Moving to Australia

On this page we have grouped links to information of particular interest to people planning to move to Australia.

Information about Immigration Requirements, Entry Visas etc

  • Australian Immigration from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs’ (DIMA)
    • Visas and Immigration information
      • Workers for professionals and other skilled workers seeking work or business in Australia
      • Migrants People moving permanently to Australia or returning from overseas
      • Visitors Tourists, working holiday makers, people visiting family or friends, or visiting for business or an event
      • Students People studying or seeking study, training, or skills development in Australia. Education agents and providers
      • Employers Employers who sponsor skilled people to work in Australia
      • Applications & Forms Online and printable applications, information forms and booklets
      • Humanitarian Information for people seeking assistance under the refugee and humanitarian programme
  • Australian Customs Service
  • Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service protects Australia’s unique environment against exotic pests and diseases. They inspect incoming luggage, cargo, mail, animals and plants and their products. This is where you’ll find information on taking your cat, dog or other animals into or out of Australia
  • Australian Passports for Australian citizens renewing their passport in Australia or from overseas.
  • 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.

Employment and Cost of Living

Business Services

Making New Friends

Joining groups and clubs is a good way to meet people and make new friends in your new home. Each BCL state site has a clubs section with everything from sports clubs and car clubs to art groups, drama and choral groups.


Moving to a new city or country can be difficult without support. These contacts may be of use to you. Advice offered on forums may not be reliable. Please seek professional advice when needed.

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