We have been here for just over a month now and thought i would post some tips for you guys still in the UK.
Firstly, We did as much as we could whilst still in the UK. Organised car hire via the fantastic MD auto's http://mdautocare.net.au/ They dropped our car at our holiday rental, but they also do airport pick ups! (based Aldinga)
We also organised our bank account so we just had to go in with our documents to get our debit card. This meant we could transfer money over before we left (we used Moneycorp).
We were lucky as we booked a holiday rental for 4 weeks. As this was probably gonna be the most stressful month we were going to endure we decided that we wanted to be somewhere nice and for us all to have our own bedrooms. We booked into the delightful Seaford Rise property from auseelife http://www.auseelife.com.au/. Tyke greeted us on arrival with a much needed bottle of bubbly. The house was amazing, we knew we had made the right decision. It has everything you need and has internet. All the bill's were included (apart from a little contribution for your phone usage...can't argue with that!) we even had our bedding changed every week! (which also meant we were able to pick his brains every week...Thanks Tyke!)
Our first job was the whole medicare/centrelink/Tax File Number job. We went into medicare, didn't take long, they gave us a form to fill in so we went and got a brew and filled it in. I also enquired about centrelink, but we needed TFN first. For the TFN you can apply online once you are over here, http://www.ato.gov.au/ on the left it says 'get a TFN' just click on there and away you go....with a glass of your chosen beverage in hand!
Once you have your TFN you can apply for centrelink. This can also be done online and then you can go into the office and provide your ID (Visa, Tenancy and Birth Certificates). You will need to register to obtain a CAN number first....http://www.familyassist.gov.au/...but again you can do it with beverage in hand. We thought oh got it sussed....We went into the office thinking we would be straight in and out but it still took 2 hours of waiting around! BUT only one of you needs to go so you don't have to have the kids in tow.
Driving License's you have 3 months to change them, but you MUST carry them with you at all times. Also alot of the traffic lights you can turn left as it is like a very small slip road...just becareful nothing is coming and no one is walking across the road.....we are still getting used to this!
Gosh im shattered just writing this!
I think that is all my advice for now.