Change of Address Checklist while Moving Home
Changing your address while moving to a new house can be stressful, annoying, and time consuming. Trying to remember every organisation, service, subscription, and office that needs to be made aware of your new address can be difficult and missing one can cause a bigger headache down the road. To ensure your move is well-organised, continue reading below for our change of address checklist, or discover all our moving house checklists so your move goes as smoothly as possible.
AusPost Mail Redirection If you need some time sorting out your changes of address, consider the Australian Post mail redirection service so you never miss a bill, package, or letter. In addition, the Australian Post can also notify certain services, providers, and offices about your change of address automatically on your behalf.
Change of address for government organisations
Government organisations should be prioritized on the top of your change of address checklist. Everything from elections and taxes, to financial assistance and support, is tied to your address and the sooner these are updated the better.
- Australia Post
- Australian Electoral Commission
- Australian Tax Office
- Concession cards
- Child Support Agency
- Local Council
- Seniors Card
- Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Home utilities and entertainment
Gas and electricity provider: While some energy providers are able to offer same-day or next-day relocation for your home energy, many others need a week or two to get your electricity and gas set up in your new home. If you want to stick with your current energy provider, first double-check they’re available in your new neighbourhood (particularly if you’re moving interstate) and give them a call or go to their website to organize your relocation. If you want or need to switch energy providers, inform your current provider as soon as possible about your shutoff date, and compare providers that offer energy services in your new home to find the best price.
Internet provider and landline: Like energy, your internet provider will need to be informed when you move, to either cancel your service or assist you with the broadband relocation. If you do decide to cancel your internet service and switch to a new provider, make sure there aren’t any contract break fees or cancellation fees you will need to pay. It might be worth it to stick with your current internet provider until the end of your contract rather than pay to end it early.
Pay TV: Depending on what television services you have, you might need to inform them of your change of address. At the very least, you’ll need to update your billing information for your TV services, particularly if you’re switching banks when you move.
Mobile phone: You’ll need to remember to change your billing information for your mobile phone plans, particularly if you get physical paper bills in the post. If you’re switching banks when you move, you’ll need to make sure your new bank is connected to your mobile phone plan for direct debit.
Change of address for subscriptions and programs
No one ever wants to miss a good deal or a package, so make sure to change your address for any subscriptions, loyalty programs, and groups you might be a part of.
- Loyalty programs and store cards
- Frequent flyer programs
- Newspaper and magazine subscriptions
- Subscription boxes or other services
- Alumni groups and social groups
- Health club and gyms
Address change for cars and vehicles
Depending on which state you live in, you’ll often have a set period of time after you move to get your vehicle information up to date, including your license, vehicle registration, and car insurance. Changing your vehicle’s address information is especially important as failure to do so could result in hefty fines.
- Driver’s license
- Vehicle registration (Rego)
- Car insurance
- Vehicle breakdown cover
Work and education change of address
Make sure to inform any educational institutions, work, and childcare about yoru change of address. Particularly for kids, it’s important that schools and childcare know where to find parents or guardians in case of an emergency while your employer will need to know your new address for payroll and tax purposes.
- Extracurricular programs or clubs
Address change for healthcare services
Whether or not you’re changing doctors when moving house, you will need to inform your regular healthcare providers about your change of address to keep your records up to date.
- Private health insurance
- Regular health professionals
- Blood bank
Don’t forget your four legged friends! Pet insurance, microchip information + pet registry, pet subscription boxes, and veterinary services all need to be updated for the family pets when you move
Changing address for insuranced providers
It’s important to update your address with all your insurance providers, not only so you can stay up to date with any bills or payments they might send you, but because some insurance providers take your postcode into account when working out the cost of cover and premiums for your plans. Depending on the insurance you have, and where you move, the cost of your insurance might go up or down.
- Car insurance
- Home + contents insurance
- Life insurance
- Health insurance
- Income insurance
- Renters insurance
- Travel insurance
Financial institutions and changing your address
It’s important to remember to inform and update all the various financial institutions and services you use when moving house. Particularly when it comes to banking. While the larger national banks in Australia will allow you to keep your account with them, particularly if you’re moving interstate, smaller local institutions might not be able to keep your account. If you need to switch banks when moving, it’s important to look around and compare as many banks offer incentives for first-time customers.
- Loan companies
- Credit + debit card
- Premium bonds
- Payment services (PayPal, Google Pay, Apple Pay etc)
Changing your address for everything else
Friends and family: While people used to send out “change of address” cards, these days it’s equally easy to send out a mass email or a text message to those who need to know your new address.
Religious organisations: If your religious organisation has a member directory, or often sends out newsletters or correspondence, make sure to inform them about your change of address.
Retail websites (such as Amazon, Etsy, or eBay): Make a list of your most-used online shopping platforms, and change your billing information and shipping address as soon as possible to avoid losing a package.
Food delivery: Make sure to update your delivery address and payment information for any food delivery services to ensure your sushi, burger, or curry get to your house without a hitch.