Moving and Living in Australia

Moving to Australia OSS World Wide Movers

Australia withholds a strong reputation for its high standard of living, modern lifestyle and beautiful natural landscapes. Often featured as one of the best places to live and move to, Australia has one of the most diverse populations, an excellent climate and a wide range of flora and fauna. Described as having a friendly and accommodating culture due to the large number of people who move to Australia for the lifestyle, there are plenty of expat communities and groups of like-minded people to meet.

Outdoor activities are a large part of the Australian lifestyle, with an array of beaches to enjoy activities such as surfing and swimming, including world-famous Bondi Beach as well as hidden and secluded beaches and swimming holes. Whilst Australia typically has a warmer climate which is what attracts most tourists and visitors, the country is also home to ski fields such as Perisher and Thredbo in New South Wales and Falls Creek in Victoria. 

Australian cities like Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are hosts to a wide variety of activities such as watching Australia’s most popular sport (AFL), visiting bars and restaurants and walking along stunning coastal boardwalks. Out of the main cities, there are many attractions to see, including the 3 Sisters in the Blue Mountains, exploring National Parks, visiting Cradle Mountain and driving along the Great Ocean Road. 

Moving to Australia with OSS

For over 50 years OSS World Wide Movers has been assisting individuals, business people, and Corporate clients to relocate to Australia. Moving to Australia with OSS provides you with the professional service and advice that only comes from choosing a quality specialist international moving company.

Moving your household goods to Australia

OSS World Wide Movers are specialist international removalists. When moving to Australia from anywhere overseas, OSS is your reputable resource. Being Australia’s only specialist international mover, OSS World Wide Movers can ensure a regularity of shipping to Australia that others cannot. For over 50 years OSS World Wide Movers has been assisting individuals, families, business people, and Corporates, with the professional service and advice that comes from choosing a quality international moving specialist.

Coupled with the expertise and training of our staff, potential costly delays can be avoided. For your piece of mind and protection OSS World Wide Movers is a FIDI FAIM accredited company as well as being a member of Americas International Association of Movers (IAM). Australia has some tight quarantine laws, particularly around food, plant and animal material. There are also other restrictions on what you can bring into the country and in some cases permits may be required. To be safe, it is best to check with customs before deciding what to bring with you when moving to Australia.

Visa and Immigration Information

When travelling or moving to Australia, make sure your passport and visas are correct and valid. Check these links to find out some of the latest requirements.

Consulate / Embassy

Contact the Australian Embassy by the local Embassy in your country of origin.

Visa Information

General visa information can be found here:

Passport Information

Passport information can be found here:

Immigration Information

Immigration information can be found here:

Australian Quarantine Inspection Service

AQIS is Australia’s first line of defence, protecting our unique environment against exotic pests and diseases. They inspect incoming luggage, cargo, mail, animals and plants and their products, and provide inspection and certification for a range of exports.

Quarantine restrictions apply to many raw foods and certain processed foods brought either by air freight, sea freight or carried as personal hand luggage to Australia.

The following items are prohibited:

  • eggs and egg products
  • dairy products
  • uncanned meat
  • seeds and nuts
  • fresh fruit and vegetables

Quarantine of personal effects and household goods.
Personal effects and household goods include furniture, carpets and rugs, crockery, cutlery and kitchen appliances, food, shoes and clothing, books, garden tools, lawn mowers, bicycles, vacuum cleaners, dried flower arrangements, Christmas decorations (including pine cones), souvenirs and a range of other personal or household items. These items might be transported to Australia by a returning resident or a new resident of Australia as unaccompanied sea or air freight.

Why is Quarantine interested in these items?
Australia’s unique environment and important agricultural industries are free from many pests and diseases found in other parts of the world – but the movement of personal effects is one way these could be introduced. For example, outdoor furniture could harbour timber pests or be contaminated with soil or exotic weed seeds, while animal products such as meat, eggs, milk or cheese could contain diseases that could be transmitted to humans and other animals. AQIS – the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service – works to protect Australia’s natural and economic assets from these risks while facilitating the international movement of people and goods. Because of these risks you must advise AQIS of specific items in your consignment. If necessary, AQIS will undertake an inspection of your goods, treat items that could contain pests or diseases, or seize and destroy prohibited items. You may also choose to re-export items of value.

Common items of quarantine concern include:
Wooden items, Soil on garden tools, Carpets, Dried flowers, Skins, Toys containing cotton waste, sand, straw or water, Food, Vacuum cleaners with un-emptied dust bags, Christmas decorations, Seeds, Feathers, Equipment used with horses or other animals.

Australian Customs Service

Customs manages the security and integrity of Australia’s borders. It works closely with other government and international agencies, in particular the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and the Department of Defence, to detect and deter unlawful movement of goods and people across the border.

The agency is a national organisation employing over 4,800 people in Australia and overseas, with its Central Office in Canberra. It has a fleet of ocean-going patrol vessels and contracts two aerial surveillance providers for civil maritime surveillance and response.

Protecting the Australian community through the interception of illegal drugs and firearms is a high priority and sophisticated techniques are used to target high-risk aircraft, vessels, cargo, postal items and travellers. This includes intelligence analysis, computer-based analysis, detector dogs and various other technologies.

Clients of Customs include the Australian community, the Government, industry, travellers and other government agencies.