Avoid unnecessary fines or costs

Change your address with these key organisations

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It’s often the little things that trip you up.

You’ve just completed an epic yet seamless move, and are safely ensconced in your fabulous new home. But if you forget to update your address with these important organisations, it can come back to bite you.

1. Motor vehicle licence and registration

If you don’t update your address with your motor vehicle licence and registration authority, you might miss infringement notices or registration renewal notices, potentially incurring additional penalties. You can also strike trouble if your license has incorrect address details.

2. Electoral commission

Notify the electoral commission to avoid penalties for failing to vote at federal, state or local council elections.

3. Insurance providers

Update your address with your insurers to avoid problems when making a claim. Your premium may even reduce! Be sure to discuss any policy changes required as a result of your move.

Watch ‘Six reasons why moving house could affect your insurance’ for more details

4. Tax office / your accountant

Inform your accountant or the tax office of your new address to ensure you don’t miss any important tax information – especially if you run a business or are self-employed.

5. Other financial institutions

Update your records with your banks, superannuation funds and other investments to ensure you don’t miss any important updates.

6. Medical practitioners

If you need to find a new medical practitioner or vet, ask your previous practitioner to forward your records to your new provider.

7. Pet registration

And finally, update pet registration details to keep your pet safe and avoid potential fines.

Here are some pro tips when moving house:

  • Use Australia Post’s Mail Redirection service to reduce the risk of being caught out with overdue fines.
  • Stop or redirect subscriptions, deliveries or memberships.
  • Make a checklist of everything you need for a smooth move, including a full list of key addresses to update

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