Relocating to Australia can look like an immense task. Moving to a country, and a continent, on the other side of the world is a tough and brave call to make. It’s very popular with the young, who take up jobs on the farms and other menial work. However, most people move out there for the sun and to start again.
thesqua.re has serviced apartments in Melbourne and Sydney that provide exceptional amenities and a homely atmosphere. With no landlord or deposit, these are the real deal to enjoying Australia rather than some bog standard rental.
Here are our tips to help you relocate to Australia:
Take plenty of sun cream
With average temperatures nearing 30 degrees, be sure to bring plenty of sun protection. You don’t want to be caught out or become ill. Bearing in mind some temperatures reach near 50 degrees (or maybe more considering the rise in temperatures over the years), bring what you need or be sure to pick up sun protection up when you land.
Make sure you have the right visa
Australia has its infamous points system as well as its rigorous visa system. Be sure you have the right visa though. This largely depends on your purpose for moving to Australia (study, work etc.) and where you’re from. There are plenty of official sites out there that have all the info you need to get the right visa. Start digging.
Change your driver’s license
Assuming you already have an overseas driver’s license, you’ll need to obtain a state driving license within the first 3 months of your arrival to continue driving. If your visa is temporary, then you’ll be able to drive on your overseas license for 12 months before you need to obtain a new one.
Open a new bank account
Bring all your identification documents with you when you open up an account – you won’t be able to open one up if you cannot prove your identity. You’ll need your visa as well, just to be on the safe side. Once completed, you’ll be able to withdraw funds and deposit savings at your leisure.
Choose a removals company
Getting your goods and belongings from home to Australia needs the assistance of a great removals team. There are loads online that can be of assistance. Your best bet is finding a comparison site. From Compare My Move to bestglobalmovers.com you’ll easily find the right team that will get your goods to the other side of the world without an issue.
Sort out your healthcare
There are two options for healthcare in Australia; Medicare and Private Healthcare Insurance. Medicare is something that all permanent visa holders and Australian citizens all benefit from and covers free treatments. You’ll have to register for Medicare when you arrive and it is recommended that you visit a Medicare office during the first 7 to 10 days after you arrive. You may be required to take out private healthcare insurance depending on your visa. There are a variety of coverage options to choose from, and it requires some searching. However, you should check out Bupa and iSelect before you start your search as they are quite popular choices.
Get the right accommodation
The right accommodation can make or break your relocation. You need a place that gives you all you need from Australian culture as well as a place to come back and relax in after a long day. Serviced accommodation is the way to go as you don’t have to pay a deposit or deal with a landlord, ensuring stress is relieved. What’s more is that the serviced apartment will come fully furnished, meaning you won’t need to bring all your furniture with you.
Learn to surf
You read that right; learn to surf. With its chilled and relaxed culture, you can’t really enjoy Australia unless you’re a wizard of the waves (or at least try to be). It’s a fun way to pass the time and can be a hugely rewarding experience. Hop on a board and get surfing before you go or make friends that can show you how.