Your Comprehensive Relocation Guide to Moving to Australia with Confidence

Here’s your ultimate guide for relocating to the land down under! If you’re considering moving to Australia, you’ve come to the right place. Our relocation guide will provide you with a thorough checklist to make your move a breeze, whether you want to move to South Australia, Western Australia, or any other region of this diverse country.

Remember, our relocation service is here to support you every step of the way as you embark on your exciting new chapter in Australia!

Relocation Checklist: Before you begin your Australia move

Before you begin your journey planning, it’s essential to create a detailed checklist to ensure a smooth transition; so here are the key elements to consider:

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Your Comprehensive Relocation Guide to Moving to Australia with Confidence

Australian Visa Requirements: What You Need to Know

Before moving to Australia, take a look at Australia's relevant visa options, for you, your dependents and visitors:

Subclass 189 – permanent skilled (invited) independent visa, info here

Subclass 190 – permanent skilled (nominated) independent visa, info here

Subclass 186 – permanent skilled (employer nominated) independent visa, info here

Consult the Australian Immigration Department’s website for detailed information on visa types and eligibility criteria. Remember, we provide a full document attestation service and can assist with all steps of preparing your visa file.

Customs Information: Importing Personal Belongings and Pets

Understanding Australian customs regulations is crucial for a seamless move. You'll need to declare all items you're bringing into the country, and some items may be subject to duty or taxes.

Transfer of Residence Concession

Importation of goods without duty and taxes is possible on your household goods, so long as you meet the following criteria:

For household goods, you will need:

  • A completed Unaccompanied Personal Effects Statement (B534 Form)
  • A copy of your passport photo and identification pages
  • A copy of your visa or proof of Australian residency
  • Your detailed inventory list
  • Any required permits for restricted items

Importing a Vehicle

To relocate your vehicle to Australia, you must meet specific import requirements, including obtaining a Vehicle Import Approval from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, and Communications. Additionally, you may need to pay import taxes and comply with Australian vehicle standards. We can help you with this.

Relocating your Pets

Australia has strict rules on which animals can be imported. Cats and dogs are generally allowed, but some breeds may be restricted or prohibited. To check your pet’s eligibility, visit the Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment‘s website.

The pet relocation process has many things to consider for Australia, here are a few pointers:

Remember! Our comprehensive Pet Relocation Service can manage your pet relocation entirely, ensuring a smooth experience for both you and your pet.

Home Search in Australia

Relocate MENA operates a Home Search Service, whereby we task a team of local agents to find an ideal property in your destination, according to your specific requirements. However, should you wish to do this alone, or have already found your dream new home, here are some pointers:

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Other Considerations When Relocating to Australia


Expats moving to Australia can benefit from the country’s public healthcare system, known as Medicare, which provides free or subsidised treatment at public hospitals and covers a range of services, such as general practitioner visits, tests, and prescription medications. To access Medicare, expats must apply for a Medicare card upon arrival, provided they are eligible based on their visa status or reciprocal healthcare agreements between Australia and their home country.

In addition, you may choose to register for your own private health insurance.


Australia offers a high-quality education system for expat children, with a range of public, private, and international schools to choose from. Public schools are typically free or low-cost for permanent residents, while private schools and international schools charge tuition fees.

Many international schools follow a curriculum from the child’s home country or the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, providing a seamless transition for expat children. It is crucial for expat families to research the various schooling options available, considering factors such as location, curriculum, and cost. Engaging with local education authorities, online forums, and other expat families can be beneficial in making an informed decision that caters to their child’s needs and ensures a positive educational experience in Australia.

Our School Search Service can help you with this hugely important step of settling into your new life.

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