Things To Arrange In the Lead Up to Moving

Things To Do Once You Secure Your Rental

  1. Connect your utilities including electricity, gas, internet and Foxtel (if wanted). You can research all the providers and shop around for different deals or alternatively use a service like Direct Connect which organises it on your behalf. Click here and enter your details for them to arrange. Your real estate agent will connect your water automatically.

  2. Enroll your children into their school

  3. Advise us of your arrival date if you would like us to arrange an airport transfer on your behalf

Things To Do When You Arrive

  1. When you first arrive at your home you will need to find the mains switch for the power and turn it on.

  2. Divert your mail using the Australia Post website

  3. Check your local council website for your rubbish collection days. Generally for apartments there will be a communal bin area that you can place your rubbish. The owners corporation will then arrange for the bins to be put out on the correct days. For houses most councils provide 3 bins. One is for rubbish, the other recycling and the last is for green waste.

  4. If you will be using public transport purchase a Myki card. This is a re-loadable card that can be used on trains, trams and buses in the city. Click here to buy.

  5. If you have a dog or cat you will need to register them with your local council. This is a small amount paid yearly and ensures if they ever go missing they can find their way back to you. Local councils can also fine you if they discover your pet isn’t registered.

Australian Government Websites


Medicare is Australia’s health care system that subsidises fees with doctors and allows you to visit public hospitals for free. If you live in Australia you may be eligible for your own Medicare card, click the link above to apply.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO)

You will need a tax file number to work in Australia. Click the link above to apply.


There are 4 main banks in Australia (see links below) but many others exist and provide a range of competitive banking options. You can find out how to open a bank account with this useful article here.


Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Westpac Banking Corporation

National Australia Bank

Cost of Living

Cost of living calculator - check out this calculator that allows you to compare the cost of living between cities around the world.


Melbourne has a fantastic education system with many options depending on the age of your children.

For kids aged 6 months to 5 years old there are generally multiple daycare centers in each suburb which can provide care for up to 10 hours each day during the week. In the past it has been quite difficult to secure places due to demand however we have seen this ease with new government subsidies encouraging more centers to open. We recommend inquiring or putting your name down on the wait list before you arrive for a few centers then make a final decision once you arrive and have taken a tour to ensure they are the right fit for your family. You can see what Childcare & Early Learning options you have here.

From the age of 3 you can also enroll your child in a kindergarten program. These are designed to ensure kids are ‘school ready’ and depending on the program are usually run during normal school hours. Pick ups and drop offs are difficult as a result if both parents are working full time but luckily many daycare centers offer a kinder program anyway.

At the moment 4 and 5 year old kinder programs are partially funded by the government and there are plans to extend this to 3 year olds after 2020.

For 5 to 12 year olds primary school is compulsory and each suburb sits in a zone associated with a government run school. We can advise depending on where you end up renting which your zoned primary school is. There’s also often independent school options nearby which usually require fees. We can assist with the enrollment process for these as well depending on your package.

For more information on the Victorian Primary School system please see the Study in Victoria website here. You can also research each school’s performance based on their NAPLAN test results here.

When your child is 13 to 18 they will attend Secondary School. There are less of these around than primary schools so sometimes a small amount of travel will be required depending on where you live. Like primary school, government run secondaries are free and independent or private schools have associated fees ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 per year. There are many options for secondary schools in Melbourne including academically selective high schools, zoned government schools, single sex or coed, private/independent and all of them tend to be know to specialise in different things. Some are very well known for their music programs, academics, sport etc so if your children have a particular interest we can direct you to a school that will be a good fit.

Some further great resources on education in Australia:

Directory of Schools in Australia

Australian Universities

My School Website


In an emergency dial ‘000’ for fire, police or ambulance assistance.

Public Transport

Melbourne public transport is via trams, trains and buses. We recommend where possible that you locate close to a tram or train stop if working in the city as commuting via car can be lengthy. You will need to purchase a Myki card once you arrive and load credit onto it to travel. For more information see the PTV website below:

Public Transport Victoria





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