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5 Reasons for Families to Move to the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast is a city on the southern coast of Queensland, located 100 km north of the capital of Queensland, Brisbane. Sunshine Coast is a family friendly place to live and loved by residents for a variety of reasons. While it is a popular tourist destination, it is not overly crowded with tourists like the
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Migration Agent Service

Find out your visa options Are you trying to get a visa but you’re not sure what one to choose? Talk to our associated Migration Agent Service today.  There are a variety of visa options available for Australian migration (both temporary and permanent, with some temporary visas having an associated pathway to permanent residency). Moving2Oz
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Where To Live In Melbourne

Are you thinking of moving to Melbourne?  Heres a few reasons why that is a great idea.Melbourne has been voted the worlds most livable city for the fourth year in a row and for good reason. It has great transport, long stretching beaches, exciting nightlife, awesome markets, bustling cafes, tasty oriental food and much more.
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The Myki Card – Melbournes Travel Card

The Myki Card is Melbournes travel card.  It allows you to travel by trams, trains and buses by tapping the card on a Myki machine. The Myki card Myki has four categories. Myki money Myki pass Free Myki Myki for visitors Myki Money Concessions If you are entitled to concessions or free travel, these concessions
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Buy Moving To Oz eBook – The A To Z Guide

Buy Moving to Oz eBook – The A to Z Guide Check out our “Moving to Oz eBook – The A to Z Guide for Moving2Oz.  It is packed with useful information for anyone moving to Australia.  If you are visiting, working, living, or traveling around Australia, this book is for you. It was written by an
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Take Your Super With You When Leaving Oz

Who can claim back their super? Anyone that has visited Australia for a year or more and is returning back home can claim back their super if they do not have permanent residency. This means if you were a temporary resident on a working holiday visa or a temporary working visa (e.g.: 457) you are
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Wi-Fi

One of the cheapest options for WiFi in Melbourne is unlimited broadband for $60 a month offered by a company called TPG. There is a one off connection and delivery fee of $110. For more information click here. To compare more deals from different companies around Australia check out this price compare website for all
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Professional Resume Service

Are you moving to Australia and looking for a job?  Why not make your resume stand out by sending it to our associated Professional Resume Service.  Ensure you are in with a winning chance of landing your ideal job.  All of the resumes provided by our associated professionals use the  Australian format.  The professional service
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Melbourne Markets

  There are a variety of markets scattered throughout Melbourne. Some are seasonal. The Queen Victoria Markets Location: The Queen Victoria Markets are located at the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria street in the CBD in Melbourne. Opening hours: Tuesday 6am – 2pm Thursday 6am – 2pm Friday 6am – 5pm Saturday 6am – 3pm
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Visitor Visas

Do you fancy visiting Australia? There are two main types of tourist visas that will allow overseas visitors to visit Australia for up to 3 months.  The third visa can allow a visitor stay between 3 and 12 months. eVisitors visa If you are applying from a European country and are not yet in Australia
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How To Do An Australian Tax Return

Who has to do a tax return? Each working individual who pays taxes in Australia needs to do a tax return. When to do a tax return The tax year runs from 1 July to the 30th June of the following year. Each person has four months to submit their tax return each year, from 1
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Transfer Money Internationally with Currency Fair

Get more bang for your buck with CurrencyFair! To transfer money internationally check out CurrencyFair.  Transferring money from Australia to Ireland with a bank in Australia will cost you $22 dollars per transaction.  Transfer Money Internationally with Currency Fair will cost you $3 dollars for normal transfers and $7 for a faster transfer. Banks give their customers an
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Paddys Meats – Irish Butchers

Paddys Meats Butchers is a rare find located in the Melbourne suburb of Kew. Paddy stocks more than just meats and has a wide range of Irish foods.  He specialises in delicious sausages and is known around the area as ‘The Sausage King’ as he has won several awards for them.  Among his collection you
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Irish foods to be stocked in Coles

Exciting news.  In February (2014) Coles supermarkets cut a deal with ‘Taste Ireland’ to stock Irish foods in 600 of their stores scattered across Australia.  Coles have created an Irish section in their stores stocking a range of Irish foods.  They stock all sorts of things including Tayto (cheese and onion and salt and vinegar)
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Clonakilty black & white pudding

It’s finally here!!  If you fancy some Clonakilty black or white pudding you are in luck.  You can order it online, or buy it at dozens of new locations scattered across Australia. From the online shop (run by Taste Ireland), there are a variety of Irish foods, including Irish sausages, rashers, confectionery, snacks and crisps,
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How To Get Australian Citizenship

Why become a Citizen? Becoming an Australian citizen gives you extra rights in Australia. These include: Vote Work in the Australian public service or Defence Force Seek election to parliament Apply for an Australian passport Leave and enter Australia freely Register children born overseas as Australian citizens by descent How to get Australian Citizenship You
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How To Get Permanent Residency

Employer Nominated Scheme This article looks at three ways of how to get permanent residency.  Having permanent residency means you have a current visa that permits you to live in Australia indefinitely. Permanent Residency visa must be reapplied for every 5 years.   You can be in or outside of Australia when you apply.  You
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417 Working Holiday Visa

The 417 Working Holiday Visa is a temporary visa for young people who wish to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year.  To apply a working holiday visa you need to be outside of Australia.  When the visa is granted you will also need to be outside of Australia. You can usually
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Australian TV Options

Check out the different Australian TV options which include streaming, pay and cable tv. Streaming TV Streaming TV is the cheapest option available in Australia. Netflix Netflix has finally arrived and is proving very popular.  Its got a massive variety of TV shows and movies and is very affordable 1 screen $8.99 per month 2
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Victorian Drivers License – Australia

