Moving to Australia

Here at Arrowpak International we’ve been moving families, businesses and individuals, to and from Australia since 1979 so you can be sure you’re in good hands. Wherever you’re moving to in Australia our specialist team will take care of everything to make sure your move goes smoothly and your household goods arrive at your new home safe and sound. We realise that moving to another country can be daunting, so we will always be on hand to give you the help and advice you need at every stage of the journey, from expertly packing your fragile goods to arranging transport for cars, motorbikes and even the family pet.  Whether you’re moving to a major city or a tranquil retreat in the countryside, our experts have the local knowledge, contacts and skills to make sure your move goes smoothly and there are no delays or bureaucratic hiccups along the way.

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Australia

Australia is a vast continent - the sixth largest in the world - but has the lowest population density of any country with only two people per square kilometre.

British settlers first arrived in Australia in 1778 many of them originally having been ‘transported’ as convicts. The population was later boosted in the mid 19th century with the arrival of prospectors from around the world keen to make their fortunes in the Australian gold rush.

Today, Australia is one of the most popular places for expats to relocate, attracted no doubt by the county’s high standard of living, agreeable climate and rich cultural diversity.

From cosmopolitan cities like Melbourne and Sydney, to remote towns in the outback where your closest neighbour may be a hundred miles away, Australia has something to suit all tastes and lifestyles. 

Household effects

Household and personal effects can be imported without paying duty provided you have owned them for at least one year before arrival in Australia. The team at Arrowpak International will provide you with the correct documentation, which you will need to complete before departure. Pets Cats and dogs may be imported to Australia but there are strict conditions designed to manage biosecurity risks. For the latest import conditions applicable to your cat or dog please use the link at the bottom of the page.

Electricity

Electrical current is 240/250 volts, 50Hz. Three-pin flat blade plugs are used but are different from those in most other countries, so adapters or replacement plugs are required.

Motor vehicles 

All cars and motorcycles must be granted import approval, and are subject to import duty. Changes to the vehicle may be required to make the vehicle compliant with Australian standards.

Driving licences

Regulations vary from state to state. In most Australian states and territories you are able to drive on a UK licence as long as it is current. You can only drive vehicles that your overseas licence authorises you to drive and you must drive according to any conditions on your overseas licence.

Dept. of Immigration: www.immi.gov.au/Pages/Welcome.aspx
Gov. information: www.australia.gov.au
Pets: www.daff.gov.au/biosecurity/cat-dogs/step-by-step-guides
Customs info: www.customs.gov.au

 
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