MANAGING YOUR MOVE MORE EFFECTIVELY:
USING APPS AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Relocating to a new city or country can often be overwhelming in light of the new location and surroundings, transport systems and general unfamiliarity with the new environment. However, there are a number of apps available on Smartphone, Tablets and Android devices as well as social media websites that can assist to make your move a smoother transition. The format allows you to keep up to date on information anytime, anywhere so that your move can be carried out in an efficient and successful manner.
The major transportation networks in States and Territories have a number of applications and twitter feeds available on Apple and Android devices which can provide information on train, tram and bus routes including your nearest transport option, and the estimated time of travel. Many of the apps also allow you to plan your trip in advance by providing information on wheelchair access, any disruptions to services and also transport routes that have rain shelters. Some useful transport apps and social media sites:
The state and territory police forces also have a number of ways to keep up to date about events in your local community including power outages, weather warnings and information on criminal activity that may affect your safety.
Also try downloading the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s ‘SmartTraveller’ app that can help you to make decision about the safest places to travel.
To ensure that you’re always prepared and dressed appropriately in your new climate, there are weather apps available that give you up to date information on your Android, Tablet or Smartphone about weather conditions across Australia.
The sun in Australia can be particularly harsh, download the SunSmart app from the Bureau of Meteorology to quickly find out the UV level and the times when you should be seeking protection from the sun.
Also try downloading the Australian Government’s DisasterWatch Phone App which provides regularly updated information:
DisasterWatch Phone App
CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT
The following links provide information on different types of apps endorsed by state and territory governments, that provide information on a range of activities including travel guides, shopping and arts events.
Visit NSW Holiday Planners
Northern Territory – Australia’s Outback
Tasmania Travel Companion
The Canberra Guide