Moving to Australia
Your Ultimate Guide to the Land Down Under

So, you’re thinking of moving to Australia from the UK? While we’re sure the thought of sun and surfing is enough to get you excited, it’s only natural to also have some questions and concerns about moving. That’s why we put together this expert guide on removals to Australia from the UK with a moving costs breakdown, a checklist, some tips, and even free removal quotes. Read on and make your move to the Land Down Under easier!

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How Much Does It Cost to Move to Australia from the UK?

The cost of moving to Australia from the UK is probably something you’ve thought about, and we have too. Thus, we decided to investigate. Before we get to the estimates, we feel obliged to warn you that international removals to Australia don’t come cheap, unsurprising given the 9,000 miles you’ll be moving!

But you didn’t come here for a geography lesson, so let’s jump right in. Home removal costs to Australia for a 3-bedroom house, on average, run between £6,900 – £9,500. Adjust your expectations depending on where you fall on the minimalist-hoarder spectrum. Maybe consider calculating the volume of your house to check!

However, every move is different and will therefore come with different costs. To further give you an idea of how much it can cost to move to Australia, we’ve put together the following estimates based on moving to Australia from London by sea for different household sizes:

Household SizeTimeCost
1-bed flat9-12 weeks£3,000 – £4,200
2-bed house6-9 weeks£4,000 – £6,500
3-bed house6-9 weeks£6,900 – £9,500
4-bed house6-9 weeks£8,800 – £11,000
5-bed house6-9 weeks£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.

Of course, your affinity for belongings isn’t the only variable that will affect the cost of removals to Australia, there are a whole host of factors. You can read more about international removals costs to possibly drive down the cost of your move.

Less Stress & More Free Removal Quotes

Phew… trying to move house is a pain, now just add an ocean and you’ll understand how difficult international removals from the UK to Australia are.

Of course, it’d be much easier with help, but finding removal companies to Australia will only add to the pain since you’ll need to contact scores of companies to find one that can.

That’s where Sirelo comes in! We do the hard work for you and find up to 5 removal companies who can help you with your move to Australia, truly lifesaving. So, if you want to save time and even money, then fill in the form below!

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Moving to Australia from the UK: A Checklist

Before you can get back to thinking about coral reefs, ocean drives and how great life will be Down Under, it’s time to start delving into the logistics and necessities for international removals to Australia.

Firstly, remember that moving to Australia from the UK is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s why it is imperative that you start planning early. Not sure where to start? We don’t blame you. Simply following this step-by-step moving to Australia checklist is a great start.

Before You Move:

✔️ Important documents

To start your move to Australia on the right step, be sure to prepare all the necessary documents before everything else. Look below for an idea of the documents you’ll need and be sure to keep them safe, accessible and even consider making duplicates:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Medical Documentation (including dental and immunizations)
  • University Degree(s) and qualifications (consider getting them accredited)
  • Financial Statements
  • UK Criminal Record Check (for certain jobs)
  • Health Insurance Policy
Visas for Australia
Moving furniture to Australia is only one part of moving, don’t forget that you’ll also need to go. And if you want to live in Australia with all your worldly belongings, don’t forget to apply for your visa! If you need information about visas, just click below.
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✔️ Organise an international removal to Australia

If you’re moving from the UK to Australia, you’ll be shipping your belongings. And given that all your life possessions will be in your removal company’s hands for the over 9,000 miles from the UK to Australia, it’s important that you get this right. A good start is to check out the list we have curated of the best international movers in the UK.

✔️ Pack

Packing will be the most time-consuming part of your removal to Australia, unless your removal company offers a comprehensive packing service, which will certainly be worth the money. Otherwise, be sure to declutter, list everything you’ll be packing, and read our list of expert packing tips. 😁

✔️ Tax

With your removal to Australia, you must inform HMRC after you’ve moved abroad. On the other side of the world, we recommend seeking professional advice on tax payments in Australia and applying for a tax file number, which can only be applied for after you arrive.

✔️ Taking a car?

If you and your car are joint at the hip, you can import it to Australia. You just need to organise the following and tell your mover:

  • Have proof of ownership of your car for at least a year.
  • Obtained an import permit.
  • Have proof of residence in Australia.

✔️ What about your pets?

Australia is very protective of its wildlife. Therefore, most pets, other than cats and dogs, are banned and there are a few things you need to do before you can import your pet. For more information, we recommend you visit the government’s website.

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Once You Get There:

✔️ Register

As we mentioned, you need a Tax File Number, which is a number resembling a British National Insurance number, that can only be applied for after you arrive in Australia as you’ll need a valid Australian address to do so. It’s so important that we mentioned it twice, so don’t forget!

