Australia is a lucky country. It has an abundance of sun, good natured people and one of the best economies in the world. You’ve made a great decision to move here, but then again, perhaps I am a little bias. However, before you start to enjoy everything Australia has to offer (and believe me, it’s a lot), you will have to undergo the difficult transition of relocating countries.
I won’t lie to you, it’s not going to be easy moving your entire life from one side of the globe to the other. You will experience doubts about whether you’re making the right decision. That’s only natural. Understand that those feelings will pass and when you do experience them, they can be contained if you adequately plan. This guide will give you an insight into things you will need to organise before you fly out.
If you’re a British citizen, you don’t need a visa to visit Australia, but if you want to work, you will need one. Here are the different visas you can apply for.
Working holiday visa – If you’re aged 18-30 and want to work and travel around Australia for a year, this visa would be ideal for you. It allows you to work for one employer for a maximum of 6 months. You can also extend this visa for another year if you complete 3 months of work in a rural area.
Partner visa – Are you in a long term relationship with an Aussie? Lucky you! This visa allows you to live in Australia as long as you can prove that you have been in a long term relationship with your partner.
Sponsorship – If you secure employment in Australia, employers are able to extend your stay by applying to the government for sponsorship. If successful, it will allow you to stay in the country or up to four years.
Graduate visa – Are you qualified in a profession that has a skill shortage in Australia? Great. Australia needs you! Apply for a graduate visa. If you’re under the age of 31, you can work for 18 months in your field.
More detailed info can be found on the Australian Immigration site.
Deciding where to live
This decision should not be made lightly and will largely depend on where you can secure work and which city you want to live in. It is for this reason that you should come for a visit 12-18 months prior to the move. It will give you a feel for the cities and will help you ascertain employment opportunities. To do a bit of research about potential employment, I suggest jumping onto www.seek.com.au.
To help you with your planning, let’s have a look at three capital cities of Australia.
Sydney – Sydney is the biggest and most densely populated city in Australia. It is a busy city with a large corporate sector, similar in ways to London.
Melbourne – Widely considered to be the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne has an exquisite blend of live entertainment, restaurants and sporting events. The weather is considered by many Australians to be miserable. That means people from the U.K should feel right at home.
Perth – Perth is currently experiencing an economic boom thanks to the mining industry. It also has more sunny days per year than any other city in Australia. It is a lovely place if you’re a fan of the outdoors.
This is a difficult subject to give advice on and will depend on circumstances. Due to the cost, it might make economic sense to sell to everything (except what you can fit into your luggage) and buy what you need once you arrive in Australia. However, there are a number of reasons that people can’t part with their belongings. In this case, there are a number of international moving companies that can ship your things over in a container. This can take between 9 to 14 weeks, so plan accordingly.