I am headed over in June specifically to get medicare started, driver's licence done and banking.
We are running into similar issues!
DL - says we need to reside for three months before changing over
Medicare - Needs proof no longer residing in Canada
Banking - this was easy but can't get a statement until time has passed
We are returning to Canada to close-up shop and permanently move over in November
Would love additional experiences please!
Pretty sure the 3 months thing is not that you have to live there three months but that you have to transfer an overseas licence within three months if you're a PR holder. Like, they only give you 3 months to drive on an international licence if you're going to be a permanent resident in that state. At least that's how I understand it from other posters here. No harm in walking into a cop shop and trying. Which state are you moving to?
You can sign up for some Aussie banks from overseas before you arrive. Often times, proof of identity can be done using an Aussie bank card which you would get straight away. Most things that said I could use a bank statement also offered the option of Aussie bank card in my name, which is one of the identity docs I used to get my licence.
Not sure where you saw that you need to prove you no longer reside in Canada to get Medicare? The website does not mention that as a requirement for PR applicants and I didn't have to prove that at all when I applied. Just showed them I was on a valid visa (so not here illegally), proof of my PR application, and my passport.
"Permanent residency applicants
For each person you want to enrol, you need to give us a:
passport, travel document or Immicard
valid visa, and
proof from the Department of Home Affairs you've submitted a valid permanent residency application
This includes you if you've applied for a combined spouse visa 309/100 or 820/801. You're eligible for Medicare the date you applied for permanent residency, not the date your temporary visa 820 was granted. If you applied outside Australia, you're eligible the date you arrived in Australia.
If your visa doesn't let you work in Australia, you must prove you have a relationship with a parent, spouse or child who's an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen who lives in Australia. This proof can be a:
joint bank or utility account statement, or
proof you own a home together"
Edit: of course, I had to give an Australian address for them to send my card to so maybe this is what you're referring? Don't know if you're hoteling or whatever while you're here temporarily. But if you aren't going to move permanently until November, there's not much reason to get a Medicare card I suppose. If it's for identity doc purposes, it's probably one of the fastest to get as you walk in to sign up and walk out with a temporary number that day and get the actual card with a week in the mail.