10 Things to Know Before Moving to Australia: A Guide for a Smooth Transition

Moving to Australia is an exciting adventure, offering a blend of stunning landscapes, diverse cultures, and endless opportunities. However, like any major life change, it comes with its challenges. To ensure a smooth transition to your new life Down Under, there are a few important things you should know beforehand. In this blog, we’ll discuss ten crucial factors that many people wish they had known before making the move to Australia.


|1. Australia is BIG!


Australia‘s vastness can be both awe-inspiring and overwhelming. Travel distances between cities can be considerable, so be ready to spend some time on planes or road trips if you want to explore different regions of the country. Tip: you’ll be definitely needing a car if you are planning to move around; some bigger cities like Sydney o Melbourne have really public transport but other cities don’t. 


|2. Australia is expensive

It’s no secret that Australia has a relatively high cost of living. From housing and transportation to groceries and entertainment, be prepared to spend more than you might have initially anticipated. Research the cost of living in your desired city and plan your budget accordingly.

Tip: bring enough funds to support yourself for a least a month without working.


|3.Essentials can wait

Before you leave, you might feel pressured to organize a SIM card or obtain a Tax File Number (TFN).

However, it’s not always necessary. You can easily get a SIM card and TFN once you’re in Australia. Focus on more critical pre-move tasks instead.

What’s a TFN? Read our other blog here


|4.Working without a TFN

While a TFN is required for employment, you can start working without one and provide your employer with the necessary

details later. Just be sure to apply for your TFN as soon as possible to avoid any complications.


|5.Prepare for income TAX

Australia’s taxation system is robust. Be ready to pay income tax on your earnings. Familiarize yourself with the tax

brackets and reporting requirements to avoid surprises when tax season arrives. You can find more info here


|6.Accommodation booking

Booking your accommodation before you arrive can save you a lot of stress. Whether it’s a short-term rental or a hotel, having a place to stay upon arrival will allow you to settle in comfortably while you look for more permanent housing. There are some apps or website you can look up like “Gumtree” or we recommend to join our facebooks groups where members daily upload post with rooms or sharing apartment etc..


|7.Transfering Money

Transferring money from your foreign bank account to an Australian one is a common necessity. Research various money transfer options, including banks and online platforms, to find the most cost-effective method for your needs. We don’t suggest to transfer money from your italian bank account directly to the Australian one cause it may take much longer and it may be more expensive. 


|8.Pack Smartly

When packing for your move, resist the urge to bring your entire wardrobe. Australia’s climate varies greatly, so pack clothes suitable for different seasons. You’ll likely shop for new items once you’re there, so pack light and smart. There are plenty of cheap (or not so cheap) options to go shopping according with everyone’s budget!


|9.Driving in Australia

If you plan to drive in Australia, familiarize yourself with local road rules. Driving on the left side of the road might be a big adjustment, so take some time to practice before hitting the road. You may also wondering if you need to have an international driver’s licence. Some of the States and Territory allow a foreign driver’s licence for up to 6 months, other for up to 3 months. After this period of time the driver needs to hold an international driver’s licence or convert the overseas driver’s licence with an Australian one where possible. You can apply for the international Driver’s licence in your home Country. 


|10.Consider lifestyle changes

Moving to a new country presents an excellent opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes. As an example, quitting smoking could be on your list. Australia places a high tax on tobacco products, making them quite expensive. Some brands are as expensive as around $60 per pack. 


|Bonus: this is for all the coffee lovers out there!

Embrace the Coffee Culture

Australia is renowned for its exceptional coffee. The café culture is an integral part of Australian life, so don’t miss the chance to indulge in quality coffee experiences.



Moving to Australia is a thrilling journey that comes with its unique challenges. By being aware of these ten important aspects before you make the move, you’ll be better equipped to handle the transition smoothly. Remember to do your research, plan wisely, and keep an open mind to fully embrace your new life in the Land Down Under. Our Blog is full with interesting article for your research! Happy Reading!





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