The big day has arrived, and it’s time to make your move to Australia. You have a job, a visa and a home, but what are the first things you need to do when you arrive? Uprooting your life and moving to a new country creates a hectic time. You can feel like you have a long list of things to do that takes months to work through. But after a while, you’ll begin to settle in and feel more at home. When you land on Aussie soil, add some of these essential tasks to your list to start sorting out your new life Down Under.
Set Up Australian Bank Account and Register for Taxes
One of the first things you’ll need is an Australian bank account. It shouldn’t take too long for you to set one up, and you’ll find yourself needing it a lot in your first few weeks. Your new employer is unlikely to want to pay your wages into a foreign account, and you’ll waste a lot of money withdrawing cash from another country. Make sure you get a good deal when you transfer your money into your new account. You also need to register for a tax file number, which you can do online or by printing out a form.
Connect Your Utilities
When you move into your new home, you’ll need to sort out the gas, electricity and water. Check who the current or last provider is, and do some research on your different options. You can use comparison sites to find the best deals. Ideally, you want to have all of this up and running before you move in for real. Don’t forget about your phone and internet lines too. You will also probably want to buy a new mobile/cell phone. Be aware that you will need to buy Pay As You Go for at least a few months until you have a credit rating in Australia.
Take Out Insurance
It would be a disaster to have something go wrong while you’re living in a foreign country that would leave you out of pocket. The worst case scenario is you would have to return home. There are several different types of insurance you should think about. Taking out Australian life insurance will provide a safety net for your family if anything should happen to you. You might also want to insure your home, your pets, and your possessions.
Get a Medicare Card
About a week after your arrival, you can apply for a Medicare card. Until your card arrives, you will get a temporary piece of paper in its place.
Transfer Your Driving License and Insure Your Car
You may be able to use your foreign driver’s license for a few months after you arrive, but eventually you will need to transfer it. You will need to visit the appropriate automobile association for your state to transfer your license. Make sure you take lots of ID with you, including proof of your address. Don’t forget to insure your car too, whether it’s new, or you’ve had it shipped from elsewhere.
There’s a lot more for you to do when you arrive in Australia, but these first essential steps will get you on your way. Make sure you access any help available to you when you get to your new home. You can hire a moving service to assist you, and your employer may be able to help too.