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					THE YOUNG PEOPLES GROUP

 UNOFFICIAL
 GUIDE TO STUDYING IN
        PERTH




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Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Perth, Western Australia, is less than a five-hour flight away from Singapore, has good
universities and is not very cold in winter. Perth is a beautiful city, located on the Swan
River and near the Indian Ocean. It is only a few hours by car from Perth to such
popular tourist areas as Margaret River and the Pinnacles. A little further is Monkey Mia,
where visitors can feed the friendly dolphins. It is no wonder that people from countries
such as Singapore and Malaysia like to spend their holidays in Perth and that students like
to study here.


But there is more to Perth than studying and sightseeing. Bible-Presbyterian Church of
Western Australia offers you a spiritual home away from home. It is a place where God‟s
Word is faithfully proclaimed and where you can “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). If you are looking for a spiritual home in
Perth, we welcome you to BPCWA.


On Sunday mornings we have Bible Study at 9:00 am and our Worship Service is at 10:00
am. Bible Study and Prayer Meeting are on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm. On Friday evenings at
7:30 we have fellowship meetings for university students. We use both English and
Mandarin in the various church activities, usually in separate meetings. We provide
transportation for those who need it. Give us a call, take a look at our website, come and
visit us, and see how BPCWA can help you develop your spiritual life.


We look forward to having you worship the Lord with us at BPCWA. God bless you.




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                                                                                                    Contents Page…


Bible-Presbyterian Church of Western Australia ............................................................................ 1
         Ministry Services ........................................................................................................................ 2
         How to find us ........................................................................................................................... 6
Testimony .............................................................................................................................................. 7
How to get to Heaven from Australia .............................................................................................. 8
About Western Australia .................................................................................................................. 10
About Perth ........................................................................................................................................ 10
         Quick Facts ............................................................................................................................... 11
Australian Custom Regulations ........................................................................................................ 12
Banking & Finance ............................................................................................................................ 13
Health Services ................................................................................................................................... 15
Transportation .................................................................................................................................... 17
Shopping.............................................................................................................................................. 19
Where to Eat ....................................................................................................................................... 22
Understanding Australians ................................................................................................................ 25
What God says when ......................................................................................................................... 28
Important Phone Numbers .............................................................................................................. 29
Tips on International Calling Cards ................................................................................................ 30
Helpful Australian Websites ............................................................................................................. 31
Internet Service Providers................................................................................................................. 31


Join the BPCWA YOUTH FORUM to ask questions or provide other tips and hints for
other students at www.bpcwa.com/forums (register for free)




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                                            Bible-Presbyterian Church
                                                                             of Western Australia...
                                                                                           27 Ullapool Road
                                                                                       Mt Pleasant WA 6153
                                                                                          Phone: 9364-9898
                                                                                         www.bpcwa.org.au




The Bible-Presbyterian Church of Western Australia was founded in 1986 by Calvary
Bible-Presbyterian Church of Singapore as a missionary outreach to Australia. Raised up
by God in an age of great falling away from the faith, BPCWA continues to shine forth
as a beacon of light to the surrounding community, standing firmly for the Word of God
against the growing forces of unbelief and compromised teachings of the Bible.

Our church holds both English and Mandarin speaking services running concurrently
every Sunday morning at 10am. We also have various fellowship groups, prayer meetings
and Sunday school services held at church. On the following pages, we have listed these
and hope you will find one that may draw your interest.




“Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in
this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the
              head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”
                                                                                                - Ephesians 1:21-23




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                                                                Ministry Services…
MINISTRY                                   TIME                        CONTACT PERSONNEL


Lord’s Day Worship Service                 Sundays - 10 am       Church Office
(English & Mandarin)                                             Phone: 9364 9898
                                                                 Email: bpcwa@bpcwa.org.au




Fellowship Groups

Youth 180°                                 Fridays - 7:30 pm     Caleb Cheng
                                                                 Phone: 0422 580 864
                                                                 Email: calebcheng@hotmail.com

Youth 180° is for university & TAFE students conducted           “For to me to live is Christ, and to
in English. Consisting of both local & international             die is gain.”
students, Youth 180° aims to encourage and support                                  – Philippians 1:21
spiritual growth amongst students whilst also aiming to
make Christ known on campus. Friday nights usually
involve singing, discussions, messages or bible studies on
topics relevant to student life. Outside of Friday night,
Youth 180° can be found going on picnics, outings,
dinners and other typical student activities.



Chinese Young People’s Group               Fridays – 7:30 pm     David Huong
                                                                 Phone: 0402 537 061
                                                                 Email: davidhowwee@hotmail.com

CYPG was formed to cater for those international                 “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of
students who are more comfortable fellowshipping in              liberty, and continueth therein, he being not
Mandarin. As the whole fellowship, CYPG have worship             a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work,
sessions, bible studies, topic sharing as well as picnics and    this man shall be blessed in his deed”
outings. At a more individual level, brothers and sisters are                                    - James 1:25.
grouped into smaller groups and often at times gather for
dinners at member‟s house, and small group activities just
to name a few, plus each member are assigned with a
prayer partner to support each other along the way.




