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Step 3 | Prepare your move and join TCHHS


You've received an offer of employment, now it's time to prepare the move and commence your orientation.

Travel arrangements and queries for your relocation need to be discussed with your line manager.

Moving assistance and travel costs

Current Torres and Cape HHS employees are eligible for the benefits provided in:

Generally the following entitlements apply:

  • Flights for the employee and their partner (if applicable);
  • Flights for children;
  • Mileage allowance where relevant;
  • Relocation of personal belongings, including one vehicle, up to the value of $5,000.00.
Relocation options

Referring to Section 3.4.3. Relocation Options (PDF 132 kB), you have two options with organising the relocation of your personal belongings.

  1. Source three quotes yourself from removalists and give them to your hiring manager, who will confirm which supplier to proceed with; then you are responsible for paying for the relocation costs up front and you may claim for reimbursement.
  2. Use Toll Transitions who will source quotes from a number of suppliers, give them to your hiring manager, who will confirm which supplier to proceed with and Toll Transitions will invoice TCHHS directly.

Arrangements for relocation can only be made after appropriate approval has been received and a signed relocation agreement has been completed.

PLEASE NOTE: employees who cease to be employed within a certain period of time will be responsible for reimbursement of those expenses to TCHHS.

Travelling to the communities

With the starting point as Cairns, the following table provides transport organisation links for your community. 

Cooktown (surrounding communities) Hinterland AviationSkytrans, RACQ trip planner
Horn Island QANTAS, Skytrans
Northern Peninsula Area Rex, Peddells FerryRACQ trip planner
Thursday Island (via Horn) McDonald Charter, Rebel Marine
Torres Strait outer islands Skytrans
Weipa (surrounding communities) QANTASSkytransRACQ trip planner

Have you checked your mobile phone coverage?

Parts of our region have limited, or no mobile phone voice and data reception, please check with your current provider about coverage before arriving.

Orientation resources

Complete the Precommencment orientation booklet (PDF 575 kB), which provides essential information to help you settle into your new position.

The following is other training available to you prepare before your first day on the job.

Payroll, salary packaging and superannuation


  • Discuss the uniform/dress code for your work area with your line manager before you commence.
  • Friday is referred to "Floral Friday", commonly it is a tradition in a lot of the communities to wear floral clothes.

Resources and education

Support to staff for emotional health and wellbeing

  • Employee Assistance Service
    - confidential and free service available to you and your family.
  • CRANAplus Bush Support Services
    - access to self-help online therapies and free telephone counselling and support service available for rural and remote health workers/service providers and families.

Welcome and all the best with your job and career with us at TCHHS!

Last updated: 19 May 2020