There are a number of removalist companies that specialise in global relocations, so it's a good idea to get a range of quotes before making a decision. Keep in mind the cheapest quote isn't necessarily the best one.
It is advisable to read reviews and testimonials online from people who have already used the removalist company you are considering before you make your final decision.Although it's comforting to be surrounded by familiar things when you move to a new country, it's worthwhile doing a thorough review before deciding what to bring to Australia to determine whether the costs outweigh the benefits.
Think twice before bringing any electrical goods. Australia runs on 230V power (50Hz), so you may require transformers and adaptors for them to work in Australia.
Using a removalist or a shipping company to move items to Australia
It's best to google what options are available. Some international shipping companies offer useful tools on their website which can provide you with a free quote.
What can I buy in Australia?
The chances are you'll be able to get whatever you need to furnish your new home when you arrive, so before bringing items with you, you may want to compare the cost of buying the items here with the cost of shipping your existing items from home.
To get an idea of the cost you do some research online. There are a number of Australian online electrical and homewares retailers where you'll be able to get an idea of prices, or alternatively you can choose to buy items second hand.
Cashing in before you leave to move to Australia
If you decide to leave your belongings behind and start again, why not consider selling what you can before moving to Australia? This could help pay for the cost of making your move. eBay is a great place to get started.
What can I bring into Australia?
Australia has some tight quarantine laws, particularly around food, plant and animal material. There are also other restrictions on what you can bring into the country and in some cases permits may be required.
To be safe, it is best to check with Australian Customs before deciding what to bring with you when you move to Australia.