Emigrating to Australia: what you need to know [infographic]

With good wages, a high standard of living and a laid back culture, Australia is by far the most popular destination for British expats. Here’s what you need to know before making the move Down Under:

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Ready to move to Australia? Pickfords helps thousands of expats emigrate Down Under every year. Get a quote and book your home survey today.

Shipping goods to Australia: an expat guide [infographic]

If you’ve found a great opportunity in the UK’s most popular expat destination, you’ll need to decide which personal effects to take with you.

When planning what to move to Australia, you should be aware of the various taxes and duties applied to certain goods, as well as the accompanying paperwork that ensures the smooth transition of your belongings through customs.

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Tax-exempt goods

It is possible to claim duty and tax exemption for goods such as clothing, books, furniture, appliances and sporting equipment, subject to certain conditions:

  • You are a returning resident or intend to take up permanent residency
  • You can prove personal ownership and use of your items for at least 12 months prior to departure

Taxable goods

Certain goods are subject to duty and taxes regardless of length of ownership. These include:

  • Alcohol and tobacco products
  • Vehicles and vehicle parts
  • Commercial goods intended for resale
  • Goods purchased from overseas while in Australia
  • Goods which were bequeathed to you.


You will need to submit the following forms, certificates and other paperwork to customs ahead of your shipment:

  • An Unaccompanied Personal Effects (UPE) statement
  • An Evidence of Identity (EOI) certificate, along with your passport  and Australian Citizenship certificate or birth certificate
  • Photo ID (passport or driver’s licence)
  • A list of all goods included (e.g. a packing list)
  • A delivery order from the shipper

Transporting your goods

When you’ve decided which goods to take with you to Australia, Pickfords is on hand to pack your belongings, collect them from your UK home, book the freight transport (whether by air or sea), and arrange customs clearance.

In Australia, your goods will be delivered at a mutually convenient time by our overseas partner.

Our Move Managers know the challenges of relocating to Australia. They will provide expert advice and guidance when shipping your goods.

Ready to move to Australia? Get a quote and book your home survey today.

What are the biggest job sectors in Australia?

Boasting good wages and a high standard of living, Australia offers a wide range of employment opportunities for millions of expats. We’ve listed the country’s biggest job sectors to help you decide whether the UK’s most popular expat destination holds the key to your next career move.


While not the mammoth industry it used to be, manufacturing is still Australia’s leading source of employment. The biggest Australian industries within manufacturing are:

  • Food, beverages and tobacco
  • Metal products
  • Machinery and equipment
  • Petroleum, coal and chemical products

The food and beverage manufacturing industry is the largest in Australia, with meat, beverage and malt manufacturing providing the most opportunities, followed by dairy, sugar and confectionery.


While mining is another industry in decline, Australia nonetheless remains the world’s leading exporter of coal, mined primarily in Queensland, News South Wales and Victoria. It is also one of the world’s largest producers of aluminium, copper, gold, iron, mineral sands and zinc. Australia’s mining industry employs over 187,000 people directly and nearly 600,000 in support industries.


Farmers and graziers own nearly 135,000 farms covering over 60% of Australia’s landmass. Farming contributes 93% of the domestic food supply, including meat, vegetables, fruit and grains. Including related sectors – manufacturing and processing, distribution and retail – agriculture provides employment for over 1.6 million people.


Australia’s four major banks – Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, National Australia Bank and ANZ – are among the world’s largest and most profitable. The financial services sector employs 450,000 people, primarily in Sydney and Melbourne.


It should come as no surprise that the country’s seven million annual visitors, and enormous domestic tourism market, create hundreds of thousands of jobs in Australia. Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in particular provide a wide range of tourism-related job opportunities.

With partner offices in 39 Australian cities, including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Pickfords relocates thousands of expats to Australia every year. To find out how we can help you fulfil your expat dream, request a callback or contact us on 0800 019 8557.

Top 10 things to do in Sydney

The most populous city in the #1 expat destination, Sydney boasts good wages, a high standard of living and a laid back atmosphere. As well as being a great place to work and retire to, Sydney’s many tourist attractions make for some great experiences.  Here’s our top suggestions for things to do in this Australian state capital:

Explore the Royal National Park

Step inside over 15,000 hectares of bushland lining the coast of Sydney. The beautiful Royal National Park is ideal for swimming, trekking, bike riding, picnics and a wealth of other activities for the whole family.

