Moving to Australia
Your Ultimate Guide

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 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 removals to Australia don’t come cheap, unsurprising given the 9,000 miles you’ll be moving!

Before we get to the figures, we want you to think about coral reefs and ocean drives and how great life in Australia will be. Also, remember that international removals costs can be influenced by knowing what drives them.

Remember, every move is different and will therefore come with different costs. To 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
3 bed house6-9 weeks£6,900 – £9,500
5 bed house6-9 weeks£10,700 – £14,400

Disclaimer: the rates shown above are just estimates. Costs will vary depending on your actual point of departure and service rates of the company.

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Visas for Australia from the UK

First up, if you’re an Australian citizen moving back to Australia from the UK, this section is not relevant to you. You don’t need a visa.

If you’re not Australian, you’re going to need an Australian visa, if you didn’t yet know. And the great thing is that you can apply online, talk about time saving!

For more information on visas when moving to Australia from the UK, you can read out page on the visas in Australia.

Moving to Australia from the UK: A Checklist

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

Organise these in a safe, easily accessible place and 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

✔️ Organise an international removal to Australia

If you’re moving from the UK to Australia, you’ll be shipping your belongings. And given that your entire 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

If your removal company is doing this for you count your lucky stars! If not, read our expert packing tips, the sooner the better.

✔️ Tax

You must inform HMRC when you move abroad. We recommend seeking professional advice on tax payments in Australia.

✔️ 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 that 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

In order to work in Australia, you need a Tax File Number, which is a number resembling a British National Insurance number. We recommend applying for this as soon as you have completed your move to Australia from the UK, although you will need a valid Australian address to do so.  

✔️ 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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Tips for Life in Australia

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.

With renting, you should save up before you move. Landlords are likely to require a deposit of at least one month and a month’s rent in advance.

Additionally, accommodation may come unfurnished so be sure to ask what, if any, furniture will be in the property.

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.

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.

While us Brits might be more familiar with 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.

One thing to keep an eye out for are the signs. They’ll alert you to any local dangers, as you’ll quickly learn that everything in the Australia 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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