How to Move to Perth, Australia

Moving to Perth requires a series of steps and planning.
Moving to Perth requires a series of steps and planning. (Image: perth skyline image by Kylie Bone from

With Perth’s location along the Swan River and Indian Ocean beaches, busy urban lifestyle and strong cultural scene, it’s no wonder that people would want to relocate to this major city in Western Australia. Whether you’re moving to Perth as a student, skilled worker or employer-sponsored employee on a temporary or permanent basis, making an international move requires a lot of planning and work. Each individual’s circumstances, such as familial relations, job opportunities and connections, may vary widely, but there is a basic series of tasks that need to be accomplished to carry out your international move.

Things You'll Need

  • Valid Australian entry visa
  • I.D.
  • Luggage
  • Credit card or debit card
  • Internet access

Obtain a visa, which is required in order to work in Australia. Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship allows a certain number of migrants and refugees in various categories, including skilled migrants, employer-sponsored workers, humanitarian refugees and those who wish to be united with Australian family. You can apply online for the appropriate visa.

Obtain an understanding of the cost of living in Australia in order to understand how much money you’ll need to in order to move there and what kind of salary to look for when you apply for a job. Use a currency converter to help.

Find employment in Perth. You can visit the website MyCareer, which offers listings of jobs in Perth. You can search specific categories for jobs and skills. It may be easier to secure some temporary work for immediately after you arrive, such as working as a nanny. You then can find a permanent position later when you’ll be in the country and available for one-on-one interviews.

Arrange for your mail to be forwarded to your new address in Perth. You can either let all your contacts know your new international change of address or you can use a service such as U.S. Global to take care of your global forwarding.

Find accommodations in Perth. It may be best to find a place to live temporarily and then find a more permanent residence. You also can rent rooms or find a flatmate to share a residence with in order to save money until you find work or employment with more substantial earnings. You can find real estate listings and accommodations online.

Contact your credit card companies, banks and credit unions to let them know you’ll be moving out of the country and provide with your new address. This way, they won’t place holds on your accounts due to suspicions of fraud when you use your debit or credit cards abroad.

Make your airplane reservations for your trip to Australia.

Pack and ship your belongings to Perth either by sea or air. You can compare international freight-shipping rates and freight carriers online.

Fly to Perth, taking with you enough clothes and toiletries to cover you for the length of time until your possessions arrive.

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