If you have recently changed, or are about to change, your address, there will be many people and organisations who may have to be told of your change of address.
To assist you, we have prepared and set out below a list of the common types of organisations who must be notified of your new address or who may have an interest in your new address.
Electricity and Gas Supply Authorities
You will need to request a final reading and cancel your supply of electricity and gas to your present residence.
Additionally, it may be necessary to apply for the connection of electricity and gas to your new residence.
If you already have a fixed line telephone service and are moving to a new address contact your supplier direct to ascertain whether you can keep the same telephone number.
Application for a new or additional telephone service can also be organised by telephone with your supplier.
Your local Post Office will, for a fee and for a nominated term, re-direct mail to your new address.
To arrange this service you should complete an Application for Redirection form and deliver it personally to your local Post Office as you will need to provide proof of your identity. For more information please click the link below.
Australia Post also offer a free service to redirection customers to notify certain organisations of your change of address. For more information, please click the link below.
Australian Electoral Commission
Notification of any change of address is compulsory and forms for this purpose are available from the electoral office for your division or any Post Office.
Ensure that you notify your bank of your change of address for all cheque, savings and investment accounts as well as your bank’s credit card division.
If you are transferring your accounts from one branch to another, you should make arrangements to have access to funds while the transfer is being arranged.
Registrar of Motor Vehicles/Roads & Traffic Authority
You should notify the Registrar/Roads & Traffic Authority in respect of all driving licences held by members of your family as well as vehicle registrations.
Additionally, if you are moving or have moved interstate:
- each licence holder must attend at a motor registry and obtain a licence; and
- you must present your car at a motor registry for inspection and registration.
You should note that if you are not licensed to drive you are liable to be summoned for being an unlicensed driver and your comprehensive insurance cover may be void.
Further, if your car is not registered you are liable to be summoned for driving an unregistered vehicle and your comprehensive insurance cover may be void.
In respect of your car, you should notify your third party insurer and your comprehensive insurer of any change of address.
In respect of life insurance, household insurances, insurance bonds etc, we suggest you advise your insurer’s local office or agency.
Australian Taxation Office
Preferably you should send a separate letter (to the Deputy Commissioner at the office where the last return was lodged) for each taxpayer in the household quoting the file number from the last assessment.
- Share/Unit Registries of any companies/trusts in which you hold shares/units;
- Any building society or credit union of which you are a member;
- The credit department of any finance companies, etc, from whom you are hiring or leasing any goods. (If moving interstate it will be necessary to obtain approval prior to removal of the leased/hired goods);
- The credit department of any department stores etc with which you have charge account(s) or rewards program(s);
- The credit department of any organisation supplying services to you (eg. mobile phone provider etc);
- Credit Card companies (eg: American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa);
- The subscription departments of any journals, magazines, periodicals or pay television services to which you subscribe;
- Any professional association or union of which you are a member;
- Your employer and the employers of other members of your family;
- Your social and/or sporting clubs;
- The NRMA or its equivalent;
- Professional or other persons whom you consult regularly (eg: your accountant, dentist, doctor and solicitor);
- Centrelink in respect of all pensions, benefits or allowances.
- Your health care fund(s) and Medicare;
- Your ambulance contribution scheme (if any); or
- Any organisation, association, school etc with which you or a member of your family may be enrolled or listed.
The above is a guideline only and not an exhaustive list.
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