Moving to Australia

Last updated: December 3, 2019

Thinking of moving to Australia? If you are, this page has information on what it’s like living in Australia, the job market, or visas. If you would like to find out how much your move to Australia could cost, take a look at our international moving costs page.

Visas for Australia from UK

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 Costs to Australia

Household SizeTimeCost
1 bed flat9-12 weeks£3,000-£4,200
3 bed house6-9 weeks£6,900-£9,500
5 bed house6-9 weeks£10,700-£14,400

Shipping costs to Australia can vary greatly, mainly because of the 3 million square miles between the east and west coast. So, when moving to Australia, it can be difficult to calculate how much removal costs will be. Above are the average costs of shipping a one, three and five bedroom household from London to Perth by sea.

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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Living and Working in Australia

This section explains how to get a job and will help you decide whether the Aussie lifestyle is for you. So, if you’re still unsure whether you want to make the big leap and move to the land down under, keep reading!

The Job Market

Every country has a number of industries where job growth is generated. So, if you’re planning on working in Australia, the top 4 industries 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.

Finding Work

Applying to jobs in Australia is a similar process to how we apply for jobs in 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 international 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.

Cost of living in Australia vs UK

If you are interested in what the living costs in Australia are like, below are some figures to give you a rough idea of what the living costs are:

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

Convinced that moving to Australia is for you yet? Take a look at our top 10 international removal companies for some suggestions on which moving companies can help you move your belongings abroad!

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. They are bustling, 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 living in Australia.

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The Housing Market

Australia is amongst the least densely populated countries in the world, the main reason for this being that 85% of all Australians live within 50 km off the coast. Therefore, this is a huge factor when looking at house prices. 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 which option is best, to 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 from moving to Australia, you can begin to look at buying a home, once you’ve settled into their Aussie life.

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 housing costs to increase. However, in recent months, 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.


Thanks to their government and private funding, Australia have access to a comprehensive range of services. However, 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 register with Medicare. However, Medicare does not cover all areas of healthcare, for example dental care, where extra insurance must be taken out.

You can find more information here:

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Tips on Moving

Moving to Australia can seem a little daunting! If you would like some tips, visit our moving abroad page so you know the 34 essential things to prepare before moving abroad. Otherwise, read on for tips on moving to Australia.

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 you’re moving to Australia and can’t bear to leave your car behind, 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.

Request Removal Quotes

The best way to save money on your move to Australia, is to request removal quotes. This way you can compare which company offers you the best price for your move! Why not fill out our free online form? It only takes a few minutes and can save you up to 40% on your move!

If you’re interested in trying to make your move as less expensive as possible, read our cheap removals blog for some tips and tricks.

What Next?

We hope that you have found this page informative and that it has helped you in your moving journey. If you would like to read up on some more of our pages for more moving tips, these pages may be of interest to you: