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Let's face it that moving to Australia is not the easiest thing you will do. It is this exact reason I set up my blog 2+ years ago.

Below is a list of resources I have personally used, and it is likely you will need them to. This page is for all expats in Australia, not just Irish, but some may be more tailored for Irish people.

Additionally, some are sponsored placements, where I get a small commission if you do decide to use the service.

This is at no additional cost to you and in most cases, I have arranged further discounts. So it's a win-win for both of us

I hope you find them as useful as I have and enjoy the savings!

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FEATURED RESOURCES

Money Transfers 

When I came to Australia, I just did a bank transfer to my shiny new Australian bank account. 

It was only three months later that I realised I had made a big mistake and lost out in about $50-$70 in charges!

Please don't make the same mistake I made and take a few mins to read my money transfer guide here(published all the way back in 2013 but updated in 2017).

Why are they cheaper than banks? 

Firstly most of the money transfer companies below charge about €3 - €5 as opposed to €10 - €30 with banks to send the money

Secondly banks charge between 4-6% on the exchange rate(they don't really tell you this!) and the money transfers below all take less than 1% in some cases 0.25%! So yea using banks literally costs you hundreds of $$'s for virtually no benefits. 

I used to recommend a whole bunch of these companies, but really these four are the most recommended over the year in order of feedback:

1. Currency Fair - Our most recommended money transfer company. I use them all the time! Get your first trade for FREE(normally €3) with this link

2. OFX(Previously OzForex) - A more personal touch with a dedicated broker. Great for larger transfers over €3000($5000). They have been around for years! We have an exclusive deal, and you can get free transfers over $1000 for life(yes for life!) with this link.

3. HiFx - You might have heard of XE currency? Well they recently purchased them! Great support and reviews - Register your free account here.

4. Transferwise - Used by so many people, it's great! Save 80 - 90% on bank charges with Transferwise. Register your free account here.
 

READ THE MONEY TRANSFER GUIDE HERE
Shipping - Seven Seas Worldwide

Shipping is the one thing you don't want to take a risk with when moving to another country. I spent a long time finding the right company.

I visited their depot in Melbourne and was very impressed with the team and the company.

We also have a 10 - $25 discount off the entire shipment!

They also do a lot of shipments from Australia to Ireland. Or read our shipping article or for shipping under 30Kg's read this 

Please note: To get the discount you must get a quote through our link above or below.

CLICK HERE $10- $25 OFF SEVEN SEAS WORLDWIDE
Australian Visa's - Australia Here We Come 

Looking for a reliable migration agent? I met the whole team in their head office in Melbourne. They are awesome! Can't recommend them enough.

*I have also created a brand new 10-day FREE Australian Visa course click here to subscribe*

If you're looking for an Australian visa be it Skilled, partner, employer or holiday visas they will be able to help. Book a consultation here and get 5% off your professional fees! 

CLICK HERE TO GET 5% OFF YOUR VISA APPLICATION
Jobs + increasing take home pay

Another fantastic company to deal with! They specialize in sourcing “Accounting and Finance” roles for working holiday makers and can increase your net take home pay with GN’s ‘Salary Packaging Options.' 

Also their Migration side ‘Geoffrey Nathan Consulting’ assist with the third party 457 sponsorship Visa’s for eligible candidates.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT GEOFFREY NATHAN

MORE INCREDIBLE RESOURCES

5% OFF SEND MY BAG

Send my bag allows you to senda bag directly from Australia to Ireland via a new route to Ireland and the UK! 

For example, if you’re heading home for a few months, rather than paying a load of money for extra luggage just ship it via air with send my bag. (“Enjoy 5% off as an Irish Around Oz reader!”)

CLICK HERE TO GET 5% OFF SEND MY BAG
Travel Insurance + Car Insurance 

I have been looking for a good travel insurance company that resonated with me and Irish Around Oz. 

What is different about Go Insurance is you can customise your policy to meet your needs. 

For example, if you don’t want to have your baggage covered, or cancellation or feel there’s no need for legal expenses you can remove them from the cover which will make the policy cheaper and more tailored to what you need! 

What else you ask? How about a 10% discount on your entire policy! Click below to grab your discount below!

What to do when you are leaving Australia forever? -> 
More information in this article. 
 

