Moving To Australia: The Final Checklist

Getting the University enrollment was an entirely nail-biting roller-coaster ride. But now, you need to gear yourself to leave your home and begin a new journey in Australia. Mingling among new faces, exploring the alleys and streets, soaking in the beautiful culture will all be a thrilling ride! But, you will be leaving the people you love the most, and the place you have grown up in. Moreover, an entire shift in your lifestyle, be it the time zone, the food or the culture. You need to be ready for it all.

There are a few steps which can make your switch as comfortable and smooth as possible. Let’s go through a few things that you should look into before you leave for Australia.

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1. Bank accounts

  • Ensure that all your accounts have the ‘minimum required balance’ necessary to keep the account active. Else, you might lose your savings on the ‘fall below’ penalty.
  • If you have a salary account, it will be converted into a savings bank account (with minimum required balance Rs.XXXX) after a while, as no salary is being deposited. Once again, you might be losing your money if you fail to have the required minimum balance.
  • If you are unable to track and hold the active status of a bank account, it might be wise to withdraw all of your cash and close the bank account.
  • If you will behandling your bank account from Australia, make sure that the Net Banking facilities are made available for your bank account.

2.SIM card

  • By default, the international roaming services will not be activated for your SIM. If you are planning on taking your SIM card to Australia, call and request the customer service to enable the International roaming plan. If you have a postpaid plan, you will probably be doing this on the online customer portal.
  • However, you will be switching to an Australian SIM card once you arrive in Australia. If you have any postpaid plan active, terminate it before you leave.
  • All international airports offer free WiFi services. You can keep in touch with your family while travelling using the VoIP calling apps (e.g. MobileVoIP), or you can also purchase a matrix SIM card.

3. Other records

Lastly, we would like to remind you of these: confirm that all the income tax records are clean before you leave for Australia. You must also check that the services like your Health/Life Insurances, Provident Funds, Credit Cards, Business Partnerships etc. are taken care of. You must ensure that either (i) You can still manage them abroad or (ii) delegate your authority to a trustworthy person in your home country or (iii) end/close it.

4. Education loan

  • Meet your bank manager and discuss on how to pay the interest for your study loan every month.
  • Note the list of the records/certificates to be submitted to your bank (e.g. University Enrollment Letter)
  • You might want to think about a Life Insurance on your education loan. Again, you can speak about this to the bank manager.

5. Currency exchange

  • You need to have at least a dispensable amount of $1,000 with you when you land in Australia. Splitting this amount in a travel card and cash might be recommendable.
  • Usually, the bank cards may charge you higher conversion rates or additional servicing cost or when you use them in Australia. So we would recommend you to have more money in your prepaid card instead.
  • You now need to grab a decent deal for the money exchange. You can either (i) use this website-BookMyForex to get best deals near your place. (ii) Contact the dedicated Forex companies (iii) Visit some banks, UAE Exchange, Western Union, Thomas Cook etc. to find out the best exchange rate. Buy Dollars.
  • Get yourself a prepaid travel card and load it with at least half the money you are thinking to carry. Click here for the detailed process in arranging the prepaid card .

Apart from these ‘practical’ matters, you HAVE to ensure that a few basic needs are also taken care of.

6. Learn to cook

  • After a tiring day from the University, you will be left to do the most important task of the day-cooking.
  • Whether you are a pro in cooking, or don’t even know to name the veggies, cooking will be the most crucial skill you will be using in Australia.
  • You will be cooking at least one meal every day. Eating outside every day isn’t good for your health, nor is it wallet-friendly! Start learning yummy dishes from your mom!
  • Learn a few dishes which are fast, lip-smacking and easy to make. For the rest, VahChef and Gobble will be your companions.

7. Do your shopping the right way

  • Only about 50-60 kgs. allowance will be given for all the things you need for a pleasant stay in Australia. Be smart in packing & in choosing what is really needed to be carried across the seas.

8. Install useful mobile apps

  • Make sure you have all the important apps already downloaded in your phone before you leave for Australia. VoIP Calling Apps: MobileVOIP or any other app you are familiar about.
  • Maps: You need to use the maps at your destination place.

Lastly, we all are emotionallyattachedto our family, our friends, our home, our country. Leaving our homebehind creates a void which seems hard to fill. Here are some tips to work on it.

9. Eat whatever you want. If any person tries to lecture you about your weight, eat them too!

Big problem, if you are a hardcore foodie! Australian culinary experience presents you with a comparatively low-spiced food, or food rich in carbs and lot of meat. You will miss the smell of the tadka and the essence of the masalas used in the dishes made back home! From your mom’s tempting dinner, to the roadside paanipuri, or the creamy koftas to the matkakulfis. Fork and knife becomes your new best friends on the dining table, and placing a napkin on our lap becomes an involuntary habit. Unless you have mastered cooking, you will have to adjust and settle for a bland dining experience. So sit back and munch on everything you like! If you’re a fitness freak, it is okay. You can begin working out as soon as you land in Australia. No country can match the taste of the Khichdi, Butter Naans, Kheer or the MalaiKoftas like the ones made at our homeland :’)

10. Spend time with your family; get your personal things ‘in order’

From your first walking step, to the current day when you are all set for your own journey into a new place, your family has always had your back. Mom’s scoldings, dad’s angry looks, fights with brothers or heartfelt conversations with your sister. You will miss all this when you leave for Australia. So make sure to spend as much time as you can with your family. Sit down over comfortable evening with a warm cup of tea, discuss your future plans and goals. Speak out your mind and talk to them about your concerns, get all personal things sorted out. You will miss these days when you can enjoy their company and spend every moment with them. Take the blessings of your elders before you make a move to Australia.

11. Spend time with your best friend

When we are overboard with all the troubles from our family, we go to our best friends and pour out everything we have in our mind. If you are lucky to arrive in Australia with a companion, then it’s incredible! But without anyone to speak to, or trouble with your lame jokes, or share memes to, life can get a little dull. Take some time off now. Go out and have a great time with your best buddies! Do every crazy thing you have planned. It will be long until your paths cross. Click as many pictures and make the most insanevideos. But do spend time with them all and leave on a good note.

12. Hold your heart and bid the final farewell!

We know that goodbyes are not easy. Not only does your farewell extend to the ones close to you but to all the other things that have always been a crucial part of your life. This good-bye goes to your homeland too! You will never to see your motherland in the same way as you had left it. So be greatful for everyone and everything that has played a part in your life, and bid adieu with a warm smile.

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