Spot the sea life at Gordon’s Bay

Sandwiched between Coogee Beach and Clovelly Beach in New South Wales, the secluded oasis of Gordon’s Bay is the perfect snorkelling spot, home to starfish, sea urchins, cuttlefish and blue gropers, all ready to discover along the 600-metre underwater trail.

Go wild at Taronga Zoo

Say hello to elephants, chimpanzees, pygmy hippos, Komodo dragons, koalas and platypus at the wonderful Taronga Zoo. In addition to meeting the diverse wildlife, the zoo boasts some of the best harbour views in the city, so be on the lookout for the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as you travel the winding paths through the various enclosures.

Take an Aboriginal tour

Discover 60,000 years of indigenous history on a Sydney Aboriginal tour. The culture of the first Australians is rich with inspiring art and fascinating stories. From art gallery and museum tours to coastal walks and mountain treks, there are many different ways to uncover the intriguing history of this incredible country.

Sip a Hacienda cocktail

Drink in the incredible harbour views over a cocktail or three at the Hacienda Sydney vista bar. Relax in their soft lounge furniture under lush foliage and gentle orb lighting, enjoying their classic Cuban food and drink menu.

Climb the Harbour Bridge

The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge sits at the heart of the harbour, giving you an uninterrupted panorama of the city and it’s surroundings, 134m above sea level at the summit.

Take a dive at Camp Cove

Whether you’re a keen snorkeler, paddleboarder, scuba diver, or simply a fan of serene ocean views, Camp Cove near Watsons Bay is the pinnacle of beautiful Aussie beaches.

Discover Wendy’s Secret Garden

Inspired by the late avant-garde artist Brett Whitely, Brett’s widow channelled her grief into creating an enchanting landscape that blends native and exotic flora, herbs, towering fig trees, flowers and berries. Wendy’s Secret Garden is a delight to explore, home to a menagerie of friendly parrots, kookaburras, owls and wagtails.

Get cultured at Art Gallery NSW

The Art Gallery of New South Wales boasts nearly 40 annual exhibitions of Australian, European and Asian art and holds workshops, talks and film screenings for the ultimate gallery experience.

Enjoy Aussie cuisine at Carriageworks

Enjoy organic, bio-dynamic and other seasonal produce at Carriageworks Farmers Market in Eveleigh, prepared and sold by farmers and artisan producers across the state.

If you’re considering a move to Sydney, contact Pickfords for a free move consultation on 0800 019 8556 or request a call back.

Moving to Australia: what you need to know

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With good wages and a high standard of living, a laid back atmosphere and of course glorious sunshine and azure ocean views, Australia is frequently touted the best and most popular expat destination.

If you dream of joining over one million Brits in the Lucky Country, following these five tips before you move will help your relocation run smoothly:

Arranging the paperwork

The two most important documents for relocating to Australia are your passport and visa. As with any overseas travel, make sure your passport is valid and up-to-date well before departure. To find an Australian visa you may be eligible for, click here.

Most other paperwork relates to the goods you are importing. You’ll need to complete an Unaccompanied Personal Effects statement (BS534), provide purchase receipts or proof of value for items less than 12 months old and produce a descriptive inventory of your goods.

Should you select Pickfords to pack your personal effects, we will provide assistance with your paperwork, including the completion of your inventory while packing.

 Organising pet travel

If you are considering taking your pet with you to Australia, he or she will need a certified rabies vaccination, rabies blood test (RNATT) and a DEFRA Export Health Certificate issued by an Official Veterinarian (OV). Talking to your vet about fitting your pet with a microchip is also recommended prior to travel.

Take advantage of Pickfords’ pet shipping service and we will arrange all the details of your pet’s relocation for you.

Learning the dialect

While 80% of Aussies speak English, the Australian dialect can be hard to understand for Brits. If words like ‘chook’, ‘neddie’ or ‘dunny’ leave you scratching your head, it’s worth swotting up on “ocker” English to help you get by when talking to locals.

Understanding the culture

As with any new country, you’ll likely experience a number of cultural differences when emigrating to Australia. For example, the temperate-to-tropical climate means that Aussies are often more adventurous and free-spirited due to a love of the outdoors.

Researching Australian culture before you leave the UK will help you integrate into your local community after you arrive.

Transporting your goods

When arranging the transport of your effects to Australia, choosing an experienced removal company with the international expertise is vital to ensure your goods arrive on time, safely and securely. Pickfords transports customers’ belongings to Australia every week, more frequently than any other BAR member. With 40 partner offices across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Pickfords can transport your goods to any Australian destination.

Click here to find out more about transporting your goods to Australia with Pickfords.