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PART 1

Before we moved over, I spent months getting the below list together. It's really a work in progress as it changes and can be added to on a daily basis!

FLIGHTS Get quotes for flights

Make sure you get increased baggage allowance in Writing (usually 40kg Eastbound, 64k Westbound). Singapore Airlines & Emirates give the extra allowance and it's for one-time only.

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Prepare your belongings to be shipped. Get at least 3 quotes

(see bottom of page for a list of questions to ask your shipper)

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Pickfords http://www.pickfords.co.uk/

EMPLOYERS
Give formal notice to employer and make sure you get P45 and work references

BANKS/BUILDING SOCIETY

Request credit references from bank, building society or any other lending agent

Once you’ve arrived in Australia your credit profile will in effect start from scratch. Make sure you source as many credit references as possible before leaving the UK so that you can use them as evidence that we are creditworthy. Your bank, building society and any other lending agency should be able to provide a reference. You may find a reference from your mortgage company will also be helpful.

You won’t be able to get a credit card in Australia until you get employment

Request up to date statements on any endowments, pensions and investments

Ask your doctor, dentist, optician, schools to prepare hand-over files

IMMUNISATION RECORDS FOR CHILDREN

Obtain a letter from your doctor confirming your child(ren) immunisations are up-to-date and give dates as they may be required for school and can also be requested for family assistance.


MOVING YOUR PET:
Pet travel services and pet boarding - Airpets Oceanic London UK
Airpets, Willowslea Farm Kennels (Heathrow), Spout Lane North, Stanwell Moor, Staines, Middx TW19 6BW (01753) 685571)

Golden Arrow,
01588 680240 (they don’t have a website)

Ruislip Kennels
Tel: 01344 424144
Fax: 01344 861460
e-mail: info@ryslip.com
The Ryslip Group Ltd | Welcome

Organise temporary accommodation in Australia for a couple of weeks.

Organise all birthday cards and presents for the next 3 months

UPDATE CV

There is not a huge amount of difference between a UK CV and an Australian Résumé. The content is by and large the same but the Australian version often tends to be a bit longer.

Most CV's will not need to be changed much to make them suitable for the market. Read through your existing CV and look for anything which is likely to cause confusion, internationalise your CV, and think of any negatives an employer may see in your CV and offer an immediate explanation to counter them.

Change the word CV to Résumé (and make sure it’s spelt correctly with the accents on the e)

Check for any commonly used UK acronyms, are they used in Australia?

Add a one line description of the companies in your employment history

Explain any gaps.

Give reference to your Permanent Residence

Set spell checker to Australian/English and make sure you run a check before sending the final document.

REFERENCES

It is standard in Australia to attach relevant references to your CV. Before leaving the UK it is a good idea to contact any potential referees and ask them to write a generic reference for this purpose. In the main body list referees with contact details, and attach any references to the back of the CV using a paper clip. As well as showing that you have nothing to hide, time differences may often mean that it is difficult to contact your referees during normal working hours so attaching your references offers a solution.


Inform employer and get P45 and references

Inland Revenue P85
Take these with you (for each adult), then complete and send them back to the UK within a couple of weeks of being in Oz to ensure that Revenue and Customs are aware we have left the UK and now Tax Resident in Australia. The form is designed to help you claim back any tax when we have left or about to leave the UK. This can be downloaded here:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/cnr/p85.pdf

Order a phone card from: MelbourneConnect.com.au -- Prepaid Phone Cards to call from Australia
Works out at 1 cent per minute. Go Beyond card is the better choice.


CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Give your change of address to:

Banks
Passport office
Pension company
Inland revenue
Insurance brokers and accountants
Shares

DVLA
The DVLA require that you have a UK address on your driving license, so it may be advisable to change the address to that of a friend or relative who could forward any necessary communications to you, before you go.

RE-DIRECT POST
Arrange all post to be redirected

Royal Mail offer national and international redirection services for your mail for a variety of time periods. You can either apply in person at a Post Office or online and allow a few days for the service to be activated . You can renew online if you find that you wish to continue the service longer after the initial period ends. We signed up for a year and it cost around £70. The redirection service is for a maximum of 2 years.


