Moving to Australia
If you are moving Down Under, Greens specialise in high quality, competitively priced international removals to Australia for all household and commercial moves. If you require international removals to Australia, here at Greens we provide excellent standards for each and every move we undertake to ensure a stress-free transfer. We are specialists in international removals to Australia and are members of the British Association of Removers (Overseas Movers). We also hold three of the British and European quality service standards relevant to the removal industry, so you can rest assured your furniture and personal effects are in safe hands.
Our comprehensive shipping service to Australia can include any combination of packing, storage, shipping or unpacking. We ship to and from anywhere in Australia including the capital, Canberra, and state capitals Sidney (New South Wales), Melbourne (Victoria), Brisbane (Queensland), Adelaide (South Australia), Hobart (Tasmania), Perth (Western Australia) and Darwin (Northern Territory). Our shipping service is via dedicated container, groupage service or air freight and can be tailor made to suit your needs.
Here at Greens, we understand moving to Australia or any international destination can be a stressful experience. To ensure your relocation runs as smoothly as possible our move manager will keep you fully informed throughout the process and we are always on hand to take time to answer any questions you may have.
Our international removals to Australia can include the following:
All the quotations provided by Greens Removals are tailor made to suit your requirements.
Moving to Australia: About Australia
The name Australia is derived from the Latin word, australis, meaning southern. It is situated in the Southern Hemisphere and is often dubbed the island continent. Officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, it is the largest island in the world. Since the early 20th century the country has been affectionately known as Oz and the informal, slang term for Australians are Aussies.
Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, covering an area of 7,617,930 km sq (2,941,299 sq miles). This area is made up of the mainland Australian continent as well as the island of Tasmania and several smaller islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Australia neighbours New Zealand to the south east and Papua New Guinea and Indonesia to the north.
Boasting the 13th largest economy in the world, Australia is a highly developed country. The Australian Securities Exchange is the ninth largest in the world. It also enjoys an excellent position on the international scale in terms of standards of education and healthcare, economic freedom, quality of life and life expectancy. Its capital city, Canberra, is situated in the Australian Capital Territory.
Moving to Australia: Population
Australia has a population of just over 22.5 million and is made up of six states which are Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania. It also has two mainland territories called the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.
With only 2.8 people per square kilometre, the country has among the lowest population density in the world. More than half (60 per cent) of the population live in and around the state capitals of Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sidney.
Of the population total, an incredible 90 per cent have European ancestry. These are mainly of British or Irish descent. There are also a number of people with German ancestry (four per cent), Italian (four per cent) Chinese (three per cent) and inhabitants with Greek descent (two per cent).
Australia has a long history of immigration and by 2001 nearly a quarter of the population were reported to have been born outside of Australia. As a result of this, it is projected that by 2050 the population will almost double to an incredible 42 million. Most immigrants are from the United Kingdom, although the other main immigration groups are from Italy, New Zealand, China and Vietnam.
Indigenous Australians, which are the original inhabitants of mainland Australia and the islands, make up 2.5 per cent of the population. These Indigenous Australians are either Aborigines or Torres Strait Islanders. This group is reported to experience higher rates of employment and imprisonment and lower levels of education and life expectancy.
Moving to Australia: Climate
Australia is the driest inhabited continent with the outback, (or desert) making up the largest area of land. Most people live along the south eastern coastline, which has a temperate climate. Tasmania also has a temperate climate. The south west corner of Western Australia has a Mediterranean climate.
Much of northern Australia experience wet summers during the monsoon season which is generally from December until March.
Moving to Australia: Religion
For most of the population, religion does not play a central role in their daily lives and there is no national religion in Australia. Only 7.5 per cent of the population attend church services once a week and nearly 20 per cent of Australians regard themselves as having no religion at all.
However, just over 60 per cent regard themselves as Christians, primarily Roman Catholic and Anglican. Those who identify with a non-Christian religion make up less than 6 per cent of the Australian population and include Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and Hindus.
Moving to Australia: Language
The main language is Australian English, which is a form of the English language that has its own distinctive accent and vocabulary. Australian English developed more than 200 years ago after the penal colony of New South Wales was founded in 1788. The dialect came about as a result of the combination of people intermingling who spoke different variations of English.
Nearly 80 per cent of the Australian population have English as their spoken language at home. Other languages spoken in the home include Italian, Arabic, Greek, Hindi, Vietnamese and Cantonese.
Lifestyle and culture
The Australian currency is the Australian Dollar.
Australia enjoys a low poverty rate and has a high GDP per capita. It ranks the ninth highest GDP per capita which puts it above UK, US, Japan and Germany. In the UN's 2010 Human development Index it ranked 2nd. However, it also has among the highest house prices in the world and some of the highest household debt levels worldwide.
Life expectancy is high with 78 for males and 83 for females. However, among the developed nations, it has the highest proportion of overweight citizens and the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
Sport has a big following with 24 per cent of the population above 15 years regularly participating in sporting activities. It has very strong international teams in rugby league, rugby union, cricket, netball and field hockey.
Barbecuing is a well-known recreational pastime in Australia and takes place in back gardens and on beaches and in parks. The country is also famed for its beach life which has become a predominant part of the country's identity.
Australia is known for its wines and is the fourth largest wine exporter in the world. This alone contributes an incredible $5.5 billion a year to the country's economy.
Australia has a universal health care system, called Medicare, which is funded by an income tax surcharge at 1.5 per cent.
Australia also has the advantage of a good educational system. Education is compulsory from age 6 to 11 although most children attend a preparatory year beforehand. Australia ranks in the top five out of 30 major developed countries in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) which is a global assessment of 15-year-old's school performance.
Moving to Australia: Visas
Those of you who wish to travel or move to Australia need a valid visa. You can apply online and there are various categories to choose from.
For information of visas needed to relocate to Australia, contact the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.International Removals to Australia - contact us now to discuss your move, or click here for a Australia Shipping quote