PLEASE NOTE THAT OFTEN, GOVERNMENT LAWS, REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES CHANGE OVER TIME - DO NOT RELY ON OLD INFORMATION, INCLUDING THAT GIVEN IN THE BELOW, DATED THREADS.
IT IS VERY MUCH IN YOUR OWN INTEREST TO CHECK CURRENT REQUIREMENTS - EITHER CHECK THE CURRENT SITUATION BY ACCESSING THE CURRENT RULES ON OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITES, OR FEEL FREE TO START A NEW THREAD AND ASK FOR HELP AND INFORMATION.
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.
Prepare your belongings to be shipped. Get at least 3 quotes
(see bottom of page for a list of questions to ask your shipper)
Doree Bonner Doree Bonner | UK and International Home Removals and Secure Storage
Crown Relocations Crown Relocations U.K.
PSS International Removal Company
Robinsons The Business and Home Removal Company - Robinsons International
Britannia International Removals | UK Removals | Office Removals | Storage | Britannia Movers International
Give formal notice to employer and make sure you get P45 and work references
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:
All readers - please note that this is a very old thread.
There is a high probability that requirements have changed since the time this thread was current, so please investigate what the current requirements are for yourself.
Advice from the Australian Government is as follows:
The best advice that we can give you is the prospective imports of dogs and cats to Australia should always contact the Australia Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to ensure that they are aware of our import requirements and processes which may change from time to time.
For current information as at April 2017, please carefully read this link to check what information may be applicable to you: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs/step-by-step-guides
If you wish to discuss the issues and details about bringing a pet to Australia further, please start a new thread to help you identify current requirements that you will need to meet at the time of your move.
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Organise temporary accommodation in Australia for a couple of weeks.
Organise all birthday cards and presents for the next 3 months
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.
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:
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:
Insurance brokers and accountants
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.
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.
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