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Regeneration                                   Fridays - 7:30 pm    Adrian Cheng
                                                                    Phone: 0402 036 430
                                                                    Email: ajcheng@iinet.net.au
Regeneration aims to build a strong foundation and
support for young working adults as they become                     “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
ambassadors for Christ in the workplace (i.e. sharing the           righteousness; and all these things shall be
                                                                    added unto you.”
Gospel). Regeneration strives to build a fellowship that is
                                                                                                – Matthew 6:33
loving, trusting, understanding and accountable to one
another. The group meets on Friday nights to share how
God has blessed, sing praises to God, do bible studies or
hear a message. Seeing the need for closer friendships
amongst brothers and sister, Regeneration care groups are
Adelphos for the guys and Adelphe for the ladies.


Prayer Meeting                                 Tuesdays - 8 pm

The prayer meeting is preceded by a Bible Study session,
focusing on a particular portion of the Bible or one of
the biblical characters. Afterwards, we go to our separate
groups to pray. In spiritual warfare, prayer, the Bible and
obedience are the only weapons available to Christians.
Therefore, it is very important that all true believers in
Christ cultivate a relationship with God through prayer
and a real appreciation for the power of prayer.


Evangelism Prayer Meeting                      Sundays - 12:20 pm           Adrian Cheng
                                                                            Phone: 0402 036 430
Spend 15 minutes to save a lost soul. That is what the
Evangelism Prayer Meeting is about. Often people
neglect evangelism because they believe that the time is
not right to talk to the people around them about Christ.
Prayer is something that can be done at ALL times and it
is prayer that will make someone receptive to the Gospel.
In the work of "soul-winning", we need people to
maintain prayer for the lost, new believers and for the
evangelism work of the Church. All are invited and
strongly encouraged to join this vital ministry of the
Church and experience the power of prayer in
evangelism.


English and Chinese Choirs                     Sundays - 12:30 pm

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”
- Ephesians 5:24
The main focus of the choirs is to glorify God and
worship Him through our voices and music. We meet in
the downstairs sanctuary (English) and the upstairs
sanctuary every Sunday after service. The choirs are
involved in events throughout the year such as Easter,
and Carols by Candlelight as well as performances every
few Sundays. Through singing, we are able to evangelize
and to bring the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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Old Folk’s Ministry                        Sundays – 2:00 pm

Every Sunday BPCWA has the privilege of preaching to
the Old folk‟s in the South Perth and Subiaco nursing
homes. We are able to not only evangelize, but sing
hymns, fellowship and show Christian love towards the
old folks.



Other Services:

Basic Bible Knowledge Class                Sundays - 9 am

BBK is for new believers, people considering a transfer
of church membership or people who want to find out
more about the basic doctrines of our Church.


Adult Sunday School                        Sundays - 9 am

Classes are conducted in English and Mandarin, studying
certain books or aspects of the Bible. Come to Church at
9am to join one of the many Sunday school classes.




                                     “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ:
                      that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that
            ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”
                                                                                        - Philippians 1:27




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                                                               How to       find us…




                                                            Map taken from www.whereis.com.au

Our church is located just off the Canning Highway (Kwinana Freeway has an exit for
Canning Hwy). If you are travelling by bus, it is best to take a bus that will take you along
Canning Hwy through the Mt Pleasant suburb. There is a bus stop on the highway which
is just outside our church doorstep. Go to our website (www.bpcwa.org.au) and click
onto “How do I get there” link to see a visual of the bus stop location to help you.


If driving, go to www.whereis.com, it will show you the fastest direction to our church
from wherever you are. Just simply type in “27 Ullapool Rd, Mt Pleasant” and where
you‟re coming from, and it will provide you a map as well as the directions you need to
get here. Another way of finding your way is to look up our address on
www.local.live.com or maps.google.com.au.


BPCWA also has a transport ministry to help UWA, Curtin and Murdoch university
students to get to church on Sundays mornings and Friday nights for fellowship! Please
don‟t hesitate to contact us (Jacob @ 0421212206) about it.




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                                     My life as an Overseas               Student…
Si Xian Chu…
As I reflect on my stay in Australia, I can only thank God for such a great and
AWESOME time of knowing Him such an intimate level, applying these truths into my
life and given many opportunities to make Him known.


God has proven Himself to be the Shepherd of my life as He guided me to BPCWA, a
church that faithfully teaches the Word without diluting or compromising the truth. I
recall that it is the hospitality and realness of God in many of the peoples‟ lives that kept
attracting me back to this church.


