Considering moving your family and shipping to Australia for a new, “down under” lifestyle on the sunshine coast? We specialise in removals and shipping to Australia, we can help you to get the best start in your new home. Moving to Australia post Covid-19 can be a hassle given the current climate, however we can assure you that your move will be carried out as smoothly as possible. Read on for information about our services to Australia, finding a job in Australia, getting a visa for Australia, the process for buying a house in Australia, understanding custom regulation in Australia.
Moving to Australia offers individuals and families countless benefits: a great climate, scenic beaches, modern conveniences and great employment and cultural opportunities.
Moving to Australia Post Covid-19
Established in 1884, John Mason International Movers has seen the world around us change and as a business we continue to evolve to ensure we deliver a first-class moving experience. Today we are one of the UK’s largest international removals companies, moving around 10,000 people each year. We can guarantee that if you are planning on moving to Australia post Covid-19, we can make the process far easier for you.
Moving to Australia post Covid-19 can seem to be something that seems near impossible given the current circumstances. Considering recent advice from the Government and the British Association of Removals (BAR), we can confirm that John Mason International is fully operational. However, the safety of our customers and employees is our number one priority, therefore we have introduced several new safety measures to ensure we are ‘Covid Secure’. Our international removals remain to be in place, and we have ensured that our process remains as safe and sound. International removals to Australia are still a viable opportunity despite the current pandemic, and we can assure you that we are here to ensure your move “down under” will be smooth. If you are looking to find out more information around moving to Australia post Covid-19, you can read more in our guide here.
Shipping Options – Removals to Australia
Our moving services generally include a number of different options depending on how much furniture is to be moved. This includes services to Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.
Exclusive Use / Full Container Load (FCL) Service: If you are shipping your belongings in your own exclusive use container (known as a Full Container Load [FCL] service), the transit time is approximately between 8-10 weeks door to door. Container shipping to Australia through the FCL option is recommended for a full house removal. This allows you to have sole exclusive use of a 20ft or a 40ft steel shipping container. As a rough guide, the contents of a three bedroom house usually fit into a 20ft container.
Shared Container / Groupage Service: If you have less than a full container load, you can ship your belongings to Australia using our groupage service. This is essentially a shared container service. If you aren’t shipping enough to fill a 20ft container, you can split the cost with other consignments. This is a cheaper option for many people who do not want to ship their whole house or are trying to keep the costs down for their move. The approximate transit time for a shared container / groupage service is between 10 and 12 weeks door to door depending on the destination in Australia.
Removals to Australia – Guideline Pricing
It is generally cheaper shipping to Australia than it is to replace belongings. You can get an estimate of the cost of overseas removals to Australia by using the Move System, John Mason International’s Instant Online Quote generator. The Move System allows you to compare the cost of shipping items compared to replacing the furniture and household effects upon your arrival overseas.
If you’re moving to Australia and would like a quote, follow the link above (top right hand corner of the page) to our Move System. You can also contact us to arrange a free home survey to obtain an official quote for your relocation to Australia. Our international move team are committed to offering stress free international removals services from the quote stage, through to the move itself.
Moving Your Money to Australia
The easiest way to move your money to Australia is via electronic transfer from your bank account in the UK to an account in Australia.
You should be able to open an account with an Australian bank before you emigrate. The transfer will be done using the bank’s normal exchange rate.
Alternatively, you can move funds from your bank to a currency exchange specialist. This is particularly beneficial if you are transferring a large sum of money as you can get a better exchange rate. Ensure that the specialist is reputable with solid experience in the industry.
Shipping a Car to Australia – Container Shipping
If you would like to ship your car to Australia, we can include the cost as part of your quotation. You can either ship your car within your own exclusive use container or as part of our shared container service. Simply tell us the car make and model so that we can work out the volume to be included as part of the shipping. See more information on car shipping to Australia.
Moving a Pet to Australia
Only cats and dogs can be imported to Australia. This is done under strict conditions designed to manage biosecurity risks.
