Moving Guide – Australia
Moving to Adelaide
Situated in the south of Australia, Adelaide is deemed as Australia’s most liveable city in 2020, with a “Liveability Index” of 71.5 rankings by Ipsos’s Life in Australia 2020. This is partly due to its warm, Mediterranean climate, its wide streets, large parks and leafy suburbs. The city has something to offer everyone including sports fans, art lovers and, food and wine connoisseurs. Known as the ‘20 minute city’; its proximity to rolling hills, beautiful beaches, wildlife reserves and natural parks and vineyards allows its residents to reach them all in less than half an hour.
There are a list of good places to visit in Australia, but Adelaide definitely ranks amongst the top. This is due to its many exciting characteristics, which contributes to the overall beauty and tourism of the Australia. The city boasts of a rich cultural heritage, as well as beautiful natural attractions and landscapes. Consequently, these are some of the factors that has helped it develop a robust business landscape and economy, from over the years.
Some of the things to look out for on your visit should include the wide variety of cuisines, tourist attractions and the city’s architecture.
Adelaide is one of the most populated cities in the whole of Australia. As a result, there’s always something going on, all-year-round and there is never a dull moment.
(Last updated: 22 March 2021)
• The accessible transport systems
• How affordable everything is
• The lively art and culture scene
We’re not a fan of
- Potholes in the roads
- Lack of nature strips
- Super markets closing early (9pm)
Apartment in City Centre
A$1,429.41 (1 bedroom), A$2,521.58 (3 bedroom)
Apartment Outside of City Centre
A$1,034.18 (1 bedroom), A$1,701.36 (3 bedroom)
Average Rental Per Month (as of Mar 2021)
You will have to submit the following documents for a tenancy application in order to meet the 100 point identification check:
• Bank statements for the last 3 months
• A reference from your previous landlord
• The contact information for the previous landlord
• Proof that you do not owe any money and proof of income
• Identification document (passport, birth certificate, driver’s license)
• Document proving your current residence
The internet is the best place to look for a rented property:
A deposit of a month’s rent is usually requested and a bond of four weeks rent to be lodged with the state governing body. This money is returned on completion of the lease, unless any deductions are made for damages to the property.
A$510,000 Metropolitan Adelaide
A$272,000 Non-metro (major town)
Median House Price (as of Dec 2020)
Unless you are a citizen or permanent resident in Australia, or a citizen of New Zealand, you will have to first apply to the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) for permission to purchase property in the country. The conditions attached to the approval for temporary residents are that the property has to be re-sold when they leave unless their status changes to permanent resident or citizen later on.
Most applications for vacant land or new land are usually approved; the same does not apply for established dwellings, where most applications are denied.
Applications are submitted to the FIRB, with a fee, depending on the value of the house it starts at A$5,000 for one valued at $1million. It can take up to 30 days for you to find out if it has been approved or rejected.
Mortgages for home buying are available for FIRB approved purchases.
As a general rule, the cost of buying a property is roughly 5% of the purchase price and includes legal fees, stamp duties, loan establishment fees and other costs.
Sites to search for properties in Adelaide include:
Utilities & Connectivity
The monthly cost of utilities in a 45m2 apartment will be A$170 and includes heating, electricity, gas and water. For a three bedroom house the utilities will reach A$483.
Water Utilities Australia and Alano Australia are the two major water companies in Adelaide.
Electricity suppliers are: Lumo, alintaenergy and origin but there are many companies offering cheap electricity deals.
Average Utilities Bill per month (as Mar of 2021)
The four major mobile network providers in Australia are:
• Virgin Mobile
They all offer a range of options including package deals which include a handset. The contract options are usually 18-24 months with a monthly fee. Most companies will notify you if you are about to exceed your limits. The average price of an all inclusive contract is A$98, but make use of the one of the online comparison tools to get the best deal for you.
For 8Mbps of Internet the monthly cost will be A$59.
There are a number of reliable Internet providers and include: Optus, Dodo, iiNet, Sumo and Telstra are but a few.
Expect to pay about A$80 per month with a basic TV package.
You can compare prices and packages on a number of comparison sites to choose the best deal.
From the moment you move to Australia on a permanent basis you are liable for tax. You will also be a fiscal resident if you preside in the country for more than six months, holding the same job and lived at the same address over that period.
