A Step-by-Step Guide to Moving to Australia

Did you know that Australia remains the most popular destination for Brits moving abroad?

Home Office figures reveal that Down Under is still the leading destination for expats and to date, there are over one million UK citizens living there.

Have you thought about moving to the Land of Oz? If you are, make sure you read this step-by-step guide.

Moving abroad is a big step ad not a decision to be made lightly. Thoroughly research the country and if you can, try to visit the country beforehand on a holiday.

So what do you need to know?

Shipping transit duration

How long will it take to ship your belongings? It depends on the type of shipping service. You can expect around 6-8 weeks for a full container load, and around 10-12 weeks for a shared container shipment.

Also take into account, the Australia Quarantine Inspection Services (AQIS) are renowned for physically examining belongings for up to 14 working days, so bear this in mind.

Immigration Visa

To live in Australia, you will need to apply for an immigration Visa. There are various kinds available however as a general guide, it takes most applicants round 9-18 months to receive a decision. If you have a spouse that already lives in Australia, this can hurry the process to around 3-6 months.

To be allowed a Visa, you do need to have certain skills as the application process depends on eligibility. To find out if you qualify, use the General Skilled Migration (GSM) programme- you must meet the basic requirements and pass the points test.

Car importation

You may want to take your vehicle with you, as after all, Australia has the same protocol as the UK in that they drive on the left-hand side of the road. You must get important approval before shipment can commence and all cards are subject to customs duty and services tax. Check out the government site for more details.

Destination choice

Where will you live in Australia? It is the sixth largest country in the world so there are many destinations to choose from. Here are favourites:

  • Cairns
  • Tasmania
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Adelaide
  • Perth
  • Brisbane



The weather is pretty much fantastic all-year-round. The summer months are between December and February, so we advise you to move either fly into Brisbane or Sydney just before or just after, because it can get very hot and humid.

Busy holidays

It is also advisable to avoid some of the annual holidays because the flights will be dearer and traffic will me busy. The country has the same holidays as the UK such as Christmas and Easter, and they also celebrate Australia Day on 26th January. What is more, they have a national day of remembrance called Anzac Day on 25th April.

Pet importation

If you want to take your family pet with you, you do need to check vaccination and quarantine procedures. All furry felines and dogs being imported, whether it is for the first time or returning, must meet the standard Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) import conditions.

Follow this guide to have a stress-free, straightforward move to Australia!

This article was written by Robinsons, a leading moving company in the UK that specialises in expert international removals. For more information on moving to Australia, visit the site today.

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