There are many reasons why you might consider moving to Victoria from another state or territory. If you find yourself at this exciting but daunting crossroads, it's best to plan ahead. As top-ranking national removalists , Chess Moving can make your relocation as easy as possible.
Victoria is "the place to be", if its license plates are anything to go by.
It seems that many Aussies are finding this out for themselves, as Victoria's population surges due to migration. Around 17 000 people moved to Victoria from other Australian states and territories last year alone.
What's the pull?
Victoria has plenty going for it - from the cultural hub of Melbourne to the rich hinterlands and everything in between. Not to mention, the striking coastlines that line the Mornington Peninsula, creating many picture-perfect moments!
But it's not all about the breathtaking scenery. Victoria has thriving employment industries and a stronger housing market than other locations. On top of this, the standard of living is high and locals enjoy access to quality health care, education and public facilities.
You can understand why so many people pack their suitcases and book a one-way ticket to Victoria.
If you're joining the swarms to cross state lines, you've come to the right place to begin your planning. Whether you're already living in Australia, or coming from overseas, Chess Moving can cut the stress from the moving process.
Moving to Victoria to boost your career?
As one of the fastest growing cities in Australia, Melbourne is attracting more than its fair share of ambitious job seekers.
There are many career opportunities in the capital of Victoria, especially if you're a creative type seeking employment in the arts sector.
Melbourne is the technology hub of Australia, boasting more than half of Australia's top 20 ICT companies. It also has a strong retail sector that promotes some of the best restaurants, cafes and bars in the world.
But Melbourne can't take all the glory. High growth areas in wider Victoria include the public sector, energy and tourism. Agriculture is a big winner too. As Australia's largest producer and exporter of food products, there are plenty of job opportunities in this area.
Whether you're coming from interstate or overseas, it's worth checking out the skills shortages in Victoria. This list indicates the sectors that need more workers.
To give you an idea, right now there's a state-wide shortage of:
- Motor mechanics
- Registered nurses
- Bakers and more!
General electricians, chefs, optometrists, physiotherapists and midwives are some of the occupations needed in regional areas.
If you've been bitten by the entrepreneur bug, this website provides useful information about starting a business in Victoria.
Migrants interested in moving to Victoria for work can apply for a Skilled Nominated Visa. There are also programs for skilled migrants who want to start their own business in Victoria.
Moving to regional Victoria? Government relocation assistance
A number of projects are boosting the profile of regional Victoria as the perfect place to live and work. There are strong incentives for those looking to settle beyond the skyscrapers of Melbourne. Why not consider some locations off the beaten track?
Relocating to greener pastures for work could put an extra $6000 in your pocket, which you might spend on rent, bills and removalist costs. This is the perfect option for registered job seekers or people using Disability Employment Services.
If you're looking to become a first home owner, you can apply for the First Home Owner Grant for regional Victoria. Eligible applicants receive a one-off payment of $20 000. This is double the amount for first home owners in other parts of the state.
The $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund is also creating jobs and boosting economic growth in regional Victoria.
As the cost of living surges in capital cities, many look to the country for affordable alternatives and an unbeatable lifestyle.
Hotspots when moving to Victoria:
If you're thinking about moving to Victoria, there's no shortage of attractive locations to consider. To give you an idea:
Melbourne - population 4,353,514
As the capital of Victoria, Melbourne is a hub of activity all year round. This vibrant city is celebrated for its thriving arts and culture scene, as well as its award-winning bars, cafes and restaurants.
Ballarat - population 101,588
Ballarat is a historic town with plenty of character and it's only an hour and a half away from Melbourne. Many of its buildings and monuments stood tall during the original gold rush, making this a popular destination for history buffs.
The Latrobe Valley - population 125,000
Situated in the Gippsland region, the largest towns are Moe, Morwell and Traralgon. This area is growing in popularity because of its thriving energy, paper, timber, agriculture, IT and engineering industries.
Victoria quarantine regulations
Australia has strict quarantine laws, so it's important to understand what you cannot take with you. There are hefty fines for non-compliance.
Restrictions differ depending on where you're going and where you've come from. It's best to check out this website for more information.
For example, you can't take certain foods into parts of regional Victoria. These areas are signposted and have roadside disposal points.
Our experienced removalists can point you in the right direction, if you're worried about breaking the law.
Driving in Victoria
If you're moving to Victoria from another state, territory or New Zealand, you can only use your licence for three months. You'll need to transfer to a Victorian license after this.
People coming from overseas with a permanent visa can use their overseas drivers licence (as long as it's written in english or accompanied by a translation) for six months. You must then apply for a Victorian driver license.
Moving to Victoria is easy with Chess Moving national removalists:
Leave it to Chess Moving to take the stress out of your move to Victoria. Having worked in the industry for more than 100 years, we've been voted as one of the best national removalists , so you can trust us.
We provide the following door-to-door services, whether you're moving locally, interstate or overseas:
- Packing and unpacking
- Planning and preparation
- Pet relocation
- Comprehensive insurance
- Specialist removals
- Cleaning services
- Secure storage
- Vehicle relocation
Please contact us if you'd like to find out more about our local, interstate and global moving services.
Victoria not for you? Check out our guides about moving to Queensland and NSW.