God has put it into the heart of the people in the church to carefully provide many
opportunities for the Word taught weekly to be applied: ranging from serving in the
church (through the Friday fellowship group (Y180), church camps etc) right to our
everyday private lives of personal evangelism, a constant prayer life etc… God has
constantly used these activities to tenderly bring me out of my comfort zone. This caused
me to need to run back to the Word for shelter and strength to continue on, thus see the
realness of Him and His Word in my life. It is not easy and sometimes I do fail but these
activities, have constantly reminded that life goes beyond just the books in school, and
takes to focus off myself and put it onto Him and His kingdom… the more important
and eternal things…


How much you desire to know Him is often how much He will reveal to you.
“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye
shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it you.” John 16:23


And so I‟ll say to those who know God: God is using BPCWA to teach His word and
His truth, thus would really encourage you to attend BPCWA if have a desire to know
more of Him.
And to those who are seeking to know who God is and if He is really true: I will also like
to encourage you to attend this church and learn about Him through His word and then
make your own decision of accepting Him as your Saviour and Lord, when you believe in
Him… the truth.




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                       How to get to Heaven from Australia…

In 1606, a Portuguese explorer Pedro Fernandez Del Quiros, first named Australia and
its surroundings Terra Australis del Espiritu Santo, translated as the South Land of the
Holy Spirit. He set off fireworks and prayed that God, who led him there, would also
make Himself known to the inhabitants of this Great South Land. It would take another
100 years before Captain James Cook, another Christian explorer, would lead the First
Fleet into Botany Bay to colonise Australia. The country was founded on strong Biblical
principles and a healthy respect and reverence for God and His hand in establishing this
nation. To understand Australia, it is important to also know about the rich Christian
heritage from which it came and the most important thing about this heritage is found in
the following paragraphs.


Everyone has an inherent sense of justice. If a guilty rapist or murderer walked free from
court, we would be outraged and question the credibility of the judge. Outside of the
courts, there would have been people who have hurt you in the past which you wish
would receive some form of justice. While people may get away with things here on earth,
God says in the Bible that “every one of us shall give account of himself to God”
(Romans 14:12). So that‟s good news for all of us! Or is it?


Most of us consider ourselves to be pretty decent people. We try not to leave our rubbish
around, give way to people and look after our families. However, who can claim to have
never lied in their life? Or stolen something? Used God‟s name to express disgust? These
are God‟s laws (sins) that are written on our conscience. When we think about it, there
are many other things we have thought or done which we may never admit to anyone
else. Imagine if every single thought you had in the last few hours were to be projected
into the sky… you'd probably want to leave the city! Now imagine your whole life being
shown as evidence in God‟s courtroom after you die! Unfortunately for us, God sees
everything and as a righteous judge, He can‟t let our sins go unpunished. The Bible says
that the punishment for sin is eternal death (Romans 6:23). Although the sins we commit
make us deserving of eternal death, God is not willing that anyone should go to hell. He
demonstrated His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Jesus Christ died for
us (Romans 5:8). On the third day, he defeated death and rose again.




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Through His death, the punishment for your sins has been taken. He died and rose again
to set you free. All you need to do is ask God to forgive you of your sins and turn your
life back to His control. He‟ll change you. God‟s promise is that “if we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).Even before you were born, God knew you would exist.
He knew about your sins, was concerned about your eternal destiny and the fact that you
would be reading this today. 2000 years ago, the price was paid for the gift of eternal life
that sits in your hands. Will you receive it? If you have any questions or would like to
know more, we‟d love to help you.




                                             “Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart,
                              that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath:
                                                                                 there is none else.”
                                                                                 - Deuteronomy 4:39




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                                          About Western                Australia…
Western Australia is the largest state in Australia, making up one third of the country; it
holds just over 2 million people, roughly 1.5 million residing in Perth, the capital of WA.


Framing the coast of Western Australia are the beautiful beaches where many surf, fish
and watch the sunset. The Kimberley, North West, South West, Interior and the Wheat
Belt are the five regions which constitute WA, each having its unique attractions.


Climate
Western Australia‟s climate varies depending on the location. North of WA can reach to
the high 40s whereas south of WA can drop to almost zero degrees. Like others, WA has
four seasons: Summer (December to February), Autumn (March to May), Winter (June
to August) and Spring (September to November). Perth‟s climate is described as
Mediterranean – with cool, wet winters (average maximum: 18˚C, average minimum: 9˚C)
and hot, dry summers (average maximum: 29˚C, average minimum: 18˚C).


                                                                    About Perth…

                                                    Running through Perth is the Swan
                                                    River (named after the famous black
                                                    swans which are found along the
                                                    banks); Perth residents tend to use the
                                                    river as a point of reference when
                                                    describing locations; that is “north of
the river” or “south of the river”. Just west of the Swan River, near the central business
district, is Kings Park which has over 400 hectares of natural Australia bush. Kings Park
is the most popular tourist attraction in Perth due to its spectacular view of the city and
the Swan River. Other popular Perth locations are Fremantle, Swan Valley and Cottesloe
and City beach. Further from the Perth city, many travel south to Margret River where
there are fields after fields of beautiful vineyards, a place definitely worth visiting.
Generally, Perth has a relaxed culture, with most locals spending their weekends „taking it
easy‟ at the beaches, gardening, barbecuing, having a latte at one of the many cafés and
going fishing. Throughout the year, Perth hosts different events such as the Australia
Day Skyworks, the Perth Royal Show, various food and wine festivals, (including


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Australia‟s largest held in Swan Valley), the Red Bull Air Race World Series, the Hopman
Cup and much more!




