Moving to Australia can be the best experience of someone’s life. There are many different reasons why people choose to move: students choose to work there on their gap year, professionals seek new long-term job opportunities and pensioners look to spend their retirement in the sun.
Even though a move to Australia is exciting, it is important not to get carried away by leaving everything until the last minute. There are several key factors to take into account. This is a guide to the most important considerations.
Get Proper Insurance
Many people go abroad without having sorted out the right health insurance. This is especially true of younger people who have moved to Australia in search of a job to fill their gap year before university. Falling ill or having an accident in Australia could potentially cost thousands of dollars. It is a good idea to research several health insurance providers before choosing a policy. Retirees will have to produce evidence of comprehensive health cover before they are allowed to reside in Australia.
Choose Where To Live
If people are lucky enough to be able to pick which Australian city they will live in, there are a range of factors to consider. Firstly, the climate: Perth has the hottest summers in Australia (temperatures climb into the forties), whilst Darwin sees the most amount of rain (averaging 1715mm of rain a year).
As well as climate it is important to consider what is on offer in each of the different cities. Canberra has a reputation for being quiet with not much in the way of a ‘party’ scene. Canberra could be a good option for families and retirees. In contrast, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth are livelier, with access to great beaches. These cities are popular with young professionals and ‘gap year’ travellers.
When it comes to what type of house to live in, check out several display homes before making the final decision. Renting or buying a house is going to be one of the main expenses whilst living in Australia, so it is important not to rush into moving.
Choosing a house or an apartment should be as stress-free as possible, especially as there will be lots of other things to sort out once people arrive in Australia. Take a look at Red Ink Homes display homes in Perth to secure the right house.
Factor In The Cost Of Living
Australia has a high cost of living compared to some parts of the world. Research the cost of everyday items such as food and transport and create a hypothetical monthly cost list. This is especially important for people who are retiring in Australia. Some retirees may find that their pensions don’t stretch far enough and that they have to move back to their country of origin.
Sort Out Taxes
Different countries require different levels of taxation for citizens who move abroad. For example, Americans are required to pay taxes back home on any worldwide income. It is also a good idea to research Australian tax requirements before moving.
Use this guide to make sure that a move to Australia goes as smoothly as possible.