Moving To The Land Of Oz As A Family: 10 Useful Tips
We can’t ignore the fact that Australia has been one of the most popular destinations for people from all over the world. On top of all of its spectacular nature, friendly and welcoming environment, cultural diversity, Australia also offers a lot of career opportunities followed by high health and educational standards.
If you are planning on moving to Australia with your family, here are 10 tips that could be useful down the road.
First things first- visa. Applying for the visa takes up to 6-7 months, so you better start early. Depending on the reasons you’re moving to Australia, there are different types of visa. Consulting some of the best immigration lawyers will make this difficult process a whole lot easier, so you can focus on other things that only you can do, like:
2. Tax File Number (TFN)
This is your personal reference number in Australian tax system. If you plan on working while living in Australia, you will need one of these. An application is free and can be done online once you’ve obtained your working visa.
Copy everything. From everyone’s birth certificate, identification documents, mortgage and bank statements, to children’s immunization records, dentist files, optical prescriptions, their school records and your resume. Put it all on one USB stick, or upload it to cloud. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Australia is a country with a wide range of climate conditions, from winterly mountains to golden beaches. Suit yourself, but bare in mind that the sunny parts are really sunny. It’s not unusual for the temperatures to reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). It can get pretty hot, considering that ozone layer above Australia is thinner than usual. So you will have to follow their 1980’s ’Slip Slop Slap’ campaign. Slip on a shirt, slop some sunscreen on your cheeks and shoulders and slap on a sombrero or a fedora, we don’t care, as long as it’s a hat.
5. Choosing a city
There are a lot of factors to consider before making this decision. First, think about your employment options. Consult some of the job recruitment sites for the evaluation of your worth on the Australian market. There are different job profiles depending on the unemployment rate, which varies from place to place. This alone can influence your decision greatly.
Next, take some time to learn about Australian educational system. Get useful information about the system and some particular high schools and colleges your children might attend. Get them involved in the process as well. It will make them feel like they are in control and will make a whole process a lot easier for them.
6. Moving things
You can arrange for some things to be shipped to your new home. It can take some time, but this will make things easier. Just make sure you have everything you need for 2-3 months by your side.
There’s no need to bring everything you own. As much as we tend to get attached to material things, most of them are replaceable. Use the internet to compare the prices of electrical devices, furniture, and houseware. Sometimes it is cheaper to sell most of your possessions and simply replace them with new ones once you settle. Make sure to bring what cannot be replaced, like photo albums, baby blankets, first toys, favorite coffee mug.
Unless you managed to buy a house or have some relatives in Australia you can stay with, it is most likely that you will be renting a house or an apartment for the first couple of months. There are a lot of home rental websites that can help you with your research. Since there are many things to consider, like the number of rooms, backyard space, parking space etc., these custom-search websites may come of use. Asking your former landlord for a reference wouldn’t be a bad idea. It can only come as a plus!
8. Moving pets
If you’re moving with family, this often implies transporting pets. Once you place your dog or cat in a carrier and reach Australian soil, you will learn that Australia is a very pet-friendly environment. They are allowed in the majority of public areas. The places that don’t allow pets or require a leash have clear signs stating their policy. Since February 2014, quarantine period for pets has been significantly cut down to approximately 10 days after the import. In order to collect all the information you need, visit International Pet and Animal Transportation Association’s website to make sure you got it all right.
9. Health insurance
If you’re a permanent visa holder, you can apply for a Medicare card. However, if you are not eligible for this type of visa, there are some private health insurance options you could explore.
You can apply for a bank account online, so you can transfer some of your money prior to moving. Don’t forget to calculate how much money you will be needing, including rent for the first couple of months plus a deposit, children’s daycare, public transport costs, everyday living costs etc.
Hopefully, some of these will help you on your journey of moving to Australia. Once you’re done with the technicalities, papers, and unpacking, you will realize it was all worth it and enjoy your new life in this beautiful country.