Change of Address Checklist (Printable PDF)

Stay organised when moving and make your mail transition is as smooth as possible with our detailed change of address checklist.

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Change of Address Checklist (Printable PDF)

Key takeaways

  1. Decide on digital or traditional pen and paper for your inventory. Digital tools offer backups and easy updates, while pen and paper suit those who prefer something tangible.
  2. Decide on a systematic approach, like going room by room or categorising by item type, to stay focused and efficient.
  3. List big items like furniture first, then smaller ones to ensure nothing is missed and to prioritise packing.
  4. Note the condition and value of each item, especially valuables, for insurance and to decide what to keep, sell, or donate.
  5. Photograph or video your belongings, especially valuable or fragile ones, for a handy reference and easier setup in your new home.
  6. Use unique codes for each item or box to easily track and find them during the move.
  7. Keep your inventory checklist current as you pack and as things change, maintaining accuracy for a smooth move.

Moving house is an adventure – a fresh start filled with new opportunities. But amidst the excitement, there's a crucial task that often gets overlooked: updating your address. Neglecting this essential step can lead to missed bills, lost correspondence, and even legal complications. But whether you're moving across town or across the country, a well-prepared change of address checklist can transform this daunting task into a simple tick-off exercise.

That's why we've crafted it to help you when you move house. So, grab a cup of coffee and let’s dive into making your move as seamless as possible. By the end of this article, you'll have all the information you need – plus a downloadable checklist – to start your new chapter on the right foot.

The problem of NOT changing your address

When you move to a new house, updating your address may seem like just another item on an endless to-do list. However, its importance extends far beyond just receiving your mail. An outdated address can lead to a host of problems and inconveniences that can affect many aspects of your life such as:

Legal and financial implications

Your address is tied to your identity in the eyes of the law and financial institutions. Failing to update your address can result in missed important notices, such as tax documents, court summons, or bank statements. This oversight can lead to fines, missed payments, or even identity theft if sensitive information falls into the wrong hands.

Personal consequences

Beyond the legal and financial ramifications, an incorrect address can disrupt your daily life. You might miss out on birthday cards, lose touch with friends, or fail to receive packages. For families, this can mean children's school records are not up-to-date, which could lead to communication issues or missed school events.

Professional and educational impact

Your employment or education can also be affected. Employers and schools send out critical information via mail – from tax forms to report cards. An outdated address could mean missing out on vital information, opportunities, or deadlines.


Updating your address is crucial for maintaining your healthcare coverage and receiving timely medical information. Whether it's your general practitioner, dentist, Medicare or specialist, healthcare providers need your current address to send appointment reminders, test results, or billing information.

Getting ready to change your address

When moving house, the key to a stress-free move is preparation. By starting early and organising effectively, you can ensure that updating your address is a smooth and straightforward process. Here’s how to prepare efficiently:

  1. Start the change of address process early: Begin the process of changing your address at least two weeks before your move. This gives you ample time to notify all necessary parties and ensures that your mail redirection service is active by the time you move in.
  1. Make a list of who to notify: Create a comprehensive list of all the organisations, services, and individuals who need to know about your new address. This list should include government agencies, financial institutions, utility providers, healthcare providers, employers, schools, and any subscriptions or memberships.
  1. Prioritise who to tell first: Not all address changes are created equal. Prioritise your list based on urgency and importance. For instance, mail redirection, utility services, and government notifications should be at the top of your list, as these are crucial for your day-to-day living and legal responsibilities.
  1. Gather documentation if proof is required: Some institutions may require proof of your new address or other forms of identification for you to update your records. Gather all necessary documents ahead of time to streamline the process. This could include a lease agreement, utility bills, or a driver’s license.
  1. Finding out if the address be changed online:  Find out which organisations can be notified online and which require a physical form or visit. Many changes of address can be completed online, saving you time and effort. However, some may require a letter, phone call, or in-person visit.

Who needs to know your new address

It's essential to cover every base to avoid any future issues. Here's a breakdown of who needs to know and why:

1. Government agencies and local authorities

  • Postal services: Set up a mail redirection service with Australia Post to ensure all your mail follows you to your new home.
  • Electoral roll: Update your address to ensure you can vote in local, state, and federal elections.
  • Australian taxation office: Avoid any delays with tax returns or correspondence by updating your tax address details or advise your tax accountant or tax agent to do so.
  • Department of transport: Update your driver's license and vehicle registration to comply with legal requirements. Check the state you are in.

2. Financial institutions

  • Banks and credit card companies: Ensure your statements, new cards, and any communication arrive safely and privately.
  • Loan providers: This includes mortgage, personal, and car loans to avoid missing crucial payment information.
  • Insurance providers: Update your address for all your insurance policies, including home, health, car insurance, and life insurance, to maintain coverage and ensure proper billing.
  • Superannuation funds: Keep your superannuation fund informed of your new address to ensure you receive any important correspondence and annual statements.
  • Other financial institutions: If you have accounts with any financial platforms such as Paypal or Wise, be sure to update you address as well.

