Moving Guide – Australia

Moving to Adelaide

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.

Jaden Foo

Melbourne expert

Jaden Foo

Melbourne expert

Overview

Situated in the south of Australia, Adelaide has one of the top five highest standards of living in the list of world cities. 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 sport 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.

We love
  • The scenic views at Great Ocean Road
  • Australia Open Tennis Tournament
  • Artistically designed trams gliding along the streets
  • The great barista and coffee culture in Melbourne
We’re not a fan of
  • More roads getting congested during morning peak hours
  • Huge skyscrapers shadowing the city
  • Bridal party photo taking showing up everywhere

Housing and cost of living

On average, monthly house rent for a 900 sqft home in the Adelaide area, goes for about A$1,445. This is excluding cost of basic amenities, and other essential services like transportation.

Even with the supposedly high housing rates, Adelaide homes are still reasonably cheaper than other major cities.

There are a number of cheaper yet reasonably comfortable housing options in the suburbs, few minutes drive from the Adelaide city area.

Housing Rental

A$1,887 per month

Average Rental

The cost of renting a fully-furnished apartment (900 sqft) in an average neighbourhood is A$1,887 a month. In pricier neighbourhoods, the rent could go upwards of A$2,562. This excludes utilities like electricity, gas and water, which cost around A$200. If you need help cleaning your house, cleaners can be hired at around $30 an hour. However, if you’re looking to buy a house, then that’s a whole different ball game.

Buying Property

A$903,859

Median House Price (Dec 2017)

More recently, property prices in Melbourne are expected to fall by 17% from the previous cyclical peak, due to the oversupply of housing. Good news for those who are looking to relocate to Melbourne as rental and property prices would be slightly cheaper!

  • Kurunjang ($387,000)
  • Melton South ($420,500)
  • Melton West ($439,500)
  • Wyndham Vale ($500,000)

These are by far the most affordable suburbs. They are all beautiful locations and are layered with the best amenities.

Utilities & Connectivity

A$200–250 per month

Average Utilities Bill

A$60–80 per month

Average Internet Bill

A$50–80 per month

Average Mobile Phone Bill

Mobile service providers we recommend:
Telstra
Optus
Vodafone

Internet service providers we recommend:
TPG
Dodo
Telstra
Optus

Employment Opportunities

Employment is one of the most important aspects of moving overseas. It should be the first thing you secure before making any other decisions. It determines how you would be able to live in the new city, what kinds of lifestyle you will live as well as the type of house you will stay in. Adelaide’s economy provides plenty of employment opportunities for both citizens and immigrants.

One advantage of securing jobs in South Australia’s Adelaide city, is the fact that there are several listed jobs that would take workers without a work experience. This means, applicants can pick up the jobs, once basic training and educational requirements have been met.

Aside from this, job listings may be broadly categorised as those requiring some form of formal training, and those that are largely unskilled. There are work and study job packages for students, where they can work during their scheduled free hours. It is also possible to find part time manual jobs with flexible working hours, where you can earn up to a hundred thousand dollars per annum.

When on the hunt for a job, do be proactive and explore all opportunities available. This could be in terms of job portals, recruitment agencies as well as the employers’ own website. Always be prepared for interviews and make sure your resume stays updated.

Job Opportunities

A$61,324

Average Salary

IT Services, Retail, Financial Services

Top Industries

Employment is one of the most important thing to take note of when relocating to a new city. Melbourne has many job opportunities, regardless of the type you are interested in. Recent statistics show that over 93.2% of Melbourne’s population is employed. 58.0% of employees work a full-time job, while 33.5% works part-time.

To stand a better chance, do look out for networking opportunities with companies that you are interested in, check out some of the online job portals or professional and trade associations.

Work permit process for foreigners

Usually, all immigrants intending to work in Australia, are required to obtain a work permit. The work permit may differ, depending on the purpose and duration of stay in the country. For student visas, it often comes with the additional benefit of working for up to 20 hours per week during the academic term, and for as long as they want to, while their schools are on vacation. Regulations also allow family members of all visiting students that have joined them in the city, to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week.

However, other types of foreigners in Adelaide require a separate work visa, depending on the type of their intended activities.

