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Moving to Australia? A few things to consider

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Heading down under? If you’ve decided moving to Australia is right for you, read our quick guide first to ensure you won’t be forgetting anything about jumping ship from the USA.

The Visa

Moving to Australia from the USA almost always entails a time-consuming visa application process. If you’re ready to organize yours, it’s important to know that the process might change depending on where you live.

You’ll need to read up on the process online via the US Embassy several months in advance.

The lingo

Have you ever heard anyone say G’day, mate? If you’ve never had a conversation with an Australian person before, you might be in for a shock once you arrive. Make sure you have a good idea of colloquial phrases and words, especially when it comes down to understanding Aussies speaking quickly with their strong, quirky accent.

What you’ll take with you

If you’re moving into an unfurnished house or apartment, it could potentially be more cost-effective to ship some of your belongings and furniture over with you. Choosing to transport your own heavy belongings is a big commitment, so it’s important to consider exactly what you need to take with you before organizing shipping from the USA to Australia.

The cost of living

Even though Australia is a popular choice for US emigrants, it’s important to bear in mind that it could be quite expensive to live there compared to what you’ve been used to at home.

Inaccessible social housing and soaring house prices are starting a new crisis in Australia, with the average weekly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the central Gold Coast area topping 600 Australian dollars.

The good news is that if you’ve already established your career in the US, it’s highly likely that you’ll be able to earn a decent wage in line with your new, higher living costs. 

Australian wildlife

Along with cuddly koala bears and bounding kangaroos, Australia is also famed for its giant funnel web spiders capable of delivering a nasty bite. If you’re definitely moving down under, it’s important to research the wildlife, especially within your new area. 

Even though some of Australia’s animals are harmful, learning how to appreciate the spiders and other wildlife is an imperative part of Australian culture. Keep a safe distance and know how to recognize any warning signs, especially from snakes. 

Healthcare

Australia boasts a comprehensive healthcare system underpinned by some of the most experienced medical professionals in the world. It’s split into two parts:

  • The public system, made up of several components including community services, public hospitals, and state-owned organisations
  • The private system, including privately owned health services like hospitals, pharmacies, and specialist healthcare centres

With the biggest logistical hurdles covered, you’ll be ready to make your move to Australia the best decision in your lifetime. Good luck!

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