Don’t forget to redirect your post before you leave the UK. The Royal Mail’s Redirection service can not only redirect your mail to anywhere in the UK for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months, but it can also redirect to Australia for a little over £70 for a 12 month service. You can now apply for redirection online, using their online application form.
English Bank Accounts
You can leave your account open in the UK for as long as you want, but make sure that the address of the account is still one that you can get statements and other post from.
Australian Bank Accounts
If you have your visa approved and it is a visa that registers you as an Australian resident, you can open a bank account if you satisfy a points system. Use this Points System form to check that you can open an account first. Most of the big banks in Australia will be able to setup your personal banking requirements before you touch-down in Australia. For example, NAB’s special migrant banking team have a dedicated Moving to Australia Moving to Australia webpage to help you.
If you’re planning on moving your pension over to Australia, you need to do it within 6 months. Our Pensions page will give you some tips on how to do this