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Canberra has a lower unemployment rate than the national average and a strong economy. Besides government institutions, there are an estimated 25,000 businesses in the city providing employment opportunities to all.

The largest employer in the city is the government but even under the SCV given to Kiwis, permanent jobs in public service are not open to them until they become citizens of Australia. However, there are several businesses, tech and software companies looking for talent. The many educational institutions in the city provide attractive opportunities in research and academics.

Looking for work in Canberra

Most employers put up job requirements on online job portals. Thanks to this, Kiwis can start looking for work before they even arrive in the country. You can keep an eye out for good opportunities on these sites. If you have a specialisation, look at specific websites that are known for listing those roles. You could also routinely check the websites of the top companies in your field for job openings.

The job market is a bit more competitive than in New Zealand but otherwise, there aren’t many differences. To increase your chances of being hired, consider taking some additional training courses or certificate courses in your field. Remember to take courses that give you qualifications that are recognised in Australia.

Don’t send out CVs or expect a response during the Christmas break when most companies are closed or employees are on leave. The ideal time to send out applications is during the hiring period in March. Make sure that the resume format you opt for is what is widely used in Australia. If you’re interested in a specific role but they’re not currently hiring for it, consider opting for a temp position instead. This will give you a foot in.

How can Kiwis work in Australia?

Kiwis get an SCV or a Special Category Visa on arrival into Aussie. This allows you to hunt for jobs and work in Australia. The limitations of this visa restricts Kiwis from getting permanent posts in public service or in the military until they have been given citizenship.

You will not be able to get the SCV if you have a criminal conviction or if you have untreated Tuberculosis. You will have to apply directly to the Australian High Commission on a separate visa. This visa is only applicable to citizens of New Zealand so if you only have a PR (Permanent Residency), you will not be eligible for it either.

As in any country, there are some work categories that are in demand in Australia - tourism, education, agriculture, healthcare and construction. If your work falls in any of these categories, you could consider applying for a Skilled Independent Visa which will help to speed up your permanent residency in Australia.

Commuting to Work

Most residents commute to work in cars and happily, they have short (and largely uncongested) commutes. There is public transport available – buses and trains. A large number of residents enjoy active commutes. Active commutes include walking, running or cycling to work. This is one way of including physical exercise to daily routines. The city is very bike friendly with separate bike lanes, bike rails to secure them and bike-friendly buses if you need to travel a long way.

Getting basic paperwork for employment done

If you have a job waiting for you when you land in Australia, that will definitely make things easier.

Open a bank account: You will need this so your company can transfer your salary on time. To open a bank account, you will need to provide identification that adds up to 100 points. Documentation like a passport, a driver’s licence, lease contracts, electric or telephone bills can be submitted. You can do this with a few banks even before you leave New Zealand, provided you give them specific details of your employment and date of arrival.

Get a TFN Number: A Tax File Number (TFN) is the Australian equivalent of your IRD number. The Australian tax system is similar to what we follow in NZ so, your employer will pay taxes on your behalf. Those who do not have a TFN number are charged extra tax so, it helps to get one. Before you leave NZ, make sure that you notify the IRD that you are moving to Australia.

Transferring superannuation

New Zealand and Australia have close ties and so, there are special allowances for Kiwis moving to Australia. One such special provision is being able to transfer your superannuation if you are planning on retiring to Australia. There are some conditions to take into account to make sure that you’re eligible for it, do check these in detail.

An important point to note is that in Australia, pensions are adjusted for each individual based on an assessment of his/her income and assets. And the rate of the NZ Super you receive cannot exceed the amount of the Australian pension applicable to you. Also, if some supplementary benefit is being given to your partner through your pension plan in NZ, this may not be applicable with your Australian Pension. 

If all this is a little bit confusing, it is completely worth it to hire an accountant temporarily until your finances and paperwork are in order. This way you know that you have an experienced person guiding you and you’re doing all that you should be in your new home.

Working and living in Canberra

According to several studies conducted in the city, over 50% of the residents in Canberra are happy with the work-life balance they have. The city is home to several multi-national companies and has a large international community. It is often remarked that Canberra offers opportunities of a large city would while retaining the comfortable pace of a smaller one.

Unemployment rates in Canberra have been consistently low and it has a great economy that is growing. Housing is also estimated to be more affordable in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) than in other popular cities like Melbourne and Sydney. Residents enjoy a high quality of life and good salaries.  All in all, the city offers its residents numerous benefits from good climate, a healthy lifestyle, plenty of outdoor recreation and career opportunities.

Our Fixed Price Guarantee:

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.

Our Service Promise:

Our Service Promise:

  • We will listen to your individual needs and requirements.
  • We will provide a prompt, competitive quote with in one working day.
  • We will provide you with the highest level of service.
Free In-Home Consultation:

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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