Quick Facts

Full Name:              Perth
Area:                   Western Australia Area: 2,525,500 square kilometers
                        City of Perth Area: 8.75 square kilometers
Population:             Estimate 1,500,000
Time Zone:              Western Standard Time (AWST – GMT + 8:00)
Daylight Saving:        In 2006 to 2008, WA will be trialing daylight savings where
                        clocks are set one hour ahead of the standard time to make use
                        of more daylight at the end of each day.
Languages:              English (official). However as Australia is a multi-cultural
                        country, it's not unusual to walk down a city street and hear
                        people speaking Italian, Chinese, Greek, Lebanese, Vietnamese
                        or Arabic as their first language. Aboriginal languages are also
                        spoken. English-speaking Australians have a passion for
                        abbreviations and will commonly use local slang that can take
                        the first-time visitor a while to untangle (see „Understanding
                        Australians‟ article).
Currency:               Australian Dollar (A$)
Electricity:            220-240V 50Hz
Electric Plug Details: Australian-style plug with two flat
                        angled blades and one vertical grounding blade.

                                                                       Information taken from:
                                     http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3235.5.55.001
                                                        http://www.lookatwa.com.au/index.php




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                         Australian Custom                 Regulations…
To protect flora, fauna and the wildlife in Australia, the
government has imposed strict restrictions on what can be
brought into the country. Before you land on Australian soil,
you will receive an Incoming Passenger Card. This form is a
legal document. You must tick YES to declare if you are
carrying any food, plant material or animal products. If you
have items you don‟t wish to declare, you can dispose of them in quarantine bins in
the airport terminal. Failure to declare or dispose of any quarantine items will lead
to an on-the-spot-fine of AUD 220 or up to AUD 60000 and risk 10 years
imprisonment. If in doubt, declare it for examination by AQIS Officers – it‟s better
to be safe than sorry.
If you need more information visit
http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/travel/entering-australia/cant-take

These are SOME items that must be declared and inspected upon arrival.

       ANY food products (packaged, fresh, cooked, dried, frozen, smoked) including
        airline food or snacks
       herbal medicines, tonics or teas
       pet food
       cereal grains, popping corn, raw nuts, pine cones, birdseed, unidentified seeds,
        some commercially packaged seeds, and ornaments including seeds.
       all fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables and foods containing such
       all mammals, birds, birds‟ eggs and nests, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects
       feathers, bones, horns, tusks, wool and animal hair
       skins, hides and furs
       shells and coral (including jewellery and souvenirs)
       honey, beeswax and honeycomb
       plants, trees, flowers and parts thereof
       straw, wood, bamboo, cane, bark, palm fronds products or packaging
       used sporting and camping equipment including tents, footwear, hiking boots,
        golf equipment and bicycles (need to be checked to ensure they are clean and free
        from soil contamination)




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                                            Banking & Finance…
There are several banks available in Australia; the popular ones in Perth are ANZ
Banking Group, BankWest Corporation, Commonwealth Bank, and Westpac Banking
Corporation. Others such as HSBC, National Bank and Bendigo Bank are also available,
but their branches and ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) are not as accessible as the
popular ones. Each bank has a few different types of bank accounts to choose from,
each charging different bank fees and offering different savings. Past overseas students
had two bank accounts – one providing high interest rates to earn interest from their
larger balances, and a transaction bank account used for regular inflows and outflows of
cash. For transaction accounts, it is good to keep in mind how much the banks are
charging for monthly service, and the number of transactions you may have before
incurring transaction fees. At the moment, BankWest has an account called “Student
Account” which has no monthly service fee, and unlimited transactions without charges
but has a very low interest rate. It is best to check out what is available by visiting their
websites or have a talk with the bank teller to see which one best suits you.


ANZ:                        www.anz.com.au
BankWest:                   www.bankwest.com.au
Commonwealth Bank:          www.commbank.com.au
Westpac:                    www.westpac.com.au


For convenience, it is also advised that students open an account where they can easily
access an ATM (please note in most cases you are able to withdraw cash from a different
bank‟s ATM (e.g. withdrawing from a BankWest ATM with a ANZ card) but will incur
extra bank fees, and withdrawing from universal ATMs will also attract additional costs
too – roughly A$1.50.) The banks available at the different universities (or walking
distance from campus site) are:


University of Western Australia:
ANZ:                        ATM & branch available on Hampden Road, Nedlands
BankWest:                   ATM available on campus at the Guild
Commonwealth Bank:          ATM & branch near Caltex petrol station on Stirling highway
Universal ATM:              ATM also available on campus at the guild



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Curtin University of Technology:
BankWest:                 ATM & branch located behind to Angazi Café and another
                          ATM located next to Bookmark café opposite the library.
ANZ:                      ATM located between cafe concept and guild commercial
                          centre - opposite building 401 (psychology)
Murdoch University:
BankWest:                 ATM & branch located outside cafeteria


The four popular banks have internet banking, which means, you can transfer funds and
pay bills online. Most shopping places you can pay with your bank card (known as
EFTPOS – Electronic Funds Transfer Point Of Sale) and withdraw extra cash (Cash-
Out) which helps you save on withdrawal fees.




