Helping You Build a Life Overseas

Settling In

Do you have questions about renovation, education, kids, transport, healthcare and more.  Within the 'Settling In' section we cover anything and everything to do with owning a property and/or living in Australia.

 


National sports and pastimes of Australia

Surely given that as you are planning a move down under, you will already know that Australia is a nation of passionate sport lovers. Given the beautiful climate, a lot of people spend much of their lives outside, and often that involves engaging in some kind of activity. The warm weather is certainly a great reason to be outside as much as possible – as are the beautiful beaches and countryside. So that you won’t feel like too much of a fish out water, today  More...


Tips for finding work in your new home

Beginning your job search when looking for work in Australia can seem like a daunting task, especially given the current economic climate. This week, the Australia Buying Guide provides an insight into the type of work available, tips on how to find work and how to increase your chances of finding employment by looking for the right employment opportunities. Unless you are lucky enough to be moving abroad with a healthy nest-egg to fall back on, the majority of people  More...


Healthcare in Australia

The benefit of being a British expat in Australia is that, because of a reciprocal agreement between the two governments, healthcare is free. This is also the case for citizens of New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, Norway and Slovenia. However, the Australian public healthcare system is not as comprehensive or rigid as the NHS and this has its advantages and disadvantages. Rather than a National Insurance number, in  More...


Setting up TV, internet and mobile phones in Australia

When moving to Australia, one of the first things to tackle is getting yourself connected. We live in modern times where even the suggestion of not being able to get online to check your email or your various social media feeds will make your blood run cold. As well as being absolutely essential for practicality, having phone and internet allows you to keep your business affairs in order and means that should you miss the voices of your loved ones back home, they are only on the end of  More...


Australian residency visas and citizenship

  There are a wide range of Australian visas available which provide permanent residency to the visa holder and their families. Once granted Australian permanent residency, you are entitled to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis as the name suggests.   In addition to these basic rights, an Australian permanent resident will get access to government subsidised healthcare (Medicare), certain social security benefits and  More...


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