Moving to Australia

This page is for anyone thinking about moving to Australia, or for someone who just needs some additional information on moving costs, working in Australia or, most importantly, work visas.

Australia is one of the most popular expat destinations, and it’s not hard to see why. From the warm sunny beaches, to a diverse, easy going culture, there’s plenty of reasons why brits flock down there.


Moving to Australia comes with a few hurdles. If you want to live there, you are required to have a valid visa in order to enter the country. This is an essential step when moving to Australia, so it’s very important to make sure you have the right visa!Aside from the short stay visas, the most popular work visas are the Temporary work (skilled) Visa (subclass 457) and the Skilled independent Visa (subclass 189).

Visit our visas for Australia page to find more information about visas intended for a long-term residency in Australia.

Moving Cost

Shipping costs to Australia can vary greatly due to Australia covering almost 3 million square miles between the east and west coast. Take a look at our international removal costs page or look below you can find the cost of shipping furniture from a 1, 3 and 5 bedroom home to Perth.

Household SizeCost
1 Bed Flat£5,000-£7,600
3 Bed House£7,600-£9,600
5 Bed House£10,700 – £14,500

These prices are all estimates and vary according to the distance and volume of the move. You can use our Removal Volume Calculator, which can save you time when obtaining quotes. You can find essential information about how to ship a container, what size you need and what factors influence the price on our Container Shipping Costs page.

Australia is known to have strict import rules. Before you consider bringing anything over with you, make sure you understand what items are banned, as well as the heavy taxes that may come with importing goods. Some examples of items that are banned include: flowers, furs of animals and teas. For more information, have a look at the Australian Government page on Imports and Exports.

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Tips on Moving

Moving your pets to Australia

Currently only dogs, cats and horses may be imported from the UK and only when strict conditions are met. The animal should have a passport that includes the following information:

  • Vaccinations: If your pet needs to be vaccinated again, this must be done at least three weeks before entering Australia.
  • Data about the health of the animal.
  • Information on legalization, so that the pet can be transported outside the EU.

You can take a look at the government website or look at our blog about moving your pets abroad for more information.

Transporting your car to Australia

If you want to transport your car to Australia, you can only do this when it is in your possession for at least a year. Also, you will need an import permit to be allowed entry. If transporting a car, we recommend that it is done by a moving company as they will have experience and knowledge on the specific requirements.

For more details, visit this page for the formalities of transporting a car to Australia.

Moving to Australia

Living Costs

If you are interested in what the living costs are like, here are some figures to give you a rough idea between these cities:

City scoresCosts per city
CityQuality of lifePurchasing powerSafetyHealth careCost of livingPollution
CityCappuccino price1L milk priceOne dozen eggs priceThree room apartment rent
Melbourne£ 1,58£ 0,52£ 2,04£ 1.045,61
Sydney£ 2,18£ 0,97£ 2,77£ 2.171,00

Finding your Ideal Home

Which City?

As Australia is the size of Europe, there is something for everyone; whether you’re looking for the tropical north, the cooler south or something in between!

Perth, Sydney and Melbourne are the most popular cities for expats moving to Australia, as they are bustling and vibrant cities with a lot to do but manage to avoid the overly hot summers and a lot of the dangerous wildlife. They all have different characters, so the reasons for choosing them differ for everybody. Although these cities have the highest living costs in Australia, they offer the most for expats.

Below you can find the cost of living ranked from lowest to highest in the most popular cities:

CityCost /10
Gold Coast7.8

The Housing Market

Even though Australia is amongst the least densely populated countries in the world, 85% of all Australians live within 50 km off the coast. This is therefore a huge factor when looking at prices of homes. The housing market in Australia has been continuously growing for a number of years, however every month certain cities may fluctuate so make sure you keep an eye out on how the market is doing.

When moving to a new country, it’s always best to consider what option is best; Rent or buy? Most expats prefer to rent when they first move to a country, as this allows them to get to know their environment before making the commitment of buying a property. After 6 months or so, when you feel comfortable living there, you can begin to look at buying a home.

Sydney and Melbourne are the most expensive cities to live in regarding houses. Like most places in Australia, the most expensive properties are located near inner-city water views while the cheapest are a long way inland.

Brisbane and Perth have been getting popular in recent years, which did result in the housing costs to increase. However, in recent months (April, May), prices have decreased. Apart from the centre of the city, both Brisbane and Perth stretch for miles. This is mainly due to aussies love for large, detached houses.

Queensland’s gold coast is cheaper than the other main cities. There are also a lot of high rises and townhouses

Mortgages are generally affordable; however, this is only due to the high wages that are on offer. For a single-income household, the main cities can be tough to afford. Hobart and Darwin are more affordable options; however Hobart’s house price has been continuously increasing for a number of months.

Moving to Australia


Thanks to their government and private funding, Australia have access to a comprehensive range of services. If you have a student visa or are working there temporarily, you will not have access to their Medicare. Therefore, you need to have private medical insurance with your visa.

If you are living in Australia permanently, you will have to enrol with Medicare. However, Medicare does not cover all areas, e.g dental care where extra insurance must be taken out.

You can find more information here:

Working in Australia

The Job Market

Every country has a number of industries where job growth is generated. The top 5 are:

  • Healthcare and Social Assistance
  • Professional Services
  • Education
  • Construction

Due to the increase in demand, more British expats are considering moving to Australia. Employers are becoming comfortable with conducting Skype interviews, which is a bonus for any expat that is looking for work.

For more information about working in Australia, click here.

Finding Work

The application process for applying to jobs is similar to the UK as well as the CV format. There are many platforms that you can use when you want to find work in Australia. It may be possible to secure a job in Australia if you work for an international company that has offices . If this is the case you can apply for jobs before heading to the country.

If you want to search for a job, check out this page for the 20 best Australian Job and Career Sites.