3. Utilities and home services

  • Electricity, gas, and water: Arrange for services to be disconnected at your old home and connected at your new one by the move date.
  • Internet, cable, and telephone services: Avoid service interruptions by scheduling installation at your new home. You can also update your billing address for mobile phone services through your phone company.
  • Household services: Inform cleaning services, gardeners, or any other regular service providers of your move and new address.

4. Personal and social

  • Employers: Ensure you receive your pay slips and any important documents.
  • Friends and family: Update them so they can easily reach you and send mail.
  • Health and recreational memberships: Gyms, clubs, and libraries should be informed to ensure you continue receiving services and correspondence.

5. Healthcare services

  • Doctors, dentists, and specialists: Ensure your medical records are transferred and appointments are sent to the right address.
  • Pharmacies: Update your address for prescription notifications and deliveries.

6. Education

  • Schools and universities: Ensure that you or your children’s academic records are up-to-date and that you receive all necessary communication.

7. Everyday service providers and other organisations

  • Subscription services and memberships: Update your address for newspaper and magazine subscriptions, grocery deliveries, streaming subscription, and loyalty programs.
  • Non-governmental organisations: If you're a member of a church or donor, update your address to continue receiving updates and donation requests.

By systematically working through this list, you can ensure that all necessary parties are informed of your new address. Prioritise your notifications based on the list's urgency and importance to make the process more manageable.

Updating your address

Once you've figured out everyone who needs to know about your new address, the next thing to do is update your details. The process can differ between organisations, but here are some general steps and handy tips to make sure everything goes smoothly:

Online vs. in-person updates

Determine which organisations allow online updates, as this can save you a significant amount of time. For those that require an in-person visit or mail-in form, prepare these in advance and schedule visits if necessary.

Proof of address documents

Not all organisations require proof of address documentation in order to update, but those that do are looking for official documents such as a driver's license, utility bills, or lease agreements. Make sure you have these on hand when necessary. Note that each organisation may have its own requirements on what constitutes valid proof. It's advisable to have both digital and physical copies of these documents ready. Digital copies can be especially useful for online updates, whereas physical copies might be required for in-person verification processes. Always check with the specific requirements of each organisation to ensure a smooth transition to your new address.

Confirm updates

Where possible, obtain confirmation of your address change either in writing or via email. This serves as proof should there be any dispute or confusion in the future.

Change of address checklist

2 weeks before moving

  • Notify Australia post and set up mail redirection service: 
    Contact your local postal service to arrange a mail redirection service. This service typically comes with a fee but is invaluable during the transition period. Ensure it covers a sufficient time frame to update all your records and catch any stragglers
  • Inform utilities of your move-out date and arrange for services at your new address: 
    A change of address for utility services usually results in a scheduled disconnection of services at your old address and connection at your new one around your moving date. Aim for a seamless transition ensuring your contact providers with enough time to avoid being without essential services like electricity, water, or broadband internet.
  • Update your address with banks, credit card companies, and insurance providers: 
    Update your address with all banks, credit card companies, and insurance providers. This is crucial for receiving statements and maintaining coverage. Check if these updates can be made online or if they require a visit to a local branch.

1 week before moving

  • Confirm address changes with government agencies: 
    Update your address with the electoral commission, taxation office, and motor vehicle department as soon as possible. These are often mandatory and can be time-sensitive.
  • Update your details with healthcare providers and transfer medical records as needed: 
    Inform your doctor, dentist, and any other healthcare providers of your new address. This is usually a straight forward process and can be done at the practice. It ensures that you do not miss important appointments or medical information.
  • Notify employers and schools of your new address: 
    Updating your address and contact details with your employer is as simple as contacting the HR department. If applicable, your children's schools will need the updated address and you can do so by contacting the school directly or you can do so if the school has it's own online student and parent portal. This ensures you continue to receive important communications and updates.

1 day before moving day

  • Ensure all service providers have been notified and services at the new address are activated: 
    Make sure you've got in touch with all your service providers before you move to make sure your new place is good to go. Sort out utilities like water, gas, electricity, and internet to ensure they're up and running when you arrive. It's a good idea to double-check these a day before moving to ease any worries about having essential services ready for you. This step isn't just about convenience, it's also about safety and making sure you have all the service essentials from day dot.
  • Ensure your mail redirection service is setup and ready to go: 
    Make sure your mail redirection service is up and running, and confirm the details to ensure all your post makes its way to your new address smoothly. It's crucial to prevent any important mail from getting lost during this transition period. Don't forget to check the start and end dates of the redirection service, so they cover the right timeframe for your move.
  • Verify that immediate family and close friends have your new address: 
    Send out a moving announcement to friends and family. This can be done through traditional mail, email, or social media, depending on your preference. This is especially important if you have friends and family who regularly send mail to your address. Additionally, it's always nice to let loved ones know where you'll be living now.

