Australia Day was initially marked the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. Over time the celebrations have changed and these days, it incorporates the importance of Australia’s heritage including the invaluable contribution of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who have been in the country for more than 65,000 years.
Wherever you come from, if you live in Australia and respect the way of life, you are Australian. The national holiday is all about celebrating the diversity across the nation. People come from across the globe to settle in Australia, and this is reflected in the fact Australia Day celebrations include flag raising and citizenship ceremonies, with roughly 16,000 new Australians becoming citizens every year. Events are taking place across the country, including a powerful art installation in Adelaide called Kumangka, Mukapainga, Tampinga (Together, Remember, Recognise) which highlights the importance of Aboriginal people both past and present. Events include everything from history exhibits to street parties with three in four Australians taking part in an event.
Home of the fresh start
Australia continues to welcome people who choose to settle in the country. Some are drawn by the weather and incredible beaches, others by career opportunities and the wealth of culture. Emigration is a chance to press the reset button and look at everything anew. If you’ve already made the move, you’ll know that even with a new life, it takes some management to maintain your new life while you still have commitments and ties in your home country. We help a lot of expats with everything from transferring pension payments, maintaining a property or supporting a loved one back home.
Keeping the home fires burning
Even if you’re settled in Australia, you may still have a property elsewhere that needs maintenance. If you’re renting out a property, from holiday lets to longer term rentals, you’ll have both income and costs in a different currency. From maintenance work, agency fees and local taxes to unexpected breakages or simple wear and tear, you could make many payments over the course of a year. Compared to the costs of high street banks, you could save money on these payments if you use a currency exchange specialist like moneycorp as the fees are likely to be much lower. You can also set up automated payments to suit your deadlines and ensure all the bills are paid.
International payments to help you reach for new goals
Our international payments account gives you great rates and low fees. Our expert team are on hand to provide any guidance you might need, from currency market movements to the range of tools available to organise your money. You can manage your finances with automated regular payments, fast transfers and via our mobile app. That means you can make sure all the finances are taken care of and get back to celebrating Australia Day, whatever it means to you.