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                                                       Health Services…
It is compulsory for all international students to have “Overseas Student Health Cover”
(OSHC) that will cover them from the moment they arrive to Australia. This will mean
students will need to purchase the cover from a registered health organization before
they come. OSHC is an insurance providing cover for medical, hospital care, most
prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport for international students.
Students will need to purchase a cover to protect them throughout the duration of your
stay in Australia.


There is several health care cover to choose from. The four major providers are:

       Medibank Private [ website: www.medibank.com.au ]
       OSHC Worldcare (Lysaght Peoplecare Limited) [ website:
        www.oshcworldcare.com.au ]
       BUPA OSHC [ website: www.overseasstudenthealth.com ]
       Australian Health Management [ website: www.ahm.com.au ]

In BPCWA, majority of overseas students are with OSHC Worldcare. Students may
transfer between different health funds at any time.

The OSHC covers:

       the benefit amount as listed in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) for out-of-
        hospital medical services;
       100 % of the MBS fee for in-patient medical services (for example, surgery);
       public & private hospital shared ward accommodation (private - for hospitals that
        have contractual arrangements with the overseas student's health fund);
       accommodation for day surgery;
       no gap prostheses and gap permitted prosthese as listed in the Determination
        made under subsection 73AAG(6) and (7) of the National Health Act 1953;
       limited pharmaceuticals; and
       ambulance services.




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With additional charges, students have the option to extend their cover to receive extra
benefits such as dental, physiotherapy and optical. Most students will find their education
consultants will assist them in obtaining OSHC. Each student should receive an OSHC
card once enrolled.


                                                                      Information abstracted from:
       http://www.health.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/health-privatehealth-providers-
                                                                                        oscover.htm




Need to see a doctor                  after hours?

In case of an emergency
For a life-threatening situation, call for fire, ambulance or police on 000. If you require
police but it is not life-threatening, call 131-444.


Health advice advice 24 hours a day
Telephone advice on health matters is available 24 hours a day at Health Direct – 1800
022 222 (free call)


Royal Perth Hospital (From UWA 8min by car 7km, Curtin 11min by car 10km)
Phone 9224 2244


Fremantle Hospital (From Murdoch 14min by car 10km)
Phone 9431 3333


St John of God Murdoch (From Murdoch <1min away, across the road)
Phone 9366 1111 (note: this is a private hospital)


Poisons Information Centre
Phone 13 1126


Ask HealthDirect about other GPAfter Hours Services Available in your area.




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                                        Transportation…




Getting around Perth “air condition” style is made possible
thanks to our public transport system, Transperth. With over 9600 timetabled services
covering over 55 million kilometers per annum, there is sure to be a bus / train / ferry
stop near you!


Within Perth, Fremantle and Joondalup CBD boundaries are CAT (Central Area Transit)
services (BLUE, RED and YELLOW) that are free for people‟s travel conveniences. All
that‟s required is to hop on, greet the welcoming bus driver, find a window seat and have
yourself a nice little sight-seeing trip 


Transperth adopts an electronic ticketing system known as SmartRider which calculates
and deducts the fare all within 2 simple tags of “on” and “off”. Prior to use, one
important thing make sure of is that there are enough credit on your card. Adding value
to your SmartRider is a quick and easy process which can be done on board buses and
ferries, at Transperth InfoCentres, via BPAY, using add-value machines, etc. If the
autoload (direct debit) method is nominated, a 25% discount off travel fares is awarded!
What a bargain! SmartRiders can be purchase from Transperth InfoCentres and any
SmartRider Retail Sales Outlet for a small price of $5 for full time students and $10 for
standard users.


How to get to BPCWA (from Perth city):


    1. Mandurah Line (Train) stopping at Canning Bridge station
    2. Buses 940 or 881 from Canning Bridge station getting off
         at the 3rd stop
    Or
    1. Buses 940 or 881 from Esplanade Busport




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        Major University Routes:
        Curtin University - 98, 99, 34, 35, 72, 75, 100, 101, 342
        Edith Cowan University – 99, 98, 91, 92, 95, 401
        Murdoch University – 98, 99, 206, 207, 503, 504, 513, 514
        University or WA – 98, 99, 23, 24, 78, 97, 102, 103, 107



                               Standard                               Student Concession

              Cash    SmartRider - cost per                Cash     SmartRider - cost per
                            journey                                       journey

                              15%                 25%                       15%              25%
                            discount            discount                  discount          discount

