Category: Expat Central

Expat Guides for the Kiwis - Living and Working in Australia

Expat Guides for the Kiwis - Living and Working in Australia

Many New Zealanders see little difference between life back home with expat life in Australia but money transfer issues are something that can’t be ignored. Setting up an Australian bank account while you’re still back home in New Zealand is a good way to prepare – you will need to provide 100 points of identification, with a passport, driver’s license and birth certificate all providing a good start. The transition between New Zealand and Australia is easier than most – with little differences between accent and lifestyle. Employment opportunities in Australia are definitely better – a good stepping stone for more expat adventures around the world.

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Expat Guide for Australians Living and Working in Ireland

Expat Guide for Australians Living and Working in Ireland

Gloomy weather, no beach culture, expensive tech equipment and appliances and limited work opportunities – making the decision to relocate from Australia to Ireland is one that requires a special kind of commitment. Culture shock can hit hard and with the Irish used to living like a ‘tribal’ community network, expats can find it hard to make friends easily in a short period of time. If you think life will be similar to Australia, but with a different accent, think again – Irish culture is unique and nuanced. If you’re not a fan of wet weather, consider another destination – in Ireland, raincoats are a wardrobe staple. But if your love for the Emerald Isle is strong enough for you to keep the faith and try the Irish life, knowing the best ways to send money back home is handy.

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Expat Aussies Living and Working in Singapore – A Guide

Expat Aussies Living and Working in Singapore – A Guide

One of the most expensive cities for expats? According to the 2015 Cost of Living Survey published by Mercer, a global leader in health, retirement, talent and investments, Singapore is at number 4 - one of 5 Asian cities in this year’s Top 10. But its status as expensive is balanced more positively by the fact that the same survey ranks Singapore as one of the highest ranking (number 26), when it comes to quality-of-living standards. Because of the many corporate leaders who have created a professional hub on the island nation, Singapore is one of the most popular destinations for Australian expats, so finding a friendly community of Aussie accents is easy. When it comes to dealing with currency transfer issues, the difference between the Australian dollar and the Singapore dollar fluctuates, as does any currency.

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Banking Tips for Australians Living Abroad

Banking Tips for Australians Living Abroad

Moving to a new country? Whether your relocation is for an extended holiday or a business promotion, life as an expat is not without its banking-related challenges. And many of those are focused on the issue of transferring foreign currency exchange and currency conversion. Living overseas can be a very exciting time – and to help you enjoy it even more, it’s a good idea to be prepared and avoid some of the potentially expensive pitfalls related to understanding your finances. It’s natural to be confused. Back in your home country, dealing with money is so natural and normal. Figuring out the things you need to re-learn to do differently can be stressful. From earning it, shifting it around, spending it and looking after it – everything is new. To help you reduce the stress and avoid the unwanted costs that could chip into your savings plan, here are some helpful banking tips to suit Australians living overseas.

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