Relocation to Australia

1st Ever Ready provide international relocation and removals services with regular weekly loads moving in both directions, to and from each country. Australia is regularly served by our fleet, and we are able to take full loads, part loads and single items.

Please remember this is just some general information for anyone wishing or planning to move to Australia. For more information on any legal and social aspects of making the move visit the website; British High Commission in Australia

Overall

Population; 20,090,437 (July 2005 est.)

Location; Oceania, continent between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean

Geography; total area: 7,686,850 sq km. Australia is the world's smallest continent but sixth-largest country. The terrain consists of mostly low plateau with deserts; fertile plain in southeast.

Climate; generally arid to semiarid; temperate in south and east; tropical in north

Language; English 79.1%, Chinese 2.1%, Italian 1.9%, other 11.1%, unspecified 5.8% (2001 Census)

Currency; Australian dollar (AUD)

Government; democratic, federal-state system recognizing the British monarch as sovereign

Religion; Catholic 26.4%, Anglican 20.5%, other Christian 20.5%, Buddhist 1.9%, Muslim 1.5%, other 1.2%, unspecified 12.7%, none 15.3% (2001 Census)

Economy and Jobs

Work permit; Job opportunities and work permits depend on the visa type you are traveling with. Each type has it's specifications of where you can work as well as what type of work is available to you. Australian permanent residents have unrestricted work rights.

Finding work; Approval to migrate does not guarantee a job. In fact, it may take some time to find work in Australia.
The Australian labour market is competitive and your success in finding a job quickly will depend on the type of work you are looking for, which part of the country you are living in, and the general economic climate. However, job opportunities in Australia are incredibly diverse and job vacancies are easy to find.

Moving to Australia

Visas; In Australia immigration of skilled migrants is encouraged and is assessed on a points system with points awarded for work experience, qualifications and language proficiency. Other ways of obtaining immigration visas to Australia include the Australian Family Migration and Humanitarian Programs.

Migration: There are two programs designed to help people wanting to come to Australia permanently. One is the migration program which is made up of:

  • a skill migration stream, which has a number of categories for people who have particular occupation skills, outstanding talents or business skills;
  • a family migration stream, where people can be sponsored by a relative who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • special eligibility migrants, who are former citizens or residents wanting to return to Australia, or certain New Zealanders.

The migration program for 2004-05 has 120,000 places available for migrants, with a strong focus on attracting skilled people and people who agree to live in regional areas of Australia.

The second program is the separate humanitarian program which is designed for refugees and others in special humanitarian need.

Go to http://www.immi.gov.au/index.htm for more details on visas, work permits and immigration.

Pets and animals; Australia has very strict rules on the importation of animals, controlling the types of animals that can come in and the countries they come from. The rules are set by the Australian Quarantine and inspection Service (AQIS).
As a general guide - dogs, cats and horses may be brought, subject to quarantine controls. Other household pets, such as hamsters, guinea pigs, caged birds, etc are prohibited.

Living in Australia

Renting; Generally Australians aspire to own their own house and land. Newly arrived migrants often rent a home at first while they become established. For private rental homes are advertised in the 'To Let' section of newspapers. You should call the agent or owner to arrange to inspect the house or flat you are interested in. Once you have made a decision, you will have to make a written application. You may also have to submit two 'references' - letters from previous landlords. If these are difficult for you to obtain, contact your local Migrant Resource Centre for advice and assistance. Once your application is approved, you will be required to sign a 'lease' (a contract to rent), pay a security bond (refundable deposit) of typically one month's rent plus several weeks' rent in advance.

Education; In Australia, it is compulsory for all children aged between 6 and 15 years to attend school. The education system is roughly broken up into three levels: Primary School (for younger children), Secondary School (that is, High School) and University or alternative tertiary education.
In Australia, parents can choose to send their children to a public school, where tuition remains free to all, or a private school, where fees must be paid. To enter into a university or other tertiary institution, minimum grade requirements which differ from course to course and also will depend upon which institution the student wishes to study at must be met.

Health; Australia has one of the better health care systems in the world. It is widely accessible to all who reside in the country.
All permanent Australian residents pay a Medicare levy (an additional tax) to fund the public health system. This entitles them to free or subsidised services by medical practitioners and public hospital care.
There is also an extensive private health system, for those wishing to pay an additional fee to receive extra benefits for optical, physiotherapy and dental treatment when they use private health care services.