Before you leave
Do your research
Research employment, accommodation and visa options. If you know someone already here use them as a source of information. Don't forget to consider lifestyle, culture and separation from family. It is a good idea to have accommodation organised for the first few days after you arrive and email potential employers to make possible links before you leave.
Check your essential documents
Ensure that you have the correct documentation for your onward journey-
- Current passport with at least 6 months validity. Most airlines will prohibit flight should you not adhere to this rule.
- Birth certificate (useful form of identification but keep it safe!)
- Appropriate visa – a permanent migrant visa, a visa with work rights or an overseas student visa are the most common types. Visit the Department of Immigration's Visa Finder webpage to find the visa most suitable for you.
Bring evidence of your qualifications, if any
- Certificate / Diplomas / Degrees
- Trades qualifications
- References from employers
- Drivers licence
- Proof of Irish address
- Pay slips / Payment summaries
Bring an up to date resume as this will save you time when you begin applying for jobs. You can book an appointment with our Outreach Worker to help style your resume / CV to Australian employers when you arrive. Be prepared to have your qualifications assessed with the appropriate Australia authority or body before your qualifications are accepted.
Book a return flight
Having a return flight is a great way to protect yourself and wallet should you need to return to Ireland on short notice. It is also a great money saver if and when you decide to leave Australia. Most airlines let you change the dates for a reasonable fee.
Although Irish citizens in Australia benefit from the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement which entitles them to free emergency health care in Australia it is still strongly recommended that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
Visit DFA website for further details
Have adequate funds
If you plan to use your Irish bank cards for the first few weeks in Australia be sure to notify your bank of your travel plans. Don’t rely on these card for long term use as the charges can be high.
Bring sufficient funds to support yourself until you find employment. Substantial expenses when you are getting set up include accommmodation bonds, furniture or additional training courses that make your qualifications valid here in Australia.
Mind How you Go
Dublin based Crosscare Migrant Project asked 500 recent Irish emigrants to reflect on their emigration experiences. ‘Mind How You Go’ is based on their responses. It’s designed to support you through the various practical and emotional challenges of emigrating.