Moving to Melbourne

by Bob Sheth on December 13, 2009

in Australia Immigration

melbourne200Melbourne is the capital city of the Australian state of Victoria. It is better known as the Central Business District of the country. It is currently populated by nearly four million individuals and is located on the edge of Port Phillip Bay. The city also sits on the estuary of the Yarra River making it a natural crossroads for business and commerce in the area.

The city has become a center for arts, commerce, education, entertainment, sports and tourism. The city is known as a Beta World City+ and has ranked as one of the top three Most Livable Cities in the World. It is also a university town, with educational institutions located in the city ranking amongst the foremost learning institutions in the world.

Melbourne has been in the cusp of significant population and employment growth as much international activity has spurred this growth. There has been a steady increase in migration to the city as well as substantial investment in the city’s commercial and property markets.

Melbourne is acknowledged as Australia’s garden city with Victoria as the garden state. There are many expansive parks and gardens in the city with many of them located in and around the Central Business District. Many suburbs have taken up this underlying design with the vision that “a quarter acre home and garden for every family” in its planning.

Like many urban places, Melbourne has many environmental issues too. Primary among these is water usage as the region has low annual rainfall. Currently, Melbourne is experiencing a drought since 1997 and this has led to low water supplies for the city forcing it to undertake measures to maximize this meager resource.

Moving to Melbourne

As this is one of the best places to live in, moving to Melbourne is a means to a better end. There are some things you need to look over to tie up all the loose ends as you move from your current location to your new place in Melbourne. Here are some of the items you need to look over before moving to Melbourne.

1)      Flight Details. As you leave your current location and begin your trek to Melbourne, you need to iron out flight details especially baggage limitations. Another aspect is transport from the airport to your new home in Melbourne. If these are well coordinated, there won’t be much hassle when you undertake moving to Melbourne. Search the internet for the best deals for you on airline tickets as well as transport accommodations.

2)      Packing your Things. This is one of the most time consuming and nerve-wracking activities you will do when you do the move to Melbourne. You need to segregate between what is important and usable in your move to Melbourne and what can be disposed of. This depends largely on how different your current location is with your new home in Melbourne. For bigger items, like furniture and other boxes, you need to engage the services of a professional mover so you can be able to unpack your stuff inside your new home in Melbourne.

3)      Provide Notices. You need to provide notices to all of your associates and other concerns of your pending move to Melbourne. These include your employer as well as your creditors, bank, utilities, mortgagor or landlord and your local post office. This will make sure that all your mail would be forwarded to your new address as well as provide notice of change in circumstances. From your employer as well as your financial partners, you need to obtain certifications so you it would be easy for you to create a new credit profile when you start your life again in Melbourne.

4)      Get References. As you seek out a new job in Melbourne, it is important to have a detailed resume with references. Due to the time difference, having credible and reviewable references is important to make it easy to get a job in Melbourne’s burgeoning labor workforce.

5)      Complete Medical Records. Since you would be getting medical coverage as well as have new doctors to look over you, you need complete medical and dental records so there would be an easy transition. This also avoids problems of either misdiagnosis or improper medication while in Melbourne especially if you have current illness under treatment.

6)      Set up communication lines. Since there would be a great need for coordination, having a means of communication is imperative not only to avoid issues but also to allow you the leeway to adjust according to the situation. Being accessible allows you to change plans at the click of a keyboard or dialing a few digits.

7)      Updating Personal Records. You need to this paying special attention to your status as a Permanent Resident in Australia who has just emigrated to the country. You need to learn your new address as well as phone numbers so you can easily update your paper and online records.

8)      Back Up Information. This is important for the actual move itself. It is best to have duly certified copies of your documents included in your shipped personal items and have the originals with you as you get on the plane. This ensures a copy if items get lost in transit. As for electronic documentation, do store it in memory sticks and keep one with you on the plane while another is in your shipped items.

9)      Closing Accounts. Since you would be starting a new life in Melbourne, you need to close accounts from your place of origin. This is to avoid the hassle of having an old unpaid account mess up your new credit profile in Australia. You need to obtain receipts of the closure of these accounts so that when you open new ones, these serve as references on how good a client and payor you are.

When moving to Melbourne, re starting your life is not an easy task. There are some keys to making this a load less to carry in your transition.

1)      Financial Status. This all starts with you opening an Australian bank account. You would need your bank statements from your previous bank as well as credit references to do so. Having a bank account in Australia establishes you financial personality in the country to allow you to transact on the many things needed for your stay in Melbourne. Also include here the need for you to register for a tax file number for governmental and taxable record purposes.

