Planning on a change of address in the near future? Apart from the usual terrors of moving house like packing, cleaning, renting a moving truck and eventually unpacking again, you’ll need to remember who to notify in regards to your change of address. Trust us, it’s much better to do this sooner rather than later. The last thing you want on top of all those moving expenses is to be hit with a late payment penalty on your utility bill. If you’re not sure exactly where to start you’re not the only one. We’ve saved you the hassle and created a Nifty checklist!
It’s probably best to start at the post office. After all, they are the ones delivering your mail. It’s actually easier than you think. All you’ll need to do for a change of address is head to the Australia Post website and enter your move-in date. It’s probably best to do this at least a week before you are planning on moving. Leaving it any later than a week could mean an overlap. The last thing you want is the hassle of having to collect your mail from your old address.
Apart from the fact that you could miss a bill and be hit with late payment, you may also run the risk of your private info leaking to strangers. So, it is best to make sure the post office is clear of your new address ahead of time.
The Tax Man
Yes, although we love to hate them, the Australian Taxation Office, ATO, needs to be notified of your change in address. This can easily be done online through your MyGov account. A simple update of details is the only thing that needs to be completed. If you don’t have a MyGov account you can create one. No stress – it should only take you a few minutes.
Centrelink & Medicare
Human Resource agencies must be notified of your change in address. The top two being Centrelink and Medicare. If you’re receiving payments from Centrelink it is important that all of your details are up to date and accurate. Medicare is the same – all details need to be up to date. Documents that could be mailed from either Medicare or Centrelink could contain sensitive information. It is very important that this information does not fall into the wrong hands. This is why it is highly important your correct address and personal information are registered with both Centrelink and Medicare. You can update your info through your MyGov account, this should only take a few minutes.
Australian Electoral Commission
If you want your voice to be heard you better update your info! Thinking about voting in the next election? Well, you kind of have to, so make sure you update your new info with the Australian Electoral Commission. If you fail to update your information your name could be removed from the electoral role making you ineligible to vote. In order to avoid the hassle, make sure your info is correct – it’s easy.
A simple google search will direct your straight to the change of address page on the AEC website. All you need to do from here is proceed to answer a few simple yes or no questions and enter your new address. It’s as simple as that, and trust me, it avoids a whole lot of drama. As we all know, you can cop a pretty nasty fine for failing to vote in an election. You don’t want to get stung just because you didn’t update your address.
Well, this is an obvious one – but surprisingly many of us forget. You need to update your driver’s license of a change in address within 14 days. This goes for all licenses you may have with the Department of Transport and Main Roads such as your driver license, marine license, industry authority, adult proof-of-age (18+) card, ship registrations and vehicle registrations. Luckily, there is no fee involved in changing your details. As your driver license is often used as a main point of identification it is highly important that you make sure your details are correct.
You’ll want to get your utilities sorted ASAP! This is one that you’ll want to do ahead of time. Do you really want to wait for days for a hot shower or the lights to work? If you’re planning your move, it’s really important that you notify your electricity provider as soon as you know your new address. This way, your electricity can be connected the night before or the morning of your move.
Moving in the dark is definitely not ideal. Make sure you arrange for your electricity to be shut down before it is reconnected – you don’t want to be paying for something you’re not even using. So, just get it out of the way and give your company a call – some may even allow you to do a change of address online.
Internet & Paid TV
How much does it suck – you get to your new place and you realise you forgot to connect the internet. What a nightmare – no Netflix! We all know the hassle of getting the internet set up in the first place and now you’re going to have to wait days (maybe even weeks) before the internet is up and running again. And, all because you forgot to let the company know you were changing addresses. Not ideal!
Make sure you let your internet provider know that you are planning on moving so you can get your internet set up before move-in day. We can tell you now, it’ll definitely save you a lot of money on mobile data.
This may seem somewhat unnecessary if your pay is transferred directly into your bank account, but make sure you tell your employer when you change address. Things like tax forms and pay stubs are often still sent through the mail and it is better to be safe than sorry. Let your boss you know you knew deets.
Home & Rental Insurance Providers
You will need to let your insurance provider know if you are changing addresses. This is so your policy can be transferred. Often times, with renters insurance, some landlords will want proof of transfer before your move-in date. So, it is best to make sure this is taken care of sooner rather than later. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to see if your insurance provider will ensure your move as well.
It’s really important you let these guys know. If your changing address, give your bank a call and let them know that your details will need to be updated. As with most things sent via mail, you do not want any private information the bank may send you falling into the hands of the wrong person.
Often times, the bank may send you a copy of your latest statement via the mail as well as email – just to make sure you got it! As strange as it is, this information may put you at risk if it is delivered to the wrong address. As annoying as it is to sit on hold at the bank, it is really important you update your residential info – check out whether or not it can be done online.
School & University
Both school and Uni need to know where you’re heading. A lot of the time, schools will send out a magazine via mail and who wants to miss the exciting things that have been happening in their child’s life! Uni is another big one. Uni loves email – we all know that. But, every once in a while they like to send the important stuff via the mail, just to make double sure we received it.
So, make sure they have the correct address. As with other important mailers, you don’t want your private information sent to the wrong address. Usually, it’s as easy as giving them a call.
You don’t want to miss out on your favourite mag, do you? Yes, it’s still a thing. Make sure you let the company that holds your subscription know that you’ll be moving. It’s important that you do this ahead of time to ensure the next edition is at your doorstep when it’s supposed to be. The last thing you want is to have to go and find it at your old address.
Online Shopping Websites
Yes, even go as far as updating your info on your favourite shopping websites. We love autofill, but unfortunately, if you don’t update your details your shopping will be sent to your old address. That could be awkward!
We suggest you make sure you spend some time visiting all the sites you shop on regularly and change your shipping details. It’s easier to do it now, rather than when the order has been confirmed. Getting in touch with online shopping sites can often be a nightmare.
Friends & Fam
We know this one might seem obvious. But, make sure you let your extended family and friends know what your new address is. This day and age it pretty easy. Just send a group message or email – hassle free!
Moving can be a headache. The packing, the cleaning and the unpacking. Make sure it’s not an even bigger drama. Changing your address with the important people with plenty of notice can save a lot of time and hassle down the track.
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