic school, do well to check the catchment areas. You should also consider the distance from your home to the school. Check to make sure there is a public transport route if the school is far. Australian educational curriculum will let you know when to enrol your child into a school. For university education, there are great universities like Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, and the University of Newcastle among others.
#5. Health Insurance
Australia offers free healthcare (Medicare) to citizens and permanent residents. Medicare, however, does not cover people who move to Australia with temporal work or study visa. Without health insurance, you may find healthcare very expensive and overwhelming in Australia. If you are on a temporal visit, you should purchase the overseas visitors cover. You can go for private medical costs insurance which will cover for hospital admission and doctors’ fees among others. Once you become a permanent resident (with a visa), you will be entitled to Medicare.
#6. Learn the Accent
Just like most countries, the main language in Australia is English. Of course, you need to prove you are fluent in English before obtaining a visa. But in order to feel welcome and interact with neighbours, you should learn the Australian accent. Take note of the slangs that are used frequently and understand them. Avoid the use of words which are considered offensive in Australia. It will help you to meet new people, communicate well at the market and make your stay even more enjoyable.
#7. Get your Driving License
According to Australian law, you must have a license and your vehicles properly registered with the government before hitting the road. Driving without these is illegal and you can be fined heavily. Driving regulations vary from state to state and you may be allowed to drive with an overseas license in some states. Temporal visitors are permitted to use their current foreign driver's license as long as it’s not expired. You must also adhere to the state driving rules and regulations, not drive with a suspended or withdrawn license, and drive only the vehicles permitted by your license.
#8. Buy a Pass for Public Transport
To be able to board public transport you need to have a pass. The pass you should get depends on the city you are. For instance, in Sydney and environs you need to get the Opal Card; for Melbourne and regional Victoria, there is the Myki pass. Gold Coast, Brisbane and all other major suburbs in Queensland make use of the Go card. Other cities have their public transport passes too.
#9. Get a Postal Address
You can use the address of your temporal location or rent a post box till you can secure permanent accommodation. But in order to make sure you do not miss an important correspondence, you should get a postal address as you as you secure permanent accommodation.
Australia is a great place to live in, and you’ll not have any regrets once you settle down and become part of the continent. Before you move, make a checklist of all important things you need to take care of in Australia including these, and have them sorted out as soon as you can. This will save you from embarrassment and trouble during your first few months in Australia.
About the Author
Ahoy there! The name’s Kevin Smith, the proprietor of this little travel and outdoors blog. The outdoors has always been a passion of mine since I was a kid as my parents were avid campers themselves. They taught me everything I know when it comes to camping, hiking etc. and I would like to do my part by imparting my know-how to like-minded individuals who enjoy the same hobby as me. I started this website in the hopes of helping other people when it comes to answering questions, giving tips and recommendations focusing on the camping niche. Along with some close friends of mine, we are here to help you make the most out of your outdoor experience. Enjoy your stay and enjoy the wild side!