Thinking of making the move across the ditch? Moving in with our Aussie cousins is something many Kiwis choose to do, attracted by greater job prospects, lower cost of living, and a close proximity to friends and family back home. It’s a decision you certainly won’t regret!
So, what are some of the things you need to do before you make the big move to Australia from New Zealand? Here, the experts at New Zealand Movers, who have over 40 years of experience in moving Kiwis across the Tasman, outline a detailed checklist when moving to Australia from NZ.
Moving to Australia from New Zealand Checklist:
1. Secure the necessary visa
The first thing on your NZ-to-AUS checklist is securing a visa. Kiwis have it relatively easy in this department; all New Zealand citizens are eligible for the Special Category Visa which allows us to work and live in Australia as long as we like.
2. Find a job
It’s always easier to move to Australia from NZ when you’ve lined up a job on the other side first. Not only will this give you peace of mind regarding a financial safety net, but your new employer may also be able to cover part of the cost of moving, flights, etc.
3. Choosing the right city
Australia is a big place, and with remote work becoming more and more common, you may have significantly wider options for choosing where you’re going to live. More than 85% of the population lives within 50km of the coast. Major cities like Sydney and Melbourne are renowned for their coastlines, but smaller, arguably undervalued cities like Coffs Harbour and Townsville also have their fair share of amazing beaches.
4. Find short-term accommodation
It’s always best to lock in short-term housing in your city of choice, so that you can be present at inspections of homes for sale or rent. We never advise buying or leasing a home, sight unseen.
5. Book your moving company
Once all your ducks are in a row, it’s time to book a slot with New Zealand Movers. They move you anywhere in Australia and guarantee a stress-free moving experience.
6. Convert some NZD to AUD
There are some great money conversion providers out there these days, like XE. Make sure you research this aspect on your own and choose a provider you’re happy with.
What to do once you’ve arrived
Once you’ve arrived in Australia from New Zealand, you have to:
1. Sign up to Medicare
Medicare is Australia’s government healthcare program. Kiwis can access the program once they’ve moved to Australia. You’ll have to head to a Medicare office in person, and bring your passport along.
2. Apply for a TFN
Once you’ve landed in Australia and you’ve sorted yourself out, you can apply for an Aussie Tax File Number here.
New Zealand Movers are the team to call when you’re planning to move to Australia. They’re a highly-rated team of professionals in overseas relocations, and have over 40 years’ experience in moving Kiwis to Australia. Get in touch with New Zealand Movers and start the road to Australia today, request a quote online.