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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 3 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(yay)

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

If you are interested in learning more about me and the site, visit my
about me page


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 2019).

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 ten transfers FREE(normally €3 each!) 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 $100 for life(yes for life!) with this link.

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

Need an Australian Visa or professional visa advice?

Our new migration partner True Blue migration are offering all followers of Irish Around Oz a free Australian visa consultation with a registered migration agent.

Other agencies charge between $100-$400 for this service and that is before you even know if you have any options available.

They can offer an Australian Visa Consultation for:  – Partner visas
– Employer-sponsored visas (e.g. 482 visa, 186, 187, 407 etc.)
– Parent visas
– Skilled independent
– Graduate visas
– Citizenship
– Appeals They do not do student visa(s).

People can get in touch by calling (NSW) 02 8206 8869 (WA) 08 6189 5333 (VIC) 03 9038 9070 and by mailing [email protected]

You can call directly above or if you prefer you can fill in their online form here.

Learn More About Them Here



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!”)

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. 



Your first year can be very complicated tax wise. I used 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!  

Other Amazing Resources And Travel Insurance

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!

Read this post on why you need travel insurance in Australia 

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!  

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! 

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

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

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.

For a full list of all groups and pages go to

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: - Free online counselling service for Irish Abroad, read featured article here
Irish Australian Support Association of Qld Inc (IASAQ)
Irish Australian Support Association of Queensland – Brisbane
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 [email protected]