10 things to consider when moving to Australia
Moving to Australia is a big deal. There are lots of things to think about, depending on your circumstances and what you want from life.
If you are moving, it pays to think about and prepare about a few realities before taking a leap. It’s not all surfboards and beaches - moving anywhere can be hard, especially when it’s to the other side of the world!
Here are 10 things to think about before moving to Australia:
Can you afford it?
The flights alone will be expensive for you and the family, if you have one. Then there’s the accommodation when you arrive, transport and other setup costs to keep you going whilst you find work. Not to mention the expense of getting the visa and shipping your belongings.
Friends, family and FOMO
Of course you’ll miss friends and family, and there’s the family, your partner and children that you may have and want to bring with you. How they will cope with the move is a big consideration - making sure that everyone is comfortable with what’s involved with the move - practically and emotionally - is key. FOMO - the fear of missing out can be horrible when you’re the other side of the world and can’t make it back to every event that happens. It pays to think about how you’ll deal with this.
Coping with change
Change is inevitable with a relocation, or indeed any move. That’s obvious - many of us don’t know how we’ll cope until we imagine the daily realities of life in our new position. YOU will also change as a result of the experience of moving. This means that you will view your life, and people in it, differently. If you ever repatriate (move ‘back home’), things will never be the same, as your new experiences will shape the way you see the world. This is a big problem for people that go through this, so it’s worth thinking about your long term plans.
It’ll be hard
Moving house is hard - they say it’s one of the most stressful things you’ll do. If your house is on the other side of the world? It’s even harder! Many people think that Australia is ‘like a hot England’ - of course, it’s friendly and a great place to live, but integrating into the culture still takes time - and for many, it’s difficult. There’s loneliness and homesickness to cope with, and the feeling of everything being unfamiliar. Until this subsides, everyday can seem like a struggle until you ease into it.
Time and distance
Australia is far away - from everywhere! Even travelling within Australia takes a long time. It takes almost 6 hours to fly from one side to the other. Time differences can be frustrating, too, as everyone is alseep when we’re awake and vice versa. Having the time, money and patience to deal with this is something you need to get used to.
Not everyone loves it
Most people love living in Australia, and some stay for a long time, many permanently. But some can’t cope with the heat, lack of culture, high cost of living, distance or simply miss their family. They end up going home even though they had the best intentions of staying and making a life here.
Finding work might be tricky
Even though unemployment is relatively low, and there’s a shortage of many skills, it takes time and patience to find work in Australia. Tailoring your CV to the local market, getting to know the recruiters and simply getting the interviews through to an offer and starting work can take time. So don’t expect it to happen straight away - if it does, you’re one of the lucky few!
Taxes are high
The quality of life is great here, but the taxes are high here. Typically, you will pay around 30-45% of your income in tax, depending on your earnings. There are also other expenses that may as well be tax, such as high cost of car ownership and road tolls.
The cost of living here is expensive. Property prices are crazy, food is expensive, so are cars, and generally it’s not a cheap place to live. Especially if you’re in one of the main cities and need to commute.
Australia is one of the hottest habitated places on earth. In summer, temperatures can rise to 45 degrees or even higher. When it gets that hot, there’s no respite, it’s unbearable and dangerous. The sun is also much stronger than anywhere else we know. There’s no ozone layer above the country, so getting burnt is faster, and skin cancer rates are amongst the highest globally.