What to Expect when Moving from The Philippines to Australia


Many people immediately fall in love with the Philippines once they set foot in this alluring and exotic country. There are many aspects that attract travellers from all over the world, including beautiful landscapes, friendly people, tropical island locations, vibrant and rich history as well as a diverse community. The cost of living in the Philippines is cheap and the food is flavoursome and fantastic. Yet, there are factors why immigrants and other Filipinos plan on moving from Philippines to Australia. Some of which are improved work opportunities, education and reliable healthcare.

Before anything else, be sure to apply for an Australian visa at least 2 months before intending to depart from the Philippines as there is a huge demand for the application approval. You can find plenty of helpful information on the Australian Embassy website.

With all the different processes to follow and documents to acquire, relocating can take its toll, especially if things don’t go as planned. The experienced team of Filipino movers at Allied Pickfords provide an overview of what to expect when moving to Australia.


Moving from The Philippines to Australia – What to Expect

  1. Cost of living

    Australia is expensive. As of 2017, Australia ranks as the 12th most expensive country in the world to live.

    If it costs you around AUD$415-$553 per month to enjoy living on an island (or province) in the Philippines or $1660 per month for a lavish life in Manila, you’re looking at 1,658/month for a lavish life in the city, you’re looking at paying that per week in Australia, depending on the size of your family, your lifestyle and your preferences.

    Accommodation is priced comparatively higher and can rise to 150-200% compared to the Philippines if you prefer to live in the city. You can, however, cut the cost if you plan to live on the outskirts of the metropolitan centres or in regional cities, such as the Gold Coast, Mackay in Queensland, Bendigo in Victoria and Tamworth in NSW. As for the transportation, in the capital and larger cities, there is an established infrastructure for buses, trains, ferries and trams, so you can travel easily to and from work. Australia is huge and, unless you’re in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, you’ll only experience heavy traffic in peak times (unlike in the Philippines), travelling will take time.

  2. Looking for a job

    Patience is the key to finding a job in Australia, so start applying for work early on. It is good to have several job offers in advance, since it will normally take a couple of months before you will be hired. Once you land a job, you will find that Australia is more liveable where the average annual wage is at AUD$82,500 per annum for skilled workers. The largest paid industries are mining and IT.

  3. Driving.

    Tripadvisor has an excellent article on how to rent a car in Australia.

    You can use a foreign driver’s licence to drive a car in Australia for a maximum of 3 months. After which, you need to acquire a licence from whichever Australian state or territory you’ve living. Different rules apply in each state, so remember to do your research prior to applying.

  4. Weather

    If you are used to good weather in the Philippines, be prepared as summers in Australia can be extremely hot and can sometimes cause bushfires. The southern states can also be very cold in winters, so you may need to buy warmer clothes.

  5. Education

State schools in Australia are technically free, with a small administration fee for textbooks and stationery, but some states will require temporary visa holders to pay a “fixed” tuition fee averaging to AUD$4000 per annum. If you are planning to put your children through private schools, tuition fees average at about AUD$23,000-$40,000 per annum, with some much higher and some lower depending on where you choose to live. Still, higher tuition fee rates apply for non-residents.

Study Assist provides valuable information about financial assistance to students at the tertiary level.

In the long run, you will find that moving from the Philippines to Australia will be a life-changing experience. Australia values family time and many companies will understand your requests for early hours to pick up your children from school or daycare, as long as work is not compromised. Workday hours are fairly set, with start times between 7-9am finishing at 3-6pm Monday to Friday very common, while Australian businesses offer 4 weeks annual leave a year, so you may find you have more time to relax compared to the working hours in the Philippines.

If you need help with your move from the Philippines to Australia, contact your nearest Allied Pickfords office to discuss your international move. We offer assistance with the moving of household goods, visas, pet and vehicle relocations as well as finding accommodation.