2)      Establishing a Home. You may have already coordinated this prior to moving to Melbourne but being on the ground dramatically differentiates your home needs. To make this a lot easier for you, engage the services of real estate agents so you can find the ideal home situation that is well suited for your needs and preferences. You can also opt between renting a place or buying one and deciding on this is better achieved through the assistance of a professional.

3)      Enrolling in Schools. This is especially important if you have children with you in your move to Melbourne. The state has a wide and varied listing of schools at all levels for your educational needs. Do remember that school season is quite different from your place of origin/ So getting them to school straightaway is important so you can have more time to help them adjust to life in Melbourne.

4)      Obtain Insurance Coverage. Being in a new place creates new problems for you. Thus you need to be amply covered for situations that may cause harm or injury to you while in Melbourne. Also, you need to register for medical coverage for Medicare and PBS.

5)      Obtain Transportation. Melbourne is one of the most spacious places in the world with a sprawling urban area as well as many connecting suburbs. In order to get around, you need to either rent a car or purchase one as soon as you are able to. In the meantime, you can use the city’s public transport network to help you move about. You also need to update your license to be able to drive in Australian roads.

6)      Understand the Costs. Melbourne is one of the most expensive cities to live in. Thus you need to budget your money wisely. There is wholly different tax system in place in Australia and you need to learn it right away so you can be able to budget your costs as you start your new life in Melbourne.

Living in Melbourne

As the acclaimed cultural capital of Australia, it is home to many cultural attractions truly endemic in Melbourne. There are the Victorian era architecture of museums, galleries and theaters as well as many recreational parks and gardens. It is also a major sporting capital of the country, as there are many sporting events hosted by the city throughout the year. It is a mix of both the old and the new as the new metropolis grows on the historical significance of the city in  Australia.

The Places in Melbourne

Melbourne is divided into districts which comprise the metropolitan area.

Inner city

§     City Centre— This is Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) and historical core north of the Yarra River, including the Southbank district immediately south of the Yarra and the new Docklands precinct to the west.

§     Albert Park— Home of Melbourne’s F1 Grand Prix circuit and is home to manmy sporting events.

§     Brunswick— Inner northern suburb. The “new” Fitzroy which has been developed to be up to date to the modern times.

§     Carlton— Traditional home of Melbourne’s Italian community and the University of Melbourne. This is a university area with bookstores and shops.

§     Collingwood— Working class suburb with funky shopping on Smith Street. This is where you can find bargains for your personal needs.

§     Fitzroy— The Bohemian quarter filled with interesting restaurants and trendy boutiques. This is where most artists and art lovers reside.

§     Prahran— Favourite shopping district with Chapel Street as its main attraction. Boutiques and local wares sit side by side in this area.

§     Richmond— North Richmond is Melbourne’s Little Vietnam while the southern part of the district, Bridge Road, is famous for low price fashion outlets.

§     South Melbourne— Home of the shopping strip known as Clarendon Street, South Melbourne also has the popular South Melbourne Market, which first opened in 1867 and features food, clothing, footwear and much more.

§     South Yarra— South of the river, with high-end shopping and dining, it covers South Yarra and Toorak.

§     St Kilda— Suburb on Port Philip Bay with its famous Sunday art market, and home to many backpacker hostels and cafes.

§     Williamstown— Old, maritime-styled suburb with many cafes situated along the foreshore.

§     Yarraville— Quiet, inner-western suburb with well-preserved Victorian architecture and a funky, artsy vibe.

Outer suburbs

§     Eastern suburbs— Stretching from almost inner suburbs of Kew, Hawthorn and Camberwell to the outer areas like Belgrave, Lilydale, Ringwood, Glen Waverley and the Dandenong Ranges.

§     Northern suburbs— Covering suburbs like Tullamarine, Broadmeadows, South Morang, Epping, Bundoora and Eltham.

§     Southern suburbs— Spread along the coast of Port Philip Bay and covers areas like Brighton, Elwood, Sandringham and Frankston. Its main attraction is the beach along the bay.

§     Western suburbs— Includes areas like St Albans, Keilor, Altona, Laverton and Werribee, Williamstown.

Moving to Melbourne

As can be seen, Melbourne is truly a marvelous city to reside in. It has a burgeoning economy and the metropolitan area is home to many shops and suburbs for your stay. It has the most modern public facilities as well as a wide range of options for schooling and work fit you and your family’s needs. It may have a few problems similar to many cities throughout the world but the proactive stance of the state government has found solutions to the myriad of problems of the city. Ultimately, choosing Melbourne as your new residence will be the best decision you would be making for you and your family as you start your new life as an immigrant to Australia.

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