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Moving from Australia to Malta is a major decision that requires careful consideration of various factors. Here are some key points to bear in mind if you’re contemplating such a move:

1. Cultural Differences: Malta boasts a unique Mediterranean culture with a rich history and European influences. Expect potential cultural adjustments and embrace the differences between Australia and Malta.

2. Visa and Residency: Investigate the visa and residency requirements for Australians relocating to Malta. Depending on your purpose of stay (work, study, retirement, etc.), you’ll need to navigate the appropriate visa process.

3. Cost of Living: The cost of living in Malta may vary from what you’re accustomed to in Australia. Research expenses such as housing, groceries, transportation, healthcare, and leisure activities to grasp the financial implications.

4. Language: While English is widely spoken in Malta, Maltese is the official language. Though language barriers may not be significant, learning some basic Maltese phrases can enhance your experience and integration.

5. Job and Career: Assess your job prospects in Malta by researching the job market, industries, and potential employers. If you’re moving for work, ensure you have suitable job opportunities lined up.

6. Healthcare: Malta offers healthcare services, with agreements between Australia and Malta for reciprocal health care coverage. Familiarize yourself with the healthcare system and understand your entitlements as an Australian citizen.

7. Housing: Explore the housing market in Malta to decide whether renting or buying property suits you best. Consider different areas to find a suitable place to live.

8. Climate: Malta experiences a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Be prepared for a climate different from that of Australia.

9. Social Integration: Building connections and socializing with locals and fellow expatriates can aid in integrating into Maltese society. Participating in clubs, events, and local gatherings can facilitate this process.

10. Legal and Administrative Procedures: Familiarize yourself with legal and administrative procedures such as opening bank accounts, obtaining a driver’s license, and registering for taxes.

11. Education (if applicable): If you have children, research the education system in Malta, including schools, curricula, and language of instruction.

12. Personal Support: Moving to a new country can be challenging, so having a support network in place, whether it’s friends, family, or expatriate groups, can ease the transition.

Before making the move, it’s advisable to visit Malta beforehand to experience the country and its lifestyle firsthand. Thorough research, planning, and preparation will contribute to a smoother transition and a fulfilling experience in your new home.

[Video Source : Alex in Malta]

Josephine Zammit Cordina, Her best moment arrived when she was awarded the honour ‘Medalja ghall-Qadi tar-Republika’ and the recognition granted by the Australian Government when Josephine was made Honorary Member of the Australian Order. Expressing a wish before retiring, she said :
I would like to be remembered for my work and support to the Maltese in Australia, how much a loved and respected the Maltese in Australia”.
[Times Of Malta News URL link  The way we were: Josephine Zammit Cordina ]
[Video Source : TVM  September 20, 2015]

Contact Massimo Debattista at +356 9982 8299.
I am a dual citizen of Malta and Australia, having lived in Australia for 25 years, Cairns, Port Douglas QLD, and primarily time was in Bondi Junction NSW. I returned back to Malta in 2016. If you need any assistance, feel free to reach out if you like any advice returning back to Malta.

Links and Contacts
Australian High Commission Malta
Ta’ Xbiex Terrace, TA’ XBIEX
Tel: (+356) 2133 8201
Fax: (+356) 2134 4059