I'm originally from Victoria and have a yacht in Sydney
and another in Brisbane
. The only house I own is in Wairoa, New Zealand
Victorian car/truck/forklift licences are registered at my brother's address in Victoria, with the postal address as a PO box in North Ipswich Qld belonging to my other brother. If I ever get pulled up in another state I can claim transient status as a "grey nomad." My VW Transporter van is also registered the same way and now that Victoria has abolished the need to affix a rego sticker the annual process of re-registration is as simple as using the internet
annually. They also don't require annual vehicle testing, a big reason not to change states.
yacht is on a swing mooring
and I pay both registration and mooring fees
to NSW Maritime. They can be a bit officious about barnacles
- and in fact threatened to cancel my mooring for this last year - but can be reasonable when you explain that finding reliable contractors to clean the hull
is nigh on impossible and give them a firm date by which you'll get it done personally. Then stick to it! An annual mooring inspection
is also a necessity, if they ask to see it you need to be able to supply a receipt for this immediately.
yacht is anchored in the Brisbane River and since it doesn't have an engine
currently it doesn't even require registration, but I keep that current
anyhow to ensure they can contact me if something goes wrong, which recently happened when the anchor
tangled and it ran up a small creek. The papers for this again go to my brother's PO box in QLD. He scans anything that arrives and forwards them by email
so I always have a current
copy of any paperwork arriving for me.
I went off the electoral roll about 18 months ago as a person of "no fixed abode" but still have the right to vote in the last electorate in which I had a street address, if I so choose. I don't choose to do this, my philosophy being that voting only encourages the bastards.
There's also a trailer registered in QLD which I need to transport large items like engines around the place. Storage
of this when away from QLD is one of my largest issues, although a friend in Sydney has been very helpful in letting me use garage space while cruising NZ recently.
Banking can be an issue, especially when your cards expire. I had to forego my NAB debit card for a Visa debit because the NAB couldn't deliver it to anywhere except my Victorian bank branch, whereas the Visa debit could be issued at any branch. It still took them six weeks and several visits to get it for me.
My ham and marine radio
licences now also go directly to the QLD PO box. In fact if my brother hadn't offered to do this I'd have to be using some sort of mail redirection service
. You'll also find that many items can't be shipped by Australia Post, and having no address means that you'll either need to arrange a local drop point or pick them up personally. This includes batteries, epoxy
glues and paint
For those of you considering buying
property in NZ you'll find that the local council computerized systems are woefully behind the times - for instance, they have no concept
of a separate postal address - but that doing stuff over the counter is a doddle and they're always friendly and willing to help.
All in all it's a bit of a nightmare, but you get it in order eventually. Keep a spreadsheet of all your expiry dates and monitor
the addresses regularly to ensure everything is arriving where and when it should. Don't expect goverment departments to have workable internet
interfaces for anything, and expect long delays when you email
Since I haven't stayed in any one state for more than 6 months in the past three years, I simply ignore the three months residential requirement as being logistically impossible to comply with.