Returning home checklist

  • Attend Ready, Set, Go! Next Steps on completion of studies seminar.
  • Finalise your accommodation arrangements. Give adequate notice, organise to return your keys and request the return of your security bond.
  • Advise electricity, gas, water, telephone, pay TV and internet providers to disconnect your accounts on a given day and arrange for final payment of your accounts.
  • Sell or donate possessions that you don’t want to take with you, or arrange to have them passed on to new arrivals.
  • Fill out forwarding address forms at the Post Office or ask a friend to forward your mail to you.
  • Advise the University of your overseas postal address via the Amendment to Personal Details form or StudentOnLine.
  • Pay library or parking fines so you can receive your transcript and graduate.
  • Consult your embassy or consulate about customs regulations you need to consider when taking your belongings home.
  • Check with your airline for regulations on the weight and size of suitcases and excess baggage through to your final destination. Ask about baggage regulations at your intermediate stops.
  • Confirm regulations on the size, weight and content of boxes if you are sending your belongings home by mail or freight. Compare costs of sending things by post, by air freight and/or by shipping company.
  • If you’re taking a computer home, check packaging regulations with your freight company, and fill out the necessary customs documents.
  • Make arrangements to get to the airport early, especially if you have a lot of baggage. Plan to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure.
  • Submit your Conferring of Award application form, if you’ve already received your Graduation Package.
  • Ask lecturers for academic references and employers for professional references.
  • Give notice to your employers and arrange to collect your final pay. Consider closing your bank account, or, if you keep it open, investigate access from your home country, fees, minimum balance, etc.
  • If you have worked in Australia, complete a Taxation Return/ TaxPack.
  • Apply to register with professional bodies where appropriate.
  • Finalise any outstanding medical bills or insurance (e.g. OSHC) claims.
  • Check with your doctor that any medications you are currently taking will be available in your home country. Ask about vaccinations if you’re returning to e.g. a malarial area.
  • Call or visit friends to say goodbye, and make sure you have their contact details.
  • Notify your family of your arrival - they need time to prepare for your return home too.