 2 Sections   $1.40          $1.19               $1.05     $0.60           $0.51             $0.45

  1 Zone      $2.10          $1.79               $1.58     $0.90           $0.77             $0.68

  2 Zones     $3.20          $2.72               $2.40     $1.30           $1.11             $0.98

  3 Zones     $4.00          $3.40               $3.00     $1.60           $1.36             $1.20

  4 Zones     $4.70          $4.00               $3.53     $1.90           $1.62             $1.43

  5 Zones     $5.70          $4.85               $4.28     $2.20           $1.87             $1.65

  6 Zones     $6.60          $5.61               $4.95     $2.50           $2.13             $1.88

  7 Zones     $7.50          $6.38               $5.63     $2.90           $2.47             $2.18

  8 Zones     $8.20          $6.97               $6.15     $3.20           $2.72             $2.40

 DayRider     $7.70                                        $3.10           $2.64             $2.33

FamilyRider $7.70




                                 For more information please visit www.transperth.wa.gov.au or
                                 phone Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13




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                                                      Shopping & Food…

               Major Shopping Centres –

(i) City Centre: consisting of two main malls – Murray and Hay Street (which not only
is shopping central but where we do our city evangelisms too!). Both malls are closed to
traffic and offer a wide range of specialty stores to suit your shopping needs. Between the
two main malls are arcades – Picadilly, Carillion and Plaza where you can find smaller,
more independent stores. Forest Place contains more of the upmarket larger stores such
as Myer and David Jones.

(ii) Northbridge: nicknamed “China Town”. Here you can find all good things to eat
(but more on that later!) as well as hair dressers, individual asian stores. It is infamous for
it‟s night life and caution should be taken.




(iii) Harbor Town: situated on Wellington Street, it is easy to find your way there from
the CBD via the yellow CAT (see Transportation for details). Harbor Town is mainly
factory outlet shopping which means discounted clothing, footwear and other goodies.
You are sure to find a bargain!




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 (iv) Garden City: Located in Booragoon (near Murdoch University and BPCWA), it is
arguably the nicest and newest shopping centre Perth has to offer. You can find
everything you need there- for example; groceries, clothes, gifts, food, cinema, library etc.
It is also extremely easy to access as there is major busport there.

(v) Westfield Carousel: Located in Cannington (near Curtin University), it is a popular
hang out for Curtin students (especially when they have long breaks). It is one of the
largest shopping centres. It offers a similar experience to Garden city.


(vi) Westfield Whitford City: Located in Hillary‟s, though it is a far distance from the
CBD, it is the largest shopping centre in Perth.


(vii) Subiaco/Claremont/Fremantle: If you want to escape the city shopping for the
day then Subiaco, Claremont and Fremantle all offer a wide variety of shops. Subiaco and
Claremont are more popular for their designer fashions, and Fremantle is known for its
cultural aspect, markets, arts & crafts and souvenirs.




Here are some specific stores that you will find in Perth:

 Store                  Type                        Comments
                        Christian Store
                                                    You‟ll find plenty of different books and gifts here.
 Koorong                                            Word is a little cheaper than Koorong. Both have “15%
                        Websites:                   off everything” days so keep an eye out.
 Word
                        www.koorong.com.au
                        www.word.com.au
                                                    Main supermarkets in Perth – usually cheaper than other
 Coles
                        Supermarket                 independent retailers. Look out for advertisement
 Woolworths
                                                    papers delivered to your home.
                                                    Not as cheap as above, but can have good specials.
                        Collective group of
 IGA                                                Look out for advertisements delivered to your home.
                        small grocery stores
                                                    Usually still open when other supermarkets are closed

 Reject Shop
                                                    Low price, usually low quality but really cheap so you
 Crazy Clark            Cheap variety shops
                                                    don‟t worry about quality anyway.
 Red Dot Stores

                                                    Good for all those things you don‟t want to spend heaps
 Kmart
                        Department Store            on, but need anyway. Standard quality. Look out for
 Big W
                                                    “15% off” days at Kmart.
                                                    Meant to be more upmarket than Kmart/Big W, but I
 Target                 Department Store            think quality is about the same. Look out for “15% off”
                                                    days at Target.

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                                                       More upmarket, good during sales. Only 6 stores in
        Myer                Department Store           Perth – Fremantle, Karrinyup, Morley, City, Claremont
                                                       & Garden City (Booragoon).
                                                       Even more upmarket, can be good during sales. Only 3
        David Jones         Department Store
                                                       stores in Perth – Karrinyup, Claremont & Garden City.
        Priceline           Hygiene essentials         Cheap
        Valley Girl         Ladies clothing –
                                                       Cheap, quality not the best
        Temt                younger demographic

                            Ladies and Gents –         OK quality, cheap during sales (treasure hunt in the big
        Jay Jays
                            younger demographic.       piles of stuff – 3 for $15 etc)
                            Ladies and Gents –
        Cotton On           younger/average            Cheap in general. Quality varies
                            demographic
                            Ladies – younger
        Sportsgirl                                     Can be over-priced given quality. Sales are good.
                            demographic
        Jacqui-E
        Kookai
        Witchery            Ladies – mid/older
                                                       Better quality clothing – but you‟ll have to pay for it!
        Cue                 demographic.
        Portmans
        Espirit
        JB Hi-Fi            Electronics &
                                                       Cheaper store
        Good Guys           Appliances


