Moving to Australia

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Moving to Adelaide, Australia

As the capital of South Australia, Adelaide plays host to a diverse range of attractions and prominent events. From long beachfronts, festivals and sporting events, to defense and manufacturing sectors, Adelaide’s hub of activity has seen it ranked consistently as one of the world’s most liveable cities. 
 

Also known as the City of Light or the City of Churches for it’s significant religious background, Adelaide is located on the Adelaide Plains, between the Gulf of St Vincent and the Mount Lofty Ranges. With approximately 1.29 million inhabitants, it is Australia’s fifth largest city.

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Visas/Permits

New Zealand citizens are eligible to live and work in Australia without needing to apply for a visa of any kind. However, on entry to Australia a Special Category Visa (SCV) will be assigned. This entitles the SCV holder to live and work in Australia indefinitely. The SCV is a temporary visa and doesn’t provide New Zealanders with the same rights as Australian citizens or permanent residents. 

New Zealand citizens no longer have a right to permanent residency in Australia and must apply for this through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

There are a number of different types of visa available for migrants to Australia, to find out the different options visit the Department of Immigration and Border Control website.

As of July 1st, 2014 it is now mandatory to complete a skills assessment form when applying for visas. The skills assessment forms require personal information based around work experience and qualifications, these forms can also be found at the DIAC website.

Money

The local currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD), and each dollar is worth 100 cents and coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents as well as $1 and $2. Notes are $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

An important part of the transition process to any new country, is converting your money to the corresponding currency. Because of the high rates charged by banks when dealing with cash or travellers cheques, it’s strongly suggested not to take these with you overseas. 

Crown recommends the use of online transferral companies to convert your money, OZFOREX in particular is a dependable service that has seen many travellers save hundreds, sometime thousands of dollars in the currency conversion process.

 

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Another procedure migrants may find beneficial is to open up an Australian bank account before actually arriving in the country. This also helps minimise the bank fees involved with the transferral of money.  

When it comes to opening an Australian bank account without actually being in the country yet, several banks offer application forms that can be filled out online - Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ and NAB all provide an online sign-up service.

Transport

In Australia, drivers use the left-hand side of the road – and all cars are right-hand drive. Speed limits in suburban areas are typically 50km/h or 60km/h and 100km/h on highways or freeways.

If you are a New Zealand resident with a driver’s license relocating to Adelaide, then you will be issued with the South Australian equivalent to your New Zealand license. 

If you have held a full drivers license in the last five years in your country then it’s likely that you will not be required to undertake any provisional tests to obtain a South Australian drivers license. To check if your country meets these requirements click here

Australia is subject to International Driving regulations – which mean that the acquisition of an International Drivers Permit or license allows overseas drivers to continue driving in Australia without further tests or applications, provided that a current drivers license is still held. More can be found out about International Driving Permits from The National Roads & Motorists’ Association website.

The roads in Adelaide are of a very high standard, and it’s often called a “twenty minute” city, for the easy access between metropolitan suburbs and the inner CBD. As well as an excellent network of roads and highways, Adelaide also has a highly functional public transport system, made up of bus, train and tram services spanning the entire city. For more information on public transport including schedules, please visit Adelaide Metro website.

Education

Adelaide has progressively been constructed as “Australia’s education hub” and marketed as a “Learning City” in recent years. The number of international students studying in Adelaide has correspondingly boomed to over 25,000 in the past five years. 

It goes without saying then, that the level of education across Adelaide is of a very high standard. Expatriates typically choose to enrol their children in independent schools or in to the public school system. 

Schools in Adelaide run on a four-term schedule: Term 1 typically goes from late January through mid-April, Term 2 from late April to early July, Term 3 from mid/late-July to late September and Term 4 from mid-October through mid-December.

Most families select the school their children will attend based on its location and accessibility from their home. There are a number of well regarded independent schools that are popular with expatriates, such as; Scotch College, Pembroke School, Annesley College, St. Peters College, Seymour College and Pulteney Grammar School. However these are just a few schools in a wide variety that are available, please contact Crown for more information about possible schools for your children.

Transport available to school students will vary depending on the location of the school and home. Independent schools most often run their own bus systems. Most teenage children use the public bus and train services to get back and forth.

Crown Adelaide can arrange an appointment with a Specialist Education consultant who can provide an in-depth explanation of local education systems, the curricula available and arranging interviews, as well as assist with enrolment requirements. Please contact Crown for information and rates.

Health

In Adelaide, SA Health manages public health care. But like the rest of Australia, public health in Adelaide is provided for under government-funded agency Medicare. 

New Zealand citizens living in Australia automatically qualify for enrolment to Medicare. They are also entitled to free emergency hospital care. However if they are not enrolled in Medicare they are generally charged with the full cost of doctor visits.

Even though Medicare provides free hospital care and free or subsidised doctor and specialist visits, almost 50% of Australians still take out private health insurance as well. This is because private health insurance covers the cost of ambulance use in emergencies and dental care, which Medicare does not.

If the insurance company you were with in your home country is a member of the International Federation of Health Funds, you may be able to transfer your policy to Australia without penalty -- at a similar level of cover. Check with your insurance provider for details.

Accommodation

Because of Adelaide being a “20 minute” city and geographically compact, proximity to work and schools do not typically play an important part in selecting a residential area to live. 

Adelaide’s suburban areas range from beachside, coastal living to homes in well-established residential neighbourhoods, to semi-rural settings in the Adelaide Hills. 

The inner city and northern Adelaide areas are often popular with expatriates. Homes in these suburbs typically range from renovated workers’ cottages to terraced houses, apartment blocks and townhouse style living. Proximity to the CBD makes it easy to walk to work and local cafes or restaurants. 

In the East and South Eastern Suburbs, tree-lined avenues, exclusive shopping and proximity to a number of private schools make for a higher priced lifestyle that is popular with certain expats.

South of the city centre, the suburbs of Unley and Hyde Park offer a cosmopolitan, fashionable way of life. Unley Road has some of Adelaide’s top designer shops such as George Cross and Harry Who. King William Road in Hyde Park is another stylish shopping delight with many brilliant specialty shops and boutiques. Its many cafes make it a very popular spot for a Saturday or Sunday morning coffee.

West of the city are the seaside suburbs, including Henley Beach, Grange, West Beach, Glenelg and Brighton. West Beach Reserve contains numerous playing fields, two golf courses, a boating lake and a large modern caravan park. The nearby Adelaide Airport is between the city centre and the western coastline. Glenelg is a bustling seaside resort with a wide range of accommodation, restaurants and shops.

Expatriate families often choose to rent homes in Adelaide rather than buying, this could be because the South Australian government have high taxes put on the purchase of real estate properties. 

When organising a property to rent, landlords typically ask for four to six weeks rent in advance before the collection of keys. There is also a security deposit or bond to be paid before moving in. 

For information about rental properties available around the Adelaide area, visit the Domain website. 

Networking

Expatriates relocating to Adelaide often integrate into the wider community with ease, and find smaller, more close knit groups through school events or local sports.

Adelaide’s beaches are typically a great opportunity to meet new people, as the warm temperatures and golden sand consistently lure large crowds. Special interest day tours to the wineries are another way to explore Adelaide’s surrounding areas and meet people with similar interests.

Bars and clubs are often packed full of people looking to make socialise and make the most of Adelaide’s thriving nightlife. There are also several reputable singles networking services, who arrange weekend activities, restaurant dinners and sightseeing.

Next Steps

Crown Relocations has 50 years of experience moving individuals and families to Adelaide and throughout Australia, contact us today for more information about our services.

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