CLICK HERE GET 10% OFF GO INSURANCE
Cheap Flights To Ireland


Once you get to Australia if you don't have a return flight to say Ireland, UK or anywhere in Europe, it can cost crazy amounts one way or at Christmas! 

Thankfully James from Student Flights in Sydney got in touch with us and has set up exclusive weekly deals for Irish Around Oz and student flights.
 
You can now secure your fare home for only $99, and payment is only due 60 days before departure.
 
You also don’t have to be a student to use their service. 

Basically we send you an email once a month with cheap flights to Ireland. The cheapest fare every two weeks for up to 6 months, we send you the latest flight deals first, straight to your inbox! Click here to subscribe

You can email them directly at irisharoundoz@studentflights.com.au or give them a call in Sydney -> (02) 8374 9922

CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR EXCLUSIVE FLIGHTS LIST

RECOMMENDED TOOLS

Taxback.com 

Your first year can be very complicated tax wise. I used taxback.com and got my tax back without barely lifting a finger. 

Alternatively, you can do it yourself or find a local tax agent. Up to you. 

Read our WHV Tax guide and Superannuation guide. Lots of valuable info!  

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT TAXBACK.COM
Other Amazing Resources

Okay, I could write pages and pages on resources I have found useful, but the above are the best I have found and used the majority of them myself.

Below is some additional resources which I recommend you should check out!

Car Rental – I have used drive away for two things. When I go back to Ireland for a few weeks, it’s just handy to have a car, and it is not that expensive.  

Also, when I am travelling around Oz, they compare over 60 retailers and always get me the best prices! Check out driveaway here

Air B + B - This might be obvious to a lot of people, but if you are saying what's Air B + B then you should check it out. Fantastic for finding short term accommodation and travel! Plus here is $34 towards your first stay!  

BookMe - If you are heading up the East coast of Australia around Whitsundays - Cairns, then check out BookMe. They offer 20- 90% off Oz adventures and are expanding down from Cairns! 

RSA Online - If you are coming to Oz and intend to do any bar/hospitality work you need to do this fun(not really) RSA course. It is a course to enable you to serve safely alcohol in Australia. RSA Online.

Santa Fe Wridgways - Dedicated moving experts who are passionate about providing five star service

Campervan relocations - You might have read my story about how I did a relocation from Sydney to Darwin? If not, check it out what an incredible adventure! Coseats offer relocations from $1 a day! Yes, that's right. Of course, there is a few additional t&c's you need to know about they are all covered in this article.

Hostelz -
 is the only website with free listings and information about all hostels worldwide.

Hostel World - Handy for finding a hostel in Oz

Living Social - Similar to Europe but offer many savings on meals, drink and travel! 

GQ Australia - In less than three minutes, find out how many qualifications you're eligible for through Skills Recognition.

Sunset Travellers - An impressive new travel blog for couples travelling around the world.

IrishPostbox.com – Access your Irish postal mail online from anywhere in the world. Great service.

Internet Stuff - For you blog enthusiasts read this post on the tools and services I use but mainly they are:

Hosting and domain names: Blue Host - start a website for only $3.95 p/m! 

Landing pages(like this one you are reading!) - Leadpages

That is all for now. For more on our blog, please see below and thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope you find it useful. 

My Blog And Support Groups In Australia

Hope you found the above helpful! If you do want to download the printable version of this page with a few extra resources, click here.

Here are some useful articles to get you started(all open in a new tab)

WHV Tax GuideMoney Transfer Guide60 Things You Need To Know Before Moving To OzShipping GuideHow To Send A Bag and more on our blog.

I also wanted to mention about support groups mainly for Irish people in Australia. These are incredible services and are doing a fantastic job! 

There are:
Helplink.ie - Free online counselling service for Irish Abroad, read featured article here
Irish Australian Support Association of Qld Inc (IASAQ)
Irish Australian Welfare Bureau – Sydney
Irish Australian Support Association of Queensland – Brisbane
The Claddagh Association – Perth
Crosscare Migrant Project – Dublin
Mind How You Go - Aimed at supporting recent Irish emigrants to stay mentally healthy.

Other popular articles: 
Guide to getting a WHV in Australia 
How to set up an online business in Australia 
Australian complete regional work guide
Money Transfer Guide

Thanks for reading,

Stephen Palmer
Founder: Irish Around Oz
P.S Any questions just shoot me an email admin@irisharoundoz.com

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