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Once you arrive in Australia you will need somewhere to stay. Stayz.com.au provides listings for short term rentals all over Australia. Check them out by clicking here. For longer term accommodation check out realestate.com.au or domain.com.au
You can open up an account with an Australian bank in many countries in advance of your departure. The Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, ANZ Bank and Westpac all have representative offices overseas. Opening an Australian account is quite straight forward and can save you a lot of money in terms of exchange rates and transfer fees. It also means that you will have funds available in the right currency when you arrive. If you are transferring significant sums of money you might check with our preferred company MoneyCorp.
Australia's labour market is very strong relative to most other major economies. Unemployment is currently at 5.8% almost half the rate in the United States and considerably stronger than most other OECD countries including the UK and Ireland. Most companies will post their vacancies on line either independently or through some of the major on-line recruitment agencies such as Seek, CareerOne or MyCareer. It will also pay to visit the sites for professional organisations related to your occupation. For example, medical doctors can link to the Australian government's recruitment site at Doctor Connect.
For some general information about Australia the Australian government's tourism site provides a wealth of information on every part of Australia. It is a good starting point to surf the many attractions of the continent.
When you do eventually obtain your visa and it is time to consider moving your belongings to Australia we recommend you use Anglo-Pacific.
All visitors to Australia need to be aware of what can and cannot be imported. You should have a look at the Australian Quarantine site before you pack your bags. This is a must visit site if you are thinking about bringing your pet to join you in Australia.
If you are considering studying in Australia click here for a complete list of currently available courses.
If you have already been to Australia on a working holiday visa, for example, you may be entitled to a tax refund. The Australian Taxation Office provides further information.