It’s been over a decade since the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement was implemented back in 2003, and since then, Australia has become a choice destination for many expats from Singapore who are looking to start a new life somewhere else.
And, why not?
Australia’s market is attractive. There are plenty of career and property opportunities available, as well as vacation spots. Plus, Australia’s not that far from Singapore. This means that Singaporean expats can fly back to visit family and friends without having to ride on a plane for an entire day.
However, as attractive as the prospect of moving to Australia is, it’s not easy — it never will be.
But, with these steps, you’ll be adjusting and making Australia your new home in no time.
1. Make plans for what you’ll do with your things
Your belongings in Singapore are not going to take care of themselves. You’re going to have to plan for them.
Thankfully, these days, looking for a self-storage unit in Singapore, or finding international moving services to help you with relocating to Australia from Singapore is easy. All you have to do is to come to Moovaz and the rest will be handled transport themselves to Australia professionally.
2. Tie up any financial loose ends before moving
Your top priority should be letting the tax office, customs, and council, know that you’re leaving. Your bank should be notified too, just in case you plan on using your account abroad. Other financial services that you may want to take care of, or cancel, includes your phone and internet, as well as your insurance, and more.
Remember, if you don’t cancel any of your ongoing subscriptions and transactions, you may end up having to pay for them, even if you’re no longer using them.
Any of your mortgages and loans should be handled before you begin moving to Australia permanently.
Finally, you may want to ask your bank if they’re willing to waive any and all of their foreign transaction fees. Although not all banks are willing to offer this, if you’ve been their customer for a long time, they might be able to do it as a way of thanking you for patronizing their services. Or, maybe, they can offer you a different credit card that has zero foreign transaction fees.
3. Obtain medical documents
You’ll never know when you’ll need to be in the hospital, or have to go and see a dentist in Australia.
Make sure that you have a detailed medical history with you before you move. Otherwise, you might be putting yourself in unnecessary risk if you find yourself needing health care after you’ve already moved abroad.
Better yet, you can ask for a referral from your doctor or dentist.
Moving to another country isn’t easy, even if it’s as amazing and as wonderful as Australia.
With these tips, your move will be a lot easier. If you need further help, you should consult an international relocation specialist in Singapore, such as Moovaz.