The permanent skilled work visa is further divided into three different subclasses:

  • The permanent skilled nominated visa, otherwise known as the subclass 190

Holders of this work permit have been sponsored by the state, and are allowed to work in Adelaide as permanent residents of South Australia. As the name implies, this work visa is only issued to skilled professional immigrants who want to stay and work in the state.

  • The permanent skilled independent visa, otherwise known as the subclass 189

Holders of this work visa are not in any sponsored by a third party. Interested persons for this visa are required to submit an the expression of interest (EOI) form, after which a screening and selection process would take place.

  • The regional sponsored migration scheme, otherwise known as the subclass 187

This type of work visa is granted after that an indigenous business must have requested to source for employee for their businesses, outside of Australia. Immigrants holding this visa would be mandated to work for the business, through which they got the permit.

Other categories of work permits are the business visa, issued to existing entrepreneurs who are intending to expand their businesses to cut across new frontiers.

Temporary work visas on another hand, are now generally known as the temporary skills shortage (TSS) visas. They are of two broad categories namely the short term and the middle term.

Job Seeker Sites

LinkedIn
Glassdoor
SEEK
Indeed
CareerOne
ApplyDirect
Jora

Recommendations for professional job seekers

Now, for professionals moving into the city, some other practical steps may be recommended so as to facilitate faster and your most desired job placements. A good way to get considered for a position by employers, is to be an active member of your professional work association. There are trade and labor associations such as those for health practitioners, engineers, media experts, etcetera.

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Getting Around

According to Mercer’s 2018 Cost of Living survey, Melbourne is ranked as the 58th most expensive city in the world, and the 2nd most expensive city in Australia, after Sydney.

Public Transport System

A$150

Average Public Transportation Cost

Melbourne has a great network of trains, trams and buses. The public transport system is the easiest way to get around the city. All you need is a myki card and you are good to go! In addition, the city’s Free Tram Zone in the central business district makes it easier and cheaper for commuters to move around.

For more information on getting around, visit Public Transport Victoria.

Driving license and its requirements

To be eligible to drive, drivers must first be issued a South Australian driver’s license before they can be allowed to ply its roads. Obtaining a drivers’ license from the state’s authorities is simple. Applicants only need to follows a step-by-step process, which could be initiated on the South Australia state’s official road license website.

The basic requirements before application are:

  • Applicant must be over 17 years of age.
  • Such persons if over 25 years of age, must have been holders of the learner’s permit for a period not less than 6 months. If less than 25 years of age, then applicant must have been holder of such permit for not lesser than 12 months.
  • Should have passed a practical driving test, aptly monitored by an approved instructor. The driving test includes a 75 hour driving record, out of which 15 hours must have been carried out in the night.
  • Applicant must also complete a CBT and A course, under an instructor.

Booking an appointment

You can easily book an appointment by visiting any VicRoads customer service center. You do not need any documents to book an appointment.

Here’s what you should bring on the day of your appointment:

  • Evidence of identity (current interstate license).
  • Proof of a new address, that is, any document that shows your new address. It could be utility bills, your rental agreement, or an updated bank statement.
  • A secondary form of identification, like an ATM card.
  • Your current overseas license written in English. If you have it in another language, then you will need to get it translated into English.
  • A letter of confirmation. This is necessary if your current overseas license is currently unavailable, you should get a letter with a formal letterhead to confirm your story. This letter could be written by your issuing country’s driver license authority.
  • A completed license permit application form.
  • Payment of necessary fees. A new driver’s license usually costs around $80.

Once all of this is verified, you will be issued a temporary form of license, until your plastic license is ready.

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Banking

According to Mercer’s 2018 Cost of Living survey, Melbourne is ranked as the 58th most expensive city in the world, and the 2nd most expensive city in Australia, after Sydney.

Money Transfer

A$150

Average Public Transportation Cost

Melbourne has a great network of trains, trams and buses. The public transport system is the easiest way to get around the city. All you need is a myki card and you are good to go! In addition, the city’s Free Tram Zone in the central business district makes it easier and cheaper for commuters to move around.

For more information on getting around, visit Public Transport Victoria.

Banks in Melbourne

By and large, Australia has a great healthcare system that caters to the needs of everyone. In Victoria, the emergency number is 000. Paramedics, police and fire brigade may be reached at this number.

