After You Arrive In Australia

Moving To New Country


Moving to a new country can be overwhelming .

We have put together a list of things to do after you move to Australia to make you feel at home.

Important things to do when you arrive in Australia

Medicare gives you free treatment in public hospital or in medical centers/doctors who offer bulk billing.

Medicare usually covers:

  • free or subsidised treatment by health professionals such as doctors, specialists, optometrists and in specific circumstances dentists and other allied health practitioners free treatment and accommodation as a public (Medicare) patient in a public hospital
  • 75 per cent of the Medicare Schedule fee for services and procedures if you are a private patient in a public or private hospital (does not include hospital accommodation and items such as theatre fees and medicines)
  • some health care services in certain countries

Click here to find nearest Medicare Center

  • Open a bank account:

Click here to get the list of Australian Banks.

If you open a bank account within first few weeks of arrival in Australia then bank might not ask for more than one identification proof which is your passport but if you apply for the bank account after one month or so then you need to provide more identification proofs as requested by banks.

Banks charge account keeping fees so you might want to check which bank has less fees before choosing your bank.

Below is the list of top four Australian banks. You can find more information about how to open a bank account with particular bank by clicking on below links :

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Click here to find more information provided by

Centerlink provides social and health related payments and services.

The majority of Centrelink’s services are the disbursement of social security payments.

You might need to visit Centrelink office to know what service they provide and eligibility of the service.

If you are a permanent resident visa holder and have a current driver’s licence from another country, in English or with an official translation, in most states and territories you are allowed to drive for your first three months after arrival.

In Tasmania, the three-month period begins from when you are granted your permanent residency visa, not from when you       arrive in Australia. If you were granted a permanent visa 3 months or more before your arrival in Australia you will have to apply for an Australian licence before you can drive in that state.


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