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Old 03-14-2013, 01:19 PM
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List of things to do when you arrive in Australia

While many people think the hard part of moving to Australia is arranging travel to your new-found homeland, there is still much work to be done once you land. This post will create a list of things to do when you arrive in Australia to give you an idea of what needs to be done, when it needs to be done and assistance with getting things done.

To start the list of we have noted a number of tasks to do below:

Check into temporary accommodation

Activate bank account

Explore your local area

Look for long-term rented accommodation

Ensure that your documentation is in order

We should be great if you would list any other actions you need to take upon landing in Australia and any assistance in making the move as simple as possible.

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Apply for medicare card
Apply for Tax File Number

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If its your partner then create a joint bank account and join organisations that will mail you letters with their name and your address on the envelope.

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I would like to add an important note about opening Australian bank accounts:

To open a bank account in Australia you need to present sufficient identity documents for verification of your identity.

If you are not an Australian resident or citizen and you would like to open an Australian bank account when you arrive in Australia, whether joint or single, then in the first six weeks after you arrive you can open a bank account if you present only your passport as ID.

After these six weeks, the banks will no longer accept your passport alone as ID, and will require a whole manner of other documents, such as bills that have your address, bank cards from other approved banks, driver's licence with address, etc.

So after six weeks it becomes a lot harder to open a bank account in Australia!

This is documented on immi.gov.au here.

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Check into getting your driver's licence for the state you've landed in.

Many countries' licences are accepted by Australia's various road authorities (with the exception of the Northern Territory) as valid licences to drive in Australia. For me, living in NSW, my Ontario driver's licence was fine. I was even able to apply for and receive a NSW driver's licence without any additional road or written testing. I had to provide proof of my residential NSW address, my passport, my Ontario license, and I also gave them my Ontario birth certificate (which they had trouble getting into their system but it all worked out). Because I've been driving for more than... five years, I think is the rule... they let me "self declare" how long I've held a valid licence. If you haven't held a licence that long, you will have to request a licence record from your licence issuing authority in your home country that shows how long you've been validly licenced. I have a combined car/motorcycle licence in Ontario and was able to get the same in NSW.

There is a waiting period for non-PRs, though. I think the lady at the RTO said it was six months. HOWEVER, if you have been in the country at least 12 months they waive the six-month waiting period even if you are not a PR. You just have to show them proof that you've been in Australia continuously for that length of time (ie passport entry stamp).

Also, here is a link that's incredibly useful for figuring out how to go about getting your licence. Overseas Driver Licences

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I hope my question fits in this thread.
Ive applied for temporary partner visa 309.
Once I get it (fingers crossed) where do I change my address so that it states Im living with my fiancee? Right now Im situated in Sweden.
I havent seen any info about this anywhere and my fiancee has no idea.
I just want to do things right and build stronger evidence of our relationship.

Too the above list in this thread Id like to add "Register partnership"at the birth registry if you are in a relationship.

Also to look into getting an australian drivers license.
I arranged and bought an international drivers license to bring with me in oct 2011 instead of my swedish.This will eventually expire so Ill be looking into it once I arrive in Oz on my 309.

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Following Kantata's post. You can drive in the NT on an international / interstate licence, but only for three months, after that you must get an NT licence. So if you plan to live there, as I did, it's best to get it sorted asap. Took me about 5 mins to transfer over my UK licence, and if i remember correctly it was $30. As an FYI - Random Breath Tests happen fairly frequently across Australia. I'd never had one before, and I had three in my first week!!

Along with everything else already said (medicare / Tax number / Bank account) I would say research a good mobile phone plan. My partner got me a really good mobile plan which came with loads of international minutes, handy for calling the family back home. And download the app 'Whatsapp' on your phone if you don't already have it and get all your friends to get it too. Sends text messages over the internet, so if you can get your phone connected to wifi then its free!!!

Most of all - get a guide book, look at trip advisor and go exploring!!

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