LIVING AND WORKING IN AUSTRALIA : HELPING YOU MAKE THE MOVE

So you have taken those first tentative steps and you are considering Melbourne, Australia for your career move.

Great idea!  As our downloadable PDF will advise you – Melbourne is a great place to live, work and raise a family.  We are slightly biased since most of us live here too – but check out our links below and find out more for yourself. 

The Global Livability Index can’t have been wrong 7 years running! 

All the links at your disposal

There are so many information sites available that talk about immigration and moving to Australia, and we encouragte you to ask around in your own network too.  Below are some additional resources that might help you on your journey. 

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official information

Global Livability Rankings can be found here

General moving to Australia info;

Customs regulations for moving your belongings to Australia there is lots of great information on this Government site – including how to prepare and pack items for biosecure shipping and required documentation.

If you want to bring your cat or dog to Australia you can find information here.

 

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finding accommodation

A few great places to start looking for accommodation before you first arrive;

For temporary storage of your belongings, you can use this storage locator.

The following may help when you have decided where you would like to live;

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cost of living

Numbeo is a crowd sourced guide to living costs in various cities.

Health cover requirements for VISA holders can be found here.

A Google search of Health Insurance suppliers will help you compare your options.

 

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lifestyle links

If you require education or childcare for your children follow these links;

Some great information on things to do once you arrive in Melbourne;

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Health & Insurance

COVID

Rules and conditions keep changing – as they do around the world, so we encourage you to check these regularly!

The Coronavirus website has the most up-to-date information:  https://www.health.gov.au/

Victorian Website:  https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/information-overseas-travellers

If you would like to get the app:  https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/coronavirus-australia-app

MEDICARE

If you are coming from one of the few countries with reciprocal rights, then you can apply for a Medicare card. If not, then all medical expenses will be out-of-pocket expenses for you or covered by your private health insurance. This website lists who can enrol in Medicare.

AMBULANCE COVER

Ambulance cover is also highly recommended. In Victoria (Melbourne), you can obtain an Ambulance Victoria membership which covers you for ambulance transport costs for under $50 per year. This membership also covers you when travelling in other states in Australia.

https://www.ambulance.vic.gov.au/membership/

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE

It is likely a condition of your visa that you obtain an appropriate level of health insurance before coming to Australia. This website provides general information that may be helpful to you.

There are many private health insurers in Australia. It is recommended to have hospital cover as a minimum on your private health insurance.

Here are some of the larger funds in Australia:

There are also a number of aggregator quote services such as;

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Banking & Finance

PAY CALCULATOR

This tool may help you work out approximately how much of your income you have available after tax and superannuation are taken out.

https://paycalculator.com.au/

APPLYING FOR A TAX FILE NUMBER

You will require a tax file number (referred to as a TFN) when working and earning money in Australia. If you apply while still overseas, it may be a lengthy and complicated procedure, and you need to provide certified and translated documents. If you apply once in Australia, it may be much simpler, and you can apply online. Below are some links that can help you in this process.

SETTING UP A BANK ACCOUNT

Before you leave your country of origin, you can create a bank account. On arrival in Australia, you then need to go to the bank in person and provide the necessary documentation to activate your account. This is a simple process and does not take long.

There are many banks in Australia, but the “Big Four” are as follows:

SUPERANNUATION

Superannuation is money put aside by your employer over your working life for you to live on when you retire from work.  You can nominate your own superannuation fund or use the one selected by Seisma, “First Super”. Either way, you will need to set up your super fund to get started. You will need your tax file number (TFN) to set up this account, so most likely be done once in Australia.

https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/Getting-your-super-started/

On the website above, there is also a link to a comparison tool for you to look at so that you can decide which fund to go with.

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getting around aUSTRALIA

Australia is a large country, and most people have a driver’s licence. If you have a licence now, you will need to convert your driver’s licence to a Victorian one within six months of arrival.

Find out more about licence transfer requirements here

If you live/work in the cities, parking can be expensive. Public transport may be cheaper and is quite widespread. Below is the link for public transport in Victoria. There are similar sites for other major cities.

https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/

 

 

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