For more information visit www.royalmail.com and select redirection services.

It is cheaper to get mail redirected to another UK address, so if we are confident that we will need very little of our mail we could see if we have a trustworthy friend or relative who is willing to have it redirected to them and will forward on the odd piece of relevant mail.

If you get the mail redirected internationally make sure that you have one address that you can access for the entire period of the forward, as you cannot change it. If you expect to be transient during this time it may be better to have the mail forwarded to an Australian friend or relative, or to set up a PO Box. The only difficulty with a PO Box is that you will need to open it once you are in Australia.

For more information on a PO Box with Australia Post visit:

Welcome To Australia Post

Ship your goods

Whichever option you have chosen for shipping make sure everything is clean before the shippers arrive, as customs in Australia will not accept foreign dirt. Use a product like Jeyes Fluid.

The timing that shipments leave varies with each individual case. Some choose to ship early and stay with relatives/friends/make do with things they will then dispose of, whereas others will choose to ship at the last minute and wait for their possessions to arrive at the other end.

Don't forget to look into marine insurance, which is essential. Getting this insurance with your shipper may be more expensive than using an independent company like Letton Percival ( Letton Percival - Welcome To Letton Percival ) so do research on both.

Re Christmas decorations: on box write ‘tinsel, tree ornaments or fairy lights’ NOT ‘christmas decorations’ – and mark ‘No Pine Cones’. The customs guys will be on the box like greased lightening otherwise.

Make sure all the files on your computer are backed up

Make a copy of everything on your computer and keep it withy our important documents, preferably in a separate bag to your computer.

If you are leaving your computer behind and using a new one when you arrive it is worth making two back ups of your files and keeping them in separate places just to be sure they are safe.

Start packing non essential items.



(Part 2 to follow)

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PART 2

A useful link from DAFF which outlines stuff you aren't allowed to pack: What can't I take into Australia? - Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry



Prescriptions

Get enough medicine to cover until you can see a doctor in Australia.

Be aware that some destinations en route may have restrictions regarding bringing certain medications into the country so check this beforehand.

Collect hand-over files from doctor, dentist, optician, schools etc.

Arrange some private health cover for Australia if required/desired

Pay off any outstanding debts

Close any surplus bank accounts and destroy unwanted cards

Shred and dispose of any personal records you are not taking

Ensure all your relevant paperwork is in a travel file

CANCEL: Ask for refunds where applicable
Car insurance: Get a letter confirming No Claims Bonus
Car road tax
Standing Orders/Direct Debits: make sure they are cancelled with the bank as well as the company
All utilities (gas/electric/telephone/community charge) cancel in writing
Broadband
House insurance
Car Insurance
Sky TV
Newspapers
TV licence

Request references from credit card companies, banks & mortgage lender; request up-to-date statements
(financial statements useful when going for a rental)

Sort out family allowance

Buy currency for the trip

Ensure that your possessions are on their way

Check in with the shipping company to ensure that everything is going to plan

Organise transport to the airport

Take final gas/electric meter readings and send details to suppliers

Get PHOTOCOPIES of:
Birth certificates
Marriage certificate
Passport bio pages including visa page (handy for employers)
Mortgage statements
Driving Licence
Utility bills for the last 6 months (to show regular payments) – will help in rental search to show good payment
Savings accounts
Bank statements

Then scan onto a stick

Arrange for a NATIONWIDE credit card: no fees for international purchases (remember, you won’t be able to get an Australian credit card until you have a job)

Get an Australian bank account sorted

Get a school report file together

Sort out Ambulance cover before you go: (this will depend on which state you go to. Some states have a levy, some states have an annual fee. Here’s the link for the Ambulance Service in Victoria Membership Home - Metropolitan Ambulance Service

Make a note of useful UK telephone numbers, i.e. bank customer services etc (the International number)

Set up an independent email address (Hotmail or Gmail etc) and transfer your existing address book over before we move) – also save to stick. Remember that if you’re with, say, Pipex or Virgin you won’t be able to use that service in Oz therefore all your contacts and stored email will be lost.

