Brisbane, Queensland & Australia
We invite you to browse the pages of BCL to find a wide variety of
information related to your needs and interests
On this page we have grouped links to information of particular interest to people planning to move to Brisbane
Entry Visas to
- Australian Immigration
- Fact Sheets
- Information for migrants and refugees
- Information for -
- Workers for
professionals and other skilled workers seeking work or business in
People moving permanently to Australia or returning from overseas
Tourists, working holiday makers, people visiting family or friends,
or visiting for business or an event
People studying or seeking study, training, or skills development in
Australia. Education agents and providers
Employers who sponsor skilled people to work in Australia
& Forms Online and printable applications, information forms
Information for people seeking assistance under the refugee and
- Australian Customs Service
- Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
includes info on taking your cat, dog or other animals into or out of Australia
Medicare Information Kit for new arrivals
translated into 19 languages. This website contains important
information about Medicare, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, Australian
Childhood Immunisation Register, Australian Organ Donor Register and Family
Assistance Office. Find out about your entitlements to Medicare, how to get a
Medicare card, how to enrol your children on the Immunisation Register, how to
become an organ donor etc.
- Queensland Government - moving to Queensland includes lots of info and links about local regulations like driving, health etc.
Queensland Housing and Accommodation
Most Brisbane houses are on their own block of land. Semi-detached houses are rare and are called duplexes. Most modern homes are single story, with brick walls and a tiled
or tin roof. Many older homes are timber (weatherboard) and there are still many traditional "Queenslanders" in older suburbs. Backyard pools are common and by law must be fenced to prevent drowning accidents. Townhouses
and blocks of apartments are becoming more common.
Apartment blocks, houses split into flats and sharehouses are common in the
inner city suburbs. Most residential rentals expect 4 weeks rent as bond and a
6 or 12 month lease. The Residential Tenancies Authority regulates rental agreements and bonds.
Many people who work or study in Brisbane commute from surrounding areas including Pine Rivers, Redcliffe,
Caboolture, Ipswich and Logan. You can find out more about them on the
- Check the BCL Accommodation Guide for hotels,
apartments, motels and other accommodation. Bed & Breakfasts can offer a lot of extra services and local knowledge when you first arrive.
- Check our
Brisbane suburb pages which tell you a little about each suburb, schools,
playgrounds, real estate listings, etc.
- If you're not sure which part of Brisbane you want to move to, try our
Real Estate pages to see which
suburbs are on suburban rail lines, near the water, etc
Employment and Work
You must have the appropriate visa to work in Australia.
Education - Schools and Study
School fees vary from approx $1500 per year for Catholic
and smaller private schools to $6-8,000+ for the bigger private
schools. Most don't have their fees on their web pages. State-run schools are free (with expenses) but if you are not an
Australian resident, there is sometimes a charge. Details on this should be
available from Education Queensland. In our opinion, both state and private schools range from poor to excellent.
The BCL education section
has more information about schools and education in Brisbane and links to state and private schools, colleges and universities.
Cost of Living
Moving to a new city or country can be difficult without support. These contacts may be of use to you. Advice offered on newsgroups and mailing lists may not be reliable. Please seek professional advice when needed.
Links & Events
CBD hotel map
Things to Do, Events
our events calendar,
, activities, courses and lots of other things
to do in and around Brisbane.
Gifts to Brisbane & QLD
markets, local and
online shopping for gifts, hampers, toys and lots more for delivery to
Brisbane & Queensland.
pages for regional cities and towns in Queensland
Move to QLD Guide
jobs, schools, suburb guides
business organisations useful sites and a
serviced office directory
interest groups, support organisations and services
News & Politics
sources of local news,
Government and politics
accommodation, real estate, local info and links
BCL Brisbane Sitemap
lists all there is to see on this section
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