Considering relocating to Australia? Forum Recruitment have shared advice to help you plan and prepare.

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Did you know 41,000 New Zealanders relocated to Australia during 2022-2023, reporting lower cost of living expenses (i.e. rent and petrol) and increased career opportunities offering higher salaries. Examples of these are:

Average weekly
median wage:

New ZealandAustralia
$1,273 NZD$1,341 AUD
Studies conducted by Statistics New Zealand and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, August 2023.

Median cost
per week:

New ZealandAustralia
$580 NZD$550 AUD
PropTrack Rental Report Australia and Figures New Zealand, September 2023.

per litre:

New ZealandAustralia
2.87 AUD1.95 AUD
Statistics from the Bureau of Resource & Energy Economics (Australian Petroleum Statistics) and the International Energy Agency (IEA), September 2023.

Forum Recruitment specialise in the recruitment of Property and Facilities professionals in Australia. In the past 6 months, 1 in every 4 positions were secured by candidates relocating from New Zealand to Melbourne alone.

What do you need to think about when considering making the move across the ditch?

  1. Research the New Location:
    Learn about the cost of living, local culture, climate, and amenities in the new city or town. This information will help you make informed decisions about housing, transportation, work locations, schools/childcare (if required) and lifestyle adjustments.
  2. Speak to people who have relocated:
    Seek support from friends, family, or colleagues who have experienced a similar move. Connect with others who have relocated to hear about their experience and learn more about the city. Be open minded that not everyone’s expectations and experience are alike.
  3. Visit Before Moving:
    If possible, visit the new location before making a final decision. This will give you a feel for the area and help you determine if it’s a good fit for you personally and professionally.
  4. Financial Planning:
    Create a budget to manage your finances during the transition. Consider the costs of moving, housing, and any potential temporary living arrangements. Save some funds for unexpected expenses.
  5. Cover all bases to be committed:
    Before you commit to relocating, discuss your plans with family to consider factors such as aging family members, children, shared custody etc. If one of the reasons you’re relocating is for career opportunities, we advise having this conversation with your current manager/employer. The last thing you want is to go through this journey to secure a position in your new city and your current employers offers you a promotion to stay.
  6. Begin your job search:
    Prepare your CV and connect with an experienced recruiter who can assist you with securing the right position and advise on any qualifications, certificates or licences that you need to complete. Your recruiter will want to know what your relocation plans are, so be prepared to discuss your timeframes and express your commitment to the process.
  7. Interviews:
    Most recruiters and employers are happy to meet with you online in the first instance, however if you progress to final interview stage, be prepared to meet with your potential employer in person. Meeting in person will provide both parties comfort in the decision-making process and cultural alignment.
  8. Understand Your New Job:
    Clarify your job responsibilities, reporting structure, and expectations with your new employer. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the new role.
  9. Negotiating your salary:
    Base salary
    Depending on the position requirements, employers may pay higher salaries to candidates with local market knowledge and legislation experience. Ask your recruiter to provide advice on market salaries.

    The current mandatory superannuation contribution in Australia is 11%. This will increase to 11.5% on 1st July 2024 and 12% on 1st July 2025. When considering a position, ensure it is clear if the salary is inclusive or plus superannuation.

    Ask your recruiter if a bonus, commissions, or any other benefits are provided, along with mobile phone, laptop or car allowance is provided for work purposes.
  10. Update Legal Documents:
    Update your address on legal documents such as your driver’s license, car registration, and voter registration. Notify banks, insurance companies, and other relevant institutions of your address change.
  11. Healthcare Considerations:
    Research healthcare options in your new location. Understand your new health insurance coverage and find local healthcare providers.
  12. Networking:
    Connect with professionals in your new area through social media platforms like LinkedIn or local networking events. Building a local network can be valuable for both personal and professional growth.
  13. Pack Smart:
    Declutter and pack strategically. Prioritise essential items and consider selling or donating things you don’t need. Label boxes clearly to simplify the unpacking process.
  14. Adjustment Period:
    Be patient with yourself during the adjustment period. Moving to a new location involves adapting to a new environment, meeting new people, and understanding different work cultures.
  15. Stay Positive:
    Focus on the positive aspects of your new job and location. Embrace the opportunities for personal and professional growth that come with the change.

Remember, relocating is a significant life change, and careful planning can help ease the transition.