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Harrow Green Services International Moving to Australia

Moving to Australia


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We here at Harrow Green understand that moving abroad can be as daunting as it is exciting and our aim is to help you move into your new life with none of the stress and only the excitement to look forward to.  With over 30 years of International relocation experience we know the key to a successful international move is organisation, efficiency and understanding exactly what our customers need.

We realise that choosing the right relocation partner is important to you, because you expect the best possible service when entrusting us with your personal effects, which is what we strive to deliver. From the very first moment you contact us, your needs are our utmost concern.

Australia is a popular relocation destination for British nationals due to the weather, the shared language and the high standard of living. However, before you move over there, there’s several things to take into consideration and we’re here to help with those. 

Things to remember:

Do your visa homework. Australia offers several visa options and you should research which one is better for you. For example, the temporary skilled visa allows companies to sponsor employees from abroad for up to four years if their skills are in demand but if you’re still at university you might want to find out which industries are most popular or in need of expanding their workforce so you can be safe in the knowledge that your chosen profession will be in demand and therefore make potential entry easier. Spending two years at an Australian university is also an option as it makes you eligible for a temporary graduate visa with the right to live and work in Australia for 18 months after graduating. Under 31s can opt for a working holiday visa, which entitles you to live and work in Australia from 6 months to a year. There are several options and you should study them carefully to determine which one is best for you. 

Research the area you’d like to live/work in and make sure you know the drawbacks. Building styles, traffic rules, public transport availability as well as general civic regulations can be different to what you’re used to so adjust your expectations accordingly.

Visiting the doctor will require you to register for Medicare, the state’s healthcare system. Medicare is available to permanent residents and offers them free or subsidised medical services so if you’re applying for residency don’t forget to sign up.

We're here to help:

For a quote, we offer the option of visiting your home for a face to face meeting, or if you wish, you can arrange a video survey at a time that suits you, in order to receive your cost estimate.

Once you’ve selected us, you’ll be assigned with your dedicated move manager who will discuss your options and together you can build a customised plan to best suit your relocation needs. This will include insurance requirements, storage needs as well as anything else you might require.

As the move approaches, your move manager will go through every detail of the job with you, from packing advice, delivery estimates and customs regulations that you will need to take into consideration. They will guide and support you every step of the way.  

On the day of your move we will arrive at your property where we will export wrap and pack your effects, load them into your selected size of container before transferring them to the port where they will be kept until the scheduled transportation date. 

When transporting your items by sea we use secure steel containers which come in two universal sizes of 20ft or 40ft, however, you have the option of choosing your preferred method from the following, depending on your budget:

  • Full container load - uses the whole of a container and gives you the security that your items have been packed and sealed within the UK.
  • Loose groupage - allocates you a space within a container which is shared with other Harrow Green customers moving to the same location. All your items are individually catalogued and labelled for tracking at any point during the move. This is a cost effective shipping solution for small to medium sized requirements.
  • Cased groupage - your items are placed within a timber case which is then shipped with other grouped consignments. This is another cost effective option with an added layer of security.
  • Consolidated airfreight - the equivalent of part load consignments, this is ideal for smaller shipments, and provides a cost effective solution. This method is preferred when you don’t have a lot of belongings to transport or are taking your most essential effects to your new home. This method can accommodate up to 500 lbs worth of items and has a quicker transit time of 10 -14 days.

The average time for your consignment to arrive in Australia will range from 7-12 weeks depending on the method you choose.

Once your items arrive our local agent will help you navigate Customs clearance and our network of trusted and vetted Australian partners will help you complete your relocation by delivering and unpacking your effects on your agreed date.

Australian Customs require a photocopy of the ID and Visa pages of the importer’s passport for customs clearance and all cargo must be reported before the goods arrive.

Items containing CFCs, HFCs or HCFCs are subject to regulation depending on your residency status so please check before importing. The importation of motor vehicles into Australia is strictly controlled and all vehicles are subject to duty, with no exception, based on the value of the vehicle. All vehicles must comply with Australian Design Regulations and will require modification in order to bring it up to the required standard.

Wood products are carefully regulated and must undergo heat treatment before import. This includes festive decorations and wreaths containing dried organic matter such as pine cones.

Cats and dogs may only be imported from Department of Agriculture approved countries, and must be accompanied by a valid Permit to Import.

Your move manager will be able to advise you and answer your questions on customs restrictions. For more details see our FIDI regulations page.

If you require assistance finding a new home, school or other issues relating to your move, we can help make your transition even easier with our Destination or Relocation management services.

Destination Services