What You Need to Know Before Moving to Australia


Sarah Peddie

Planning to move and work abroad can be a tricky business. There are many things that you need to sort out before arriving at your dream destination. 

But, no need to worry as we have put together some helpful information you need to know before you make your move to another country and start your new career overseas.

Article 3 - What You Need to Know Before Moving to Australia

1 - Registration

Before thinking about a visa, you must register to see if you are eligible to practice in Australia.

The Australian Medical Council are responsible for Primary Source Verification of a Doctor's qualifications  

A specialist college will assess your comparability to an Australian trained Doctor checking training, examinations and clinical experience. 

The medical board of Australia give final approval for a Doctor to practice in the country.

You can find out what type of registration you need to complete and find out more here. 

2 - Choosing the Right Visa For You

After registration, applying for a temporary visa for you and your accompanying dependants is the next step.

For all Doctors the visa to apply for is the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa. This visa gives you up to four years and can be renewed as many times as you like. It also allows your partner and dependants to travel with you and live in work in Australia at the same time. 

3 - Healthcare 

Before you move to Australia, you need to know about the healthcare system. Healthcare is provided by private and Government institutions.

There are three healthcare schemes:

Medicare - This is publicly funded in Australia and funds 70% of healthcare for citizens and permanent residents. You must register and complete some paperwork to be eligible for this. 

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme - This is a programme that subsidises prescriptions to residents. 
30% Private Health Insurance - This is the remaining percentage of healthcare not covered by Medicare. Australian residents are strongly advised to take out private health cover. 

4 - Climate 

As Australia is absolutely massive, the weather varies a lot. When it’s summer in the south, it’s usually the wet season in the north of the country. It even snows so much in some parts that you can go skiing. 

However, when the sun shines, it shines. Temparatures in some areas during summer can reach around 40°C. The ozone layer just above Australia is very thin which makes the sun a lot more powerful. 

5 - Cost of Living

The cost of living in Australia really depends on where you live and how you live but it is lower compared to the likes of London. Rent will probably be the biggest bill and it is often quoted weekly. 

Fancy a move to the land down under? Register with Odyssey today and your dream move could be a lot closer than you think.