7 tips for moving to australia


If you're like me and decide to take the adventure of a lifetime and move internationally, first of all, CONGRATS! Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime. I'm very excited for you and know that you won't regret it! Immersing yourself in a new country, new culture, new adventure has so many perks and you'll really get to know yourself as you navigate making new friends and finding your way. If you picked Australia, you will absolutely fall in love with the untouched coastal beauty, laid back culture, and friendly people. There's a lot to think about when planning a big move across the world, so this guide is meant to help you navigate your first month in Australia (or understand what to consider regardless of where you're moving!)

 

Obviously before you arrive, you'll have your visa sorted. Make sure you've checked all the T&Cs with that. Did you know you can get a visa to work in Australia without being sponsored by a company if you're under 30? It's called the Working Holiday Visa! If you do get sponsored, you're one of the lucky ones. I shared more details about the logistics of how and why I moved in this post.

things to know before moving to australia

Save this post (or pin it) for reference as your ultimate Australia guide to settling in as an expat down under! These are the 6 most important things to keep in mind:

1. GET YOUR CELL PHONE SORTED

First things first - get yourself a phone or a SIM card to insert into your current phone. Telstra, Vodaphone, and Optus are the 3 major providers here & have shops at nearly every train station and mall. Pop in on day 1 to get an aussie number and data plan to be able to navigate around.

You may not want to lose your home phone number that all your friends and family back home will still have in their phones for ages. It's also often tied to a handful of websites (i.e. American banks that can't use Australia numbers). If you're like me and do have plans to move home, you won't want to lose your local number, so park it with NumberBarn before you cancel your old plan.

NumberBarn will put your number on hold and allow you to receive all your texts that flood through via an email directly to your inbox. It's very handy while people are still learning your new number, or your bank has a security code you need to access. It only costs $2/month, so it's well worth it if you want to get your number back once you move home.

2. SETUP BANKING & CONVERT YOUR $ TO AUD

best banks for expats australia

You can actually setup your bank account before you arrive with some banks like Westpac (which is who I bank with). Commonwealth and Westpac are both great options as they offer expat accounts, and are the most common banking companies in Australia.

TransferWise is an awesome website that allows you to transfer currencies. The money stays in the TransferWise cloud and never actually leaves the country, so you won’t pay huge fees like you do transferring through a bank (Wells Fargo charged me something like 5-6% on top of the one time fee, so I wish I knew about TransferWise before I moved!) TransferWise only charges a 1% fee, being the cheapest way to convert money. I still u