Author: Lauren

Expat’s Guide to Currency Exchange and Transferring Money Overseas

What every expat needs to know when transferring money internationally. Be sure to check out my post on how to open your Australian bank account before you leave. It goes hand in hand with this post as you will of course need a bank account to transfer funds into. All Expats Shop Around for the Best Deal The truth is you will probably end up, just like me, with accounts at each of the four companies I mention in this post, if not a few others too. I have transferred money with each one and will pick one over...

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Breakdown of What Our Australia Shipping Quote Included

A detailed breakdown of what was included in our shipping quote from Seattle to Sydney, Australia. I also discuss the different packing options, the difference between LCL shipments and FCL shipments and list out everything included in our Australia shipping quote.

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Getting to Know Your Australian Superannuation

The team at Nationwide Super provided Sydney Moving Guide the content for this post. So, you’re moving to Sydney, and you’ve heard about Australian Superannuation. But you’re unsure what it is and how it will affect you. Read on to understand the basics of the Australian superannuation scheme. Moving to Sydney to work and live is one of the most rewarding decisions a person can make. You will constantly meet people who initially came to Sydney on a working holiday visa a decade or more ago, and have now become Australian citizens because they’ve fallen in love with the...

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What You Need to Know About International Shipping Insurance

It is essential you understand what insurance your shipment qualifies for and how the cost is determined for replacing or repairing any damaged items. Many shipping companies will try and upsell you on insurance that your shipment does not qualify for. This is why finding an experienced international shipping company that is familiar with Australian relocations is so important. Unfortunately, you will not find out if your insurance actually covers your shipment until you need it. The Type of Insurance is Dependent on Who is Doing the Packing. Full Pack and “All Risk” Insurance Full pack service is when...

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How to Determine Your Salary in Sydney Before You Move

What are Salaries like in Sydney? The cost of living in Sydney is always a shock to anyone considering moving. The only way to offset this cost is to make sure you are earning enough to cover your expenses and, if at all possible, save some money for fun things like travel and exploring your new home country. But how do you found out what the salary range is in Sydney? This week’s Mailbox Monday is all about resources to help you out when you’re negotiating your salary in Sydney. Today’s Email My husband has been interviewing with a...

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The World’s Most Relaxing Commute

Taking the ferry to work is one of the pleasures of living in Sydney Our second year of living in Australia, we moved to Kurraba Point located on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. Each day we took the ferry into the city and it was the best way to start the day. Why? First off, taking public transport instead of driving in morning traffic takes away that everyday stress of just getting to work. You’re not stuck in your car for 30 mins to an hour being ticked off by the drivers around you jocking for the faster lane or...

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This One Tip Will Help You Find an Apartment in Sydney Faster

Finding an Apartment in Sydney Without Knowing the City When we arrived in Sydney we had no idea where to begin looking for an apartment. In fact, I didn’t even realize that rentals are listed by weekly rent, not monthly. Imagine my shock when that $650 per month was really $650 per week. Whole new ball game. As part of our relocation package from the company that hired my husband, we had only two weeks at a hotel paid for, after that we were on our own. That meant two weeks to get to know the city, figure out...

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Every Expat Living in Sydney Remembers Their First Huntsman Spider

I use to send this story in an email to my newsletter subscribers but I got so many replies saying that the photo alone gave them a heart attack, I had to stop sending it out. It’s a good story and soon, after you’ve been living in Australia for a short while, you will hear many other spider stories as everyone has at least one. You might even have one of your own to tell. When that happens, remember this post and share your story in the comments below. On a very ordinary day, much like today… After a few...

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The Best Tip for Finding an Apartment in Sydney

Once you are familiar with the different suburbs of Sydney and have given your budget some thought, do a few searches on Domain.com.au to see what’s available. After a couple of searches you will start to recognise different rental agencies like LJ Hooker and Raine & Horne. Perhaps you have even seen the same real estate agent’s name a few times. Here is the Tip Write up a quick email stating your visa status and what kind of apartment you are looking for and your arrival date, or when you are looking to move in. Now take that email...