Arrange a rental car for when you arrive (but NOT from the airport as the cost is extortionate). A taxi into Melbourne city is around $50 and pick rental up from a regional office. Check out Europcar,.they are normally the cheapest rental from the airport.

Info Pack for rental
  • If you have a relative in Australia ask them to write a character reference
  • Copy of bank statements/utility bills/mortgage statements
  • Get a reference from UK estate agent stating how well our house has been maintained and what kind of people you are
  • If you have a rented, ask the estate agent for a character reference stating that you paid rent regularly and on time every month
  • When applying for a rental, write a covering letter explaining why you currently don’t have a job (i.e. just landed). Mention in it you’ve had a mortgage for ‘X’ years and you have PR/or you’ve rented for ‘X’ years etc
  • Take passports with you
  • Front up with cash for 3 months advance rental (we did, but it wasn’t needed). There are usually quite a few people going for the same property so offering to pay in advance may clinch it for you


PO Box or other Postal Address for the first 4 months (visit a Post Office to do this)

This is a bit of a catch 22 situation! You will need a long-ish term postal address in Australia to be able to setup your Bank Accounts, Medicare, Centrelink, Drivers License, etc. If you have a friend or relative, ask them if you can use their address. PO Boxes can be used for general mail and are available in most post offices but they are like gold dust. NOTE: You can’t apply for Medicare with a PO Box as your address.

Now, take a few deep breathes...... !!!

This is intended for guideline purposes only (and comes from my own personal experience).

GOOD LUCK!

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Do you know if Perth is hotter than Brisbane? or are they both the same.
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Hi Janice,

Here's a couple of links:

This site will tell you what the weather is like in each state, you can even get more localised by postcode:
Australia & World Weather Forecast, BoM Radar, Rainfall Map & Report

This site is an overall view of weather in Australia:
Australian weather and the seasons - Australia's Culture Portal

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hi dolly you have been very helpful with the last few emails cheers. one major question that my partner and i have, as we are hoping to go to aus at the end of the month our major concern is our four year old daughter. in Ireland she would be due to start school this coming september, but now that we are traveling to aus she wont be. i am wondering do you know anything about schools in aus? what do you need for the child to attend school and get into a school in aus? would we have problems? what is the age for children starting school? sorry for all the questions, but its our main concern , and would be gratfull if you could answer these questions or know somebody that might...... hope to here from you dolly

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Hi kenneth,

Totally understand about your concerns re schooling. It was our major concern to.

As your daughter is just starting school you don't need to take anything with you, just a copy of her vaccinnations (it may not be asked for but it's good to have just in case). The new school year starts in February 2010 so as you will be moving over at the end of the month it would be wise to enrol her into kindergarten/pre-school.

I always think this website is good, if you click on the "at school 5-18" it details the relevant stages at school.

The best thing to do is check out the schools in the area you are going to live in and contact schools that look promising. The school will then tell you exactly what you will need to enrol your daughter, and other things such as school uniform, books etc.

What area are you thinking of moving to?

Any other questions, just ask away. I'm more than happy to help as much as I can.

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Prescriptions

Get enough medicine to cover until you can see a doctor in Australia.

Be aware that some destinations en route may have restrictions regarding bringing certain medications into the country so check this beforehand.

Collect hand-over files from doctor, dentist, optician, schools etc.

Arrange some private health cover for Australia if required/desired

Pay off any outstanding debts

Close any surplus bank accounts and destroy unwanted cards

Shred and dispose of any personal records you are not taking

Ensure all your relevant paperwork is in a travel file

CANCEL: Ask for refunds where applicable
Car insurance: Get a letter confirming No Claims Bonus
Car road tax
Standing Orders/Direct Debits: make sure they are cancelled with the bank as well as the company
All utilities (gas/electric/telephone/community charge) cancel in writing
Broadband
House insurance
Car Insurance
Sky TV
Newspapers
TV licence

Request references from credit card companies, banks & mortgage lender; request up-to-date statements
(financial statements useful when going for a rental)

