Moving to Australia
Last year, Australia was voted the best country in the world to live so it’s no wonder you might be thinking of moving to Australia.
Once you’ve made the decision to move to Australia, there are a few things worth considering before embarking on this exciting journey. We’ve put together some useful information to help you along the way.
All foreigners moving to Australia to live, work or study will need the appropriate visa. There are several visas available so it’s important to make sure you apply for the correct one, and fulfill all the requirements to be successful in your application. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection offers all the information you require, along with application forms and fees of each visa. With a visa, you are now able to enter Australia legally.
Where to live
Not only are we the best country to live in, but we also have 5 cities in the top 10 in the world according to the same Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) survey. Do your research based on your wants and needs, keeping in mind that property can be very expensive to rent or buy. To find accommodation, use local real estate websites to help make moving to Australia easier.
Where to work
Find a job on Seek, Indeed or look directly on interesting companies’ websites.
Even though your qualifications may have been recognised officially by the government as part of the migration process, individual employers might not understand how they relate to the Australian equivalent. Always put the Australian equivalent of your qualification on applications. If you’re a professional, you might benefit from having your qualifications recognised or translated into the Australian equivalent. For a free Government assessment of qualifications go to: www.expatfocus.com
Meet people and get involved in the community
Use resources like Timeout to see what’s happening in your area and try meeting people from your community by joining sporting or cultural clubs. There’s always something going on that you can get involved in and that’s the best way to meet people and be accepted into the community.
Setup your Medicare account
If you’re an Australian resident or a certain category of visitor, you may qualify for Medicare, the national medical services provider. This allows to get free or reduced-fee medical assistance during your stay in Australia.
Life is good in Australia, enjoy it!