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Moving to Perth

Ausmove is the perfect moving company to get your belongings from New Zealand to Perth, one of Australia’s state capitals. Our trained professionals provide speedy and hassle-free services, saving you a whole lot of stress as you relocate to your new home.

Affordable moving and shipping to Perth from New Zealand

Ausmove provide affordable moving and shipping services from anywhere in New Zealand to Perth. Our agents can take the stress away, negotiating external fees on your behalf, arranging the best rates for shipping and storage and advising you on all relevant insurance requirements.

Perth City from Kings Park

Why choose Ausmove for your move to Perth

With over 25 years in the moving business, we have grown and developed the best strategies for a hassle-free move. From our internationally-trained packers to our relocation consultants, we are the best choice for an easy moving experience. We provide door-to-door relocation services, taking care of your possessions and delivering them right to the doorstep of your new home.

Get a quote for moving to Perth

Contact our representatives and they will be happy to provide a free quote after a consultation. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form and get an immediate quote based on your needs.

Not only are we an experienced NZ relocation company but we are also very competitively priced.

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Top reasons to move to Perth

There are many reasons to move to Perth. It is a vibrant region known for its good standard of living, lovely beaches, nature reserves and many different adventure destinations. Perth also has more daylight hours than any other city in Australia. Whatever your reason for moving, Ausmove can help make the process easier.

Disadvantages of moving to Perth from New Zealand

Many New Zealanders have moved to Perth and love it there, establishing communities and calling the country home. However, there are a few characteristics of the city that should be thought about before you make your move.

One disadvantage to some is that Perth is a relatively isolated city, with a 4-hour flight to Sydney and an 8-hour flight to New Zealand. Another major issue is Perth’s sweltering summers, where temperatures can soar over 40°C, much hotter than New Zealand.

General things to consider when moving to Perth

When moving to a new location, it is important to know a few things about your new home before making the trip. Here is some general information on the Australian city of Perth.

Perth tram 3 opening day 1899

Perth history

The area now known as Perth was called Boorloo by the indigenous Noongar people. They had lived in the area for thousands of years before the Europeans arrival. The first European explorers in the region were a Dutch ship in 1697. The area was deemed unsuitable for agriculture and inhospitable to colonies. Then in the 1800’s, a colony known formally as Western Australia and informally as Swan River Colony, was established on the banks of the Swan River. Perth was founded as the administrative centre in 1829. Named after Perth in Scotland, it was given city status in 1856.

Perth population

Gold rushes fuelled a population boom in the late 19th Century, driving the city’s growth from 8447 to 27,533. Fremantle in Perth served as a submarine base during WWII which further grew the area. A population boom occurred after WWII, as about 24,000 people immigrated from different countries to Perth.

Now, Perth’s population is a little over 2 million, making it the fourth-largest city in Australia. A large majority of its residents have English (28.6%) and Australian (25.6%) ancestry. There are also large Irish, Scottish, Italian, Chinese, Southeast Asian and Anglo-African communities in the city. Protestant Christians are the largest religious group, followed by Roman Catholics. There are well-established Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist populations.

Western Australia has the fourth largest population of Kiwis in the country, with almost half of Western Australian Kiwis living in Perth itself. Common locations for Kiwis to settle include Fremantle, Wanneroo and the inner city.


Health insurance in Australia is covered by Medicare. Citizens of New Zealand living in Australia are eligible for some Medicare benefits. This subsidises the costs of emergency room treatment, some doctor visits and prescribed medication in public hospitals only. Individuals are encouraged to take out private health insurance to cover ambulance costs, dental care, and treatment at private hospitals.


Perth plays an important role in the economy of Western Australia. It serves as the economic and support service base for large-scale mining activities outside the city. Many mining corporations have their headquarters in Perth, which serves as the base for engineers, miners, scientists and others involved in the industry. Due to its geographic isolation, Perth was only able to develop a small manufacturing industry to support the needs of local residents. With urbanisation and improvements in transport services, however, Perth’s manufacturing sector is growing rapidly. The service sector continues to provide the largest number of jobs for Perth residents.


Perth’s summer months are usually hot and dry, with scattered rainfall on occasion. An afternoon sea breeze called ‘the Fremantle’ provides relief on hot days. Autumn months are milder, with warm, sunny days and cooler nights. Winters are very wet with heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, while the spring brings more settled weather with mild temperatures, little to no rainfall and great gardening

Rottnest Beach Perth

Crime rate

Crime in Perth is on par with other major cities around the world.

