Getting Organised

Being independent means being responsible for things such receiving and storing your own important documents.

A reliable postal address

You need a reliable postal address – you should make sure that you check your mail regularly, and that your address is kept current with relevant organisations and service providers.

Change of address?

If you move house, an easy way to keep getting your mail is to lodge a redirection notice with Australia Post. (There is a fee to redirect your mail that varies depending on how long you would like the service to continue). This service can either forward the mail sent to your old address to your new one, or will hold the mail at the Post Office for you to collect. If you lodge a redirection notice with Australia Post, you can also go online and notify certain registered organisations of your change of address (see the full list here).

You are required by law to change your address on your drivers licence or personal identification within 14 days.

It’s also important to change your address with the Australian Electoral Commission for the Electoral Roll – if you don’t, you risk having your name removed completely and you will be unable to vote. It’s easy to do online, and will change your address on the national roll as well as your state or territory roll. The Passport Office also uses names and addresses from the Electoral Roll for sending out information and passport renewal forms, so it’s pretty important to make sure you do it.

You should also notify any other important institutions like ATO, Centrelink, Medicare, and your bank – it’s best to go in to your local branch (make sure you take some photo ID) and they can change your details then and there.

For things like your insurance company and your superannuation fund, check out their website for how they prefer to record your change in address.

Tip: A clever thing to do is make a list of all mail redirected to you after you move, and tick off your change of address with each one as you do it.

Keeping important documents safe

It is really important that any financial or legal documents are kept in a safe place. You should keep all important documents for seven years, including payslips, bank statements and receipts.

When you move house, start a job, open a bank account, sign a contract or start receiving Centrelink you are generally given copies of important documents. You should always make sure these documents are stored in a safe dry place.

Differences between states

Northern Territory

You can change your address with the NT Government Department of Transport Motor Vehicle Registry by calling 1300 654 628, or online.

ACT

To change your address on your driver’s licence, you can go to your local Road Transport Authority ACT branch, or use their online form.

Western Australia

To change your address on your driver’s licence, you can change it online with the Department of Transport.  You must notify Driver and Vehicle Services of your change in address within 21 days.

NSW

You can go to your local NSW Motor Registry branch, or phone them on 13 22 13.  You can also change your address online on the NSW Transport Roads & Maritime Services website.

Victoria

To notify VicRoads of a change of address (residential, postal or garaged address), you can use the EzyReg online form.

South Australia

To notify a change of address (residential, postal or garaged address), you can visit any Service SA centre, call on 13 10 84, or use the EzyReg online form.

Tasmania

You can go to your local Service Tasmania branch, or use their online form. (This is a great way to change your address with many State Government departments all at once – LINC library card, car registration, drivers licence, even your fishing licence!).

Queensland

You can go to your local Department of Transport and Main Roads branch, or use their online form. (When you change your address with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, they will change your drivers licence, your registration, and other licences you may have such as a marine licence).