The tax rates for Australian residents are as follows:
- 0 – A$18,200 – Nil
- A$18,201 –A$45,000 – 19c for each $1 over A$18,200
- A$45,001 – A$120,000– A$5,092 plus 32.5c for each A$1 over $45,000
- A$120,001 – A$180,000 – A$29,467 plus 37c for each A$1 over A$120,000
- A$180,001 and over – A$51,667 plus 45c for every A$1 over A$180,00
Adelaide does have a wide range of different industries; however, it does have amongst the highest rates of unemployment in Australia. The government has spent a lot of money to encourage expats to move to the city as it has experienced a ‘brain-drain, with many young talented people having decided to move to other Australian cities.
Work permit process for foreigners
Visa applications in Australia can only be processed by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship. You will need the appropriate visa on arrival otherwise you will not be accepted in the country.
The requirements for the work permit process in Australia include:
• A job offer
• Contract of employment
• Presentation of studies and qualifications
• IELTS Tests for applicants over the age of 18
• Everyone over the age of 18 needs a police clearance
• X-ray and medical
Once issued, the 457 work permit is valid for 4 years.
If you meet certain criteria in a points test you may qualify for a Skilled Independent Visa (189) allowing you to live and work in Australia for as long as you like
Each state has the right to sponsor 190 visa applicants for professional skills needed in their rein. These visas are known as Skilled Nominated Visa (190) or the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (489). These visas oblige their recipients to work in the area that they are given for and for a minimum time, after which you can seek a permanent visa.
The average annual salary in Adelaide is A$100,000 (as of 2021).
The city has a large heath and social care services industry, followed by the defense industry. More than 70% of Australia’s defense companies are situated in Adelaide. These include BAE Systems Australia, Lockheed Martin Australia and the Defense Science and Technology Organization. Half of Australia’s cars are also manufactured in the area of Adelaide.
Recommendations for professional job seekers
Australia needs skilled people and it is one of the requirements for obtaining a visa to work there. Unless you are being sent out by your company to work there you will need skills such as tech skills, manufacturing experience and engineering. These requirements do change from time to time.
Job opportunities in Adelaide are advertised in the local daily newspaper, the Advertiser and this is a great way for someone already in the city to find a job.
There are online sites which also advertise positions. The best are:
The Medicare service is responsible for the free healthcare services. Its office in Adelaide is located along Port Adelaide, while two other functioning branches are located at Torrensville and Modbury.
Do note that healthcare, infrastructure, education, and other factors have contributed to the reasons why Adelaide ranks amongst the first 10 most livable cities in the world.
Prices vary depending on if you will just have a hospital plan or an all inclusive medical plan. It is very difficult to price insurance because there are many factors that will affect the cost: family members, age etc.
• Global Health
According to the Government of South Australia, your child can begin preschool at the beginning of the year if s/he turns four before 1 May. However, if your child turns four on or after 1 May, they would have to start preschool next year. If your child has additional needs or a disability, early entry to preschool is possible if the school has available places.
Steps to enrolling your child
1. Find your school zone based on your address at this link because priority will be given to children living in the preschool’s catchment area. If your address falls outside the catchment area of a particular preschool that you want, you can register your interest in the preferred preschool by lodging an enrolment registration form. But you are advised to consult the preschool director or principal for more information regarding this matter.
2. Provide a registration of interest form to the preschool(s) you are interested in by 30 June in the year before your child is due to start. The form can be downloaded at this link. You are advised to register your child with the local preschool. If not, you should register with at least three other preschools.
3. Preschools will send out offer letters in term three. You can accept the offer by filling in and sending back the acceptance slip by the due date. You will then need to complete the preschool enrolment form, and submit it to your child’s preschool. Do note that you will have to provide evidence of your child’s immunisation status when s/he enrol.
Because Adelaide is massive state with its four regions which are further divided into multiple suburbs, it is difficult to provide a list of preschools. But you can click on this link for a comprehensive listing of preschools and their ratings and fees in every suburb across Adelaide.
Public school system
Adelaide has around 200 private schools and children do not need to live near these to attend them. Use this guide to find the best-suited schools for your children in your chosen area.
Private Primary School Fees:
A$3,000 – A$5,000 (average fee is around A$4,700)
Private High School Fees:
A$3,000 – A$6,000 (average fee is around A$5,600)
Year 12 High School Fees:
A$5,000 – A$10,000 (average fee is around A$9,700)
To find out more about the costs for top-end private schools and the most affordable private school fees, click here. During senior high school, the students aim to qualify for the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Others do the International Baccalaureate (IB). With their credits, a minimum of 200, they then qualify for their choice of studies.
