Moving To Australia

Moving To New Country

 

Moving to a new country is a big step and it can be difficult to know what to begin with.

We have put together a list of things to do before and after you move to Australia to make your arrival as stress free as possible.

Things you can do before arriving in Australia

It’s always recommended to start looking for areas to live in and arrange house inspections before arriving in Australia.Our Sydney and Melbourne Suburb guide will give you an idea about affordable and convenient locations for your initial days.

Some banks in Australia allow you to apply for the bank account from your own country and then you can activate the account on your arrival in Australia.

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 :

ANZ
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
NAB
Westpac

In Australia, if you don’t have local experience then it might not be very easy to find a job.Unlike USA, in Australia employers give more importance to local experience than the overseas experience or even a higher education. This trend is changing but it is advisable to start resume preparation and familiarize yourself with the job market and recruitment agencies before coming to Australia.

 

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 :

ANZ
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
NAB
Westpac

Click here to find more information provided by http://www.immi.gov.au

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.