It will cause you a whole lot of stress, time, and worry!
Australia can be really competitive when it comes to jobs, apartments, and rentals. You might end up in a position where everyone wants the apartment you want and you need to stand out (references).
You will need to prove your identity when applying for a property rental, driver’s licence, a white card or Medicare card, or setting up a mobile or superannuation account.
On this page you will find the below helpful information:
If you are moving to Australia make sure you have all the below document files in a folder, on an accessible device, and make at least one paper copy. Then you can just send/email or photocopy it when needed.
You don’t want to be emailing people to chase a reference, or worse be asking for one.
I recommend you download, scan and save all the below files in a ‘moving to Australia’ folder and make one physical paper copy. There are still times and people/companies/realtors that require paperwork documentation:
When I said people/companies need paperwork, well schools are at the top of the list for what they need for kids and it is generally a physical copy, but make sure you have everything digital.
You are going to need the below documents/paperwork for your children in Australia:
Honestly, I am not the first person to wish I had put the time in early and got all the above ready. People need time to forward you the above and there’s nothing worse than being ill-prepared for something you want.
You must provide a total of 100 points of Australian and/or New Zealand documents to prove your identity. Depending on what you need the points for, they hold different values. The below is for a rental application but you will also need to prove your identity when it comes to getting a driver’s license, applying for a white card or Medicare card, and setting up a mobile or superannuation account. Although the values are different, the documents are generally the same.
You can use different combinations of documents to make up your 100 points, but you must include at least 1 primary document that has a photograph as part of your 100 points.
|Documents required for 100 points identification check||Per|
|Passport and visa||40 points|
|Drivers Licence||40 points|
|Photo ID (e.g. 18 plus card, university photo ID)||30 points|
|Birth Certificate||30 points|
|Pay Slips||20 points|
|Medicare Card||20 points|
|Previous Landlord Reference||20 points|
|Birth Certificate||20 points|
|Bank Statement||10 points|
|Utility Bills with Current Address.||10 points|
The Australian rental market is very competitive, especially in the main cities. Most Australian rentals will require you to submit a tenancy application, accompanied by the following documents.
I recommend preparing the below before you leave NZ and having it ready to go:
A lot of my visitors are homeowners in New Zealand and have been for years. This means they don’t have written landlord references, contact info, or proof of their last bond being repaid.
This is very common and a rental agent will understand.
The references are purely there to prove that you are a good tenant, so try and think of another way to show this. Any personal references for work or personal will help.
If you are close to any of your neighbours in NZ, you could ask them for a personal reference, which would prove that you were a good neighbour and looked after your property. That may give you a little bit of an advantage over other applicants.
Make sure you transfer some money into your Australian bank to prove you can pay the rent and even show further savings in your NZ bank account (especially if it’s not an optimal time to transfer your funds to Australia).
Read more about getting a rental in Australia in my Renting and Accommodation in Australia post.
Schools, doctors, and dentists will request your medical records, school reports, and dentist records from your NZ provider. So it is better to get these before you leave NZ, as you may need to visit them personally and sign a consent form.
Therefore you should obtain either paper or electronic copies of your medical/dentist records, for yourself and your family. You will need to provide these to your new doctor and dentist.
You could also have them sent directly to your new provider’s office. Be sure these include the results of any lab work, imaging, or other tests you’ve had. It’s a very straightforward process, just a signature on a form.
Contact your child’s current school and notify them your child is leaving. They will have had many children changing schools and moving to another country and will give you everything you need.
Your new school in Australia will want at least their last school report but may want further back. It is also very helpful to provide samples of your child’s work – either a Portfolio or a range of work samples in different subject areas.
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