Private school system
Similar to preschools, if you choose for your children to attend a specific public school you will have to ensure that you live near it as there are particular zones which they serve. You can go to this link to find out more about primary school zoning as well as how to register for an out-of-zone school. Remember to submit the registration form prior to the end of term two, in the year before your child is due to start school. It appears that many schools will ask parents and students to attend a pre-enrolment interview or information session and these are the following items that you will need to bring to the interview:
1. a birth certificate or extract
2. a passport, or travel documents such as a visa, citizenship certificate or ImmiCard
3. official Centrelink documentation stating the child’s name and birth date
4. proof of the child’s residential address
5. copies of any relevant family law or other relevant court orders
You may also be asked about:
1. your child’s interests
2. emergency contact numbers
3. custody and family dispute issues or court orders
4. visa information
5. immunisation records, medical information and health care needs
6. friends already attending the school or starting at the same time.
You could also ask the school to help you organise an interpreter to help you complete the enrolment form.
The tuition fee for public schools is FREE however a materials and services charge is set each year to cover the cost of books, computer technology and other essential items and services used by students during the course of their study. Each school sets its own charges based on the cost of the items and services provided to the students so you would have to contact the school directly for the charges amount. Standard charges is around $211 but leading public schools may charge from as high as $500 to $920.
If you require financial assistance, there are many schemes available. Check out this website to find out more.
Public High Schools in Adelaide
1. The same zoning system applies to public high schools in Adelaide.
2. The entire registration and enrolment process is similar to that of the primary school above. Refer to this website for a comprehensive guide on the process.
3. Check out this website for a listing of all Public High Schools in Adelaide.
4. Public High School tuition fees are FREE as well. As of 2019, miscellaneous charges that parents would have to pay are A$830 for materials and service fee, A$100 book deposit and A$33 yearbook.
Most of the tertiary institutions are amongst the best in the world, with the University of Adelaide, consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world universities. According to the 2021 QS World University Ranking, the University of Adelaide is ranked 106 (as of 2021).
The other two state universities are Flinders University and the University of South Australia. There are also a number of private universities to choose from.
There is also an extensive network of community colleges and institutions that provide knowledge and diplomas in the hospitality, business and trade sectors.
Food & Grocery
Adelaide offers a variety of stores for food and grocery shopping. These include the top supermarkets in the country like Coles, Woolworths, Foodland and IGA.
International grocers to try:
1. Kim Wang Asian Grocery
62-63 Grote St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
– This is a chinese grocer that also carries Japanese and Korean products. This shop has an entire ailse dedicated to instant noodles!
2. Afghan Supermarket
376 Prospect Rd, Kilburn SA 5084, Australia
– This supermarket has halal meat and a massive range of products that includes a variety of teas!
3. Indian Traders
345 Anzac Hwy, Plympton SA 5038, Australia
– Here you can find all kinds of Indian spices, products and delicacies!
4. Little Tokyo!
Central Market Arcade, 2A Victoria Square Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
– This Japnaese supermarket not only carries Japanese groceries and teas, but they even have tablewares and bento containers as well!
5. Thuan Phat
87 Grote St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
– Located north of the CDB, this place carries southeast Asian groceries – think dried noodles, fish pastes and herbs!
6. SA in SA (Africa)
233 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Cowandilla
– Here you can get traditional South African sausages like boerewors and droewors YUMS!
These are but a few of the huge variety of stores available to shop from.
Dining in Adelaide is quite an experience with its huge variety of ethnic and local restaurants and it has become the new foodie capital of Australia. The chefs in the city are pushing boundaries by making full use of the vast array of ingredients available to them.
High End Restaurants
Named Australia’s Restaurant of the Year in 2018 and again in 2019, and featured in World’s 50 Best Restaurant list, Orana’s innovative seasonal menus feature directly-sourced native produce. Tast menu starts from $130 per person.
Serving authentic South African cuisine featuring rotisserie meats, seafood and flavour-packed vegetables, Africola’s robust menu has earned rave raviews in multiple articles and food guides.
The newest venture of prolific restauranteur Simon Kardachi (owner of Press*, Melt, Osteria Oggi, Maybe Mae), this Japanese hotspot takes a contemporary spin on yakitori bars of Tokyo. Sommelier Joshua Picken will match the perfect wine, Japanese whiskey or sake to each dish that you order.
Check out the offering on this site for more high-end restaurant options.
