So you just received the good news that you got that coveted job in Australia and that your skilled workers visa has just been granted. You are ecstatic and tell your friends and family about it. People congratulate you and they wish you well wishes as you celebrate a potentially good future and a big change in your life. After the excitement though, you have to face the many realities of moving to another country – culture change, adapting to a new lifestyle, new friends, and everything about the next chapter in your life will be new and will take some time to get used to. To help ease the transition and prepare yourself to a career in the Land Down Under, here are 3 things you have to know and consider before you start “work in Australia:
If you’re a backpacker, the very first thing you do when you arrive in a new country is look for a good place to sleep in. It’s almost customary for budget travelers to search for at least 3 hours or so looking for an affordable yet good place to stay once they arrive. When you’re going to Australia to work, this shouldn’t be the case. Sometimes employers will provide you with accommodation that is part of your relocation package. But other times, you’d have to look for one yourself. Staying at a hotel will cost you heaps, even hostels are quite expensive. So if you want to skimp on accommodation expenses, try to contact friends or relatives who are living in the area where you can temporarily stay once you arrive. Once you’re there, try to ask around if any of your co-workers is looking for a roommate. For young people, this is a great way to share rent and decrease the general cost of living. Getting a place that is a short walking distance to your place of work is another great idea to save on transportation expenses.
Get an Australian Bank Account
As soon as you have a place to stay, open an Australian bank account. Australians mostly transact business through banks – employers pay you directly to your account and it’s the fastest and easiest way to get paid. Most people also shop using their debit cards instead of cash, even for very small purchases, so make your life in Australia easier by getting yourself a bank account as soon as you arrive, all you need is an Australian postal address and an ID. Several banks may have different requirements so go to the banks and ask about it.
Ask about the Company’s Dress Code
It’s not a mystery that the cost of living in Australia is relatively higher than most countries. So before you pack, ask your company about the office’s dress code. If they expect their employees to wear blazers and slacks on a daily basis, then stock up on these before you head to Australia. Buy them before you leave so when you arrive, you’ll be ready to go to work. If you have ample free time before your first day at work, explore the wonders of the country instead of exploring shopping malls trying to find budget stores that offer corporate wear in your size.
If working in Australia sounds good to you, you can check your eligibility to apply for a visa through an online tool found in Move Migration’s website. All you need to do is answer a few questions and the website will automatically tell you if you’re eligible or not. Use this tool to find out.
There are so many things that you have to consider before heading to Australia to start work. Before you do pack your bags and get on that plane, it’s best that you get as much information as possible, or ask from a registered migration agent who will surely make your journey a more pleasant one.
If you need some help with your visa application processing, Move Migration’s licensed migration agents can help you break down the immigration process into simple stages. Visit Move Migration office at Suite 8, 281 Pacific Highway North Sydney NSW 2060 Australia or visit http://www.movemigration.com for more information about their services.
About the Author:
Michael Ma was a migration agent assistant for Move Migration, with competent and experienced registered migration agents in Sydney. They specialize in all types of visa subclasses, such as the Australian Working Visa and the Australian Student Visa.