6 Ways to Save Money on Your Move to Australia in 2023

Moving to Australia can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience. Therefore, planning and budgeting for your move are essential to save money on the biggest expenses like removals, hotels, and hidden costs. 

Read on for our tips on how to save money on your most significant expenses when moving to Australia in 2023.

How much money should you have saved to move to Australia?

The amount of money you should have saved to move to Australia depends on several factors, including the cost of living in the city you plan to live in, your housing costs, and your lifestyle. 

However, as a general guideline, it is recommended to have enough savings to cover at least three to six months of living expenses. This will give you time to find a job and get settled in Australia. If you are moving solo to Melbourne, for example, you need approximately $2,500/month. This amount excludes medical, car and insurance needs. 

To get an idea of how much the cost of living is in each city, download our freebie.

Additionally, it is important to have enough money to cover the costs associated with moving, such as the cost of a visa, airfare, and shipping your belongings. A twenty-foot container could set you back from $8,000 to $12,000.

How can you save the most money on your move to Australia?

Engage removalists ahead of time

Removalists, or movers, cost more in summer. It is their busiest time, so they don’t quote with the idea, “I need to get this business, so I will quote conservatively.” They are juggling many enquiries and will not cut corners on their quotes. 

But be sure to read our blog on comparing removalists for cost-saving ideas and how to compare quotes. This blog outlines how you can assess their services to ensure you get the best value for your money. We have nightmare stories about Mr Cheap and Cheerful!

Ship less

Reducing or eliminating the need for airfreight helps. For those who have followed me for a long time, you will know I always encourage you to ship less. Check back on my other blogs regarding what to pack or not to pack—these outline and list items you can replace in Australia.

When shipping by sea freight, it’s important to consider insurance costs, as they affect the total cost of your move. Insurance is usually 3% and shouldn’t be more than 4.5%. Otherwise, they’re ripping you off. 

Also, see to it that your sums insured are adequate. You’re dealing with Australia; ensure you have insured your Australian replacement value, not what you paid in another country. See our insurance tops tips for more information.

If opting for airfreight, consider booking extra luggage with your airline (be aware of that airport transfer fee, though) or get “unaccompanied luggage”. It is a service offered by many airlines that allows passengers to send their suitcases or other large items without having to accompany them on the flight. It is not always convenient as you might need to take it to the airline freight warehouse–but convenience costs money these days.

Go secondhand shopping

Buying used items is not only good for your wallet, but it’s also great for the planet! To save extra money, check out Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree online to find quality pre-owned furniture. 

If looking for uniforms, reach out to local schools as well – most of them offer lightly worn uniforms from past students at discounted prices that compare favourably with buying new ones outright.

Avoid hotel costs

Another considerable expense when moving internationally is hotel costs, especially during the high season. Airbnb or Stayz are good options and at least have a kitchen and washing machine. 

But remember that when you book through hosts directly, there are some risks of which to be mindful. For example, it can be challenging to discern the details and amenities a host offers if they aren’t transparent about them in their descriptions. 

Additionally, most require payment upfront when booking – not ideal for anyone looking for flexibility or an extended stay! 

Also, less than ideal when you arrive, and there are no windows that open or no lift to get your ten suitcases up to the apartment–true stories!

Let’s not forget you may also want to consider renting a car to explore different rental homes and suburbs before deciding where to live long-term—another cost that can be higher in summer.

How we can help save you money

Making sure your move goes smoothly and stays within a budget is essential when moving internationally – but there’s no need to worry! Our services can significantly reduce your most significant expenses, and we are always here for any additional guidance you may require.


Our Inspect4U service helps you find a home before arriving in Australia, saving you both time and money.

With Inspect4U, you have access to a team of professional property inspectors who will search for homes that meet your specific needs and preferences. They will take virtual tours of the houses and provide you with detailed reports, including photos and videos, so you can get a clear idea of what each home looks like and whether it’s the right fit for you.

By finding a home before arriving in Australia, you can save on temporary accommodation costs and car rental fees. You can move into your new place as soon as you land. You won’t have to travel around and view potential homes. You’ll find your perfect match before stepping foot on Australian soil.

Inspect4U’s service also offers peace of mind, knowing that you have a safe and secure place to call home when you arrive in Australia. As a result, you can focus on getting settled in and starting your new life rather than wasting time and energy trying to find a home on your own.


A one-hour private consultation with us can be incredibly valuable when saving money on your move to Australia.

Our founder, Robyn, has firsthand experience with the challenges of relocating, having gone through the process herself nine times across the globe. Additionally, she has a decade of professional experience settling people in Australia.

With this wealth of knowledge and experience, Robyn can provide you with personal insights and tips to help you save money on your move. She can advise you on the best ways to ship your belongings, find affordable housing, and navigate the often-complex process of getting settled in a new country.

Robyn can advise you on the most cost-effective ways to ship your belongings. She can also help you find housing options that are within your budget and provide you with tips on how to negotiate the best possible rental rates.

In addition, she can also act as a sounding board for you and your family. Robyn understands the stress and uncertainty of relocating and can provide you with the support and guidance you need to make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible.

If you’re relocating to Australia in 2023, look no further than Personnel Relocations to find the perfect way to save money today.

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