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Angharad

Moving a business to Canberra?

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Hi everyone!

We just found out we’ll be moving to Canberra on a 2-3 year secondment with my husband’s job.

I have 2 businesses (Personal and Business Coaching and a sewing business for quilts, cushions and eco face pads). 

Whilst we will talk to the Embassy to find out everything about if it is possible to move the businesses and work them from Canberra, I wondered if anyone here had any experience or thoughts on this?

I’m sure I’ll be about a lot asking questions on neighbourhoods and schools for our 6 year old and all sorts of stuff I can’t get my head round yet!

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You can do whatever you like! Whether the businesses thrive or not will be entirely up to you but I can't see any reason why you can't bring your business with you. Sewing certainly isn't restricted and AFAIK personal /business/life coaching isn't either (quite a few life coaches around, very trendy), unlike some occupations like psychology where you need to have AHPRA registration. You will need to get on top of your tax liabilities but I doubt the High Commission is going to be much help with that.

You might want to check what visa  you will be on because the ACT does charge school fees for some visa holders. Once you know which visa, give the International Students section in ACTDET a call to see if you will be up for fees and what they will be so you can build it into your remuneration package.

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There is a good arts and craft scene in Canberra with a number of collectives and markets.  Some of the most popular markets are the Old Bus Depot market (each Sunday); Hartley Hall market (first Sunday of each month); Gorman House market (each Saturday) and the Canberra Handmade market (quarterly).  Each of these has a Facebook page or website - have a look at these to get a feel for the scene here.  AFAIK, most crafters start off their businesses at these types of events.

 

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1 hour ago, Betsey said:

There is a good arts and craft scene in Canberra with a number of collectives and markets.  Some of the most popular markets are the Old Bus Depot market (each Sunday); Hartley Hall market (first Sunday of each month); Gorman House market (each Saturday) and the Canberra Handmade market (quarterly).  Each of these has a Facebook page or website - have a look at these to get a feel for the scene here.  AFAIK, most crafters start off their businesses at these types of events.

 

Handmade Market is an eye opener.  Bigger than expected 

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Hi everyone, thanks for the responses.

I'm really just waiting on news on our visas to see if there are employment restrictions before expressing an interest in writing to get a business visa.  In case anyone else is interested in this, I've attached the relevant bit from https://www.business.gov.au/planning/new-businesses/coming-from-oveseas

Thanks for the info on schools; we know what we'll be getting in terms of that so we're happy :)

 

 

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Hi everyone, thanks for the responses.
I'm really just waiting on news on our visas to see if there are employment restrictions before expressing an interest in writing to get a business visa.  In case anyone else is interested in this, I've attached the relevant bit from https://www.business.gov.au/planning/new-businesses/coming-from-oveseas
Thanks for the info on schools; we know what we'll be getting in terms of that so we're happy :)
 
 
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Won’t you be coming as a dependent on your husband’s visa? If he’s being seconded he will be on one of the temporary residence visas and you just tag along as a dependent. You don't need a business visa in your own right

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As Quoll says, your husband will have to include you as a dependent on his visa, and that will give you work rights, including the right to be self employed. No additional visa necessary 


Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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