Moving house? Here’s your downloadable change of address checklist

You need to update schools, local gas and electricity providers when you move home

Getting ready to move? You may have already told your friends, family and landlord about your change of address, but there are many other people and places you’ll need to notify about your new address.

Yes, it’s a time-intensive task and somewhat of a necessary evil, but you do earn a gold medal in ‘life admin’ for it. Plus, taking care of it earlier means no missed deliveries or unpleasant surprises down the track.

Use this change of address checklist from Foxie (which you can use in conjunction with the best moving house checklist ever) to make updating your address as painless as possible.

 

Your complete change of address checklist

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Nobody wants to miss important school updates, lose their favourite magazine subscriptions, or their right to vote just because they didn’t inform the right people of their change of address.

To make sure this doesn’t happen, here is a comprehensive list of whom you need to contact when you change your address:

The legal stuff – government organisations, AusPost and more

The best way to update Government services is to create a myGov account.

To create a myGov account, you need to:

  1. Enter the myGov address into the search bar and select “create an account” on the homepage.
  2. Read the terms of use and select “agree.”
  3. Enter your email address. Every myGov account needs a unique one — you can’t use the same email for two accounts.
  4. Enter the code sent to your email.
  5. Enter your mobile number.
  6. Create a password that has at least 7 characters and 1 number.
  7. Create secret questions by choosing 3 from the list. Give answers that only you will know.
  8. Use your myGov account.

Now that your myGov account is set up, you can change your information through the below:

 

1. Changing your address details through Australian Taxation Office

To update your details for Australian Taxation Office online:

  1. Log into your myGov account.
  2. Choose “account settings” from the top menu.
  3. Choose the “update my address” option.
  4. Fill in your new address.
  5. Complete the form and select update.

It’s also doable to update your information by phone. You can phone the Australian Taxation Office to change the address.

Be aware that you will need to confirm your identity before updating your information. The customer representative may ask for your:

  • Driver’s license details
  • Medicare card
  • Passport number

Finally, the last option for updating your address is by post.

You can do this by downloading, filling out, and posting back the form. It can take up to 28 days to update the information.

 

2. Telling government services about your new address

If you are receiving money from government services, you need to notify your change of address to organisations such as:

  • My Aged Care
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • National Redress Scheme
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • State Revenue Office Victoria
  • Child Support
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Centrelink

You can change your address through myGov by following the same procedure described above.

 

3. Telling the Australian Electoral Commission

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Updating your address on the Australian Electoral Commission is not something you can do straight away — the requirement for enrolling at your new address is that you’ve lived there for at least one month.

Once your month is up, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to the Australian Electoral Commission’s “update my details online” page.
  2. Choose the “change my details” option.
  3. Choose “State” or “Territory.”

Fill in your information and follow these steps:

  1. Citizenship
  2. Identity
  3. Details
  4. Address
  5. Previous
  6. Contact
  7. Declaration
  8. Submit

Make sure you have your driver’s license or passport number to confirm your identity. If you don’t have them with you, you can have a witness — any enrolled elector.

Another option you have is downloading a PDF form and mailing it to the Commission.

 

4. Changing your address on Australia Post

To change address with the post, sign up to your account and put in your new details.

You can also choose to redirect your mail. Fill in the form online, and Australia Post will start to send your mail to your new home.

To do this, you need a concession card — a Pensioner Concession Card, a Health Care Card, or a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

Fill in the dates when you want mail to start redirecting, and complete:

  • Personal Details
  • Verify ID
  • Review
  • Pay

Updating your vehicle information for a new address

When moving to another state, here is the vehicle information to update:

  • Car ownership
  • Car insurance
  • Driving license

Vehicle service and provider to notify include:

  • Roads and Maritime Services — They can change your licence details and registration in seven days.
  • Car insurance providers — Need to be informed of your change of address in case of accidents and insurance payments.
  • Vehicle breakdown cover provider — You can do this online on the provider’s website. Don’t skip this one, as many providers in Australia have different rates depending on the area.

Changing and re-connecting your utilities in a new home

Did you know you can sort out all of your utilities with just one phone call? Foxie will ensure that changing your address goes smoothly from day one.

You don’t have to spend hours researching and comparing prices, as we match you with the right products to suit your needs, for free.

Here are all the organisations, services, and subscriptions we can take care of for you:

  • Phone
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Broadband
  • Electricity
  • TV license
  • Gas
  • Water

Updating your address for healthcare

Don’t forget to change the address on your Medicare card — you never know when you’ll have to see the doctor.

You can do this through:

Telling your insurance provider about a new address

Check if your provider considers postcode. Be aware that if you move into a risky area, insurance is likely to increase.

You may need to update the following insurances:

  • Health providers
  • Contents insurance
  • Life
  • Travel
  • Pet

Updating your bank records and credit cards

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  • Bank — Your place of residence is connected to your identity, so you need to update it to avoid identity theft.
  • Credit Card and Debit Card Companies — This can also be done when you update your address at the bank.
  • Store Cards — A lot of stores have loyalty programs and give cards that carry your address, so let them know you are moving house. You want to avoid unnecessary hassles, such as deliveries at your old residence.

Telling your friends and family you’ve moved

It’s up to you when you want to inform your loved ones of the move.

If you don’t want anyone to drop in uninvited, it’s best to wait until you are settled in. Then you can easily send everyone, including your friends and family, a message to let them know about the move.

If you think your friends and family are able to come over and help you settle in, don’t hesitate to let them know.

In case you’re not sure how to tell your landlord you’re moving out, here are some tips.

Getting Started + free Change of address checklist

We know how daunting it can be to move homes. It takes time and effort, and it means having to contact many organisations — from the government to schools.

We hope our Australian change of address checklist makes this job a little less daunting.

In case you have other worries about your move, check out our blog, where you can find answers to all your questions.

To grab a free Change of Address Checklist and get everything crossed off sooner, download your copy below:


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