Moving to Australia From the Philippines

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Moving to Australia From the Philippines
Moving to Australia From the Philippines

The number of Filipinos who now live in Australia has risen exponentially since 2008. Filipinos now stand as the 5th largest migrant community within Australia. Many citizens of the Philippines migrate to Australia through the Australian Permanent Migrant Program. Acquiring permanent residence via humanitarian grounds is another option for Filipinos to pursue. 

New South Wales holds the biggest number of Filipinos in Australia, while Victoria and Queensland aren’t far behind. 

If you’ve decided that migrating to Australia from the Philippines is the right decision for you, then keep reading!

We have the answers to your questions surrounding: 

Let’s begin with the topic of shipping household items from the Philippines to Australia. 

How Do I Ship My Household Items From The Philippines to Australia?

Since travel by land isn’t an option when moving from the Philippines to Australia, you’ll need to ship your household items through airfreight or sea freight shipping. Airfreight shipping is more expensive than sea freight shipping since your household items will arrive in Australia at a more accelerated rate. If you plan properly, the extra time it takes to ship items through a sea freight service shouldn’t be a problem. 

Below is a list of primary ports and shipping container terminals that exist on Australia’s coastline: 

  • Fremantle
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne 
  • Townsville
  • Brisbane

Moving to a bustling Australian city such as Sydney or Melbourne will make retrieving your items through door-to-door delivery or port-to-port delivery a more seamless experience. If you’re living further outside of these common Australian port and shipping container points, it’ll be helpful to select a door-to-door delivery service for your household items. 

How Can I Get My Car From The Philippines to Australia? 

Shipping your vehicle overseas from the Philippines to Australia will be similar to transporting household items as sea freight, and air freight shipping are your two options. Like shipping household items, scheduling door-to-door delivery for your vehicle is going to make your journey to Australia much easier. 

People moving from the Philippines to Australia should file to have their car imported under a Personal Import Option that indicates you’ve owned the vehicle for over 12 months and intend to import the vehicle for daily driving use. To prove your vehicle ownership, be prepared to present your driver’s license, registration, and proof that the car was garaged near your home for the 12 month qualifying period. 

Applicants filing under the Personal Import option can only import one vehicle every five years.  

What Should I Expect From Australian Customs?

Australia can be somewhat particular when it comes to their Customs practices due to their self-contained eco-system. Pets entering Australia from the Philippines will be subject to quarantine. Chances are you’ll be fine to pass through Australian customs if you use common sense with what you pack and declare items through the Australian Border Force. Feel free to visit the Australian Government’s page on Customs and quarantine to gain more insight on specific details related to entering the border. 

To permanently relocate overseas from the Philippines to Australia, you’re going to need a proper visa.

What Should I Know About Australian Visas? 

We mentioned that permanent migration is the primary pathway to achieving permanent residence in Australia. The reason why permanent migration is the typical route to attaining permanent residence in Australia is the program’s inclusion of economic, familial, and special eligibility visas to foster a smooth transition.  

Skill stream visas serve to accommodate people migrating with qualifications and skills most suited for the Australian economy. Family stream visas provide opportunities for additional family members to relocate to Australia. Special Eligibility visas help former residents and prior Australian Defense Force members move back into Australia. 


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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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