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Four Reasons Why Most People Do Not Move to Australia

Should you move to Sydney? I think it is safe to assume that you are visiting SMG because you are either planning a move to Sydney or are at least thinking about it. We’re happy to have you either way! When we moved to Australia in 2008, I remember searching endlessly online for information from international moving companies to Australian Visas. What made it even harder was that we were pretty much on our own. We didn’t know anyone living in Australia at the time or had ever been to Sydney. Most of our friends thought we were crazy....

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Three Reasons Why You Should Move to Sydney

“Why did you move to Australia?” I get asked this question a lot when I go back home to Seattle for a visit. The easy answer is “that’s where the job offer was” but what really made us decide to move was everyone we had talked to that had been to Sydney LOVED IT. Not just a “yeah, Sydney, it’s pretty cool” but more of a “Oh my God, Sydney is awesome! It’s gorgeous there.” When we asked if they would move to Sydney the response was always “In a heartbeat!”. Warning: You may never return home. That might...

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Where to Live in Sydney with a One Year Old That is Close to the City for Commuting

Best Sydney suburbs for expats with small children that are close to Central Station. “What neighbourhood in Sydney should we live?” has to be the single most common question I get. It’s also one of the hardest questions to answer because, well for one, Sydney is a large city with many different neighbourhoods. But also, because each suburb has its own unique feeling. Often when I ask, the person asking hasn’t really give me that much info about them for me to give a full, thoughtful answer. That’s not the case below. There is enough info for me to...

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What’s the Best Neighborhood in Sydney for Dogs?

Post Filed Under: Sydney Moving Guide > Moving to Australia with Pets > Pet-Friendly Rentals Today’s Email Hi Lauren, I too, am moving to Sydney in September from Seattle! I loved reading your story. I am bringing my Rhodesian Ridgeback Knox and am nervous that I am not finding many terrace spaces that accept dogs. I would like to rent near the train since I won’t have a car. Which neighborhoods are the most pet-friendly and most convenient for public transport? My budget is ~$800.00 per week. Thank you in advance! Lauren’s Reply So love it when a Seattle-ite...

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Private Primary Schools in Parramatta: Cost, Age Cutoff and Resources

Do private schools in Sydney also have an age cutoff? How much does tuition cost at a private school? Today’s email is from a parent moving to Parramatta from India and considering sending his Kindergartener to a private primary school instead of a public school due to the age cutoff. Today’s Email I am finding that schools in Parramatta are not considerate of the cut-off or location putting me in a very difficult situation whether I will be able to secure a public school (Kindy) for my daughter next year (Jan 2016). My daughter could perhaps start school next...

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Top Transportation Options for Expats Moving to Sydney

The team at Stratton provided Sydney Moving Guide the content for this post. Moving to Sydney can make for a huge life adjustment if you’ve moved from a far-flung international destination to Australian shores. It’s one thing to arrive in Australia as an expat, however, it’s a whole different ball game to adapt to the Australian way of life and get by when you’re completely unfamiliar with everything around you. Transportation options and availability are a major consideration when relocating to new country. Unlike other major cities across the world, Sydney’s harbourside location can make getting around quick tricky!...

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Tips from a Recruiter for Finding Sponsorship for Australia

So you want a job that offers sponsorship for Australia? Well, you’re going to need a strategy and you have to qualify for an Australian sponsorship visa but which one? Temporary Sponsored Visas vs Permanent Sponsored Visas Did you know that companies prefer temporary short term visas to skilled permanent visas like the 186 visa? Ok, so maybe you already knew that but I didn’t and I was a little surprised. I thought that the “temporary” part would be a detriment to getting sponsorship. I mean, don’t companies want to fill positions permanently? Well, they do but they aren’t...

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Pet Friendly Rentals in Sydney

Post Filed Under: Sydney Moving Guide > Moving to Australia with Pets > Pet-Friendly Rentals Are You Moving to Sydney with Your Cat or Dog? This week’s Mailbox Monday post is about finding Pet-Friendly Rentals in Sydney. Today’s Question: My husband has already relocated to Sydney and has been chatting with his co-workers about rental properties. He was surprised to learn that it will be very difficult to find a rental with our cat (just one). His co-workers said that lying about pet ownership is common on rental applications and recommended that we take this route. I don’t feel...

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