We put together this expert guide on relocating to Australia from the UK with a moving and lifestyle costs breakdown, how to move, some advice and even free removal quotes. Read on and make your move to the Land Down Under easier!
The average cost of moving to Australia can run between £6,900 – £9,500 for a 3-bedroom house by sea freight. You can expect your belongings to arrive in 6 to 12 weeks.
To further give you an idea, we’ve put together the following estimates based on moving to Australia from London by sea:
|1-bed flat||£3,000 – £4,200|
|2-bed house||£4,000 – £6,500|
|3-bed house||£6,900 – £9,500|
|4-bed house||£8,800 – £11,000|
|5-bed house||£10,700 – £14,400|
Disclaimer: the rates shown above are just estimates. The costs of your move to Australia will vary depending on your actual point of departure and the service rates of the company.
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Regardless of your purposes, as a UK citizen, you must apply for a visa to enter the country. The list of visas available is extended, however, you can find the most popular ones here:
|Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)||Temporary (> 4 years) You need to be sponsored and have experience in an industry with a skills shortage.|
|Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)||Permanent. No need for a sponsor but must be invited and submit an expression of interest (EOI).|
|Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)||Permanent. You need to be sponsored and be highly skilled in a certain industry.|
|Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)||Temporary (> 12 months. You must be from 18 to 30 years old. No need to be skilled or sponsored.|
Before you can get back to thinking about coral reefs and the ocean, it’s time to start delving into the logistics and necessities. This step-by-step guide is a great start.
A blend of natural beauty, cultural diversity and warm climate distinguish the country. Let’s dive deep into what you need to know about its lifestyle.
The average house price for a two-bedroom house in Sydney you can pay between $470,000 – $600,000. In Melbourne, for the same or similar place, you would pay between $100,000 – $200,000.
The weekly average rent price for a two-bedroom house is $600, slightly dropping on the outskirts and smaller cities.
⚠️ Before buying a property you’ll need permission from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). You can read more about Foreign Investment on the Australian government’s page.
It depends on your budget, lifestyle or job market. Major cities like Sydney and Melbourne offer diverse experiences but can be pricey and crowded.
Brisbane, Darwin, Perth and Adelaide can be a budget-friendly alternative with natural, welcoming surroundings and vibrant lifestyles while maintaining more affordable housing.
To give you a rough indicator, the table below compares some common cost of living metrics between the UK and Australia:
|Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre||£758||£946|
|Basic monthly utilities for an 85m2 apartment||£156||£123|
|1L of milk||£0.91||£0.91|
|0.5L of draught beer||£3.63||£4.41|
|1L of gasoline||£1.27||£0.81|
If you are a British citizen seeking employment opportunities in Australia, these online portals can be an excellent starting point for your job search:
💼 Finding salaried employment can be challenging on a temporary visa, as some employers may be hesitant to hire due to the limited right to work.
Australia is globally recognized for having a high-quality and innovative education system.
You can find public, private and catholic schools. Generally speaking, public schools accept enrolments based on the permanent residential address, so it’s important to carefully consider the area they wish to reside. Some public schools can also require temporary residents to pay tuition fees.
|Primary School (2 – 6 years)||From kindergarten (optional) to preparatory. Literacy, numeracy and social skills development.|
|Secondary School (7 – 18 years)||Compulsory – Specialization subject-wise, from English, mathematics, and science to humanities.|
|Tertiary Education (+18 years)||Optional – higher education and VET (Vocational Education and Training) options.|
Prices for private schools can cost up to 20,000 AUD per year for high schools, which is about 11,560 pounds. Universities range from 10000 AU to 35,000 AUD per year.
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Yes, as a British citizen, you can migrate to Australia, but you will need to apply for a visa. There are many options available, depending on your situation. You can check it on the visa finder official page.
No, to be able to work in Australia you will need to obtain a visa.
Depending on the visa you apply for, visa fees can cost around $2,000 and $5,000.
For a two-bedroom house, the average is $600 per week.
According to Numbeo, living in Australia can be around 20% more expensive than the UK in consumer, rent and leisure prices.