Notable tourist attractions

Tourism in Perth is mostly concentrated in the city centre, the historical port of Fremantle, the winding Swan River and beautiful beaches along the coast. Famous tourist attractions include Kings Park and Botanic Garden in the inner city, Perth Zoo, the Aquarium of Western Australia, Rottnest Island and the Perth Cultural Centre. You can also visit the Bell Tower to experience the ancient art of bell ringing or learn all things gold at the Perth Mint. Science enthusiasts can visit the SciTech museum, which aviation geeks can marvel at the displays in the Aviation Museum. St. Mary’s Cathedral is another famous historical site, attracting tourists with its neo-gothic grandeur.

Your guide for moving to Perth from New Zealand

Moving countries can be quite daunting, but Ausmove is here to make the transition as simple and painless as possible. Here are a few things to know about the relocation process.

Immigration requirements

New Zealanders are eligible to apply for a Special Category Visa (SCV) upon arrival in Perth or any other part of Australia. SCVs allow Kiwis to visit, work, study or reside in Australia for an indefinite amount of time. SCV holders enjoys some of the benefits available to Australian citizens, including some aspects of Medicare. Convicts and those with certain health problems may not be granted SCVs.

Approximate transit time for household goods to Perth

We offer competitive transit times to Perth from anywhere in New Zealand. Standard shipping usually takes three to four weeks from New Zealand to Fremantle (Perth), while air freight may take 5-7 days to arrive.

Packing your belongings

Our team of packers are trained in international packing standards and are armed with the latest packing materials and methods to ensure your belongings are wrapped securely.  

Do you have only a few special items you want to send to Perth? Our packers are well-equipped to handle delicate, antique, or valuable items for safe and secure transport to your new home. We will deliver that valuable artwork or delicate family heirloom in one piece.

Storing your belongings

Prior to shipping, your goods are kept in our secure storage facility. These purpose-built storage units come with state-of-the-art security systems, fire-resistant features and steel beams. If you simply wish to store your belongings until you are ready to ship them, we offer competitive prices for our storage spaces.

Insuring your belongings

At Ausmove, we provide options for you to opt for comprehensive marine insurance on all shipments, ensuring that your belongings are protected against any eventualities.

Australian customs

Once your belongings arrive in Australia, border agents inspect and then issue customs or duty fees as required. All paperwork must be in order to prevent your items from being impounded or denied entry. Our consultants will ensure that you have all the information for the necessary paperwork and any fees you may have to pay.

Australian quarantine

Certain items, including plants, pets, animal products, and food are placed in quarantine upon arrival in Perth. This is taken into consideration in Ausmove’s planning process, and we help to ensure your items are compliant with quarantine procedures.

The best suburbs in Perth

Perth has a number of notable suburbs, including historical Fremantle, the first settlement by the Swan River colonists. Other notable suburbs in the metropolitan area include the vibrant CBD, Joondalup and Wanneroo. Wanneroo is known for its large immigrant population, with almost half of its residents born outside Australia.

Setting up your home

With our door-to-door relocation services, we will pack up your old home, ship your belongings and unpack them for you at your new location. If there are any delays in finding suitable accommodation, we can hold your belongings in our secure storage until you need them.

Rent or buy

The decision to rent or buy a home in Australia can be a tough one. Buying a house is often a preferred option if you are moving to Australia permanently, while renting is better for a short-term stay. However, the decision boils down to your finances and your personal needs. Housing in Perth can be cheap compared to other state capitals, and New Zealanders do not require Foreign Investment Review Board approval to purchase property in Australia.

School options

The standard of education in Western Australia is high, and schooling is mandatory for children aged six to seventeen. There are many public primary and secondary schools run by the state owned Department of Education, with a few private schools too, often run by religious groups. In public schools, tuition is free for Australian citizens and permanent residents. Tertiary institutions in Perth consist of four public universities, one private university and two technical and further education (TAFE) colleges.

Utilities in Perth

Utilities in Perth are affordable, with water, electricity and gas provided by different companies, including the state government-owned Water Corporation and private gas firm Alinta Energy. The average cost of utilities per month in Perth is a little over AU$400.

Getting around Perth

Perth is considered a more relaxed city than Sydney or Melbourne. Traffic is not so busy, and moving around Perth is easy, with a well-established public transportation system to take you wherever you want to go.

The metropolitan public transportation system of trains, buses and ferries is run by Transperth, while Transwa provide links to rural areas. Perth’s metropolitan network is extensive, with five main rail lines, 15 bus stations and 70 train stations. Trips around the city centre are free for SmartRider card holders, and certain buses provide free transport for everyone. Train services also connect Perth to other major cities in the country. If you wish to get around in your own car or motorbike, Perth has a well-connected network of roads. There are no toll roads in the entire state of Western Australia, including the Perth Metropolitan Area.