From vineyards to pubs to beaches to walking trails to museums and galleries to stadiums, theatres and concert halls… this vibrant coastal capital of South Australia has something for everyone!
Children Play Spaces
Adelaide offers year round activities for kids be it pottery classes, dance classes, sports, camping or even a chance for you to meet other mums in Adelaide by going for one of the many social activities… there are just way too many to be contained in a list here! Instead, check out this all-inclusive page to find all the information on things to do with kids in Adelaide. (https://www.kidsinadelaide.com.au/)
1. Pink Moon Saloon
21 Leigh St, Adelaide
Described as “visually intoxicating inside and out” by a travel guide, this timbre house located in an alleyway offers Australian-made beers, wines, gins and more!
11-13 Leigh Street
Garnering mostly four to five stars ratings to Facebook and mentions on multiple food guides, this wine and pintoxs bar offers traditional Spanish tapas and jazz music to accompany you for the night!
3. Hains & Co
23 Gilbert Pl, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
This nautical-theme boutique bar is “lifting spirits” with an extensive selection of rum and gin while its deep-fried bar foods will feed your soul.
1. Laneway Bars
One of the locals’ favourite hangout spots is the intimate laneway bars on Peel and Leigh Streets. Clever Little Tailor is a favourite among office workers and hipsters while Maybe Mae boasts an ever-changing menu of cocktails as well as beers and wines.
2 King William Street, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000, Australia
A hotspot with Adelaideans, 2KW is located on the top floor of one of the city’s most iconic buildings overlooking the iconic Adelaide Oval. This rooftop bar serves contemporary cuisine and a wide range of liqours. Just make sure you are all dressed up!
3. Adelaide Central Market
44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide, 5000
Just like the central markets of Budapest, Finland, Spain and London, Adelaide’s 145 years old central market is bustling with a diverse and culturally rich shopping experience with over 250 stallholders! The mouth-watering foodie scene here is integral to the lives of Adelaideans!
Sportivore Social Sports Hub
Sportivore Social Sports Hub provides the platform for you to stay fit as well as make new connection! Register with sportive.com.au to play social sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton and touch football) on a casual basis. Game fees range from free to just A$10!
1. Art Gallery of South Australia
Attracting almost one million visitors every year, this gallery houses more than 40,000 artworks with permanent exhibitions showcasing artworks Southeast Asia, India, Japan, modern 20th Century Australian art and Aboriginal dot paintings.
2. The Jam Factory
Jam Factory is Adelaide’s best-known art centre that showcases and sells the high quality creations and design pieces of Aussie artisans. It houses four studios producing ceramics to glass to furniture to jewellery and a special viewing platform to watch the glass blowing process.
According to major world rankings, Adelaide has continued to top the list of cities with the best characteristics, like security. Over the years, the city has recorded relatively low instances of security challenges or inadequacies. In fact, Adelaide has been tipped to be the safest city of all the 30 major cities in Australia. But you might want to take some precautions when you are visiting Hindley Street. Known as Adelaide’s nightclub and semi red-light district, it is better to have company if you are coming here at night. Bear in mind also that it can be difficult to catch a taxi at night and during summertime.
Fun facts about Adelaide
Below are some five interesting facts, that you probably did not know about Adelaide:
- The city is the largest reservoir of aboriginal artefacts and cultural elements.
- The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH) situated on a 10 hectare piece of land, costs over 2 billion Australian dollars, and hence one of the most expensive buildings ever constructed.
- Adelaide plays host to the largest glass houses in the whole southern hemisphere. It’s botanic gardens is a massive entity, that has become a major wonder to tourists.
- The city is highly accessible such that you can reach every major point in the city within 20 minutes. This is an indicator to its top notch transportation framework.
- Adelaide is remarkably known for its best wine brew products, and is definitely one of the world’s best wine originators.
- The city of Adelaide is a good reason to travel, and you wouldn’t know much of this until you’ve arrived at the city. Everything is well organised, with a lot to enjoy and explore.
Do’s and don’ts
• Do enjoy the culture, entertainment and outdoor activities that the city has to offer.
• It will be appreciated if you learn the local sports teams and discuss their progress with your new mates at work and in the pub.
• Do make a point of mixing with Australians.
• Don’t swim outside the red and yellow flags at beaches and always read the warnings posted at beaches.
• Don’t walk on the right side as Australians drive on the left. The same applies at stair and escalators.
• Don’t eat, smoke or drink in public buildings, transport or stores.