Getting an Australian driver’s license depends on the Australian state you are living in.  This post is for those applying for their Australian driver’s license in the state of Victoria and covers the following topics Visa status License translations Applying for a Victorian full driver’s license Visa Status Temporary visa In Victoria it all depends
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Mobile Phone

If you plan on bringing your current mobile phone with you when you move to Australia make sure to get it unlocked before you leave. There are a number of network carriers to choose from in Australia.  Some of the main ones include: Telstra  Vodafone Optus  Virgin It is nearly impossible to get a signal
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Superannuation

Superannuation age increases from 65 to 70 Superannuation, otherwise known as pension in Australia is the setup of funds for when you retire.  The age of retirement in Australia is currently 65.  It is set to rise to 70 from 2035.   The pension qualifying age will start rising by six months every two years, from
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Tax File Number

What do I need a Tax File Number For? In Australia you will need a tax file number (TFN) to work. It is also needed for: open a bank account apply to government agencies to claim benefits seek financial help to go to university lodge a tax return Apply for your TFN online You can
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Medicare – Australias Healthcare Scheme

What is Medicare Healthcare? Medicare – Australias Healthcare Scheme is a universal health insurance scheme. It was introduced in 1984, with the aim of making health care affordable, giving greater access to health services and at a higher standard. Each person who works and pays taxes in Australia contributes to the medicare tax or levy.
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Setup A Bank Account Before Arriving In Oz

Commonwealth Bank Commonwealth bank Australia provide a great service for people that haven’t yet left their own country and want to setup a bank account before arriving in Oz.  As long as you intend to move to Australia within 4 weeks of applying for the account, Commonwealth bank can help you, whether you are migrating for
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Renting in Australia

Viewing Properties If you plan on renting in Australia estate agents set specific times to view a house or apartment. It is usually a 15 to 20 minute viewing session. Anyone who is interested in viewing the place should be there on time. You can get an application form from the estate agent at the
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Looking For Jobs

Australia’s number one Jobs Site – Seek.com.au Australia’s most popular job site is Seek.com.au for when you are looking for jobs.  When applying for a job on the site the competition can be very high.  Seek often get 250+ applicants for each job they have advertised. It is a good idea to set up a profile on
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Networking

Networking is a very important aspect of looking for a job, and can be a great way of meeting people from your industry and forging relationships in business. To become part of a group or community that involves your work check out the meetup.com site. No matter what industry you are in you will find a meetup group
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Australian Resume

A resume is the first contact you will have with employers and it is essential to create a good impression.   To create an awesome Australian resume that will stand out and give an excellent first impression we’ll take a look at the steps involved.   Format of a Winning Australian Resume Length of CV should
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Interview Tips

Interview Tips to Prepare Have you an interview coming up soon?  To make sure you stand out from the crowd here are some handy tips. Before the Interview Glassdoor.com Find out what previous and current employees are saying about the company you are interviewing for. Glassdoor.com gives you the lowdown on nearly all large companies out
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Portfolio

Portfolio If you are working in a creative environment it is beneficial to have an online portfolio displaying all of your creations.  Whether you are a graphic designer, web designer, web developer, user experience (UX) designer, architect or draftsman, create a portfolio of projects you have worked on and illustrate the specific parts of the
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Checklist For Moving To Australia

Check out our checklist for Moving to Australia. It will help you organise items that you need to take with you. We have three helpful lists below for you, comprising of what you will need, what original documents to bring with you, and also what to bring if you have kids. Checklist before moving to
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Travel In Australia

To travel in Australia there are plenty of different modes of transport to choose from. We will take a look at: hitching a lift, campervans, bus, planes, cars and trains. For tips about traveling in Melbourne read this article. Hitch a lift There are a number of carpooling websites that you can use. You can
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Travel Insurance

When things start to go wrong… Holidays were invented to help you relax and enjoy life. Sometimes they can have exactly the opposite effect when things start to go wrong! That’s why travel insurance was invented. It can save you from: Delayed luggage Flights being cancelled Money stolen / lost Sickness Injury Lost or stolen
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Shipping To Australia

Depending on how much stuff you have, you can consider shipping to Australia by air freight or sea freight. All with different price tags attached. If you do ship items to Australia it is good to be aware of customs and quarantine guidelines. Lets take a look at shipping to Australia customs information which will
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Where to Live in Perth

This page has not been created yet.  We are looking for an expat living in Perth who is interested in writing an article on the good places to live and their own experiences.  A few recommendations have been sent in which include: East Perth Fremantle Mount Lawley Leederville Scarborough Joondalup If you are an expat
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Where To Live In Brisbane

Where to live in Brisbane Brisbane is rated amongst the worlds top 10 cities. It is Australia’s third largest city and the capital of the state of Queensland, Australia’s sunshine state. With a population of two million people Brisbane is a laid back city built around the Brisbane river. While there are no good beaches
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Where To Live In Sydney

Are you considering where to live in Sydney? Sydney is Australia’s largest city with a population of approximately 4.9 million and has the largest natural harbour within Australia which spreads towards the Blue Mountains in the west. Sydney is known for having hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics and boasts a number of spectacular attractions which
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Meetups

Meetup.com is a site that hosts hundreds of meetup groups covering practically all interests, from Business, to Entrepreneurship, cycling, to photography.  You name it, Meetup.com cater for it.  It is a great way to get to know people while also having fun. There are a number of Irish groups depending on the city you are located in.
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