A change of address checklist

Any time you move house, whether you are moving around the corner or across the country, a change of address checklist will ensure that you never miss out on any important documents during the move.

A change of address checklist is one of the best tools anyone can have when organising a big move as it reduces the chances of forgetting items or things to do, along the way.

However, it is worth personalising your own change of address checklist and tailoring it to precisely your needs.

It is of course mandatory for everyone to notify their change of address with government offices including the electoral role, Medicare, Centrelink (if you receive any social security benefits) and for your drivers license. Family and friends should of course be notified.

To get you started preparing your own checklist, here is a great example checklist which includes the most important offices, memberships and organisations that you should notify of any address change.

Alternatively, you can go to the Australia Post website to have your mail redirected and to arrange change of address notifications to be sent to organisations you nominate.

 

Government agencies

  • Australia Post retail outlet (apply to have your mail redirected)
  • Australian Electoral Commission
  • ATO  (Australian Tax Office, Tax returns, small business licences)
  • Welfare (Centrelink, seniors card, veterans affairs etc.)
  • Departments for driving licenses and car registrations
  • Local library membership
  • Council rates, registrations and memberships
  • Medicare   


Utilities

  • Electricity account
  • Home phone
  • Gas account
  • Mobile phone
  • Internet / VoIP
  • Pay TV 


Medical

  • General practitioner
  • Dentist
  • Orthodontist
  • Chiropractor
  • Personal trainer
  • Veterinarian
  • Health insurance (Private)   


Other

  • School / work
  • Financial (financial advisor, accountant)
  • Banks, credit cards and credit unions
  • Clubs
  • Family and friends
  • Gym memberships
  • Insurance (car, house, home and contents etc)
  • Store memberships and loyalty programs
  • Catalogues
  • Subscriptions
  • Lawyer
  • Superannuation memberships
  • E-tags, tolls, mechanic
  • Pet microchip registry


If you have kids and pets then there are all sorts of other organisations you should include in your address change checklist.

Pets need to have their registration address changed with local councils in case they get loose and get picked up by relevant authorities.

A child's school, friends and any extra-curricular clubs and activities should also be included on your list.

It's a great idea to keep an eye on your mail for the months leading up to you move. Take note of who sends you mail regularly and collect any change of address forms that come with any of your subscriptions. This will help you to tailor make your own address change checklist.