Published On: Fri, Feb 9th, 2018

A Guide To Moving To Australia In 2018

Australia is such an amazing country. You’ve made the right call by deciding to move there. Of course, deciding that you want to do it is only the first step. How do you even begin to plan such a life-changing event? There’s so much to consider, and finding a new home in the land down under is only one of the many variables that will factor into this process. If you’re struggling to get started then this guide should help you to finally relocate to Australia this year.

Moving To Australia

Choose employment.

If you want to move to Australia this year then you probably need to think about choosing employment first. Money will be the biggest factor in this whole moving process. Perhaps a relocation of your business abroad is the whole reason that you’re moving to Australia in the first place. In that case, you probably don’t have to worry about this point because the employment side of your move is all sorted. If you haven’t given any thought to employment, however, then you probably should. You need money to live, no matter where you go in the world, but moving country is an expensive process in itself. That’s why you need to make sure you’ve got work lined up when you get to Australia. In fact, it’s going to be difficult or nearly impossible to move to the land down under unless you have some sort of job offer lying in wait for you. Still, there are certain other situations that can make it possible to move, and perhaps one of those applies to you. We’ll discuss that in the next point.

Get your visa.

Getting your visa is one of the most pressing matters that you need to address. You definitely need to address it before any of the following points on this list. Obviously, in order to move to Australia, you’re going to need a visa. If a job opportunity has presented itself in Australia then your very first step (before doing anything else in the moving process) should be to apply for an Employer Sponsored Migration visa. You can either apply for a Temporary Skilled Work visa and an Employer Nominated Scheme visa depending on your situation. This is something you need to sort out with your company so that you’ll be legally allowed to live and work in Australia for 4 years, at the very least. If you don’t have a specific job offer (because step one didn’t go too well) then you could apply for a Skilled Migration visa instead so as to give you a chance to search for a job when you arrive in the country (assuming you have the right qualifications or experience for available job vacancies). Of course, it’s better to have employment sorted before you move, as it’s a costly affair.

Nonetheless, there are other options for people wanting to move to Australia. If you’re a little younger (between the ages of 18 and 30) then you could even apply for a Working Holiday visa. You can’t work for the same company for more than half a year, but it’d give you the chance to travel around Australia and see new things if you’re looking for an experience rather than a fixed home. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you might be moving to Australia because you have a partner who lives there and you want this to become your fixed home; no more traveling to and from Australia. If marriage is on the cards then you could consider a de facto visa for the first couple of years and then apply for a permanent visa after living together for that amount of time. Obviously, it all depends on your situation and reasons for moving to Australia in the first place. You do need a visa of some variety, but the types of visa out there are varied and suit individuals of all backgrounds and motivations for moving.

Figure out your living situation.

Again, this all depends on your reason for moving. If you have a partner or family member waiting for you in Australia then you already know where you’re going to live. If you have a job opportunity lined up in a certain city then you already know where you’re going to live. If you don’t have a job lined up and you don’t know where to start then you should definitely consider moving to one of the major cities, such as Sydney, Melbourne, or Perth. There are so many more opportunities in those places, and it’s far easier to commute to and from a major city than some rural or isolated area.

Of course, knowing your destination is only part of the moving process. You need to think about selling your home in your current country of residence and buying a new home in Australia. If there’s a chance that you may one day move back home then you might want to consider renting out your old property rather than getting rid of it (this could also bring in a much-needed additional source of income). And, as for moving to a new country, if you don’t have a partner, friends, or family then it can be tricky to sort out your living situation. Starting with a clean slate is exciting but also scary. For starters, you can’t really view properties before you move to the country. You might want to stay out by staying in a hotel or a dirt-cheap hostel when you first move to Australia so that you can view properties in person and make a better decision.

Plan the actual move.

Once you’ve got your job lined up or, at the very least, got a visa and sorted out some form of accommodation, you’re ready for the big move. Well, actually, you’re not quite ready. You need to think about the logistics of moving all your worldly possessions to another country. This isn’t like going on a vacation. You’re not going to just pack a suitcase and a rucksack; you need to bring everything. You should do your research on available container services and make sure you pick one that will ship over your contents safely and securely. Obviously, you can keep absolute necessities on your person for the flight over, but the point is that you won’t be able to fit everything in that suitcase.