✔️ Bank account

We recommend setting up a local bank account, especially if you are intending to work in Australia. Not sure where to start? Here are some of the most popular Australian banks. Have a browse and choose the best option for you:

✔️ Healthcare

When moving to Australia from the UK, you’ll be glad to hear that the Aussie government funds the public healthcare system similar to the NHS. As a result, Australians have access to a wide range of services and once you get your residency permit all you have to do is register to receive Medicare too!

However, it isn’t comprehensive, and you might want to consider private healthcare. To find out more, read our page on Australian healthcare here.

✔️ Driving licence

Your UK driving licence is valid for the first three months after you move to Australia. After that, you will need to apply for an Australian driving licence.

At this point, you’re well on your way to ensuring a smooth removal to Australia from the UKIf you still feel at a loose end, feel free to check out our more detailed moving abroad checklist, which includes a downloadable interactive PDF 

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Living in the Land Down Under

We hope you now have a clearer idea of what moving to Australia from the UK entails. However, you’re not free to go just yet. We haven’t even gotten to the best bit of Australia, living there!

Dreamy beaches, perfect weather, and the most unique (and deadly, don’t say we didn’t warn you) nature you’ve ever seen. Australia will just be one big adventure and a true escape from the dull and dreary UK.

However, something to prepare yourself for is the lingo. You’ll find that Aussies use a lot of shortened words and local slang. You might be confused when you’re invited to grab some goon from the bottle-o (cheap wine from the off-license).

The Cost of Living in Australia

You might find living in Australia can burn a hole through your wallet. However, the cost of living varies hugely upon where exactly you choose to relocate to, and of course your lifestyle. Also, note that the Australian minimum wage is substantially higher than in the UK, so we like to think it all levels out a little.

To give you a rough indicator of how much things cost before you complete your move to Australia, the table below compares some common cost of living metrics between the UK and Australia.

MetricUKAustralia
Rent for 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
Cappuccino£2.75£2.47
0.5L of draught beer£3.63£4.41
1L of gasoline£1.27£0.81

In brighter news, buying wine in Australia tends to be significantly cheaper than in the UK. Somewhat unsurprising given that over a trillion bottles of wine are produced every year Down Under!

Finding a Home Down Under

Unless you plan to pitch a tent, you’ll need some form of shelter in Australia. There are a few caveats unique to Australia when trying to find a house for renting or for purchasing. So, let’s begin:

Renting

The first thing you’ll need to be aware of is that properties move quickly in Australia, which applies to both renting and buying. Furthermore, you’ll usually need to view the property before you can rent it. This makes it difficult to rent when living abroad unless you have family or friends that can help you. There are also some documents that you’ll need to provide such as:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of Income
  • References

The last can be a little tricky as some landlords are not keen on contacting international references.

Buying

This may sound strange, but you’ll need permission from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) before you can buy property. This will likely not impede buying a house for personal use, it’s just an extra step to make sure you’ll be living there. You can read more about Resident Investment on the Australian government’s page.

Useful Links for House Hunting

While our beautiful words on the caveats of renting and buying are insightful, they won’t really help you find your new home. Thus, to actually help you find a house with a removal to Australia on the horizon, use the links below:

Removal to Australia: a picture of cows grazing in an orange haze in rural Australia

Want to Work in Australia?

First of all, take a deep breath. If you have made it this far, you are doing exceptionally well. If you have already organised employment in Australia or intend to move to Australia for purely leisure purposes, feel free to skip past this section. If you are intending to work, and haven’t yet got a job, a good place to start is these online portals:

We do want to be honest. If you are on a temporary visa e.g., the Working Holiday Visa, finding salaried employment can be very challenging. It is often that case that some employers are reluctant to hire you, knowing that you only have the temporary right to work.

Tips for Life in Australia

  1. When you move to Australia, you will find that medications can be expensive. So, before you move, you should stock up on yours. And don’t forget to declare them at the airport, it’ll save you some hassle.
  2. Additionally, accommodation may come unfurnished so be sure to ask what, if any, furniture will be included.
  3. Furthermore, if you’re not used to a warm climate, it’s best to find a place with air conditioning. This will be important, especially during the summer when it can get quite warm.
  4. While we Brits might be more familiar with the delights of a simple cuppa, Australians are fans of their coffee. A trend that arose with increased Italian immigration. But you’ll find that the coffee is top-notch, and you may be converted to be a coffee lover.
  5. One thing to keep an eye out for are signs. They’ll alert you to any local dangers, as you’ll quickly learn that everything in the Australian outback is intent on killing or at least maiming you. However, you’ll quickly learn to read the signs and become as adept at dealing with dangers as a local.

Ready for Your Move to Australia?

Phew. That was quite an ordeal, but we hope you are feeling a little more confident about your removal to Australia from the UKAnd remember, it will all be worth it when you are turning shrimps on the barbie.  

In the meantime, we recommend you brush up on some Australian etiquette and culture. Note: How you going? is the customary way to ask how someone is doing. Oh! And be sure not to miss the annual cockroach racing world championship held in Brisbane 

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