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One of the biggest reasons Brits return from Australia is a lack of preparation for the move. Getting your visa and removal booked is only the beginning. Research, preparation and support for your new life in Australia is key to ensuring that you can settle and truly enjoy your life down under. Prepare yourself for culture shock by becoming aware of the things that are different, the way Australians do things and the general feel of the culture.
The warm, sunny weather won't be the only change you encounter when you first arrive in Australia. While they speak English and drive on the same side of the road, to minimise culture shock upon arriving, prepare yourself for some of the significant cultural differences that you'll encounter.
On the roads, speeds and distances are measured in kilometres, not in miles. Keep in mind that speed limits and the rules of the road are also different. Prepare yourself by studying the rules of the road for Australia before you leave. You'll also need to find out the rules about driving on a UK licence and converting your UK licence to an Australian one. You may need to take a theory and/or road test to drive in Australia.
Well in advance of your departure from the UK, you should arrange a bank account in Australia. This will make your life much easier, as once you're resident in Australia, it is frequently more difficult to establish a bank account. Remember that upon arrival in Australia you will not have a credit history. Having a bank account already set up for you can help build your credit rating. You can even set up your bank account well in advance of your arrival, to further help your credit history. The National Australia Bank has a special migrant bank account, which you may want to investigate.
The Australian education is very different from the UK. Before you go, consider if the educational system there is the best for your child. Private education is available, but expensive.
Housing is a key part of making your new country feel like home. The Australian rentals market is frequently highly competitive and expensive. Research areas, commuting distances (and traffic during rush hours) and public transportation options. You don't want to find yourself spending 45 minutes in the car to go 5 miles, or so far out in the country that going to work, sending the children to school or just getting a newspaper or litre of milk is very inconvenient.
Sign up for expat and social groups and playgroups for your children to help you get adjusted. Professional resettlement advice can be worth its weight in gold, and can frequently pay for itself by helping you avoid costly mistakes in your new country.
Britannia Bradshaw can help your Australian relocation go smoothly. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote or call 0161 877 5555 (Manchester), 0121 504 0966 (Birmingham) and speak with an international removals specialist.
After each move, we send a survey to ensure our customers are satisfied. As of 23 March 2017, our customers have rated our removal company as follows:
If you'd like to see our reviews on Google, they are available here:
My family and I have used Britannia several times and have always received a good service. Very flexible, given my lack of availability for an assessment and the short time-frame. [Removal men were] Mike Preston and Chris Heyworth - really friendly and helpful
The move day experience far exceeded our expectations. Considering moving house is meant to be one of the most stressful things you can do, we were relaxed for the whole two days with plenty of time to make a cuppa! We had every confidence in the removals crew. Jay and his team were professional, helpful and kept us organised without being obtrusive. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.
Amazing service from Britannia Bradshaw I'll definitely recommend you to friends and family. Thank you for making what can be a very stressful day go so smoothly. For me everything was great can't think of anything to improve. Ben and James were very friendly, polite and helpful - amazing service
Absolutely fantastic, could not have asked for better! Very caring as I was a wreck! Giovanni and Amrick.
The service provided was excellent, efficient and nothing was too much trouble. The removals crew (Andy J, Andy L, Cookie & Presto) were absolutely brilliant, everything moved and reconstructed quickly and efficiently, and importantly, without a single scratch, scrape or breakage.
You can't [improve the service]. The lads removing were brilliant. I very rarely meet such good service. Billy and the lads were all really helpful, friendly and courteous. The move was delayed and they had to stay late, on a Friday evening and not one of them complained. I couldn't speak highly enough of them.
Out of a number of similar companies I contacted, the person who answered the phone was by far the most warm, polite and helpful. Although it was one of the most reasonably-priced quotes we had, the main reason for choosing Britannia Bradshaw was that from the very first phone call, we had the sense we could trust your company. When it comes to having your possessions shipped overseas, that trust is more important than small differences in price.
We contacted Britainnia Bradshaw several times before being visited for a quote. Each time, staff were kind and helpful, going out of their way to be helpful and reassuring. They were a main reason we chose to go with Brittania Bradshaw. They were fantastic. It took four people working a very long day to get us packed, moved and unpacked. Even in the final hour, they were hard-working, kind to our children and incredibly professional. Great service, a competitive quote and willing to work with our tight timeframe for a move.