Moving to Sydney
Are you Moving to Sydney, Australia?
Let us help you plan your relocation and discover everything Sydney has to offer. Crown are an international relocations company, specialising in international removals, storage, overseas moving, movers insurance, relocation services and lots more. We will even relocate your vehicle and pets. With a range of options available, whether you are moving your entire household or just your treasured possessions we have a moving service to suit you.
With a sunny, vibrant atmosphere, internationally recognised tourist attractions and an event filled calendar, Sydney is one of the world’s most-loved cities. Located on the east coast of Australia, Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and is now home to almost five million people, making it the most populous city in Oceania.
Crown Relocations offer a genuine, professional ‘one company’ standard and have 50 years experience as a market leader in both New Zealand and Australia, contact us today for your move to Sydney, Australia!
Visas and 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) is assigned, which 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.
The local currency is the Australian dollar. 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. There are many different choices that can be made when it comes to converting currencies. It’s strongly suggested not to take large sums of money or travellers’ cheques with you to convert overseas – this is because banks are known to charge high conversion rates when dealing with cash.
Migrants may find it beneficial to open up an Australian bank account before actually arriving in the country. This also helps to minimise the amount of cash that needs to be carried while travelling. 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.
The best way to convert large sums of money is through online transfer companies, who provide a much cheaper rate. Crown has entered into a partnership with OFX to provide an easy, reliable and cost effective solution for clients who are moving their funds internationally. The deals offered by OFX are at super competitive exchange rates and in most cases there’s no fee. The cost structure is so good that the saving you make may even pay for the entire cost of your relocation. To register and for more information visit OFX
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’re planning on staying in New South Wales, you’re allowed to drive on an overseas license for up to three months after arriving in the country.
Although, these conditions also apply:
- You must have a current license
- You must not have been disqualified from driving or riding
- You must not have had your license suspended or cancelled
- You must not have had your visiting driver or rider privileges withdrawn.
After three months you’re legally required to hold a New South Wales driving license. To obtain one you will need to pass a full test that includes practical driving as well as theory. For more details on this check the current regulations on Roads and Traffic Authority website.
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 and Motorists’ Association website.
The public transport system in Sydney consists of trains, buses and ferries within the Sydney Metropolitan area. Its website contains time tables, trip planners and other relevant information.
The standard of education is high across most areas of Sydney. Expatriates most often enrol their children either in independent private schools or into the public school system, there are around 500 different schools that migrants can choose from. Schools in Sydney 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.
Some of the local independent schools do have waiting lists and for entry into public schools, you need to reside in the zone or boundary of each particular school. 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 Sydney is able to arrange an appointment with a consultant to provide an in-depth explanation of the local education systems if required.
Medical care and facilities are of an extremely high standard in Australia. Sydney has both public and private health care systems. Medicare Australia is a government agency that is responsible for providing public health services. To qualify for fully subsidised health care you must enroll for Medicare – some conditions apply. New Zealand citizens living in Australia for the correct amount of time 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, the Australian government still highly recommend having private health insurance – almost 50% of Australians do. 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.
Geographically, Sydney is a complicated city. Surrounded by hills and with various inlets around the harbour, the layout of the city can increase commute times for some residents. Proximity to workplaces and schools are often the main criteria for expats when looking for their new home. Like many major international cities traffic congestion can be challenging in Sydney and will need to be factored into your choice of living circumstances.
Some of the most popular suburbs for families in Sydney are: Woollahra, Double Bay, Edgecliff, Bellevue Hill, Rose Bay, Darling o Point, Point Piper, Elizabeth Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay. These areas are typically in a higher price range but are close to a large number of public and private schools in the area. Outer suburbs and regional areas are typically more affordable, but they are also further away from public transport and places of work.
Sydney has the highest median house price in Australia, with the average home costing $753,168 (Australian Property Monitors, December 2013). There are some restrictions in place when it comes to non permanent residents buying property in Australia, for more information about this please visit the Foreign Investment Review Board website. It’s most common for expatriate families to rent houses in Sydney rather than buying, this could be because the New South Wales 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 Sydney area, visit www.domain.com.au
Finding and securing a rental property can be very competitive in Sydney, you will need to plan to visit several rental ‘viewings’ and it helps to have all the requisite paperwork completed in advance.
The electric current for Australia is 230/250 volts. The electrical Hertz (Hz) is 50 cycles per second, which is compatible with UK appliances. Standard plugs have three flat pins (Australian pattern) and lamp fittings are of the bayonet type. Television and video communications operate on PAL color, System B.
For more information visit: www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au
It’s more common for migrants to Sydney to integrate in the wider, local community rather than into close-knit groups. However there are special newcomer groups which new residents are able to join. Families are often involved in networking through their children’s schools; through sports, fundraisers and other activities. The city’s tropical climate makes socialising on Sydney’s renowned beaches a common activity for many residents.
With an equally renowned nightlife scene, pubs and bars are packed with people out looking to socialise. There are also several reputable singles networking services, who arrange weekend activities, restaurant dinners and sightseeing.
Crown Relocations has 50 years of experience movin individuals and families to Sydney and throughout Australia, contact us today for more information about our services. To arrange a quotation call our office for an obligation FREE quote on: 0508 227 696 or you can use our online quote forms: Instant Quote, Quick Quote or Home Visit Request
To convert your money to Australian dollars the cheapest and most reliable way, check out our guide for Moving Your Money.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.