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Removals To Australia

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Australia has a short but vibrant history behind it and an exciting and prosperous future in front of it. The country is desperate for skilled workers, making a move to Australia both inviting and reasonably secure.

If you are below a certain age, and have one of the many skills Australia is desperate for, then there are government grants and other endorsements available. All designed to make your move easier financially.

However, you certainly don’t have to meet these criteria to move to this beautiful and unique country. Many people make the move from the UK to Australia and numbers are increasing with each passing year.

Australia is the only country in the world to have every climate known to man, from luscious rain forest in the South East to barren desert in the more central areas - Australia has it all!

The services we provided can include:

  • Full and Part Loads
  • Full or Partial Packing Service
  • Secure Possession Storage

Areas in Australia covered include:

Alice Springs

Our partners services cover all regions within Australia. Call us to discuss your Australian relocation needs, even if the area you want is not mentioned.

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Living in Australia

There is no doubt that Australia is a highly desirable place to live. In a independent survey of 215 cities, research carried out by leading research company Mercer found that Australian cities continued to rate among the highest for quality of life with criteria including; political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health, education, transport and public services. Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane all feature within the top 25, ahead of cities like San Francisco, Paris, London and Montreal for all-round health, safety and good times. In 2004 Melbourne moved up from 15th place to 12th due to improved law enforcement.

Working in Australia

The first thing you will need to arrange when moving to Australia is a working visa. For people of working age this can be don e in four categories: 1. Skilled indepedent migaration; 2. Employer nomination scheme; 3. Business Migration 4. Holiday working visa. Visa are issued on a points based system. The more qualified and educated etc... you are, the more likely to have your visa approved.

Moving to Australia

You must do the following things as soon as possible when you arrive in Australia:

  1. Apply for a tax file number - Do this first. To receive an income in Australia, you need a Tax File Number (TFN)
  2. Register with Medicare - The Australian Government provides help with basic medical expenses through a scheme called Medicare
  3. Open a bank account - In Australia, most income including salary or wages and government benefits are paid directly into a bank account.
  4. Register with Centrelink - Centrelink is a government agency which delivers a range of services to the community.
  5. Register for English classes - do this if English is not your first language and you need to learn
  6. Enrol your children in school - Under Australian law, children must attend school until they are 15 years old.
  7. Apply for a drivers license - You'll need this to drive

Healthcare in Australia

Australia has a fairly complex healthcare system, comprising both public and private hospitals and medical practitioners and literally dozens of insurance schemes set up to fund them. The state-run healthcare scheme is called Medicare. This is an Australia-wide health insurance scheme, funded through income tax. Healthcare under Medicare is available to all citizens and permanent residents of Australia.

In addition to Medicare, many Australians choose to take out some form of private health insurance. The levels of cover range from ancillary (eg. for dental and optical treatment) to full hospital cover. In recent years the Australian Government has made changes to the tax structure in order to encourage people to take out private health insurance.

Driving in Australia

If you're a visitor and hold a valid driver's licence (in English) from your own country, you're allowed to drive throughout all of Australia. (But an international driver's licence, if you have one, does not by itself give you the right to drive in Australia.)

Driving in Australia is easy. Traffic drives on the left and roads are generally well-maintained but motorways are usually restricted to the approaches to major cities and heavily travelled routes such as Melbourne-Sydney and Sunshine Coast-Brisbane-Gold Coast. A regular car will take you virtually everywhere in Australia, but a four-wheel-drive is essential for beach driving or if you want to explore Fraser Island and the Cape York Peninsula.

Speed limits on most country roads are 100-110km/h, although the top speed limit is 130km/h on highways in the Northern Territory. On motorways the limit is usually 110km/h outside cities and 100km/h in built up areas. Minor roads in towns and cities are usually either 50km/h. It is compulsory to wear seat belts and it's illegal to talk on a mobile phone while driving. You must not park facing oncoming traffic.

Banking in Australia

Banks are generally open 9.00am to 4pm Mon-Thu; 9:00am-5pm Fri. In some states selected banking facilities are available on Saturday morning. General office hours including Post Offices are 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri. Stamps are often available at front desks of hotels and motels and at selected retail outlets. ATM cards can be used in Australia at both ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) and at participating retail locations, so long as they have been enabled for international access. Your ATM card must carry either the CIRRUS, PLUS or STAR international ATM mark or the Interlink or Maestro POS mark.

You should open a bank account within six weeks of your arrival, as you usually need only your passport as identification. After six weeks you will need extra identification to open an account.

Education in Australia

Education in Australia covers primary (ages 6-12), secondary (ages 12-18) and tertiary (usually ages 18-21) education.

The Programme for International Student Assessment for 2006 ranks the Australian education system as 6th on a worldwide scale for Reading, 8th for Science and 13th for Mathematics.

Education is compulsory up to an age specified by legislation; this age varies from state to state but is generally 15-17, that is prior to completing secondary education. Post-compulsory education is regulated within the Australian Qualifications Framework, a unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training (TAFE) and the higher education sector (university). The academic year in Australia varies between institutions, but generally runs from late January until mid-December for primary and secondary schools and TAFE colleges, and from late February until mid-November for universities with seasonal holidays and breaks for each educational institute.

Australia Facts

  • In land area, Australia is the sixth largest nation after Russia, Canada, China, the United States of America and Brazil. It has, however, a relatively small population
  • Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent and its outlying islands. The mainland is the largest island and the smallest, flattest continent on Earth. It lies between 10 and 39 South latitude
  • The highest point on the mainland, Mount Kosciuszko, is only 2228 metres. Apart from Antarctica, Australia is the driest continent.
  • Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth. Its interior has one of the lowest rainfalls in the world and about three-quarters of the land is arid or semi-arid
  • Australia has had one of the most outstanding economies of the world in recent years. As a high-growth, low-inflation, low interest rate economy, it is more vibrant than ever before. There is an efficient government sector, a flexible labour market and a very competitive business sector.
  • Since 1945, over six million people from 200 countries have come to Australia as new settlers
  • Australia's current population is 22 million
  • Australia is the worlds largest exporter of coal, wool, sheep and diamonds
  • The land area of Australia is 2.94m sq miles
  • the name "Australia" is derived from the Latin "australis", meaning "southern"
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