Moving to Germany from Australia: Your Ultimate Guide
If you are thinking of moving to Germany from Australia, then wilkommen; you are in the right place! This page has contains all the information you need about moving to Germany, including costs, checklist and tips. Read on to ensure you get to the land of poets and thinkers before you know it.
The Cost of Moving to Germany from Australia
Before bratwurst and beer are on your doorstep, it is important to understand how much moving to Germany from Australia is likely to cost you. Given that Germany is hardly round the corner, removalist costs are inevitably quite high, but don’t let that scare you. When there is a will, there is a way!
We imagine that you are thirsty for some hard and fast numbers on how much to budget for your move to Germany from Australia. To quench that thirst, we have put together this table, which estimates the cost of moving to Germany by sea, for varying sized properties, from different locations across Australia.
Moving to Germany from NSW, WA, VIC, QLD and NT
|1 bedroom||9 – 12 weeks||$5,600 – $7,800|
|2 bedroom||6 – 9 weeks||$7,700 – $10,400|
|3 bedroom||6 – 9 weeks||$13,300 – $18,000|
|4 bedroom||6 – 9 weeks||$14,400 – $19,300|
|5 bedroom||6 – 9 weeks||$20,400 – $27,300|
Moving to Germany from SA and TAS
|1 bedroom||9 – 12 weeks||$6,900 – $9,300|
|2 bedroom||6 – 9 weeks||$9,100 – $12,400|
|3 bedroom||6 – 9 weeks||$15,300 – $20,600|
|4 bedroom||6 – 9 weeks||$16,900 – $22,800|
|5 bedroom||6 – 9 weeks||$23,500 – $31,500|
However, it is important to note that there is no universal cost of moving to Germany from Australia. As these tables have indicated, the exact distance of your move has an impact on your costs, as does the volume.
Tip! Not sure of the volume of your things? Don’t want to spend hours in your living room with a tape measure? Use our furniture volume calculator instead and save yourself the trouble.
While we hope these ballpark figures are helpful, the only accurate way to calculate your removalist costs is to request free quotes from us, so make sure you do this before you make the big move to Germany from Australia!
Do Australians need a Visa for Germany?
Unfortunately, yet again there is no black and white answer to this query. Instead whether you will need a visa, and what type of visa if so, is dependent on the exact terms of your move to Germany from Australia.
Moving to Germany short-term
If you are moving to Germany from Australia for less than 90 days, then you are in luck; you will not need a visa.
Equally, if you fancy testing the waters before committing to a visa, you are within your rights to use these ninety days as a trial period, and work things out once you are there. However, this option is only for the real adrenaline junkies among us, as it means a race against the clock.
Moving to Germany long-term
If you want to get your visa sorted before you move to Germany, or you intend to start working as soon as you get there, then get cracking!
There are several options available to you, some of which are outlined below:
- General Employment Visa. In this case you will need a concrete offer of a contract of employment.
- Job seekers’ visa. If you have a university degree, you are eligible for this 6 month long visa.
- Working holiday visa. For 18 to 30 year old, designed for short term travel and employment.
- Au-pair visa. The clue is in the name, but you must also be between 18 and 27 to be eligible, and have a basic grasp of German.
For more information on what visa you may require when moving to Germany from Australia, visit the government website.
Moving to Germany from Australia Checklist
Got a millions and one things on your mind? We’re afraid that is somewhat inevitable when moving to Germany from Australia. To make your life a little easier, we have put together this moving to Germany checklist. Work your way through this bad boy and the joys of Oktoberfest and sparkling Christmas markets will be at your fingertips!
If this doesn’t quite cut it, our more general and thorough moving overseas checklist is sure to do the job.
Open a bank account
First things first, it will only be possible to do this once you have your registration number, so scoot back and get that sorted first if you haven’t done so already.
