Moving to Australia?
Working alongside a highly reputable network of moving hubs all across Australia, White & Company provides its customers with a multi-award winning international removals service to Australia ensuring all your belongings arrive swiftly and safely.
With our stress free door-to-door service, we take care of everything. This includes packing all of your belongings at your UK home, to delivering them to your new residence in Australia.
Why Choose Us?
- Award winning international removals
- Long established company since 1871
- Extensive FIDI & OMNI international network
- Door-to-door service from the UK to Australia
- Flexible terms available to suit your needs
- Professionally trained removals team
- Full packing, storage & shipping service
- Comprehensive insurance options
- Full or part-load shipping options
How It Works
All belongings heading to Australia are shipped via sea freight or airfreight, with flexible options available to suit all types of demands and budgets. To cater for these needs, we offer our customers two different options when sending your possessions to Australia:
We recommend this option if you’re not planning to ship an entire houseload of goods. Your possessions will be shipped to Australia in a shared container, so you will only be charged for the space used. Part loads are ideal for customers moving to Australia who do not mind waiting longer to receive their goods.
If you plan to ship a full house load of goods to Australia, we recommend you opt for a full-load container. You will be charged for the cost of the entire container, meaning you can fill it however you wish, giving you far greater flexibility.
Our team in the UK will pack your effects into our vehicles and transport them to our export packing depot. Following this, your belongings will be loaded into a container destined for the closest port of entry to your final destination in Australia. This option is more expensive than a part-load, but shipping and delivery times are much quicker.
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How Long Do Removals to Australia Take?
The time it takes for your goods to leave the UK and arrive in Australia depends on your chosen shipping method, as well as the destination where you’re sending your items.
Shipping can take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks. From arrival at port in Australia to the additional time required for customs clearance and quarantine, you will need to account for this as part of you move. Below is a table displaying the average timeframe expected for goods to leave the UK and arrive on Australian shores.
|Destination:||Full Load:||Part Load:|
|Adelaide||48 Days||9 - 14 weeks|
|Brisbane||60 Days||9 - 14 weeks|
|Hobart||69 Days||8 - 13 weeks|
|Melbourne||57 Days||9 - 14 weeks|
|Perth||59 Days||9 - 14 weeks|
|Sydney||53 Days||10 - 16 weeks|
White & Company are founding members of the British Association of Removers – the voice of the UK removals industry.
As members, we are responsible for meeting the highest sets of standards as well as listening to our customers on how to continually improve our service.
We are also affiliate members of the FIDI & OMNI international relocation network and have industry partners all over the world.
Insurance for Removals to Australia
Marine insurance is a key consideration when shipping a large consignment of items overseas. We recommend you protect your possessions while in transit and storage with our ‘All Risk’ Marine Standard Liability cover.
Marine insurance cover is offered to you on receipt of a completed ‘Overseas Valuation Form’. Such insurance cover is fully comprehensive and ‘All Risk’, and is based on the total value declared by you on your application.
Preparing for Your Move
Australia has long been the top expat destination of choice for Brits with thousands making the move every year. Those who head down under reap the rewards of the laidback lifestyle, warmer climate, well-paid job opportunities and excellent healthcare.
Because Australia is on the other side of the world, moving your possessions poses a big logistical challenge compared to a local move. The process of moving can be stressful at times, but we are here to help lighten the load. Since you’re moving country as well as moving home, the prospect of packing up and heading to Australia can seem very daunting. However, our team of international removals experts are highly experienced in the process of transferring your goods from the UK to Australia, so feel free to ask us any questions you have. We’re here for you!
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Frequently Asked Questions
The cost of moving from the UK to Australia greatly depends on your circumstances and is largely dependent on the final volume shipped. Moving to Australia does require a significant amount of upfront costs, however, the long-term benefits and better quality of life often make the move very worthwhile.
