Migration Advice

This is where you will find essential information about planning and implementing your move to Australia. Remember, you will need a visa to come to Australia, and if you want information about that, please visit my page about Visas or, if you want professional help, check out my Visa Assessment Service.

Let’s start planning.

The where and the who:

Top of your list ‘to-do’ is to decide where you’re going to live, and that means Choosing a City first, and then deciding Which Suburb to live in. Of course, you can always live in a smaller city or town, you can find lists of those from each of my Australian States pages.

Here’s what you Must Read if you are Bringing Children with you, and of course if you are, you’ll need to choose Which School they will go to. Finally, if you want to bring your dog, cat or any other family pet, you can find out all you need to know from my page about Bringing Your Pet to Australia.

Jobs in Australia:

For many, coming to Australia depends on whether or not you are likely to get a job and for some getting a visa may depend on getting a sponsor job. My page about Jobs and Sponsorships will help with that. I also have additional pages that can help both Doctors and Nurses register to work in Australia.

Money, money, money:

Your biggest expense, of course, will be accommodation, and my page about The Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia will help you with that. For everything else, check out my page all about the Prices of Everything in Australia.

What will it cost you to live here though? How Much Money Will You Need will help answer that for you and my Currency Exchange page will help you get the best exchange rate. Which Bank will help you decide where to put it.

The critters:

Ah, yes, the critters. Australia is well known for its dangerous animals, so how will you survive? Well, it’s not so bad, as my page Australia’s Killer Creatures and Death will explain. And Living with Snakes in Australia will help you do just that.

The lifestyle:

Is it all worth it though? What’s it really like to live in Australia? For each of the first 10 years I lived in Australia I created a short five minute (or less) video of the highlights. See what our life in Australia is like for yourselves from my Yearly Videos page.

Finally, if English is not your first language, you might like to brush up on your speaking skills. This will help you integrate better into the Australian lifestyle, secure a job more easily and also help to make some Aussie friends. The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) delivers free English lessons to new migrants to Australia; check out my Study English page for more information.

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  • Rash August 29, 2019, 7:11 pm | Link

    Hi! Currently I am studying in Melbourne and I am studying Accounting. Is it better if I change my course to Adelaide and study there for get the PR easily. I am doing my masters’ right now.

    Thank you.

  • Jeff August 19, 2019, 10:27 am | Link

    hey bob any advice on moving to tittybong the location of it looks really appealing let alone the name. I am a german uni student and want to come to australia and live and work for a few years any tips.

    • BobinOz August 19, 2019, 7:04 pm | Link

      Well, according to Wikipedia, Tittybong has a population of, wait for it, 3. So if you are going to move there, it shouldn’t take you long to get to know everyone. Just hope they are nice people 🙂

      You may prefer to live in a larger town though, and if you still want one with a strange name, I can help you choose. Have a look at my page Australia’s Strange and Unusual Place Names and yes, Tittybong is mentioned.

  • Sud March 24, 2019, 6:47 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I’ve been following your blog for the past year & honestly your blog had a big role in helping me to finally convince my wife & 2 kids to emigrate to Australia from UK!! Need better weather!! I’ve a few questions if you don’t mind?
    1. I’m a doctor and my wife is a secondary school teacher, both UK citizens with 16-17 yrs UK experience. What are our chances and how long does the visa process takes?
    2. I’ll be most likely applying under “skilled regional 489” as my wife’s brother lives in Oz. (80 points in this category). Would it be better to put my wife as the 1st applicant or myself- as not sure if will I also get 5 points-the guidance I’ve read mentions brother, but not brother-in-law??
    3. We can apply under skilled Nominated subclass 190 too. (75 points in this category). Not sure which visa (489 or 190) will be quicker?? Do the points make a difference to the visa processing time? Willing to land in Oz and find job there too..
    I’ll really appreciate your kind advise. I would like to spend X-Mas 2019 in Australia!!!
    happy to contact your agent if needed.


  • Stephen March 12, 2019, 9:33 pm | Link

    Hi Bob & others,

    Great website thanks and we have a few questions if you can help us please with our migration plans.

    My wife & I are British and both 48 later this year, we are able to buy our own house outright and a business. I am a Physiotherapist and Health Coach, and my wife is a Photographer, Massage Therapist and Professional Cat Groomer.

    Our questions are as follows:
    What is the age limit currently to gain a Permanenet Visa?
    Do we need a job offer to sponsor and complement our application along with scoring highly on the ILETS test.
    What are all the options for us to gain a PR?

    With many thanks for your help

    Stephen & Sara

    • BobinOz March 13, 2019, 5:32 pm | Link

      None of your questions are straight forward and they are all certainly questions I am not able to answer; please see the special notices at the foot of the above article.

      What I will tell you though, given your ages, is speak to a MARA agent as soon as possible, because if there are any options for you, time is against you.

      I don’t know whether you have options or not, that’s why you need to speak to a MARA migration agent.

  • Gaga February 22, 2019, 2:52 am | Link

    Hi Bob
    Moving to Mildura soon, any advice?

    • BobinOz February 25, 2019, 6:49 pm | Link

      No, sorry, can’t help with that. I’ve never been to Mildura, I had to google it to find out where it is. Might be worth asking your question on my page about Victoria, someone might see it and help you out.

  • Kuljeet Kaur January 5, 2019, 1:41 am | Link

    Hello sir I m from India I have disable child son age 9 years old. I want to come Australia for his better future.

  • Raimon September 7, 2018, 8:06 am | Link

    Hi Bob, Just a queastion, I have a friend (Australian, born) He Married a filipina in the philippines 6 years ago, and said to say they split up 3 years ago.. She still lives in the philippines and HE has been paying her child support maintanance for their child every month,, She is Now living in Darwin AUS and she is demanding bigger money from him, She wont tell him were she lives and wont let him see his child, He is happy to keep paying child support but wants visitor access to his child, .could you give any advice on this matter?. She is planning to go back to philippines in a few months as she is on a tourest visa, and she will leave the child here with her new boyfriend/frien till she comes back,, and he feels it not right that he cant see his child or have someone else looking after his child that he dose not even know, or meet. thank you for your time on this matter.

    • BobinOz September 7, 2018, 4:15 pm | Link

      Well, for sure, your friend needs to speak to a family lawyer about this to see what can be done. The sooner the better I would say. Good luck, Bob

  • Dipendra August 19, 2018, 7:06 pm | Link

    I would like to move Australia in work permit visa @Hospitality sector where I do have experience of 5 years in food and beverage side

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