You will need a Medicare card to access these services. Pharmacies may also require you present a Medicare card before they dispense certain prescribed and over-the-counter medications. Click here for more information on Medicare Cards and eligibility.
The vast majority of houses for sale or rent are advertised online at Domain.com.au or Realestate.com.au Listings include the details of the real estate agent managing the property transaction.
If you'd rather go direct to an agent, some of the larger ones servicing the Western Health catchment include:
Australia has an open market for electricity, gas, phone and internet which means there are several retailers to choose from. To better understand the energy and water industries visit the Essential Services Commission website. You might like to explore a price comparison website to research best rates depending on your needs.
Some of the well-known names for electricity and gas include:
For phone and internet services there are also various options, including:
They all provide bundle deals for internet, mobile phones, landline, international calls and pay television options. There are also smaller retailers that may better suit your needs and/or budget e.g. iinet , Dodo and TGP .
Some areas have had the infrastructure for phone and internet upgraded via the National Broadband Network (NBN). If your new home is in this area you may have access to a superior offering from the retailer you select. When contacting phone and internet retailers you'll need to know whether you have access to the NBN – check here at: http://www.nbnco.com.au/.
The following price comparison sites may help:
Whistleout and Compare Broadband
A viable alternative to owning and driving a car is Melbourne’s public transport network, which consists of trains, buses and trams. You can plan a trip or explore routes on the PublicTransport Victoria website.
To ride on Melbourne’s public transport system you need a travel card with funds credited on it, called a Myki card. Click here to find out how to obtain a Myki card.
To learn about regional services (outside of Melbourne) visit the Vline website.
Typical insurance that people commonly purchase includes:
Selecting the right type of insurance can be a daunting task. Insurance comparison sites can make the task easier such as: