Moving to Australia


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Prohibited and restricted items

Every country has its own rules and regulations surrounding prohibited and restricted items. It’s important to be aware of these prior to the move to avoid any delays.

Australia is a very eco-conscious country, keen to preserve the natural environment. Therefore, there are very strict guidelines surrounding the importation of items that have been exposed to the outdoors – items that may carry pests, or soil, for example – that may be viewed as a contamination threat. When your goods arrive in Australia, they will undergo an inspection by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS).

Before you move, it’s important to ensure all outdoor items have been thoroughly cleaned before being packed – for example, bikes or shoes. Doing so will avoid delays on arrival in Australia. Bear in mind too, that untreated wood is not taken to kindly due to the possibility of pests living within the wood, so items like wicker baskets are unlikely to be accepted.

Everyone has to pay a minimum AQIS fee, which can then increase depending on load size. If all goes smoothly with the inspection, the quarantine process is relatively quick, lasting a couple of days. Should a more intensive inspection be required, charges and timescales will be affected.

We can provide further information if you require it – please get in touch and we’ll be happy to advise.


A paradise of sandy beaches, glorious temperatures and a wealth of culture, Australia is a favourite destination amongst expats from the United Kingdom.

Emigrating to Australia is a long process with many elements to consider. The first and most important task to undertake is applying for the right kind of visa before attempting to relocate to Australia. The General Skilled Migration (GSM) system is Australia’s immigration process and migrants must meet the basic requirements as set out under this scheme. You must also pass the Australian Immigration points test in order to qualify for a visa.

There are two main types of visas offered for migrants wishing to relocate to Australia, these being; the 457 visa – issued for up to four years to skilled workers who have an approved sponsor or the 189 visa which is issued to skilled workers without any form of sponsor.

Many expats moving to Australia prefer to rent initially whilst looking for an area they’d like to settle in. Things to bear in mind when assessing a location include; access to public transport, employment opportunities, local schools, and the reputation of the area. When looking to rent a property in Australia you will usually be asked to provide previous rental references and a copy of your passport. If you are looking to buy property in Australia then there are a number of estate agents who will guide you through the process.

For expats who want to move to a busy city environment within Australia, the best places to start with are the major cities such as; Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. However if you prefer a more relaxed pace of life then the suburban areas of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland would be more suitable.

Australia’s government runs a healthcare system called Medicare which applies to all states. This system usually covers free or subsidised treatments by healthcare professionals like doctors and specialists and in some instances subsidised medicines. The Medicare system is only available to Australian citizens and permanent visa holders so you will need to register with your local Medicare office within 7-10 days of arrival.

Australia is a thriving, multi-cultural society that offers a wealth of experiences for expats relocating there. Every Australian capital city offers public galleries, museums, theatres and annual arts festivals and Australia is recognised as providing a valuable contribution to world culture.

Due to its multi-cultural society the cuisine in Australia is diverse and exciting. Dining out is popular with Australian citizens so there are a variety of pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars offering a range of dishes. Australia’s traditional cuisine stems from the Aboriginal peoples whose ‘bush tucker’ diet consists of kangaroo, emu, crocodile, witchetty grubs, Quandong, bush tomato, yams and macadamia nuts. A lot of these native foods have been incorporated into contemporary dishes so you will also find them in mainland Australia.

Shipping your belongings over to Australia once you are finally ready to move requires a lot of planning and form filling. We’ll help you navigate the requirements and deliver a stress-free move! Simply get in touch. E: enquiries@squab.co.uk T: 0845 4680 160

Don’t forget to take a look at our handy checklist as a guide to help with organising your move.


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