Generally, all we need is between one and six weeks’ notice (depending upon the nature and destination of your move) and we’ll arrange everything needed for your pet′s travel plan. Our pet relocation team are all animal lovers, and treat customers’ pets as if they are their own. Read more about moving a pet to a different county.
Customs and Quarantine Requirements in Australia
Australia’s Department of Agriculture have issued strict quarantine regulations concerning the importation of food and plant and animal materials into Australia. This is to prevent pests and diseases from entering the country to protect the natural environment of Australia. Your shipment may be delayed if you include such items in your consignment and items may be seized and destroyed by Australian quarantine. Items which have been in contact with soil are also subject to strict regulations and customs clearance. To remove all traces of dirt and soil, the following items must be cleaned and disinfected:
- Outdoor items including outdoor furniture, golf clubs, golf shoes, bicycles, outdoor children’s play equipment – in summary, any item which has had contact with the ground outside, must be cleaned to remove visible dirt and also disinfected.
- Shoes: the soles of shoes must be cleaned thoroughly and sterilised.
Australian customs form B534
Clothing, furniture and personal items being imported into Australia by cargo through air, sea or international mail are considered Unaccompanied Personal Effects (UPEs) and will be subject to an Unaccompanies Personal Effects B534 Form.
This declaration of goods is slightly different to an Import Declaration and aids swift clearing of UPEs from customs control.
What Can’t I Take to Australia?
The Australian Government controls the import of certain goods into the country. If you’re wondering what you can’t take to Australia, here’s the list of prohibited goods:
- Though moving a pet to Australia can be straightforward, dogs with dangerous breeds are prohibited. These include Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa, American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier, Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario and any other related breeds.
- Psychoactive substances that have the capacity to induce psychoactive effects. These include synthetic drugs or substance known as illicit drugs.
- Uncanned meat products including preserved meat
See more on what can’t I take to Australia or for additional peace of mind contact one of our move specialists.
Finding a Place to Stay in Australia
Moving to Australia means it’s essential to find a long-term accommodation. A permanent address enables you to set up a bank account and will look better on your CV when applying for jobs. There are a number of options you can choose from including:
- Long term hostel accommodation – find a hostel that caters for long term residency. This is a good choice for people that don’t mind sharing toilet and kitchen facilities
- Sharing a rented property – this is a popular choice for those looking for long-term accommodation without much commitment. It provides a stable yet affordable environment
- Travellers houses – this is for those who would prefer not to commit to a lease agreement. As the name suggests, the house are specifically for travellers and prices include utility bills
Buying a House in Australia
Buying a house in Australia is an exciting prospect because there are so many wonderful locations to choose from including properties near the beach or exciting city life when moving to Sydney or Melbourne. There are many important factors to consider including:
- Getting a visa for Australia
- The legal process of moving to Australia – you can find out more by downloading the Australia Buying Guide
- Financial considerations when emigrating including currency exchange, tax planning, mortgages etc.
- Finding a job in Australia
Getting a visa for Australia
You can apply for a permanent Australian visa after you have lived for two years in a Specified Regional Area and worked, including being self-employed, for one year in these same areas. Alternatively, it can be obtained through sponsorship under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.
If you are being nominated by a participating state or territory government, you are expected to live in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area.
Finding a job in Australia
To obtain a visa, it is crucial to find and secure a job in Australia. There are an abundance of opportunities in the country with high salaries for those that have qualifications and experience. Professionals in the medical, engineering and legal fields are particularly sought after. Therefore it could be a great opportunity for those in the UK struggling to find work in competitive fields.
Australian Customs Form: B534-AUSTRALIAN-CUSTOMS-FORM
Download information on How to complete B534 Form
Download information on Completing Australia Customs Guide
Please see Australian quarantine information here: What Can’t I Take to Australia.
Packing materials and planning: Packing Services
Please note that regulations can change on a regular basis so please contact us if you require further information regarding your move to Australia. A full Customs Guide to Australia is available upon request.