Moving your family to Australia

Although not applicable to everyone, some of our students inquire about bringing family members when applying to study in Australia. Many Canadians wish to fulfill their career goals after getting married, having kids, or both. There are a lot of things to think about when you consider moving your entire family to Australia. Let’s get started!

Student visa selection
Declare all family members on your application, even if they do not plan to travel with you to Australia. Gather documents such as birth certificates, passports, marriage certificates, proof of financial capacity, etc.

Moving your family to Australia
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Understanding OSHC
If you’re taking a partner or children, you’ll have to consider their health coverage as well. You do have choice in your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) provider. Visit OSHC Australia for more information.

Organizing accommodation
You will most likely need short-term accommodation before you settle into your own place. Try to stay somewhere close to where you plan to live permanently. This way, you will get a feel for the place before you commit to a long-term rental or property purchase.

Ensure your will is in order, obtain references, medical and vaccination records and collect professional and personal contact details. Don’t forget to contact your provincial government to let them know you’ll be leaving the country for an extended period of time.

School options for the kids
Contact the schools you have short-listed, and explain when you are coming to Australia. Discuss their curriculum, fees and support fees, and remember to ask about additional expenses such as school uniforms. Also inquire about term dates.

Packing and shipping is time consuming and costly. If you are moving to Australia don’t pack anything that will be confiscated or hold up your goods in quarantine unnecessarily, so be sure to visit the Australian Government’s Arriving in Australia – Declare it (


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