1 week after moving

Once you've moved and updated your address with all necessary parties, there are still a few steps to take to ensure everything is in order:

  • Double-check mail redirection: 
    Ensure that your mail redirection service is working correctly by sending yourself a letter or asking a friend to do so. If you don't receive it at your new address within the expected timeframe, contact the postal service to resolve any issues.
  • Monitor mail and bills: 
    Keep an eye out for any mail that arrives with a 'Redirected' sticker, indicating it's still being sent to your old mailing address. This is a clear sign that someone still has your outdated details. Also, check that all expected bills and statements are arriving. If anything is missing, contact the issuer immediately to confirm they have your new address.
  • Confirm updates with organisations: 
    If you haven’t received confirmation of your address change from any organisations, follow up to ensure the update has been processed. This is particularly important for financial institutions and government agencies.
  • Review and update subscriptions: 
    Go through your bank statements to identify any regular subscriptions or memberships you may have forgotten to update. Check for online grocery deliveries, subscriptions to clubs or affiliations, subscription or streaming services and any loyalty programs such as frequent flyers. Change your address details on these accounts to avoid future delivery issues.
  • Remove yourself from unnecessary mailing lists: 
    Take this opportunity to declutter your inbox and mailbox by unsubscribing from unwanted mailing lists. This will reduce junk mail and ensure that only relevant information reaches you.
  • Inform visitors: 
    Let your remaining friends and regular visitors know your new address. Consider throwing a housewarming party or sending out a new home announcement to share your new location.

By taking these post-move steps, you can complete the transition to your new home with confidence, knowing that all aspects of your address change have been thoroughly managed.


Even after you've settled into your new home and completed the initial flurry of address changes, maintaining your new address is an ongoing responsibility. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind as you move forward:

  • Annual updates and renewals: 
    Regularly review and renew any annual contracts or subscriptions, such as vehicle registration, insurance policies, and memberships. These may not require immediate attention post-move but are crucial for maintaining in the long run. Set calendar reminders for these updates to avoid lapses in services or legal issues.
  • Keeping records:
    Maintain a digital or physical file of all address change confirmations and related documents. This can be invaluable for resolving any disputes or confusions that might arise in the future. Update this file whenever you make changes to services, subscriptions, or legal documents.
  • Monitoring mail redirection:
    If you've set up a mail redirection service, keep track of when it's due to expire and decide whether you need to extend it. Remember to continuously monitor the mail you receive to ensure that no sender has been overlooked. If you notice mail from a sender who still uses your old postal address, contact them promptly to update your details.

Additional tips and tricks

Moving and updating your address can be overwhelming, but with the right approach, it can be managed efficiently. Here are some additional tips and tricks to streamline the process and ensure nothing gets overlooked:

  • Use a moving app or checklist: There are numerous apps and online checklists available designed specifically for moving. These can help you stay organised and ensure you don’t miss any critical steps or notifications.
  • Label and organise documents: Keep all documents related to your move, including contracts, receipts, and confirmation of address changes, in one clearly labelled file. This will save you time and stress if you need to reference them later.
  • Prioritise security: When updating your address, especially online, ensure you’re using secure connections. Be wary of phishing scams, particularly when receiving unexpected requests for your personal information.
  • Take advantage of bundling services: Some utility companies offer bundled services for internet, cable, and phone. If you’re moving, this could be an opportune time to renegotiate your contracts or bundle services for a better deal.
  • Schedule utilities ahead of time: Schedule the disconnection of your old utilities and the connection of your new ones to overlap with your move date. This prevents you from being without essential services when you arrive at your new home.
  • Update your address everywhere: Remember to update your address on all online shopping sites and apps that you use regularly. This is one of the most common oversights and can lead to products and packages being sent to the wrong address.
  • Inform your neighbours: If you have a good relationship, inform your old neighbours of your move and provide them with your new address. They can be helpful if any mail or packages arrive for you after you've moved.
  • Use a forwarding address service: If available, use a forwarding address service for a longer period than you initially think you'll need. It's common to receive important documents or items several months after moving.
  • Set reminders for annual updates: Some updates, like vehicle registration or insurance policies, may only need attention annually. Set reminders for these to avoid future headaches.
  • Take photos of completed forms: When sending forms via mail or dropping them off, take photos for your records. This provides proof of your actions and can be helpful if there is any dispute or delay.

By following these additional tips, you can ensure a comprehensive approach to your move, minimising the chance of any post-move complications. Moving is a significant life event and changing the address is just as important to get yourself back into a routine.

Wrapping up

Congratulations! You’ve successfully navigated the complexities of changing your address while moving house. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you've laid the foundation for a seamless transition to your new home. Remember, moving is not just about transporting your belongings; it's about moving your entire life. This includes ensuring that all your crucial services, correspondences, and connections move with you.

The importance of a thorough address change process cannot be overstated. It ensures that your legal obligations are met, your personal life remains uninterrupted, and your transition into your new home is as smooth as possible. While the process may seem daunting at first, breaking it down into manageable steps can make it far less overwhelming.

As you settle into your new home, use the checklist provided to verify that no entity has been overlooked. Remember, it’s better to double-check and confirm than to assume and miss something important. Your due diligence now will pay off in the peace of mind that comes with knowing everything has been taken care of.

We hope this guide has been helpful in your moving journey. Remember, every move is a chance for a fresh start. By ensuring that all aspects of your address change are covered, you’re not just updating records; you're setting the stage for new memories and experiences in your new home.

Best of luck in your new abode, and welcome to your new beginning!

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