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Useful Links

Banking in Australia

Opening a Bank Account – go to the section with links to the banks’ migrant banking services where you can open a bank account online.
Canstar Comparison Website – where you can compare term deposit interest rates to maximise your interest income.

Mobile Phone & Internet Access

Mobile Phone Network Coverage

Telstra Network – Mobile network coverage map for Australia’s largest telecommunications company.
Optus Network – Mobile network coverage map for the Optus network.
Vodafone Network – Vodafone’s Australia mobile network coverage map.
Virgin Network – Virgin Mobile’s Australian mobile network coverage.

Home Broadband and Phone Service Providers

Telstra and Telstra Bigpond – Australia’s largest internet and home phone service provider.
Optus – owned by Singapore Telecom and one of the three largest providers in Australia.
TPG Telecom – second biggest provider after Telstra, recently acquired iinet.
iinet – home phone and broadband provider.
Iprimus – home phone and home broadband provider, owned by the M2 Group.
Dodo Internet – broadband and home phone provider also owned by the M2 Group.

Renting Property in Australia

RealEstate.Com.Au – search for rental properties Australia-wide.
Domain – national listings of rental properties.
Realestateview – another rental property search option.

Australian Tax File Number

Apply for a Tax File Number(TFN) – link to the application page to apply for your tax file number with the Australian Tax Office when you have arrived in Australia.


Medicare Eligibility – check the Australian Government Human Services website to check if you are eligible to apply for a Medicare Card.
Medicare Application Form – link to download the application form for medicare to complete if you are eligible for medicare.
Medicare Service Centres – search for your nearest medicare service centre where you can return your application form.
Pharmaceuticals Benefit Scheme – information on benefits for subsidised prescription medicines.
Medicare Safety Net – information on additional medicare benefits for those who qualify.

Buying a Car

Carsales – link to one of the main car sales websites where new, used and demonstrator vehicles are advertised for sale.
Carsguide – similar to carsales, with some guides and tips on buying a car.
Carsguide’s 10 Tips For Buying a Used Car – Useful information and links to help make the process easier.

Australian Insurance Companies

Gio Insurance

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