Moving to Australia From UK

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MOVING TO AUSTRALIA FROM UK

Schepens Can Help if You’re Moving to Australia From UK

Around 1 in 10 UK citizens live abroad. That’s 5 million Brits scattered across the globe. A proportion of those will be posted to another country for work. But the majority move for a better climate, now opportunities, or greater well-being. Australia is currently the most popular expat destination, according to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). And if you’re thinking of retiring to Australia, you’ll be joining the quarter of a million British retirees already living there.

It’s easy to see why Australia is favoured so highly by the Brits. English is the first language, and we have a shared history. The cities are vibrant, globally competitive and diverse. Beautiful beaches are plentiful, and the Aussies are world-renowned for their ability to kick back and enjoy life. Add to that the fact that Australia is now one of the healthiest countries to live in, and it’s clear why so many Brits want to live there.

Moving to Australia Checklist

Schepens has been moving families to Australia for over a century now. Many of them find the process leading up to the move quite daunting, so we’ve created a ‘moving to Australia checklist’ which gives you a list of tasks to tackle one at a time and tick off until you’re done.

1. Personal Documentation

Make sure that you have copies of all the personal documentation you’re likely to need as you begin your new life in Australia. Make a number of paper copies of each of them, and keep them in an index folder where you have everything in one place.

Critical documents are:

  • Passport – check it’s valid, and renew if necessary
  • Birth certificate
  • Wedding certificate/divorce papers
  • Academic qualifications
  • Driver’s license
  • Insurance documents
  • Financial documents
  • Will
  • Shipping documents

It’s a good idea to leave a copy of all these with a family member or friend in the UK, so you have a back-up for peace of mind.

2. Adaptors

Bring a stock of adaptors with you for all your devices. It will take a time to transition everything to Australian plugs and sockets, so your adaptors will be a lifesaver for the first few weeks. Work out carefully how many you’ll need, taking into account all your mobile devices as well as kitchen appliances, and lighting.

3. Set up an Australian Bank Account

This can be done before you leave. Many of the High St banks are now happy to help you through the process, so make an appointment with your current bank. They’ll be able to talk you through the full range of financial services in Australia, including the use of debit and credit cards. Your bank will also be able to provide you with a credit reference.

4. Tax Issues

If you don’t manage your transfer from the UK system to the Australian one, it could be an issue for years. You simply need to let HMRC know that you are moving to Australia. Then you need to inform the Australian Tax Office (ATO) that you are living in the country. They will let you know what further action you need to take.

5. Utilies

Once you have arranged a place to live in Australia, try to ensure that all your utilies have been connected for when you arrive. You may be tempted to wait until you arrive, but moving into a home without water, Wi Fi, or electricity can be very disconcerting.

6. Get to Know the Transport System

Take some time getting to know the transport system in the city you’re moving to. Knowing what station you’ll use, how you buy tickets and what the timetables are will help you to feel settled. Work out routes to schools, work, the bank, or the closest beach, so that the moment you arrive you feel as though you know your way around.

Speak to us today on 01794 323558 for a no obligation removals quote on your move to Australia from the UK .


Schepens Provides Friendly International Removals

We’re a 4th generation, family run business that has been providing international removals for over a century now. We ship regularly to Australia which means that we’re able to offer our clients flexible scheduling and dedicated or part load shipping. Our task is to make moving to Australia from the UK stress free – and we’ve had plenty of practice at doing so.


Tailored Removals to Australia

If you’re moving to the other side of the world to live, there’ll be nothing standard about the process. That’s why we don’t offer ‘standard’ removals. Instead, we allocate every client a dedicated Move Co-ordinator. They work to create a unique removals plan, based on our clients’ specific requirements.


Schepens provides a range of services which include:

  • Packing. Our BAR trained removals teams can pack up your home, provide detailed labelling for your boxes, and create an accurate shipping inventory.
  • Insurance. Schepens insures your goods whilst in transit between the UK and Australia. Should you require additional Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability we can arrange cover.
  • Non-Standard Goods. Should you wish to ship fragile antiques, fine art or large musical instruments, Schepens can arrange bespoke packaging, handling and shipping.
  • Local Self Storage. If you need to store goods or furniture back in the UK, Schepens has local storage facilities. We offer a door-to-door service, and secure, climate-controlled facilities.
  • Removals Vehicles. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

Customer Centred International Removals Services

We take pride in the reputation we have for providing successful, stress-free international removals. We leave nothing to chance; all our removals teams are professionally trained to BAR standards. And they understand the importance of being proactive problem solvers. Most important we put customers first, and we’re always willing to go the extra mile.


Schepens currently move to all the major towns and cities in Australia, including: SydneyMelbourneBrisbanePerthAdelaideGold Coast, Newcastle, Canberra, Wollongong, Sunshine Coast, Hobart, Geelong, Townsville, Cairns and Darwin.

Moving to Australia from the UK? Call Schepens on 01794 323558 to talk to our friendly removals team about the range of international removals services we offer.