7 crucial things you should know before moving to Australia or New Zealand


The decision to relocate your family to another continent is a big one and requires careful consideration. Even so, the lure of a new life in Australia or New Zealand is strong, and many Malaysian nationals and expats have already created successful new lives for themselves in the Antipodes.

They’re both beautiful countries: large and varied with lots to offer. You can expect a warm welcome from some of the friendliest people in the world, great job opportunities and a laid-back lifestyle. But before you jump in and make the move – here are seven crucial things that you should consider:

1) Finding a place to stay is easy (but not cheap)

Both Australia and New Zealand have abundant properties available for rent, but you will find the cost of renting significantly more expensive compared to Malaysia. Another thing to watch out for is that property agents usually list the weekly price rather than the monthly price. Apartments in Sydney could cost $600 per week, whereas an apartment in Auckland could be yours for $500 per week.

2) They’re looking for skilled workers.

Australia and New Zealand seemed to miss the worst of the global recession that affected so many of us. For that reason, work is plentiful, and in certain areas, workers are in high demand. ICT, healthcare, engineering and construction are particularly good avenues for employment. For both Australia and New Zealand, you will need a visa permit to work. These are available from the government websites. Australia, in particular, has a proud history of protecting workers’ rights, offering a high minimum wage and protecting your employment.

3) They have some of the best free education in the world.

The Australian and New Zealand free state education systems are world renowned, and best of all, open for anyone. New Zealand’s 15-year-olds score ahead of the UK in maths and science, and 90% of expats say that the education is the same or better than back at home.

4) Shipping your stuff? Plan ahead.

Shipping to another continent in a container can be expensive. It’s a good idea to slim down your possessions in advance of your move so that you are just transporting the essentials. You will always be able to buy new things once you arrive from the many excellent department stores (and you’ll be supporting the local economy). For those who wish to create a “home away from home” and take your household goods with you, be sure to get in touch with a reputable international moving company at least 2 months before your expected move date.

5) They’re big places.

Travelling across Malaysia is easy – the journey from Kuala Lumpur to Taiping can be made in under 3 hours. To drive across Australia would take around 3 days! Internal flights are reasonable and a great way to travel, especially if you are heading from one coast to another. New Zealand is about the same size as Malaysia, but because of the two separate islands and the smaller rural roads, travelling time can be longer.

6) You may be asked to ‘Grab a cold one.’

There’s nothing Aussies and Kiwis love more than a cold beer and a chat. If there’s a barbeque involved too, even better. They’re a sociable lot with a great sense of humour and a love of sports, so be prepared to join in and make friends. You’ll never be lonely.

7) It’s an outdoorsy lifestyle.

With the warm temperate climates and some of the most amazing scenery in the world, you’ll notice that most Aussies and Kiwis are the outdoor type. If they’re not sat around a campfire, they’re out hiking, surfing, mountain biking and kayaking. If an outdoor lifestyle suits you – you may well fit right in!


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