Australia is a geographically vast country with a rich and diverse climate that ranges from the hot and dry Northern Territory and tropical climate in Queensland, to the somewhat erratic rainfall and sunshine of Victoria. Where you choose to live will very much depend on your preferences and what your circumstances are. Most families and young professionals live close to the coastal cities dotted along the edges of Australia where most workplaces and schools are.
Australia consists of the following states and territories: New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, Tasmania.
Sydney, located in New South Wales, is perhaps Australia’s most notable city, with its famous opera house and harbour. It’s renowned for its high rise apartments close to the city’s many beaches and its eclectic nightlife and multicultural communities. South of Sydney is its fierce rival, Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria. The city has long held a reputation as the trendy ‘hipster’ destination, full of artisan coffee bars and a sporting prowess that includes many of Australia’s most treasured cricket and Aussie rules football teams.
For somewhere more relaxed, Perth on the west side is seen as a clean, friendly and forward -looking alternative to the east coast. The city has benefited hugely from the mining booms of yesteryear and there is a slower pace of life with more emphasis placed on BBQs on the beach and late night hangouts with friends.
If you want to live in Australia you will need to obtain a visa. There are many different types of visas but the most common are work-sponsored visas where an employer ‘sponsors’ you to come and work in the country (commonly known as a TSS Visa Subclass 482). There are also work-stream permanent residence visas offered to those who have skills that Australia values or are in short supply of. The Australian Government provides more information on short- and long-term visa options and the path to permanent residency on its Home Affairs website.
As a general rule of thumb, the cost of living in Australia is considerably higher than the UK. However, Australia does boast one of the best education systems, healthcare, higher living standards and annual salaries to compensate.
Australia has some very strict quarantine laws, particularly around food, plant and animal material. All shipments into Australia are subject to inspection by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS). There are lots of restrictions on what you can bring into the country and in some cases permits may be required, which can take time and are costly. To be on the safe side, it’s important that you do your research ahead of time and check with customs before deciding what to bring with you when you move to Australia. For more information and a list of items you can and can’t take with you when entering and leaving Australia, see guidance issued by the Australia Border Force.
Australia has a very unique ecosystem, so every effort is taken to ensure that pets and other animals introduced to the country do not harm the existing environment. All pets entering Australia, regardless of length of time, will be subject to at least ten nights in quarantine prior to arrival in Australia. In addition to planning and preparing for this, you will also need to work with your vet to ensure all the necessary paperwork and health checks are carried out for your pet as required by Australian law. This includes microchipping, inoculations and import permits.
Permanent skills-based visas to live in Australia have a limit of 44 years of age. Once you turn 45 years of age, permanent visa options end. There are however some very limited circumstances where permanent residence might be an option.
Our expert team always take great care to ensure that all of your household items are properly prepped and packed for your move to Australia, including your furniture.
All of your large pieces of furniture, such as sofas, tables, and cabinets, can be export-wrapped to ensure complete protection on the journey.
Your furniture can then be carefully loaded into your shipping container ready for transportation.
White and Company’s reputation as one of the leading international removals companies in the UK ensures that our teams fully understand how to properly wrap and pack every piece of furniture you wish to take with you.
All belongings bound for Australia are sent by sea freight or airfreight, with solutions available to meet all requirements and price points. To meet your specific needs, we provide our customers with two choices for shipping their belongings to Australia.
Part loads are suited for customers who aren’t planning to ship an entire household of goods. Your belongings will be transported to Australia in a shared container, meaning you are only charged for the space you use.
Customers looking to move a full household of goods should choose the full-load option. You will be charged for the cost of an entire container. This means you can fill this space however you want, giving you far greater capacity.
The cheapest way to ship your boxes to Australia is via sea freight.
Customers looking to cut cost on shipping to Australia should consider choosing our part-load service.
This service helps to reduce costs by combining your belongings with other customers’ items in a shared container.
You can expect to save money by choosing this option, but it may take a little longer for your belongings to arrive in Australia.
White and Company offer shipping to every state and city in Australia from all locations across the UK.
Some of the most popular destinations in Australia that we help people move to include Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Sydney.