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So you’re making the move to Australia from New Zealand, and your city of choice is Melbourne. Melbourne has a lot to offer you. As a new resident you will find yourself marvelling at the architecture, enjoying the year-round sporting and cultural activities, and realising you are spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink!

With a hearty coffee culture, jaw droppingly beautiful buildings and architecture at every street corner and a happening night life and bar and restaurant scene, Melbourne is a multicultural, vibrant city that will never disappoint or bore. The modern Australian food scene can be appreciated and enjoyed at the city’s many restaurants. Given it has residents from around the world, you can also get pretty much any cuisine you fancy.

Melbourne also has the best public transportation system in the country, with the world’s largest tram network.

Moving to Australia from New Zealand is a relatively easy process, and there are so many similarities between the two countries, the rules and regulations and the culture too. In terms of finding a job and the work culture, again similarities abound, but do be prepared to face more competition in the job market.

Do you need a work visa?

One of the biggest benefits for Kiwis headed to Australia is that the close relationship between the two countries means that most Kiwis get an SCV – Special Category Visa- on arrival. This entitles them to live (indefinitely at that), work, study, retire, transfer superannuation and enjoy a bunch of benefits that Aussie citizens enjoy.

Do keep in mind that the SVC is a temporary unprotected visa category and you’re not entitled to get permanent residency on arrival in Melbourne. If you have special skills or skills that are currently considered to be valuable and less common in Australia, you would do well to apply for a skilled workers visa/ skilled independent visa instead of the SVC. Not only will this increase your chances of getting hired, it also indicates you have specialised, in-demand skills.

By registering under the skilled independent visa (only if you really do meet the requirements and believe your skills match the in-demand jobs in Australia) you can fast track your permanent residency process. This is a points-based system, so you can get an idea of whether you’re eligible by taking a test online.

Banking and tax

Before you start work, you must open a bank account and obtain a Tax File Number (TFN) from the Australian Taxation Office. The TFN is similar to IRD number, and like in New Zealand, your employer will pay taxes to the tax department on your behalf. You must apply for the TFN after arrival in Melbourne, and this is something you shouldn’t delay. You will be charged a higher tax rate until you have a TFN.

One thing to get out of the way before the move is opening a bank account. Many banks give you the option of opening a bank account online. You can open an account from New Zealand, just make sure you have your personal details, arrival date and employment details on hand.

Finding a job

Just like in New Zealand, most jobs are advertised online and you can do a search to find what your options are. Many employers are quite happy to interview on Skype or Zoom and go through the process online. You can not only begin your job hunt but possibly even land a position before you actually physically move to Melbourne.

As in New Zealand, the Christmas to New Year time period is quiet, so definitely not the right time to be job hunting. The hiring period generally begins around March every year, which makes that a good time to focus your efforts. Consider the option of getting contract or temporary employment until you find the right permanent job, just to get started and have a source of income.

Given that Melbourne is your ideal city of residence, it is helpful to know what companies and industries are based there. Melbourne is home to ANZ and National Australia Bank, the country’s automotive industry, and BHP Billiton. And since the largest port in Australia is located in Melbourne, that too is a sector to target, as also technology/biotech.

Australia has stringent laws in terms of fair wage, overtime and allowances, and it is a good idea to read up on these so you know what to expect, what your bargaining power is, and whether you are getting what you should be when you’re being offered a job.

Under the country’s National Employment Standards (NES) you are also eligible for leave (annual, sick, maternity). Check out this site for a better understanding of the leave and wages policies and to calculate what your allowances are.

Getting around Melbourne

If you are not moving with your car or you are waiting to get a car when in Melbourne, there is an vast network of trains, trams and buses available to get around. This isn’t just in Melbourne itself, but to and from the suburbs and surrounding towns too. Melbourne has a great public transportation system that makes life easier especially for new residents.

If you are choosing to drive, you must apply for an Australian driver’s license after you’ve established residency for a period of three continuous months in Melbourne, and you will need to get yourself a Victoria driver’s license. Once the three months are up, you will no longer be able to drive on your NZ license, do if you are planning to drive yourself around, make sure you have this on your to do list - marked important and time stamped!

A great city to live and work

Melbourne is a fantastic city to work in. It’s got loads of opportunities, especially if you’re in a high-demand industry. It has a great network of public transport and lots of places to eat your lunch at. If you’re looking at moving to Melbourne, give us a call to find out how we can make the process easier.

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