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Are you thinking about relocating to Australia? From Brisbane and Sydney to Melbourne and Canberra, there are many fantastic places to choose from for your new home. Here's a guide to everything you'll need to know before heading down under.

It can be a daunting prospect when considering a move to a new country, especially when moving to the other side of the world. At Bishop’s Move, we have a dedicated International Removals team and a great deal of experience in global relocations.

Bishop’s Move, we have a heritage of over 165 years of moving experience, so you can rest assured in the knowledge that you will receive nothing short of a professional and smooth move.

Moving to Australia?


Why Move to Australia?

Australia is an incredibly popular destination for tourists and expats alike, known to be one of the best countries you can move to from the UK. The sunshine, the incredible beaches, the lifestyle - it’s a winning combination for hundreds of Brits every year. Its distance from the UK, with a direct flight of 16 hours, presents a unique opportunity for a clean slate.

As the 6th largest country in the world, there's a huge variety in just about everything. You’ll find the vibrant city, climate, exciting jobs and stunning landscapes that suit you, all inside Australia’s bounds. A strong economy and stunning holiday destinations just a short flight away - what more could you want for your family?

What’s more, without a language barrier to tackle, other than the occasional puzzling slang word, little will stand in your way of settling into your home.

Rocky cliffs and a beach in Australia

Culture of Australia

While being so far away, Australia has an incredibly close relationship with the UK, which includes its way of life. You’ll find settling into your new home much easier with so much shared with your life back in Britain.

The large island has always been a melting pot of cultures, with immigrants from all across the globe making up a large percentage of the 25 million-strong population. In fact, around 2 million Britons already call Australia home, so you’re almost guaranteed to find people with shared values. 

With a laid-back culture that revolves around spending time with friends and family, there’s not a lot to dislike about the culture. Sports and exercise also play a large role in life down under, so there’s plenty of opportunity to get involved wherever you are.


Healthcare should always be a concern when moving abroad. The public healthcare system in Australia is called Medicare and is renowned for being of great quality. For Brits hoping to move abroad, you’ll be happy to know that the UK and Australia have reciprocal healthcare agreements, meaning that you’ll be able to access the public healthcare system for free. 

Note that many Australians choose to opt for private healthcare for a higher level of coverage and care, which might be available through a working position based in the country.

Red-coloured sunset over Sydney harbour, with the iconic opera house

Working in Australia

Australia is a great place to work, with excellent conditions and work-life balance. In all actuality, work is an incredibly important part of a move to the other side of the world. It isn’t just a good way to make friends to ease your connections, but a job here might just be your ticket in.

There are plenty of occupations and industries in Australia that are growing, including telecommunications, automotive industry, childcare and hospitality. If your skills and experience match these areas, you might stand a better chance of gaining entry to the country. 

In order to work, you’ll need to make sure your visa pathway is secured correctly. There are multiple working visas that Brits can acquire to live there.

Can I Move to Australia?

Australia has an infamously strict immigration system. Moving to Australia from the UK will involve a laborious visa process which could take months depending on your pathway and paperwork. But without a doubt, you can move to Australia. 

The immigration system for visas takes a lot of your life into account before extending an application invitation. Your age, job experience, skills and more will all be taken under consideration with a points system, assigning points to elements that Australia’s economy finds valuable. Learn more about the immigration system on their visa finder website.

Permanent Residence

To gain a permanent residence permit in Australia, meaning an indefinite stay, you’ll need to enter through the permanent Migration Program. This consists of family and economic migration factors, accessible through the skill, family and special eligibility visa streams. If you do not meet the requirements for these visa options, your final option for permanent residency is reserved for humanitarian reasons.

Popular Expat Destinations

There are a number of popular destinations for expats in Australia, with communities forming all over the country. These communities can be great support networks for new arrivals in the country, so while escaping the UK, don’t neglect to make connections with fellow expats. Our blog is a great source of information for those looking to move abroad.

Sunset over Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia.

Moving with Bishop’s Move

Our bespoke moving services have been created based on years of international moving experience because Bishop’s Move knows exactly what a smooth process involves. We’ve got everything under control, and you won’t need to worry about leaving your move in the hands of our capable removal teams. Start planning your move with our Australia removals services today, call us on 0800 107 8422.