Returning home after years studying abroad is a fascinating event that you certainly look forward to. Proud parents, home-cooked meals, delicious authentic food... Oh home sweet home.
Much as you are excited and overwhelmed with farewell parties, don't let this carry you away! Planning in advance will save you a lot of troubles in the future and enable you to leave Australia with happy memories.
|Early planning||Graduation||Update your completion date on My UC|
|Visitor visa||If your visa expires before your graduation ceremony in Australia, apply for a tourist visa|
|Transcript||If you need a copy before graduation, pay 10 dollars at Service One in student central and present this receipt to a Student Centre staff to get a copy. Make sure you take a ticket from the ticket machine.|
|Passport||Ensure your passport and visa date is valid. Contact your embassy or the Department of Immigration if you need to renew your passport. Have the right visas if you stop over in other countries.|
|Flights||Book your flights home and confirm travel arrangements|
|Packing||Allow 4-6 weeks to sort out and pack your belongings|
If you have earned an income and paid tax, lodge a tax return. Contact your super fund to find out how to make a claim after you depart Australia for good.
|Children||Notify the school or childcare centre of your family's departure date|
|Pets||Organise to take pets with you or give give them away to a good home|
|Renting||Notify your landlord or estate agent in writing at least 4 weeks before you plan to move out.|
|About a month||Freight||Check freight costs and organise how to send your things home if necessary|
|Airport rule||Check customs and quarantine rules to see what you can take home|
|Outstanding debt||Pay any unpaid university fees or fines|
|Health cover||Submit any outstanding Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) claims or apply for a refund|
|Renting||Organise the inspection before you return the keys. Request a bond refund.|
|Arrange to have all phone, gas, water, and electricity bill schedulely disconnected. Pay all outstanding bills.|
|Last few days||Contact details||Update My UC with your overseas address|
|Ask the Post Office to forward your mail. Fees applied.|
|Keep in touch||Register your details with the Alumni Office|
|Bank accounts||Close your bank accounts|
|Borrowed items||Return borrowed library books, videos, household items, etc.|
|Farewell||Make time to say goodbye to friends that you've made here, staff that you know and people that you adore.|
Now that you've done all of those, tell the world you are coming home!