Opening a local bank account is strongly recommended when moving to Germany from Australia. Not only so that you save money on currency transfers, but also most jobs will require it to pay you, unless you don’t care about getting paid…thought not…
If German banks aren’t your field of expertise, shame on you! Just kidding 😉 explore some of the following options to find one that suits you best:
Once your shiny new account is up and running, send any dollars you have to yourself. TorFx is a great way to do so!
Organise your healthcare
There is nothing more important than your and your family’s health. Luckily, the stereotype of the organised and efficient German rings true here, with Germany boasting one of the best healthcare systems in the world.
There are two healthcare options available to you when you move to Germany:
- So long as you are contributing to the social security system through your pay, you will be eligible for state healthcare. Usually this will be organised through your workplace.
- If you are self-employed, or you earn over €57,500 per year, you can choose private health insurance instead.
Moving to Germany with pets?
First things first, moving to Germany from Australia is more than a hop, skip and a jump away. Therefore, before you get the logistics sorted, making sure you are really committed to moving to Germany before you pet your pet through the arduous flight.
If you are set on brining your Haustier with you, make sure they meet the following import requirements:
- They are microchipped.
- The have been vaccinated against rabies (and have documentation to prove it).
- If bringing a canine companion, they have been treated for worms within the four days prior to moving to Germany.
Once you arrive in Germany, your pet will need to be registered at your local town hall. Get all these things done and your furry friends can enjoy your bratwurst with you; but before digging into your Essen, remember to say guten Appetit!
Bringing a vehicle with you?
First things first, unless you and your four wheels are joint at the hip, we strongly suggest selling your car in Australia and purchasing a new one upon moving to Germany. It is pretty difficult to fit a car in your back pocket, and so the only way to take it with you is via container, which will add substantially to your container shipping costs.
Moreover, vehicles imported to Germany from outside of the EU are subject to:
- 10% import duty
- 19% import value added tax
Given that moving to Germany from Australia can already cost a few bucks, we sincerely recommend thinking about this carefully before attempting to import your vehicle.
Living in Germany as an Australian
Once the process of moving to Germany from Australia is out of the way, we also imagine you might want a little insight into what your life in the heart of Europe will look like.
The cost of living in Germany
Time for some good news! The cost of living in Germany is substantially lower that what our Land Down Under offers. On average, you can expect to pay 22.22% less for rent, and a whopping 40.9% less for groceries. Moving to Germany can’t come soon enough!
To give you a better idea of how things are priced in Germany, the following table compares common cost of living metrics between Germany and Australia.
|Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in the city centre||$1,684||$1,216|
|Meal at an inexpensive restaurant||$20.00||$16.37|
|0.5L of draught beer||$8.00||$5.73|
|Monthly travel pass||$151||$115|
Not to shun our good old homeland, but we bet that moving to Germany from Australia is looking all the more appealing suddenly.
If you are still not convinced, did you know? Germany created gummy bears. We sure do have a lot to thank them for!
Working Life in Germany
Leave your how you goings in the southern hemisphere, because one of the stark changes you are likely to notice upon moving to Germany from Australia is the seriousness of working culture.
That being said, it is not all hard work no play. In fact, Germany has one of the most efficient economies. It is considered Europe’s industrial powerhouse, despite having one of the shortest average working weeks. What is more, it boasts the second lowest unemployment rate in Europe. Hurry up or we will be moving to Germany with you!
If you are still on the hunt for work, take a look at some of the following portals:
First of all, congratulations! Your move to Germany from Australia is well and truly within reach. If you are still itching for some more answers, the Sirelo website is sure to have the answers. In particular the following pages may be of use to you:
- International moving costs: what makes up the expenses when moving overseas?
- Packing to move house: your expert guide!
- Moving boxes: how and where to find them.
Until then, brush up on your German phrases and idioms. Here is one to get you started: das Leben ist kein Ponyhof, which translates literally as ‘life isn’t a pony farm’ but means ‘you can’t always get what you want’. However, we believe that by moving to Germany from Australia, then maybe, just maybe, you can 😊