Immigration

  • Check/apply for any necessary visas and make note of any conditions – you may need to prove you have access to funds when you arrive or have health insurance cover in place
  • Check you have a valid passport and that it will still be valid for the length that your visa requires

Banking

Employment

  • Looking to work while you are studying? Check your visa requirements – there can be restrictions about whether or how much you can work
  • Make sure your resume/curriculum vitae is up to date

Insurance

  • Organise cover for your trip including travel and health insurance

Travel

  • Book your flights and check luggage allowances. You may want to book extra baggage
  • Apply for an international driver permit if required

Accommodation

  • Research accommodation options in Australia. Many educational institutions will be able to provide you with advice on different accommodation options - it's worth visiting the website of the Institution you have enrolled in, or contacting them directly

Mail

  • Start to keep a list of the companies you get mail from so you can notify them when it comes to updating your address

Banking

  • You may want to transfer money into your Australian account, if you haven’t done so already (fees may apply)
  • Change some cash into Australian dollars for your arrival 

Health

  • Check any prescription medication you need is up to date
  • If you’re bringing prescription medication with you, check it can be brought into Australia – you may need to obtain a letter from your doctor
  • Check whether you need any vaccinations to enter Australia

Home matters

  • Make a list of all subscription services that you want to cancel before your move including internet, TV streaming and gym memberships. Many require notice to be given in advance
  • Notify contacts/companies of your new postal address

Documentation

  • Make copies of your important documents (certified copies are best for official documents) including:
    • Passport
    • Birth certificate
    • Visa
    • Vaccination records
    • Driver licence and international driver permit
    • Airline tickets and itinerary
    • Dentist, school and medical records
    • Get extra passport size photographs – these may come in handy
    • Tax information including any tax identification numbers

Travel

  • Check luggage allowances with your airline
  • Confirm all airport transfer arrangements
  • Start thinking about what you'll need to pack

One week before you move

Travel

  • Finish packing and weigh your luggage to ensure that it meets the airline’s allowance 
  • Check what items can and cannot be brought into Australia as quarantine rules are stricter than most other countries for food, plants and animal products
  • Pack valuables in your carry-on luggage – including original documentation and any paperwork you may need to prove you meet the visa requirements, e.g. bank statements to prove your financial position
  • If your flight requires a stop in another country, ensure anything in your carry-on luggage is suitable to be taken through that country's airport immigration

Home matters

  • Pay any outstanding bills
  • Redirect your mail
  • Give your friends and family your flight details and your address in Australia
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Organise your banking 

Open your bank account before you leave

Open an Australian bank account so you’ll be able to transfer money and have it readily available for your arrival.

 

Account options

Once you arrive in Australia

Staying in touch

You may want to get an Australian SIM card to enable you to use data more freely than using international roaming from your home country.

Many telecommunication companies in Australia allow you to get prepaid mobile plans which include international calls and texts, without the need for a contract.

Make sure you unlock your phone from it's current provider before you arrive, if you want to continue to use that phone in Australia.

Taxation

Register to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) – you’ll need one if you’re planning on working. It can also save you paying too much tax if you open a bank account.

Driver licence

Visit your nearest roads authority office to obtain a driver licence if required.

Health

Depending on your circumstances and visa, you may be eligible for free or subsidised healthcare
through medicare.

Things you should know

The advice on this website has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of that, you should, before acting on the advice, consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. Please view our Financial Services Guide (PDF 68KB). Full terms and conditions for the transaction and savings accounts (PDF 660KB) mentioned and Electronic Banking are available here or from any branch of the Commonwealth Bank.

Please view our Standart fees and charges for international payments and travel funds for more information about International money transfers.