Medicare gives eligible users access to free medicine and cheaper access to healthcare. You can get Medicare if you are a legal citizen, have applied for a permanent resident visa, or are visiting from a country with similar medical arrangements. These countries include New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Italy.

Medicare is also open to those with a visiting visa from these countries for 6 months. Unfortunately, it does not apply to student visas as students have to apply for overseas student health coverage. Applying for a Medicare card is easy and straightforward. You simply have to fill out the Medicare application form and submit the relevant medical documents at the Medicare Service Centre.

Well-regarded public hospitals include:
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Royal Women’s Hospital
Royal Children’s Hospital
Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne

Healthcare systems

The healthcare system in Australia is remarkable, especially Adelaide which ranks amongst the country’s best. There are national free health service schemes for immigrants, as well as subsidised health provisions for the population. Note that the free healthcare provisions only applies to immigrants coming from countries like the New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, and a few other countries.

But, the subsidised healthcare provisions would cover the indigenous populations, as well as other immigrants to a specific extent.

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 liveable cities in the world.

Healthcare systems

By and large, Australia has a great healthcare system that caters to the needs of everyone. In Victoria, the emergency number is 000. Paramedics, police and fire brigade may be reached at this number.

Medicare gives eligible users access to free medicine and cheaper access to healthcare. You can get Medicare if you are a legal citizen, have applied for a permanent resident visa, or are visiting from a country with similar medical arrangements. These countries include New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Italy.

Medicare is also open to those with a visiting visa from these countries for 6 months. Unfortunately, it does not apply to student visas as students have to apply for overseas student health coverage. Applying for a Medicare card is easy and straightforward. You simply have to fill out the Medicare application form and submit the relevant medical documents at the Medicare Service Centre.

Well-regarded public hospitals include:
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Royal Women’s Hospital
Royal Children’s Hospital
Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne

Health Care Services Available

Primary health care Primary health professionals such as general practitioners (GPs), dentists, pharmacists and allied services are available for non-emergency and preventative care during business hours.
Hospitals More than 200 public and private hospitals are located across Melbourne and regional Victoria for in-patient hospital care and follow-up outpatient services.
Pregnancy and birthing services Pregnancy and birthing services include care during pregnancy (antenatal care). Labour and birth are usually overseen by GPs, midwives and obstetricians – or a combination of these.
Emergency services Emergency, crisis and support services are available at all times and in all locations. Call 000 in an emergency for fire, ambulance and police services.
Aged care providers A wide range of aged care providers offer services such as home support and respite care services (which can help you to stay at home longer), and residential aged care.
Mental health A range of mental health care professionals and associated services are available throughout Victoria.
Family support services Family support services are available, from maternal and child health services to early parenting centres, family intervention centres and community-based organisations.
Counselling Counsellors and health professionals are accessible and offer alcohol, drug and gambling-related services.

Medical Benefits

Medicare gives eligible users access to free medicine and cheaper access to health care. You can get Medicare if you are a legal citizen, have applied for a permanent resident visa, or are visiting from a country with similar medical arrangements. These countries include New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Italy.

Medicare is also open to those with a visiting visa from these countries for 6 months. Unfortunately, it does not apply to student visas as students have to apply for overseas student health coverage.

Applying for a Medicare card is easy and straightforward. You simply have to:

  • Fill out the Medicare application form.
  • Print out the form, and with the requested medical documents, visit a Medicare Service Center.
  • Once you have been approved, you will be given a Medicare card that you can show during your visit the doctor.

This way, you have a discount with every visit to the doctor, plus, you can decide to visit a Bulk Billed doctor. Bulk billed doctors are already paid by Medicare, so you will not need to spend more money.

There are also services for mother and child support, which involves educating new moms on child health. You will be well informed on everything regarding the proper growth, nutrition and health of your baby. This is to ensure that you and your baby are in good health.

Compulsory private health insurance for expats

There is a minimum level of private medical insurance you are required to be covered by if you wish to be granted a visa. This is if you are not eligible for Medicare. Even if you are from a country with a RHCA with Australia, you might still need health insurance to qualify for your visa especially if you can only enrol in Medicare after you enter Australia.