Perth Airport

Perth Airport provides domestic, regional and international flight services for Perth residents. After a $1 billion renovation, Perth Airport was named the best airport in Australia for overall service quality. Another airport, Jandakot Airport, is located in the southern suburbs and is used for chartered flights and other general aviation services.

Shipping your car or motorcycle

We provide safe and secure vehicle transportation. If you have a car or motorcycle you wish to ship to Perth, we will pack and ship them safely to your new home. We will also provide you with information on any relevant duties, taxes fees and customs requirements.

Getting a driving license

You will need to apply for a Western Australia driver’s license if you plan on living in Perth. Transferring your NZ driver’s license Australia is easy. If you have a current New Zealand license, or a license that expired less than 12 months ago, you will not have to take the computerised theory test and you may be exempt from the practical driving assessment.

Car licensing and registration

Licensing and registering your car in Perth take just a few steps. You will have to obtain a temporary moving permit to get the car to the inspection lot. Once your vehicle has passed the road worthiness inspection, you must provide a copy of your New Zealand vehicle license and registration, proof of identity and proof that your vehicle will be kept primarily in Western Australia.


When moving to a new place, it is important to familiarise yourself with the local laws. Perth Metropolitan Area is made up of different local government areas, each of which have their own set of laws. These laws are wide-ranging, covering anything from pet ownership to air conditioning. You can find the laws pertaining to your new location online.

Electoral roll requirements

Non-Australian citizens are eligible to vote in local government area elections. Electoral roll requirements differ in each local government area. In the City of Perth, there are two rolls, the residents roll, and the non-resident owners and occupiers roll. The former is for those who reside in the city, whether as property owners or tenants, while the latter applies to those who own property but do not reside in the City of Perth.

Pet registration

The registration process for your pets will likely require dogs and cats above a certain age to be sterilised and microchipped as part of registration. Some areas such as Wanneroo, have a household pet limit.

Finding a job in Australia

As a New Zealand citizen, your SCV allows Kiwis to work in Australia. It is advisable that you find a job before relocating to Perth. Jobs can be found though online searches or recruitment agencies. If you are already in Perth, looking through the local classifieds may be helpful.

Recreational activities

Perth is packed full of fun activities that you and your family can enjoy. You can kayak on the Swan River or enjoy a picnic at the park. Cycling is a popular recreational activity and also doubles as an eco-friendly means of transportation. Swimming with dolphins and scuba diving are also popular pastimes for Perth residents.

Annual Perth events

Perth hosts several annual festivals, concerts and exhibitions. Popular events include the Australia Day Skyworks, Twilight Hawkers Market and Eat Drink Perth.

Cost of Moving to Perth from New Zealand

Moving to a new location can be very costly, especially when you are crossing the Tasman. At Ausmove, we offer fixed price quotes that can be adjusted if you wish to increase or reduce your shipping load.

Get a quote for your move

Our relocation consultants can meet with you in your home to appraise the belongings you wish to ship. A fixed-price quote will then be delivered to you within a day of your consultation. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form and get an immediate free quote based on the information provided.

How to simplify the move process

At Ausmove, our team of experts work closely with you to make your move as simple as possible. We listen to your individual needs and requirements and ensure that your items are cared for. All you have to do is provide us with the necessary information and ensure all paperwork is in order.


Where should I live in Perth?

There are over 250 suburbs in the Perth Metropolitan Area. You should choose where to live based on factors such as proximity to your workplace, children’s school and access to parts of the city that interest you such as the beach.

Is there lots to do in the city of Perth?

You can find all sorts of activities in the city. There are numerous locations for recreational activities, art and science exhibitions, concerts and shows, and even nature-related activities. From the historic port of Fremantle to the Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, there’s something for everyone.

Will I experience any culture shock?

Australia and New Zealand share many cultural similarities, which is why Kiwis migrate to Australia more than any other country. As with the rest of Australia, Perth shouldn’t result in any major culture shock to Kiwis coming in for the first time.

Can I bring my pet to Perth?

New Zealanders are allowed to bring dogs and cats legally into Australia, but the pets have to undergo a quarantine period. Once they are released from quarantine, they must be registered with the council of the local government area you are moving to. Pets that are not dogs and cats must be approved by the Australian Department of Agriculture before transport.

How does Perth differ from Auckland?

The climates of both cities are quite different. Perth is warmer than Auckland, with more hours of sunlight. Perth summers can be hot with record breaking temperatures, while Auckland winters are much cooler. The cost of living in Perth is generally cheaper than in Auckland. Perth has a larger population than Auckland, though with less traffic. It is said that Perth has a more vibrant nightlife, but that is a matter of opinion that you will find out for yourself!

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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