There's a lot of planning to do when you've made the decision to move you and your family (and all your possessions) to the sunshine state. Whether you're moving from Vic to Queensland, or from just across the border in NSW, there are a few things about your new state that might come in handy before your possessions are loaded in the back of the interstate removalists' truck. Did you know these things about moving to Queensland?
1. Your Vehicle and Your Licence
You will of course need to transfer your existing driver's licence to a Queensland licence. This becomes a requirement once you have lived in the state for three months. It's also important to remember that you only have 14 days to register your vehicle in Queensland.
2. Not All Pets Are Welcome
It can be heartbreaking to have to say goodbye to any pet, but if you happen to have a pet rabbit, you will not be permitted to bring them to your new home in Queensland. While you might love the little creature, your love is not shared by Queensland authorities. Rabbits are considered to be pests in Queensland, and so keeping them as a pet is sadly not permitted. It might seem like a curious restriction, and yet this information allows you to take the time to find a new home for your beloved pet rabbit.
3. Not All Plants Are Welcome
All states and territories have various biosecurity restrictions, and Queensland is no different. If you are bringing any live plants from your former home to your new home, you will need to check that none of these plants are subject to Queensland's biosecurity restrictions. Such restrictions are generally limited to plants that are grown as commercial crops, but it's better to ensure that you're in compliance with any applicable restrictions.
4. The Time Difference
If you're going to live on the southern end of the Gold Coast, remember that Queensland does not have daylight savings. This can be particularly pertinent if you take employment (or send your children to school) across the border, and the town of Coolangatta has no easily-discernible break when it becomes Tweed Heads and extends into New South Wales. You can effectively lose or gain an hour by crossing the street when NSW is observing daylight savings (so you could celebrate the new year twice!).
Moving to the sunshine state could be the best decision you've ever made, but it's important to know as much as you can about your new home!.