Ultimate Emigration Checklist

“Just a line to say that we have found your Ultimate Emigration Checklist an extremely helpful tool which has assisted us in focusing on what we need to do and also in what order. Before that we were tending to do things rather haphazardly, so thank you.”

– Carole & Ross

“Are you dreaming of a move to Australia? Struggling to know where to start? As someone who has made the move with her own family Karen understands how important it is to manage what is an exciting but also stressful transition. Karen provides inspirational guides, practical how to’s, tips and resources to help you plan your own move to Australia but also thrive once you arrive.”

– Tracy from TracyTravelsinTime.com

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Are you feeling overwhelmed about your move to Australia?

Being granted your visa is only the start of the adventure. When you’re moving to Australia, there is so much to think about. From house sales, visa paperwork, packing, shipping and job hunting to opening an Australian bank accounts, finding insurance, moving your money abroad, booking your flights, closing down your accounts and everything else in between…

…your brain feels like it might explode from all of the things you need to do. And so many of these things need to be done at the right time and in the right order.

Plus, you have to deal with this crazy number of admin tasks ON TOP of feeling emotional about leaving your family and friends behind!

I get it, I really do. I found emigrating from the UK to Australia overwhelming and stressful. I spent so many hours online looking for a simple moving to Australia ‘to-do’ list, but I couldn’t find one. I ended up reading hundreds of forum posts and piecing together the advice to create my own list.

“There are a lot of things I hadn’t thought about so I can now start to put things into action.”

– Angi

Karen Bleakley of Smart Steps to Australia

I decided to keep notes of everything so I could help other families who came after me. And the Ultimate Emigration Checklist was born!

I’ve broken down my experience into manageable chunks, added in some recommended services that can save you time, energy and money, and included links for further reading so you can find out what you need to know at every stage of your migration journey.

Put simply: my detailed moving to Australia checklist tells you what you need to do and when you need to do it.

This Ultimate Emigration Checklist will save you tonnes of time but more importantly it gives you back your headspace so you can focus on the things that matter like finding a job, researching suburbs and spending quality time with your family before you leave.

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“It’s becoming more of an exciting reality for us now the skills assessment work is nearly done. Even though we have been working hard towards it for 6 months, I could still roll that ‘TO DO’ list down the stairs it’s so long! Your checklist has been a real help, providing clarity on the timing requirements and initially shaved a lot of time off creating that list ourselves! Thanks”
– Bill

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What is the Ultimate Emigration Checklist?

Picture of iPad on a beach with the Ultimate Emigration Checklist on the screenThe Ultimate Emigration Checklist is a detailed plan with advice, links, information and resources covering every stage of your migration journey. It is focused on the experience of moving from the UK to Australia.

It’s broken down into timescales with all of the information you need to get started right away, whatever stage you are at.

Plus, I’m on hand in the Facebook group to provide direct support so you get personal help from me through the whole process.


“Thank you Karen for creating this [Facebook] group. It is an amazing resource and allows us all to give advice as well as ask for advice from people in similar situations. I’m not sure I would have been confident applying for our visa and planning the move to the other side of the world without it. You should be so proud of what you have achieved. You are making a huge difference to so many people’s lives by sharing your own journey and ways to make it easier for others. Thank you.”

– Jenna

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What do you get?

  • Don’t forget a thing: The detailed list of tasks takes you from 18 months before you move through your first few months in Australia. Check the jobs off as you go.
  • Stay on top of your account closures: Keep your account notes together as you pay final bills, update address details and stop direct debits.
  • Keep your moving budget under control: Use the moving budget sheet to stay in control of the estimated and actual costs of your move.
  • Manage your arrival budget: Use the arrival budget sheet to help you plan what you need to spend in your first few weeks in the country and to keep track your actual spend so you can be mindful of your outgoings.
  • Do it your way: There is space to create your own action lists with blank to-do list sheets.

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A testimonial for Smart Steps to Australia

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“Karen, I’ve come to realise that you’re an amazing relocation guru but also an inspiring life coach. Thank you for your encouraging words…I absolutely LOVE your story. It’s so relative to our situation and reminded me that we’ve conquered hurdles in the past. I’ll be sure to keep up the spirits and forge forward. …THANK YOU! ”

– Maria

Is the Ultimate Emigration Checklist for me?

The Checklist is for you if you’ve checked your visa eligibility and you’re ready to start planning your move to Australia. If you haven’t done that yet, I recommend speaking with Veronika of Sort Out My Visa – you can send her an email through my Trusted Experts page here. Please note: The checklist does not cover how to apply for your visa as I’m not a migration agent – it covers everything else involved in your move (and trust me, the visa is only the beginning of the admin process!)

Although the Ultimate Emigration Checklist is aimed at UK families moving to Australia, the majority of the information in the checklist will apply no matter what country you are moving from and whether you have kids or not.

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