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It’s estimated that about 600,000 Kiwis live in Australia. On average, about 15,800 New Zealanders have moved to Australia each year from 2014- 2017. So, why are so many people moving to Aussie?

1. Money and employment

For some jobs and in some Australian cities, the employment opportunities and the resulting wage isn’t something that NZ can compete with. The salaries for mine workers in Western Australia, for instance, are a huge drawcard for many, especially young men with no family to support in New Zealand.
While this salary difference isn’t as marked as it used to be, there is still a substantial step up for some regions. While the Gold Coast would be on par with New Zealand, Brisbane and WA offer good salaries.

2. Weather

While some Australian cities do have similar weather to New Zealand, on average the weather is warmer in Australia. If you’re a sun-seeker or someone who is perpetually cold, the lure of Brisbane could be strong. The ability to be able to accurately predict the weather -and have it consistent all day- is a huge bonus!

Rottnest Beach Perth

Rottnest Island in Perth

3. Lifestyle

If you’re a surfer, a partier, or simply need a change from NZ, Australia is a huge country with great lifestyle options. The Gold Coast has theme parks galore, Sydney has a nightlife scene like no other, while Melbourne is host to a music and art scene that is second-to-none. If you like a quieter life, Tasmania offers great options for living and a food culture quite apart from the rest of Australia- they have small bespoke producers of great products- from butter to bugs!

4. Family

If you have siblings or children who have moved to Australia, it’s easy to follow. Once one part of the family have emigrated, if their life seems significantly better (or, if you miss them) then the option of heading over to join them is attractive. Missing out on the grandkids or wanting to be closer to your family is often a driving force for ex-pats.

5. Ease of the move

It’s so easy to move to Australia. No visa required, simply walk through customs and you’re entitled to live and work there indefinitely. No miles of paperwork, no huge visa fees. Also, once you’ve arrived, over time the process to become a permanent resident is not difficult and gives you mostly the same rights as native Australians. It’s also super easy to transfer your NZ superannuation to become an Australian pension.
There is no culture shock when moving to Aussie. Because it’s really just a giant New Zealand, the same foods are available, you can continue to speak English, and the same stores are there. It’s the simplest and easiest move- and thousands of people before you have done it. It’s the safest and easiest way to move countries, create change in your life, but still be comfortable.

6. Diversity

Australia has a large number of immigrants other than just Kiwis. This creates a multi-cultural country with all the richness and diversity that this brings. Food, celebrations and a whole heap of amazing traditions that aren’t represented in NZ are easily accessed and celebrated.

7. Cheaper travel

With Bali and Indonesia just a short hop away, it’s easy to see why many people take frequent holidays there. For Kiwis, most travel is long and arduous- living in Australia takes one flight out of the equation, making the journey about five hours shorter. Internal travel through Australia is amazing too, with the huge diversity that Australia offers. From the lush jungle of North Queensland, the arid deserts of Alice Springs, the beaches of Perth or the beauty of the coastal drive, Australia has it all- without having to leave the country.

8. Cost of living

While some Australian cities are as expensive (or more expensive) than New Zealand, overall the cost of living is cheaper- a bigger population means economies of scale. Fruit and vegetables are a notable highlight, and petrol is much cheaper (December 2018, the average Sydney price was around AU$1.25 L).
While rents can be high, especially in sought after areas, it’s simple to find more moderate living arrangements. The increase in salary means that higher rents will be covered.

9. Crocodiles and koala bears

Australia has some of the most unique wildlife in the world. Kangaroos, platypus, Tasmanian devils, quokka… the list goes on. If you love diverse wildlife and exploring the outdoors, than Australia offers some of the best, most unusual options.

10. Sport

If you follow any Kiwi sport, it will still have coverage in Australia. Cricket, netball, rugby and football, they are all the same as NZ’s passions. The good news is that NZ will still win the rugby and sevens, so that won’t change… although you might have to try and understand Aussie Rules football to try and fit in with the locals!

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Our Fixed Price Guarantee:

Unlike many other movers, we will provide you with a fixed quote based on your specific list of items.

Should you wish to add or remove any items, we will adjust our fixed quote accordingly. Hence, no nasty surprises at the end of the move process.

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Free In-Home Consultation:

If you are moving the majority of your household items from New Zealand to Australia, one of Ausmoves experienced relocation consultants will visit your home to establish your specific packing requirements and any unique moving needs. Learn more about moving to Australia from NZ.

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