        Helpful information…

        Clothing Size Conversions 

Women's Clothing                                               Women's Shoes
Australia 8 10 12     14   16   18                             Australia 5½ 6        6½     7   7½     8   8½      9
France    34 36 38    40   42   44 46                          Europe 35 36          36    37   38    38   39      40
Japan         7 9     11   13                                  UK        3½ 4        4½     5   5½     6   6½      7
USA           4 6      8   10   12 14            16            USA       5½ 6        6½     7   7½     8   8½      9
UK            6 8     10   12   14 16            18


Men's Shirts
Australia 36 37 38 39 40 41             42               Men's Shoes
Italy    14 14½ 15 15½ 16 16½           17               Australia 7           8      9    10 11 12
Japan    36 37 38 39 40 41              42               Europe    40         41     42    43 44½ 46              47
USA      14 14½ 15 15½ 16 16½           17               UK         7          8      9    10 11 12
UK       14 14½ 15 15½ 16 16½           17               USA        7          8      9    10 11 12               13




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 Opening Times 


                                      Shopping Hours
             Monday                      8 am - 6 pm
             Tuesday                     8 am - 6 pm
             Wednesday                   8 am - 6 pm
             Thursday ( Suburbs )        8 am - 9 pm, late night shopping
             Thursday ( City )           8 am - 6 pm
             Friday ( Suburbs )          8 am - 6 pm
             Friday ( City )             8 am - 9 pm, late night shopping
             Saturday                    8 am - 5:30 pm
             Sunday ( City & Fremantle) 12 pm - 6 pm, not all shops
                 Times may vary over Christmas and other special periods


Cash/Eftpos       or Credit? Most stores will accept Eftpos and Credit cards though
smaller boutiques and eating places may only require cash.



                                                           Where to         eat? 
Believe it or not but Perth has more restaurants per capita than any other city in Australia!
Perth has a large range of places to eat varying from silver service to authentic cafes,
from steak houses to food halls to suit everyone's budget. With so many different
cultures in Perth, you wouldn‟t know where to start! Italian, Greek, Turkish, French,
Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Lebanese, Seafood, Japanese, Australian and more! The popular
eating areas and cafés are at Northbridge, Leederville, Subiaco, Victoria Park and
Fremantle.


Below is a list of recommended restaurants/cafes for students where the prices are pretty
cheap and the food is quite decent.




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Restaurant            Type               Price Rank    Address             Comments
                                                                           A regular group of
                                                       454 Murray St,      Youth180 and
Fast Eddys (24 hrs)   Coffee/Western     $$$           Perth 6000          Regeneration go
                                                       (08) 9321 2552      here every Friday
                                                                           after fellowship.
                                                       150 Barrack St      Most popular
                                                       Perth 6000          dining place for
                                                       (08) 9221 4771      BPCWA. Dishes
Taka's                Japanese                                            start at $4!
                                                       397 Murray St Perth Recommended
                                                       6805 (Shafto Lane) place – Shafto Lane
                                                       (08) 9324 1234
                                                       Shop 14, 109 James
                      Bubble Tea and                   Street, Northbridge A popular hangout
Utopia                                   $$
                      Japanese                         35 Hulme Ct         for Asian Students
                                                       Myaree
                                                       Barrack Street,     Try the $4 beef
Mr Samurai            Japanese           
                                                       Perth               curry!
                                                       Shop 16/ 118 Parry
                                                       Ave
Bullcreek Hawker      Hawker Food        $$
                                                       Bull Creek 6149
                                                                           Good service
                                                       (08) 9312 3888
                                                       60 Lake St
                                                                           Chilli mussels are
Young Joes            Italian            $$            Northbridge 6003
                                                                           great!
                                                       (08) 9228 3488
                                                       149a Brisbane St
                                                       Perth 6000
                                                                           Dishes under $10.
                                                       (08) 9228 2788
                                                                           Best affordable
Tra Vinh              Vietnamese         $$
                                                                           Vietnamese food in
                                                       20 Roe St
                                                                           Perth
                                                       Northbridge 6003
                                                       (08) 9228 2198
                                                       Hulme               Big servings and
Sundays Everyday      Japanese           $
                                                       Court, Myaree       friendly service.
                                         $$$           U2/ 1 Howard St,    Very popular fish &
Cicerellos            Seafood                          Fremantle 6160      chips place but
                                                       (08) 9335 9811      expensive
                                                      Nedlands 165
                                                      Broadway St 6009
                                                       (08) 9389 8500      Mainly for UWA
Broadway Pizza        Italian            $$
                                                      Applecross 36        students
                                                      Kearns Crs 6153
                                                       (08) 9316 1003
                                                      Riseley Street,
                                                      Applecross
                                                      James St,            Half price waffles
Gelare                Ice-cream/Coffee   $$
                                                      Northbridge          every Tuesdays.
                                                      and many other
                                                      locations
                                                       Collins Rd          One of the best
Taurus or
                      Hawker Food        $             Willetton 6155      hawker food
Singapore Hawkers
                                                       (08) 9259 1788      places… in Perth




