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Living in Adelaide
Moving to a new country to live and work can be a daunting process. Not only must you learn a new job, but also the local culture, language and geography. This guide will give you some information and resources for preparing to move to and work in Australia as an employee of the University of Adelaide.
Immigration, Arrival & Orientation
Before leaving your home country to come to Australia you will need to:
- obtain your Visa/Electronic Travel Authority
- have your health checked
- organise your travel documents
- consider using a migration agent.
When you first get off the plane you'll experience:
- Australian Customs processing your entry
- converting your currency to Australian dollars
- travelling to your first destination
- securing accommodation.
The first things to do when you arrive include:
- applying for a Tax File Number (TFN)
- opening a bank account
- registering for English classes
- enrolling your children in school
- applying for a driver's licence
Unemployed adult family members should also register with Centrelink. In collaboration with recruitment agencies, the University is also able to assist the partners of international staff to find work in Adelaide.
DIAC's comprehensive guide 'Beginning a Life in Australia' is available in several languages, and clearly outlines the steps you must take once you arrive and settling in to Australian life.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has a online fact file about Australia.
Adelaide - Make the Move
This website outlines the benefits of living and working in Adelaide, including business competitiveness and the high quality, low cost lifestyle. It also has a useful list of national and international relocation companies and removalists.
ServiceSA has a 'Settling in South Australia' guide covering a range of topics, including the South Australian school system and practical information about accessing utilities (gas, electricity, water, telephone) and services (emergency services, public transport). See also the Essential Services Commission's Energy Consumer Toolkit.
Immigration SA has information on various orientation services, such as the meet and greet services for new arrivals and a Settlement Orientation Service (SOS) which provides information on:
- Family services
- Legal and health services
- Learning pathways
- Community organisations
- Working in Australia
- Living in Australia
And access to:
- a 'drop-in centre' where new migrants can meet other migrants and get information
- an individual referral service to relevant agencies
- English language courses
- Interlink Program SA
- training in skills to find employment, work experience and industry contacts
- Migrant Employment Consultancy Service
- one-to-one, short term job-search support
- career counselling.
City of Adelaide
Visit our Campuses & Maps for details of the popular landmarks, leisure activities and places to go in Adelaide.