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Preparing for Departure Checklist

Before moving to Australia there’s lots to think about and plan. Use this checklist for moving to Australia to help you with your planning.

18 months prior

Do your research

  • Compile a shortlist of where in Victoria you would like to live. Talk to friends and relatives already living in the state. Conduct research on the internet. This website and the Visit Victoria website are a good place to start.
  • Learn more about property prices and the cost of living. Develop a budget for when you move.
  • Research job opportunities and business opportunities for you and your family.
  • Attend migration expos to obtain more information and ask questions.
  • Find a migration agent or research your migration visa options if you plan to apply yourself.

Make sure you’re ready

  • Talk to your doctor about any medical conditions that may need attention.
  • Prepare your current home for sale or rent.

12 months prior

Apply for your visas

  • Ensure that you and your family all have valid passports.
  • Complete your visa applications forms – seek assistance from your Migration Agent if required.

Communicate your plans

  • Inform your children’s schools of your relocation plans. Request copies of all relevant documentation such as school reports.
  • Talk to your family and friends about your plans to relocate.

Organise your finances

  • Consolidate accounts and reduce debts wherever possible.

Check the cost of moving

6 months prior

Prepare to move out

  • If your permanent residency visa has been granted, put your home on the market for sale and source temporary accommodation should your house sell sooner than anticipated.
  • Check the required notice period for vacating your property if you are renting.
  • Sell or donate unwanted furniture and household goods.
  • Research processes involved with transporting pets i.e. quarantine, vaccinations, costs involved.
  • Consider advising your employer of your relocation plans.

Get paperwork sorted

  • Undertake medical and police checks if required.
  • Create or update your Last Will and Testament.
  • Obtain copies of medical and dental records for you and your family.
  • Request credit references from your bank and other lenders.

Plan where you’ll live in Victoria

2 months prior

Organise temporary living arrangements in Victoria

  • Source and book temporary accommodation in Victoria for when you arrive.
  • Investigate transport options to your temporary accommodation when you arrive.
  • Investigate new schools or childcare providers for your children and register them if possible.
  • Book your pets into quarantine service and boarding kennels in Victoria if necessary.
  • Begin packing items you do not regularly use.

Prepare for your job search

  • Update your Curriculum Vitae/Resume including employer references. Start applying for positions via employer and recruitment websites. Follow up by phone if possible.
  • Contact potential employers in Victoria and notify them of your interest and expected arrival time. Arrange a telephone interview if appropriate.

Get finances, insurance and legal matters sorted

  • Obtain statements from your financial institutions and any pension /superannuation funds.
  • Arrange necessary insurance cover for you and your family. Ensure it is valid until you take out a new policy in Australia.
  • Settle any outstanding legal matters if applicable.

Get ready to leave

  • Service your vehicle, prepare for sale or storage.
  • Confirm your departure date with removalists.

1 month prior

  • Sell or store your car.

Organise bills and records

  • Provide a forwarding address to your bank, migration agent, post office, financial institutions, employer, friends and family, and relevant authorities. Arrange for your mail to be redirected.
  • Compile personal records and paperwork into a secure travel file.
  • Pay all bills, cancel subscriptions and ensure any direct debits will be stopped once you move.
  • If possible, set up a bank account in Australia.

Organise health and medical

  • Arrange for current prescriptions and a sufficient supply of any medicines.
  • Organise private health and other insurance for when you arrive in Australia.

2 weeks prior

  • Confirm temporary accommodation booking for when you arrive.
  • Obtain some Australian dollars or alternative cash arrangement for when you arrive.
  • Finish packing all non-essential items.
  • Back up your computer files.

1 week prior

  • Organise transport to the airport.
  • Pack essential items and on-board luggage. Include activities for children if applicable.
  • Leave forwarding contact details for the new occupants of your home.