Sort out family allowance

Buy currency for the trip

Ensure that your possessions are on their way

Check in with the shipping company to ensure that everything is going to plan

Organise transport to the airport

Take final gas/electric meter readings and send details to suppliers

Get PHOTOCOPIES of:
Birth certificates
Marriage certificate
Passport bio pages including visa page (handy for employers)
Mortgage statements
Driving Licence
Utility bills for the last 6 months (to show regular payments) – will help in rental search to show good payment
Savings accounts
Bank statements

Then scan onto a stick

Arrange for a NATIONWIDE credit card: no fees for international purchases (remember, you won’t be able to get an Australian credit card until you have a job)

Get an Australian bank account sorted

Get a school report file together

Sort out Ambulance cover before you go: (this will depend on which state you go to. Some states have a levy, some states have an annual fee. Here’s the link for the Ambulance Service in Victoria Membership Home - Metropolitan Ambulance Service

Make a note of useful UK telephone numbers, i.e. bank customer services etc (the International number)

Set up an independent email address (Hotmail or Gmail etc) and transfer your existing address book over before we move) – also save to stick. Remember that if you’re with, say, Pipex or Virgin you won’t be able to use that service in Oz therefore all your contacts and stored email will be lost.

Arrange a rental car for when you arrive (but NOT from the airport as the cost is extortionate). A taxi into Melbourne city is around $50 and pick rental up from a regional office. Check out Europcar,.they are normally the cheapest rental from the airport.

Info Pack for rental
  • If you have a relative in Australia ask them to write a character reference
  • Copy of bank statements/utility bills/mortgage statements
  • Get a reference from UK estate agent stating how well our house has been maintained and what kind of people you are
  • If you have a rented, ask the estate agent for a character reference stating that you paid rent regularly and on time every month
  • When applying for a rental, write a covering letter explaining why you currently don’t have a job (i.e. just landed). Mention in it you’ve had a mortgage for ‘X’ years and you have PR/or you’ve rented for ‘X’ years etc
  • Take passports with you
  • Front up with cash for 3 months advance rental (we did, but it wasn’t needed). There are usually quite a few people going for the same property so offering to pay in advance may clinch it for you


PO Box or other Postal Address for the first 4 months (visit a Post Office to do this)

This is a bit of a catch 22 situation! You will need a long-ish term postal address in Australia to be able to setup your Bank Accounts, Medicare, Centrelink, Drivers License, etc. If you have a friend or relative, ask them if you can use their address. PO Boxes can be used for general mail and are available in most post offices but they are like gold dust. NOTE: You can’t set up bank accounts, Centrelink etc with a PO Box as your address.

Now, take a few deep breathes...... !!!

This is intended for guideline purposes only (and comes from my own personal experience).

GOOD LUCK!

Dolly
I am currently working my way through this list at the moment - don't know what I would have done without it!! Just wanted to ask though - you advise to scan onto stick bank and mortgage statements etc - do I also need to take the originals with me or is this in place of. If don't need originals wil leave them as already struggling for space and only got 30 kg limit on luggage. did you require originals at any time? thanks gina

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We scanned all our docs onto a stick and I carried the originals with me in my carry-on bag and guarded it with my life. Do not put original documents in your suitcase as the suitcase could get lost in transit never to be seen again!

When we rented the real estate company wanted to see our passport but the other documents (bank statements etc) were OK as a copy.

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No worries......

Yes it is very scary carrying all your most important documents with you.....just keep hold of the bag with grim determination and you'll be fine I never put my bag in the overhead locker either, I wanted to be able to see it at all times!

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Don't forget to check out your State Pension situation. Remember that if you have paid National Insurance for less than 9 years, women, or 11 years, men, you will get no pention atall from the UK when you retire. You can, however buy extra years to bring you up to these levels. At 9 and 11 years of payments completed you will be entitled to 25% of the full pension on reaching retirement age, however it will be frozen at that rate for the rest of your life if you are moving to most of the Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, and a lot more..
You will be OK in Europe and the USA and a few more.
Search for Pension Parity on Google for more information.
The whole subject of the fight by UK Pensioners for Parity, and their appeal to the European Court of Human Rights heard on September 2nd this year, is covered by the Internet, again searcch Google. The ECHR is expected to bring down its judgement about March 2010.
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