Immigrating to Australia as an Information Security Professional – part 3

G’ day all!

I honestly didn’t expect receiving so many e-mails about this article. People from every corner of the world are thanking me for the article even though they’re not Infosec professionals.  I’m definitely glad to see that it’s helping you materialize your plans and realize that nothing is impossible if you really want it!

Since we already talked about the Background and Planning for this adventure, now it’s time to go through the preparation phase, which can certainly seal your fate (either positively or negatively). Once again, come with me and don’t let bad thoughts hinder your (totally achievable) desire of a different life.

The following article relies on the fact that you ALREADY HAVE A VALID VISA to work in your country of choice. For more information about the Australian visa, please check my previous article.

Migration to Australia


Before I start, let’s write down everything you need to arrange before moving (or as soon as you arrive) to another country:

  • Working on your savings
  • Finding a place to live
  • Arranging Health Care
  • Getting a job
  • Settling down

Once you have these things arranged (or at least figured out), most of the stress and anticipation feeling will ease off and give you more time to work out on other minor issues you’ll certainly face. But I’m the first one to reckon that not everything can be sorted out remotely. I’m my case, even though having a relatively recognized career (and plenty of certificates) was not enough to land a job before arriving. Don’t let it scare you off! Instead, I have developed a strategy for delving into the local market that was responsible for my job landing in less than 3 days! If it worked for me, it can surely work for you too!

So, let’s address these questions one by one, starting with:

Working on your savings

People often come to me and ask: How much money should I save before migrating?

My answer is fairly simple: As much as you can! But if you work upon your planning it will be easier to anticipate some of your expenditures and perhaps sparing you some bucks.  Below follows a list of things that will require financial investment that should not be overseen:

  • Goods removal – We’ve spent considerable amount of time decided whether we should sell all our goods and buy new ones here. After a long time and no deal between us, I’ve decided to ship all our goods from Europe to Australia. The cost for the transportation would be the same as buying everything new, but we didn’t want to “give away” our good for half of the price we paid (yeah, I’m sort of emotionally attached to my Hi-Fi and videogames :)) .
  • Rent – in our case, since my wife and I agreed that I’d come first and arrange everything before they came, we had to count on paying rent both in Europe and Australia until she arrived here. Depending on the circumstances, such situation can present a big hurdle to overcome. We never know how long it might take to find a job in the new country…
  • Transport – Public transportation in Europe is dirty cheap. Public transportation in Australia is filthy expensive. Enough said.
  • Money transfer fees – If you’re planning to transfer your savings overseas, consult your bank account manager before transferring the whole amount. You might be disappointed to see a good percentage of your money vanishing through the bank’s black hole

Moreover, there are loads of other minor expenses that throughout time will sum up to a considerable amount of money that can make a difference. Don’t forget about these too.

Finding a place to live

Not too much mystery here. You need to find a place to accommodate you and your family (if applicable). The better the neighborhood is, the higher the rent. I would recommend you to find a shared accommodation for the beginning until you get acquainted with your new country. Give yourself a few months, walk around some other neighborhood and ask locals and expats about the places they live. Do not commit to a dwelling BEFORE relocating.

Arranging Health Care

Your health always comes first. Before departing get yourself a travel insurance (for a month, at least) until you figure out how the health care works in your new country. Research about it before relocating and don’t forget to take all required documentation (medical statements, prescriptions, etc) and medication (make sure those will be allowed by the customs) with you. Australia offers a health insurance called Medicare for citizens and permanent residents. Fortunately I didn’t need it yet.

Wow, so many things to worry about, isn’t it? But I can guarantee you that every obstacle you clear when migrating to a new country is overcome, a huge sense of achievement floods your mind and renovates your hopes. Never give up and always take the failures as a lesson. You’ll never get wrong following such philosophy!

I guess you have lots of information to assimilate so far, and since I want to give you good details on my strategy for “finding a job” and “settling down”, I’ll leave it to be addressed on the next article.

See you!

– Adriano Dias Leite

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  1. Ankur Hazarika says:

    Hi Adriano-

    Would appreciate if you can let me know the code you chose from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). I am unable to find anything specific for Information Security. There is an SOL code for ICT Security Specialist but that’s more inclined towards Cyber Security- the technical aspects of it. Thanks in advance.

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  5. Nadeem says:

    please post the next article. i have been waiting for so long for your next post.

  6. You have compiled a very complete list of all the things to think about in such a move. Well done! Can you detail how Australian companies react to experience, education, and certifications when it comes time to hire someone in this area?