Education

The Melbourne education system was given a perfect score from the Economists Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Survey 2018. It also ranks third in the QS Best Student’s Cities’ rankings 2018.

Pre-school

Kindergarten and pre-school in Melbourne last for up to 2 years, leading up to primary school. This is not mandatory for children, but is a good place to get an early start in your kids’ education.

Public school system

Primary school and high school are compulsory for children between the ages of 6 and 15.

The majority of Australian and a significant number of expats send their children to public schools. You might need to pay a fixed tuition fee based on the state or territory that you are in, depending on your visa. The school that you can send your children to depends on your catchment zone. As such, many expat parents choose accommodation based on the quality of nearby schools. Do take note that you may be required to provide proof of residency before your child can enrol into most schools.

For a comprehensive list of top public high schools in Melbourne, visit bettereducation.com.au.

Private school system

Some states charge a levy to expats holding onto a temporary visa. This can be so high that private schools becomes the more affordable option. Similarly, you may refer to the list of top private high schools in Melbourne to make an informed decision on which school is best for your child.

Tertiary education

In Years 11 and 12 of their high school, students in Melbourne complete the Victorian Certificate of Education or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning to graduate. The International Baccalaureate is also available for students keen on admission to universities overseas.

According to QS World University Rankings, 2 universities in Melbourne – The University of Melbourne (39) and Monash University (59) – are ranked among the World’s Top 100 Best Universities.

Food and culture

In the whole of Australia, Adelaide prides as one of the cities with the most diverse array of food cuisines, and culture. In fact, this is a reason why it has become a popular tourist destination for people coming on vacations, and other visits to the country. Enjoy the varieties of food and drinks from palaw to pickled octopus, lamington, oxtail broth, and a list of others. The Kaurna customs and cultural legacies are an ingrained part of contemporary Adelaide’s cultural presentations.

Food & Grocery

As you may already know, Australia is a highly diverse and culturally-oriented location. Melbourne is filled with multiple restaurants and cafes, so if you are a foodie, then you are in luck. It doesn’t matter what your preference is; they have it there. Healthy vegan meals, loads of junk food, desserts, drinks, all of it! There are so many different delicious meals and drinks that you must try once you arrive. Some of the top spots are Ricotta hotcakes at Top Paddock, Baller bucket at Belle’s Hot Kitchen, and several others.

Major grocery brands like Woolworths and Coles are easily found in Melbourne. However, there is a huge variety of grocers for you to pick up what you’re looking for. Check out this top 30 best grocers in Melbourne as ranked by Airbnb.

Dining

Melbourne is filled with some of the best restaurants and cafes – the perfect paradise for foodies. Some of the top picks include ricotta hotcakes at Top Paddock and Baller Bucket at Belle’s Hot Chicken. You can also check out TimeOut Melbourne’s list of 50 best restaurants, or if you’re in for something less pricey, check out their list of 36 cheap eats in town!

Entertainment

Known as the sporting capital in Australia, Melbourne is home to major sporting events all year round, including the Australian Open Tennis tournament, Formula One Grand Prix and AFL Grand Finals. You know what they always say – don’t just watch it, be a part of the action – immerse yourself in the game and cheer on your favourite player/team!

For something more refined, Melbourne is also a sweet spot for those who love art and culture. There are many theatres and galleries for you to explore, such as the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Watch a ballet performance by the Australian Ballet or an orchestra by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. These companies conduct performances throughout the year, so you will be entertained all year round.

Safety

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.

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All things Melbourne

A city bustling with activities amidst a vibrant arts and culture scene, be sure to check out and immerse yourself in some of Melburnians’ favourite. To get you started, we recommend checking the latest happenings over at Time Out Melbourne.

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.

Entertainment

Known as the sporting capital in Australia, Melbourne is home to major sporting events all year round, including the Australian Open Tennis tournament, Formula One Grand Prix and AFL Grand Finals. You know what they always say – don’t just watch it, be a part of the action – immerse yourself in the game and cheer on your favourite player/team!

For something more refined, Melbourne is also a sweet spot for those who love art and culture. There are many theatres and galleries for you to explore, such as the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Watch a ballet performance by the Australian Ballet or an orchestra by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. These companies conduct performances throughout the year, so you will be entertained all year round.

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