You're Moving to Australia, Yay! Are You Excited? Overwhelmed?
Or maybe a bit of both with a dash of AM-I-REALLY-GOING-TO-DO-THIS sprinkled on top?
What You Need to Know, 12 Months Before You Go.
There’s only one way to stop feeling overwhelmed and silence any thoughts of self-doubt. It’s time to get organized!
My Australia Moving Checklist is 39 pages, packed full of resources, plus you'll get access to my Private Facebook Group with over 2,147 members. AND IT'S FREE.
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Hi, I'm Lauren, and I've Helped Thousands of People DIY Their Move to Australia.
I started blogging about my move to Australia from the USA back in 2009.
After only a few months of blogging, my inbox was overflowing with questions about how we moved to Australia. The more I wrote, the more questions I got until I wasn't able to keep up. That's when I created Sydney Moving Guide.
My goal is to create a single resource where you can find answers to all your questions and have access to a community of expats, both moving and currently living in Australia, for recommendations on everything from international shipping companies to where to live.
So Let's Get Started!
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It's completely free, no strings attached. And you'll get access to my private Facebook group. (*details on page 2 of the checklist.)
My Facebook group has a good mix of members who are also getting started with their move to Australia and expats currently living in Australia, not just in Sydney, for several years now. It's a great place to get recommendations and answers to all your questions from where to live, school enrollment, the cost of daycare, and moving to Australia with a dog or three dogs and a cat.
Everything You Need for Your Move to Australia
Not Sure You Should Move to Australia?
It’s a big decision and can be a lengthy process. Will all the time and money it’s going to cost be worth it?
Yes, this is going to take some time and a lot of patience. As for the cost of moving, you won’t have to pay for everything at once so you can start budgeting for your move now.
But, is it going to be worth it? I can tell you that most expats living in Australia never want to leave. And if they do, it’s with a very heavy heart.
Sorting Out Your Finance Before Moving
When we moved to Australia, we made several very costly mistakes with our finances from choosing a bank to transferring money.
Please, take the time to estimate how much in savings you will need when you arrive and the best way to transfer those funds to Australia before you move.
Luckily, this can all be done online, months before you leave home. It just might be the easiest part of your move and well worth it.
Packing & Shipping Your Household to Australia
Packing up and shipping your belongings to Australia is going to cost more than you think. Not just to have everything shipping to Australia, but also the fees when your shipping container arrives in Australia.
Always, always, always, get an in-house moving quote from the international shipping company. Don’t try to estimate the size of your shipment yourself. It’s best to have someone who has a good understanding of what can fit in a 20 ft or 40 ft shipping container walk with you through your house and see everything you want to ship to Australia.
Finding a Job in Australia
After reading my cost of living in Australia posts, most people hit the panic button.
The next thing they do is one of the biggest mistakes I see.
They start to apply for every job in Australia advertised in their field. Then they get more panicked when they don’t hear anything back. Complete radio silence.
Why don’t they hear anything back? Well for one, they're applying from overseas and two, they don't have an Australian formatted resume.
Renting Your First Place in Australia
The rental market in Australia can be very competitive.
To give yourself an advantage, you’ll need to figure out where in Australia you want to live and what you can afford.
This isn’t as easy as it sounds.
For example, there are over 600 suburbs in Sydney.
(Yeah, Sydney’s huge.)
Besides price and location, there are other factors you need to consider like commute times and local Australian schools.
Moving to Australia with Kids
Mom, Dad, I know you’re worried and have tons of questions. Most of the emails I get are about schools and daycare in Australia.
The good news is the answers to your questions can be found either here or by asking in the Facebook group. Majority of the group is expat parents that have successfully enrolled their kids in an Australian school and can help with the process.
The bad news is you will have to wait until you are in Australia to enroll your kids in a public school. But don’t worry, you’ll have all your research done and know exactly what to expect.
Moving to Australia with Pets
Moving to Australia with your dog or cat is expensive, like first-class expensive.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to enjoy first-class with your pets because of Australia’s strict quarantine policy.
In Australia, your pets will be quarantined for at least 10 days after they arrive. No, that’s not quarantined at a hotel or your house. And yes, that’s the minimum if all the paperwork is correct and they’re vaccines are up-to-date.
The whole process takes over 6 months BEFORE they arrive in Australia.
Quick Guides to Australia Visas
There is one thing that you absolutely must have before you leave home.
A valid visa for Australia.
It doesn’t matter if you’re moving or going to Australia for vacation, you need to have a visa to enter the country.
There are so many different visas for Australia that it’s hard to cover all of them.
Instead, I focus mainly on Australian work visas for skilled migrants.