Anyone who has migrated to another country will tell you that emigration is not for the faint-hearted. It is stressful, frustrating, emotional, and downright scary. Thankfully you’re not alone. The information here will help you better understand what you need to do and when.

Step 1: Do your research
Figure out where you would like to live in Australia, take a map and decide which area you like more. Would you like to live near the water, the bush or the beach? Have a look at housing websites like Domain or to get an idea of the property market, prices, and the type of housing available.

One of the most important things to have is a job to make sure that your living expenses are covered. Most visas require a verifiable job to qualify.  It can take some time to get everything organised for your move, get a relocation checklist to get an idea of how long it will take and what is required along the way.

Step 2: Apply for a visa

Applying for a visa is a complex process. It is best left to professional immigration lawyers or a registered immigration agent who understands the process and will keep up with the ever-changing laws it governs.

Here is a list of registered MARA agents who can assist you with the process of immigration:

Call Australia Home

Contact Person:  Joey Barnard

Kotze Law

Contact Emails:,,

Migration Network Australia

Contact Person:  Marlene Prentice Tel: +61 (0) 407-161641 Skype: marlene.prentice E-mail: Website:


Contact Person:  Andrew Heathcote Tel: 1300 VISA OZ (1300 8472 69) Mobile:  +61 434 907 664 E-mail: Website:

ADM Migration Australia

Contact Person:  Bruce Macfarlane Tel:  +61 408 916 110 E-mail: 

André Burger & Associates

Contact Person:  André Burger Sydney Office: Tel:  +61 (0)2 8345 5600 E-mail: Address:  Suite C7, 200 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney,  NSW, 2000, Australia Website:

Soft Landing Migrations

Contact Person:  Gerrit Van Rensburg Tel:  +61 (0) 497 318 444 E-mail: Website:

Taylor Made Immigration

Contact Person:  Tee (Tiawanna) Taylor Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1279203) E-mail: Website:

Step 3: Prepare to move

Organise your containers, insurance and gather your belongings. Remember to check what is allowed on board the aircraft and what you will need to declare before you land in Australia.

Step 4: Arrive and settle in

Most state governments offer services to help businesses, investors, and skilled migrants to settle in.  Join local groups on social media to help you in the first couple of months to find your way.

This list is by no means exhausted and only highlights a few points to consider.

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About the Author

Having moved countries twice (from South Africa to China and then to Australia) as well as interstate in Australia (from Queensland to Western Australia) Chaleen Botha knows and understands the complexities of job hunting in Australia.


As an alumnus of the University of South Africa and with an accountancy background, Chaleen decided to reinvent herself in her new home and found that she enjoyed helping others in their search for employment.

Since 2012 she has played a pivotal role in the development of LinkedIn profiles. These profiles assist her clients; whether they are job hunting or looking to establish their brands on LinkedIn; to get their message across, connect with the right people, and achieve their LinkedIn objectives.

Chaleen currently lives in Perth, Western Australia. When she is not working, she loves reading, watching movies and hanging out with her family and their two fur babies.

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