Starting a New Life in Australia

by Joel
(Rhondda South Wales )

Hi I'm wondering how do I go about starting a new life in Australia, I'm 24 years of age. I work in the security industry. I am willing to do any type of work out there.

I have never been to Australia but I have friends out there who love it, I only have a small budget to go out there how much do I need to start up a new life in Auss.
Thanks, Joel :)


Hi Joel,

If you are interested in starting a new life in Australia you need to register your interest in the online system SkillSelect (

Then to apply for a skilled visa you need to receive an invitation and to meet the basic requirements. These requirements include items such as: age, qualifications, occupation, skills assessed by a relevant authority, health and character, a minimum score of 60 points on the points test. The more you can score the better chances you have for receiving an invitation to apply.

The occupation you claim must be on the skilled occupation list - you can find the lists on the department of immigration website - type in your browser

For a quick start, browse our section about relocating to this country, which is just a brief summary of some of the options that are available. It also includes some thoughts about advantages and disadvantages of moving to a new country, costs and paperwork involved. But these are just very basic information to give you an idea about the research you need to do. To get all the details visit the department of immigration website.

We have partnered with an immigration lawyer and you can get a free online assessment from them by filling your details on this page.

How much do you need to start a new life in Australia?

It all depends on your spending habits, your lifestyle and where you want to live.

Capital cities are more expensive than regional areas and Sydney is more expensive than other cities.

First you need to find a home to rent. If it is just you then probably you can go with a studio or one bedroom unit. In suburban Sydney that would rent from $250 – 300 per week.

Then factor in your weekly grocery needs and your monthly or quarterly utilities (phone, internet, energy, gas, water). Here are some thoughts about what Aussie money can buy you.

You will also need a car. Here are some tips about second hand cars. The cost of petrol varies with demand, location and days of the week - it usually is above $1.35/litre.

Another visitor asked about costs some time ago so check out this page too.

Best of luck.

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