An Essential Guide to Moving to Perth

Perth is one of the most sought-after Australian cities to live in among both expats and locals. In fact, this is one of the country’s best kept secrets, and one of the most liveable cities in the world. It boasts of world-class eateries and beaches, a vibrant cultural scene, and a diverse population.

But moving to Perth, or anywhere in Western Australia, is not as easy as it may seem. There are important things you should know so you can adapt to your new home quickly and make your move easier and successful.

Here is a guide to help ease your removal.

Visa Processing

If you want to move to Australia, there are different types of visas available to you. These are categorized into two – temporary work visas and permanent residency visas, with each having several subclasses. Depending on your skill, work experience, language proficiency, and other factors, you may be eligible for one. Immigration consultants can help you get the type of visa that suits you best.

Take note that the actual visa processing time depends on various factors, one of which is if you are eligible to apply for ETA or Electronic Travel Authority. The ETA allows an individual to make multiple trips to Australia within 90 days. If you wish to stay longer, you must get an appropriate working visa.

If you are from a country that issues ETA-eligible passports, such as Canada, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Finland, and the UK, your visa can be processed faster, compared to if you come from countries that aren’t eligible. When getting temporary work visas, for instance, the processing time can take as little as one week or up to two months if you have an ETA-eligible passport. But if you aren’t eligible, it can take up to three months.

As for permanent residency application, ETA-eligible passport holders can get their visa within five months, while it is eight months for those who are ineligible.

Getting Around Perth

Perth is compact and flat, which makes it one of the best places for walking. But if you aren’t fond of walking everywhere, here is what this city offers by way of transport:


Perth has two airports – Jandakot Airport and Perth Airport. The latter is the busiest airport because most commercial flights fly here. It is about 10 km away from the city centre.

Public Transit

Transperth runs almost all of Perth’s public transit services. They have created the FTZ or Free Transit Zone where all modes of public transportation are free.

For an easier and faster transportation, you must get a SmartRider card that you can conveniently top up with credit. Using this card gives you a 15% discount; that’s a better deal than purchasing individual tickets.

  • Bus – Perth has a bus system known as Central Area Transit, but locals refer to this as CATs. Buses come in various colours – green, yellow, red, and blue. These buses are free since they service the FTZ.
  • Train Trains service the outer suburbs of the city. This will be your mode of transportation if your new home is a bit far from the centre. Again, you can use those that pass through the FTZ for free.
  • Ferry – To get from the city’s north side to the south side, you can use the ferry. Each ferry departs every 20-30 minutes. If you want to see the city differently, this is the best way to go.

Private Cars

If you want to get around the city driving a car, you can use your UK driving license temporarily. But after three months, you must get an Australian driving license.

Cost of Living

Australia’s major cities have a high cost of living. But Perth is more affordable than the other large cities on the east coast.

When buying property, for instance, Perth offers different real estate types that can surely suit your budget. It also offers rental properties at low prices. Relocation experts recommend renting property first before building or buying your own. This will give you an opportunity to get to know the city well and decide which area to permanently live in.

As for healthcare, there is no need to worry about this because Australia is known for having an excellent healthcare system – Medicare. Depending on your income, you may need to pay a part of the levy or not. This covers you for all important medical treatment.

Beyond that though, you may need to pay for any further treatment, such as ambulance travel. But you can get private medical insurance to cover such.

Hiring Removalists

Make your move easier, stress-free, and more manageable by enlisting the help of experienced removalists. Whether you are from another Australian state or country, these relocation experts will take a huge burden off your shoulders. For instance, they can pack some or all your goods, safely store them for the short or long term, and transport your items quickly and damage-free. Also, they can provide you with handy moving tips and tricks.

Perth is definitely a great place to live in if you want to move to Australia. After getting the right type of visa and learning important facts about this city, make sure to seek help from relocation experts. This is the best way to guarantee a safe, stress-free, and successful move.


Robert Wise, Sales Administration Manager at Nuss Removals, has been a respected figure in the removals industry for over 20 years. His attention to detail and the ability to truly understand the needs of the customer have ensured the successful relocation of thousands of satisfied individuals and families. For moving and storage across Australia and around the world, Robert’s wealth of experience ensures his customers are in safe hands.


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