Moving To Adelaide

Moving to a new city can be an overwhelming experience. It is important to know where to start when setting up your new life in South Australia

So many people say ‘I wish I knew this when I moved to South Australia’. Below are some tips to get you started.

Banking & Insurance

Understand Banking and Insurance options when you arrive


If migrating from overseas, it best to organise a bank account before you arrive in Australia so you are able to access your money straight away. There are four major banks in Australia and a number of smaller banks and credit unions to choose from. Most banks will allow you to apply to open an account through their website using an online application form. 


When moving, covering your assets is an important element. There are a number of insurers in the market, who can cover your assets such as vehicles, to home and contents. Click below to see how RAA can help you 

Community Groups

Community Groups in South Australia ​

Transitioning to another state, let alone country, can be a very daunting experience. There are many community groups in South Australia to connect with which is a great way to start your move to South Australia.

Community Groups


There are a range of options available in the education sector, from Childcare through to Tertiary studies.

There is a choice of government, private or community childcare services including registered childcare and early learning centres, family day care, out of school hours care, and kindergartens.

To search for a childcare centre near you please visit:

You may be eligible for financial assistance to help with the childcare and education costs. For more information please visit: 

In some areas of Adelaide there is a high demand for childcare, therefore you may experience limited availability. To maximise your chances of getting childcare, we recommend that you register as soon as possible after arrival at a number of childcare centres, as waiting lists may be very long.

In South Australia, it is compulsory for children to be in full-time schooling from the ages of
6 to 16, and students aged 16 must be in an approved learning program until they turn 17. You can choose to send your children to one of the three education systems in South Australia, government, independent or Catholic schools.

Schooling Options & Enrollment

For further information on schooling options and how to enrol in school please visit

Information about government schools visit the Department for Education website.

Information on private schools in South Australia please visit.

Information on how to enrol your children at school, and contribution fees that may apply, can be found by visiting the following websites.

Looking to Study 

Adelaide is the ideal place to live and study. It’s affordable, friendly, accessible, and is rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

With over 500 occupations available for international graduates, Adelaide is the best place in Australia to gain valuable post-study work experience.

Study Adelaide is the state government’s destination marketing agency for international education and over 40,000 students come to Adelaide from 130 countries across the world. 

Study Adelaide can provide you with information about Universities, TAFE’s, Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) and more. 

Healthcare, Mental health and wellbeing

Understanding the healthcare system in Australia

The Australian health system is one of the best in the world, providing safe and affordable health care. It is jointly run by all levels of Australian government – federal, state and territory, and local. Below is information to assist in understanding our health care system. 

Private health is a personal choice. If you are interested in learning more about the various private health funds available in Australia, you can be provided with comprehensive, independent private health insurance information if it is right for you. 

Your Mental Health and Wellbeing is so important, in general, and knowing how to access the right support is can be overwhelming. If you require help for your mental health and wellbeing, Health Direct is a great place to start to know what you are looking for. 

Phone & Internet

Your phone and internet options

There are many providers to choose from when it comes to your mobile and internet options, and often, these can be bundled together to give you better rates. Choosing which provider is a personal choice, but you need to go with what suits your needs most, particularly your location, if you Work From Home (WFH), live in the city, black spot etc. 


South Australia is known for being vibrant, yet affordable, with ease of travel, safety and an abundance of cultural and leisure activities.

It makes South Australia one of the great boutique regions of the world. 

You can seek the advice of a migration agent who can give you the best possible advice on options to move here. If you do not have a migration agent, below are some reference guides to help you get started. 

Useful Links

If you are looking for employer sponsorship you are best to speak to a migration agent about this and/or Immigration SA and Department of Home Affairs. 

Relocation Services

Do you need help moving to South Australia?

Have you recently moved or are considering a move to South Australia. Are you time poor with managing your life admin? Busy individuals, families and business owners can benefit by using ONDA for managing your move and administration. From assisting with your move over, to setting up your accounts here, see what ONDA can do to help you. 

Finding a place to live

The most widely used practice for finding a rental property or buying property is from real estate websites, newspapers and agents.

Short term accommodation 

When looking to find accommodation in South Australia, there are many options available including short term or house-sharing offerings. The benefit of short-term accommodation is that you give yourself time to work out where you want to live as you familiarise yourself in a new city. 

There are websites available, so it is important to do your research to find something that suits your needs and budget. Some suggestions include: 

Long term housing

Searching for a rental house or an apartment requires you to consider many factors, for example, choosing a location that you like, that you can afford and that is close to all the amenities that you and your family may require such as schools, hospitals, shops, parks etc.

To access South Australia suburb profiles please visit: 

Living in the regions

Regional Development Australia

Regional Development South Australia is the peak body for the state’s eight Regional Development Australia (RDA) organisations. You will find a link to all regions through this site to learn more about our regions.

Regional Tourism

There are truly amazing experiences in region. click here to find more about our glorious state beyond the city.


There is so much to discover in South Australia

learn more about our state and destinations to visit while you are living and working here.