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Melbourne is a bustling city with an amazing arts and music scene, culture in abundance, and great food. There are loads of opportunities for a great lifestyle –professionally as well personally.

As the capital of Victoria in Australia, Melbourne is the second most populated city in the country. Known for its dynamism, this cosmopolitan city is well known for its cobbled laneways that makes for pleasant meanderings; its love of coffee, awesome climate, endless shopping opportunities, dining and its love for sport – be it cricket, football, the Australian Grand Prix and more. Explore its food and take in its culture through a number of museums and art galleries. There lots of things to do in Melbourne!

Melbourne has a style that is inimitable and constantly extends an invitation to one and all to go on a journey of discovery of all that it has to offer.

Getting a Visa

Most citizens of New Zealand do not need to apply for a visa in advance as they are eligible for a Special Category Visa (subclass 444) which is granted on arrival when you travel on a valid New Zealand passport. 

The job market

The job market is fairly good in Melbourne. The current industries that are growing and require people include construction, education, engineering, healthcare, mining and energy, science and technology. Working in Melbourne and specialised in any of these fields will open opportunities as well as give you strong negotiating powers based on your skill levels.

Building up and tapping into reliable networks is the best way of keeping abreast of job opportunities. Also, keep on eye on local job websites including and other recruitment sites.


Melbourne has an excellent property market with a range of housing options to suit every kind of home requirement. From Victorian styled homes to modern apartments, you are sure to find something you like. If you want to rent, then prices are primarily based on the size of the property, its location and the transportation options that are available around it.

It is important to note that rental properties are unfurnished. However, they include heating, hot water systems, light fixtures, stoves/ovens, carpeting and curtains as well as kitchen cupboards. Utility costs are not included in the rent. In this way, it’s very similar to NZ.

If you are looking to buy a home, the most common way is through auctions. There are also private sales as well, but most agents prefer auctions. However, the market in Melbourne is slowing, which is great for any Kiwis heading over the ditch. Regardless of if you decide to rent or buy, Mebourne is a great place to live.

Costs of living

According to Mercer’s 2018 Cost of Living Survey, Melbourne stands at number 58 in the world’s most expensive cities. This makes the city quite an affordable destination to be at, globally speaking. In terms of average costs, a working day lunch for one is around AU$17. Monthly rent for a furnished accommodation in an upmarket area will be AU$2,398 and in a budget-friendly area around AU$1,875. In terms of commute, with your own vehicle, 1 litre of gas is approximately AU$1.46.

Life in Melbourne

School system

All children between the ages of 6 to 17 years have to be in school compulsorily. There are several kinds of schools to choose from. Most are co-educational, with a few exceptions when it comes to Catholic schools. There are a few Montessori and Steiner-system based institutions as well.

For higher education, Melbourne has great universities, as well as numerous TAFEs, private institutions and higher education providers offering a range of courses.

Health Care

Melbourne and the Victoria region have over 200 public and private hospitals for in-patient care and outpatient services. Through Medicare, Australian residents get free treatment in public hospitals as well as discounted costs for other services. NZ residents are also eligible for some free healthcare and must enrol in Medicare if they intend to live in Australia permanently.

Public transport

Melbourne's public transport is the simplest way to navigate around the city. With a Myki card for flexible travel, you can use this on trams, trains and buses. This card can be bought and topped up online. With the Night Network, 24 hour transport is available on all three modes of transport. Also included is a 2AM coach service to key regional destinations. Late night travel also includes the Night Rider which has 10 key routes .

For movement around central Melbourne, The City Circle Tram is what you need. Route maps and time tables are easily available. The city also offers bike share and car sharing schemes that you can use. There are also taxis on demand. Here are some more info about getting around Melbourne.

Getting a license

As New Zealander, if you have a valid New Zealand licence you can drive in Melbourne for a maximum of three months. Beyond that you will need to convert your licence or permit to a Victorian equivalent. There aren’t many differences between Australian and New Zealand road rules, aside from hook turns in the Melbourne CBD.

What to do for fun in Melbourne

Melbourne is a city where there is always something to do, and a form of entertainment for everybody. In Melbourne, you have several beaches where you can soak up the sun. Choose from the likes of St Kilda, Elwood, Half Moon Bay, Dendy Street, Williamstown or Sorrento.

The coffee culture in Melbourne is amazing and you have baristas and cafés everywhere you go, each offering something unique. Places like Seven Seeds, Market Lane Coffee, Brother Baba Budan, Everyday Midtown and many others should be on your bucket list.

Walking down the cobbled pathways that Melbourne is famous for, you are bound see some beautiful street art. Flinders Street Station is a hub for cultural symbolism. You could also take in the scores of museum – of art, culture, music and more. There are several sporting events and music festivals every year too.

You’ll never be bored in if you move to Melbourne. It’s a city that throbs with life. So get out there and enjoy your new home.

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