Do’s And Don’ts When Relocating Abroad To Australia

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Moving to Australia Hassle Free

Moving to the land down under is a life-changing decision. Taking the right steps to make this a smooth transition will start you off on a good foot. Australia is one of the world’s most sought after migration destinations. Its high quality of life, beautiful beaches, and multicultural communities make it a desirable location. Aside from employment opportunities, quality education, infrastructure, and recreational options, we’ve compiled a a few tips on moving to Australia.

Applying For A Visa

Applying for the right visa is the most critical step in pursuing a move to Australia. The entire list of visas available along with the eligibility requirements is available for public viewing. Requirements for each different visa vary. Generally, this entails showing evidence of available funds, health insurance, police clearances, English language testing and the skills and qualification eligibility. There are also types of visas that require an existing Australian bank account.

The most common types of visa include family migration, skilled migration and for education opportunities, study migration.

 Arrange A Professional Company To Move Your Belongings

Regardless of where you’re moving from, to make the big relocation easier, it’s integral that you hire professional international removalists. When relocating international, it’s best to hire a moving company that can help you with the transportation of your things.

A premium removalist firm can help you sort your belongings and advise you on what is the most efficient and economical way to move your things. Before you take on the behemoth task of packing, keep in mind that Australia has some very tight quarantine laws, specifically when it comes to food, plant and animal material. It’s best to check with their customs before you begin the task of packing.

If you’re considering a move to Australia with pets, make sure to have all your paperwork and health checks in order so there are no untoward or unforeseen circumstances come travel day. The Australian Department of Agriculture lays out the conditions for moving with pets so it’s best to check this out first.

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Pet Restrictions: Things to Know Before You Move Abroad

Kate  @awaywithkate

From fish to hamsters and from cats to dogs, we consider all members of our scaly, furry, and hairy house guests a part of the family. Moving overseas without our four-legged family members is not an option for many of us. Before boarding your plane (and before even booking the flight), it’s important to know the steps involved in pet relocation when moving overseas and to know which countries have pet restrictions.
Countries with Pet Restrictions

Moving overseas and leaving your pet behind is not an option. They are family after all! Here are three things to consider when preparing to move abroad with a pet:


Some countries are certainly easier than others when it comes to bringing bring dogs, cats and other animals across the border with you. These are the countries you can count on to have a relatively easy process:

  1. Austria
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Hungary (Fun Fact: dogs are welcome in most cafes and restaurants in Hungary.)
  4. Nicaragua
  5. Switzerland

I hope you like to write. If you plan on traveling to one of the below countries, be prepared to fill out lots, and lots, and lots of paperwork:

  1. Australia
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Jamaica (Not-so-fun Fact: Regardless of the animal or breed, only pets from Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland are allowed entry into Jamaica.)
  4. New Zealand
  5. Vanuatu

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Mover Spotlight: AMJ Campbell International- Canada

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Moving overseas, or to The U.S., from Canada can be a tough decision. It’s never easy to leave the comforts of your home country whether it be for work or maybe retirement. We at GoodMigrations have partnered with the best, most trusted movers in the industry to help take the stress out of your move. One such companies in our trusted network is AMJ Campbell International. A professional, full-service, international moving company based in Ontario but serving all of Canada. We took some time to sit down with Danielle Oaks, Director of Business Development and Client Services, to ask a few questions so that you, the expat, can get to know them the way we do!

AMJ Campbell International - Canada - Relocation
We found this interview very interesting and could not agree more with Danielle on question number 7. This is a mistake too many people make time and time again.

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The IKEA Global Price Index: To Ship Or Not To Ship

Kate  @awaywithkate

“Do I ship my stuff to my new home or do I sell it and replace it in my new country?” That is the question many expats are forced to ask when deciding what to pack (or not pack) when moving overseas.

For many people, this question comes down to cost: is it cheaper to ship everything or to sell everything and buy new furniture in your new destination? It’s helpful to frame this decision by answering the questions below.

Do you have expensive stuff?
If your home furnishings are expensive items, then you will get a fraction of that back if you sell. And worst of all you’ll still need to replace your items, regardless of which country you move to. If this sounds like your situation then it’s more likely that shipping makes sense.

Is there anything you’re emotionally attached to, such as family heirlooms?
You’ll need to think hard about selling, storing, or shipping your items. If you have a family heirloom then selling might not be a viable option.
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Expert Expat Spotlight: Gwen John from It Started In LA

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Making the decision to leave your home country is never an easy one. It almost always means leaving behind friends and family and that sense of comfort that you grew up under-appreciating. Living overseas is not for everyone but our Expert Expat, Gwen, from It Started In LA, and her husband, were two brave souls that decided to make the leap. Work took them across the Pacific Ocean to Los Angeles, California but they aren’t wasting any time exploring their new home. Lets hear what it is like to be an Australian expat living in Los Angeles.
Australian expat Gwen John- ItStartedInLaWhat initiated your move abroad?
My husband’s work.  Technically that makes me a “trailing spouse” but I was the one who encouraged him to accept the offer and go on an adventure together.
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