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Head up! This is a long page full of resources to help you with your move to Australia, ranging from migration agents to tax accountants. I update this page often as I come across new resources when researching a post, so you might want to bookmark it for later.
I have also included businesses that I have referral partnerships with where I earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Some of my partners have generously agreed to special discounts for Sydney Moving Guide readers.
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Do you own a business or provide a service that helps people relocate to Australia? More on partnerships here.
The truth is you don’t need to know right now, for sure, what’s going with you. But you do have to get a shipping quote ASAP, especially now. Why? Because international moving companies need to schedule your move to Australia far in advance, some ask for 6 months in advance. Yes, COVID has changed everything, including international shipping.
Ship your luggage worldwide. For vacation, sports, relocation, students – everyone! SendMyBag offers fast and affordable door-to-door delivery of your bags and boxes to over 100 countries. Skip long lines at the airport and avoid paying extortionate airline baggage fees.
Yes, Luggage Forward and Send My Bag are very similar, but I wanted to include them both so you can compare prices. Even with my special discount for Send My Bag, Luggage Forward might work out to be better. It's worth checking.
Kelly Lloyd is the founder of AUREC and a member of my private Facebook Group! AUREC is one of few migration agencies to successfully achieve a Federal On-Hire Labour Agreement with the Department of Immigration. This agreement enables AUREC to sponsor overseas workers on the TSS Visa On-Hire Labour Agreement in contract or permanent roles. Contact AUREC for a free visa assessment.
Free Money Transfers for LIFE! I have referred over 4,000 expats and have yet to hear a negative review of OFX. They have excellent 24/7 customer service and can help you lock in an exchange rate up to 12 months before transferring any money to Australia. It's completely free to set up an account and get the ball rolling. This is something you need to do now because getting the best exchange rate is all about timing.
CurrencyFair lets you set the exchange rate you want to get. When you set up your account with CurrencyFair, you're joining an international marketplace along with other CurrencyFair customers that also want to transfer money. The marketplace matches you with other customers who want to buy the currency you're selling at the rate you've chosen. Simply set your rate, and wait for a match. It's free to set up an account, so you really don't have anything to lose.
Commonwealth Bank, known to Aussies as CommBank, is Australia’s largest bank. They offer a range of banking solutions – including the CommBank app which lets you bank on the go. You can also benefit from the Bank’s extensive branch and ATM network across Australia.
If you’re planning on moving to Australia you can find tips and guidance on CommBank’s Moving to Australia website.
Things you should know: Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 is a company incorporated in Australia with limited liability and subject to Australian regulation.
Opening an ANZ Access Advantage account is quick and easy, so you'll have one less thing to worry about before you leave. ANZ will email you within 2 days after you open an account with your account details.
Open a NAB Classic Banking account and an optional NAB iSaver account from overseas. Opening a bank account with NAB from overseas takes up to 3 business days.
Many expats moving to Sydney choose to go with a Catholic school rather than a public school, especially if they move on a 482 TSS visa or another temporary visa. This is because temporary visa holders are required to pay tuition for public school attendance. It is often the case that a private Catholic school charges the same tuition or maybe slightly more than the public school for temporary visa holders. The other benefit is there are no enrollment areas since they are private schools and not public.