Six Useful Apps for Filipino Migrants Living in Melbourne

Moving cities can be daunting, let alone to an entirely different country or continent, and Australia is both. Just ask any Filipino who’s ever migrated over here.


It’s especially more challenging if you move here by yourself. Not having any family members around means you’d have to figure things out on your own. Melbourne, for instance, might rank third on the list of AU towns with the most Filipino migrants. However, every single one of them had to find their feet upon arrival.


Fortunately, technology can be a great help in this regard. The following are half a dozen apps that can help smoothen your transition into a confident Melbourne resident:


  1. Unlock Melbourne
  2. 1-Unlock Melbourne  

    Are you an international student? Study Melbourne’s official app ought to be right up your alley. 


    This app can assist you with everything from availing of a tax file number (TFN) to composing your curriculum vitae (CV). Better still, you can make new friends on this app via the weekend activities listed here.


  3. Mobile Banking Apps.
  4. 2-Mobile Banking Apps  

    Who has time to run to the bank for every little transaction these days? Thankfully, Australia’s major banks each have great apps that let you manage your money on your phone. 


    With these, you can view your account balance, transfer funds, and find nearby ATM’s, among other things. (Shameless plug: Don’t forget to check out RemitAU’s free app as well. Ours was especially designed to help Filipinos send money to the Philippines. *wink*wink*)


  5. Tram Tracker.
  6. 3-Tram Tracker

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    Apparently, Melbourne has the most extensive tram network in the world. This makes it fairly easy to get around the city, but if you’ve got TramTracker, you can plan your trips ahead of time. No more getting lost while figuring out how to navigate the trams at the beginning.


  7. PTV.
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    Are you familiar with commute-ph? Well, PTV is like that, but on steroids.


    Apart from the previously-mentioned trams, Melbourne also boasts a formidable network of buses and trains. PTV stands for Public Transport Victoria, and this app derives the most efficient routes from all these services so you can view them in one place. 


    So, whether you need to get to that job interview or to a party at a new friend’s house, PTV can help you arrive in time and in one piece.


  9. Keypass in Digital ID (™).
  10. 5-Keypass in Digital ID (™)  

    Ah, the wonders of living in the digital age. With Keypass, you don’t need to bring your passport with you all the time. Once you set up your profile on this app, you can use it to prove your identity at any place that accepts Digital ID (™). 


    Furthermore, it can be safer than traditional ID’s since you’re the only one who can access and share the information stored here. 


  11. Zomato.
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    Duh! Melbourne has one of the most vibrant culinary scenes in the world, so best take advantage of it.


    With its user-generated reviews on food, ambience, and service, Zomato can lead you to the right bar, cafe, or restaurant for any occasion. You can even narrow down your search by cuisine, area, or ratings.


You can also try looking up your local community on the Good Karma Network. These closed Facebook pages provide a safe space for its members to find and contribute solutions to common challenges in the workplace or at homeAs a bonus, you can even find free furniture on these pages!


Leaving home can be heart wrenchingly difficult, but the good news is that with a bit of effort, you can cultivate a supportive community anywhere. 

Serena Estrella

Serena joined Remit back in 2016, and has tormented its Marketing Head constantly ever since. To get through the rigors of writing about grave concerns like exchange rates, citizenship requirements, and PH-AU news, she likes to blast Mozart, Vivaldi, ONE OK ROCK, and Shigeru Umebayashi in the background. She does a mean Merida voice in her spare time too.


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