How to migrate to Australia

How to migrate to Australia

Migrating to another country is a big step to take, but thankfully you’re not alone. The information here will help you better understand what you need to do and when.

Move to Melbourne in five steps

There has never been a better time to move to Melbourne. Follow the five key steps below to migrate to Melbourne and settle in more comfortably and then find out more about:

Step 1: Research your employment options

Getting work

Knowing what employment opportunities are available is important to achieving job security. We have plenty of information prepared for you to help you find a job in Melbourne and Victoria.

Go to our Work section to find out more about:

If you’re planning on investing as a business in Melbourne, visit our Do business section for:

Finding a home

When you migrate to Victoria, you can choose to live in the most liveable city in the world – Melbourne – or in Victoria’s beautiful regional areas.

Go to our Live section to learn more about housing and property.

Making the move

It can take some time to get everything organised for your move to Victoria. Use our relocation checklist to get an idea of how long it can take to migrate.

A migration agent or lawyer can also help you migrate to Victoria, but you can manage this process on your own.

See our Using a migration agent page for information about important things to consider when engaging a migration agent.

Step 2: Apply for visa nomination (if required)

Victorian visa nomination can help you meet the requirements for some Australian skilled and business migration visas. Applying for Victorian visa nomination is easy and there is no charge.

See the visa nomination and assessment page for more information about Victorian visa nomination.

Discover all the visas that are eligible for visa nomination:

Step 3: Apply for a visa

You can apply for Victorian visa nomination through our website, but to apply for an actual Australian visa you must apply through the Department of Home Affairs website – even if you have Victorian visa nomination.

Step 4: Prepare to move

Gather your belongings and use our handy relocation checklist to help you organise your move.

Step 5: Arrive and settle in

The Victorian Government’s Skilled and Business Migration Program offers services to help business, investor and skilled migrants settle in Victoria.

Investor Relationship Managers are also available for investment support and information.

Visit these useful sections of our website to learn more:

You can also learn more about settling in Australia on the Department of Home Affairs website.