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With amazing natural beauty around and easy access to most areas with small distances to travel, living in the Sunshine Coast has a great work/ life balance.

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and move to the Sunshine Coast, you’ll need a job. Alongside that, you need to figure out the logistics of working there. Is your dream possible? Can you go surfing every day?

Do Kiwis need a work visa in Australia?

Most New Zealanders don’t need an employment visa while working in Australia. The SCV (Special Category Visa) is given to most Kiwis on arrival into Australia. This allows you to live and work in the Sunshine Coast with similar rights to Australians.

Be aware that although this gives you the right to work and live in Australia, you will not have the same rights as a resident. This means you are not eligible for a student loan, you cannot claim a benefit and access to medical care is not as comprehensive as Australians have.

Getting a job

The job market in the Sunshine Coast is tough. The unemployment rate in the area was 6.3% as at March 2019, and competition for jobs is high. Most of the area exists to support the tourism industry, so most roles are connected to this in some way—construction, healthcare and retail are currently the main players.

But, there are always going to be roles in education and other essential services. To apply for jobs, it’s the same as in NZ, via websites such as and through recruitment agencies. Many potential employers will be happy to conduct interviews by video link, so start applying for roles before you reach Australia.

Due partially to the aging population of the Sunshine Coast, more local residents work in health care and social assistance than any other industry. Education, construction, retail and accommodation were the other big players, and these areas continue to grow. The area also has recently had a 450-bed hospital open, meaning people can seek treatment locally. This increases the roles available in the local healthcare sector.

Another area that’s experiencing growth is in clean technologies. The region has a focus on ensuring the natural environment remains clean, green and beautiful, so it’s natural than green technologies will be on board with this. There’s LED lighting companies, sustainable building designers, and a 24 hectare solar farm in the region.

Education is big in the Sunshine Coast too, with a four-campus TAFE, a number of private schools, a large education precinct that takes students from preschool through to university and a teaching hospital.  USC is the fastest growing regional University in Australia, with over 140 undergrad and postgrad programs.

Tourism is huge, with more than 60 events held each year. Event organisers like the consistent weather and the closeness of the sea to the road means Ironman and triathlon races are common in the area- not to mention surfing competitions. So, while many people come to the Sunshine Coast for holidays and time in the sun, more than 150,000 people go to attend an event.

Be aware that 5% of local food services and accommodation businesses are at risk of financial collapse at any point, with a high rate of failure.

Trans-Tasman qualification acceptance

If you have a technical trade, qualification or work experience, it’s likely that it will be accepted in Australia. University and Polytechnic degrees obtained in NZ are accepted in Australia as equal. Trade certificates and apprenticeships will be accepted also, so there’s no re-training, expensive top-up education or stress about qualifications.

Things to think about before you start

You’ll need an Australian bank account. You can apply for these online before you leave NZ, so start that process as soon as you can. That way you know you’ll at least be able to get paid, even if nothing else is sorted.

You’ll also need to get a TFN, a ‘tax file number’, which is the Australian equivalent of an IRD number. You can’t do this until you’re in Australia, but make it a top priority once you arrive. If you don’t get a TFN, you’ll be charged the top tax rate. So, you’ll want this sorted as soon as possible. Consider hiring an accountant for the first financial year once you’ve moved over. If there is crossover income between the countries or you do end up paying extra tax, an accountant will make sure you sort it out and only pay what’s required.

You’ll also need to let NZ tax department know that you’re leaving. You may still have tax or income obligations in NZ. A quick call to the IRD is a good idea so you know exactly where you stand, if you owe tax or they owe you, and potentially this could head off a number of problems before they happen.

The work commute

Unlike the big cities of Australia, you may end up working almost anywhere through the Sunshine Coast as there is no main CBD. While there are commercial hubs, it’s not the huge bustling metropolis of Sydney or Melbourne.

There are pretty good bus and train routes throughout the Sunshine Coast, making public transport an excellent option. You can drive if you have a car, and there are parking options throughout the region. Another option is biking. If you don’t have far to go, the temperate climate and lack of rainfall means that hopping on a bike is a reliable form of transport.

Getting an amazing work and life balance

The Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to live if you want a great lifestyle. The beach is only a few km away, and you can have a quick surf or swim before or after work. The commute is easy and with further rail implementation likely, it’s going to get easier. Start the process today and get your job in the Sunshine Coast—and start the move of a lifetime.

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.
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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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