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                                                        108 James St,
Dragon Seafood        Yum Cha /Chinese       $$$        Northbridge 6003      Nice atmosphere
                                                        (08) 9227 8882
                                                        65 Francis St
Joy Garden            Yum Cha /Chinese       $$$        Northbridge 6003      Regular Chinese
                                                        (08) 9227 8638
                                                        Oxford Street,
                                                        Leederville           No bones
Sweetlips             Fish and Chips         $$$
                                                                              guaranteed
                                                        Fremantle
                                                        51 Farrington Rd
Chin‟s Noodle                                                                 Popular and may
House
                      Chinese                $$         Leeming 6149          need bookings.
                                                        (08) 9313 5638
                                                                              New restaurant
                                                        Canning Vale,
Golden BBQ            Chinese                $$                               with nice interior.
                                                        Market City           Free entrée soup
                                                        29 Manning Rd
                      Chinese and Dim                   Cannington WA         Notorious for being
Rising Sun                                   
                      Sum                               6107                  bad.
                                                         (08) 9458 6699
                                                        Riverton Forum
Sizzlers              Western Buffet         $$         High St Riverton      Eat all you can.
                                                        (08) 9354 2208
                                                                              Average Dimsum
                      Chinese and Dim
Yummy BBQ                                    $$                               but good to meet
                      Sum
                                                                              with mates.
                                                        25 Collie St
La Porchetta          Italian                $          Fremantle             Good pizzas
                                                        (08) 9336 2177
                                                        Spencer Village
                                                                              Jug of soya bean
Spencer Village       Food Court Style       $          Thornlie WA           milk is a must have.
                                                        6108
                                                                              Popular Curtin
                                                        213 Kent St           student hang out
Chilliz               Singaporean style                Karawara 6152         due to pricing (less
                                                        (08) 9389 5855        than 4 bucks for a
                                                                              meal!)
                                                       U4/ 38 Hulme
                                                                              $10 for all you can
Buffet King           Buffet style Chinese              Crt Myaree            eat lunch buffet!
                                                        (08) 9330 8898
                                                                              Good places for
Cappuccino Strip (a   Variable-mainly                   South Terrace,
                                             $$                               coffee, dessert and
street of cafés)      western                           Fremantle
                                                                              supper time

                                                                          $$$ Expensive
                                                                            $$ Moderate
                                                                                $ Cheap
                                                                            Good deal




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                                    Understanding Australians…
                                                                                       A

Any cashout? : Asking whether you want to withdraw cash from your bank account
while you pay using your bank card.
Arvo : afternoon
Aussie (pron. Ozzie) : Australian
                                                                                       B

Barbie : barbecue (noun)
Bathers : swimming costume
Beaut, beauty : Really good. (also „you beauty!‟ : Exclamation of delight)
Bickie : biscuit (also "it cost big bickies" - it was expensive)
Bloke : man, guy
Bludger : lazy person, layabout, somebody who always relies on other people to do
things or lend him things
A Bomb : Run down, old car (“ I could only afford to buy a bomb”)
Bogan : a person who is (or is perceived to be) uncouth, unsophisticated or of a lower-
class background
Booze bus : Police van used for random breath testing for alcohol
Bottle shop : liquor shop
Brekkie : breakfast
Bush : the hinterland, the Outback, anywhere that isn't in town
                                                                                      C

Cactus : Tired, dead (“the microwave‟s cactus”)
Chockie : chocolate
Chook : a chicken
Chocka-block/chockers : Really full (“The freeway is chockers”)
Chrissie : Christmas
Chin wag : having a good chat
Chunder : Vomit
Cuppa (have a Cuppa) : have cup of tea or coffee
                                                                                     D

Dacks : pants or underpants
Dag : a funny person, nerd, goof
Dead horse : tomato sauce
Dob (somebody) in : reporting that someone has done wrong. Hence dobber, a tell-tale
Docket : a bill, receipt
Dodgy : Suspicious or unreliable
Dole bludger : somebody on social assistance when unjustified
Down Under : Australia and New Zealand
Dud : a fake, broken or sub-standard
Dunny : toilet
                                                                                       E

Earbashing : nagging, non-stop chatter




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                                                                                         F

Fair dinkum : true, genuine
Fair go : a chance ("give a bloke a fair go")
Footy : Australian Rules football or the football itself
Freo : Fremantle. A city south of Perth
                                                                                         G

G'Day : hello!
Good onya : good for you, well done
Grog : liquor, beer ("bring your own grog, you bludger")
Grot : Someone who is dirty or unhygienic („you‟re such a grot! Wash your hands!”)
Grub : Food
                                                                                         H

Hey? : Used at the end of a sentence to prompt a response (“ it‟s pretty hot hey?”)
Hobo : under-dressed or uncivilised
How’s it going? or How’s things? : How are you? (You are not expected to go into
details about your day. Just answer “Good, thanks”).
                                                                                         I

Iffy, it’s a bit : It‟s a bit dangerous, suspicious or dodgy
                                                                                         J

Jumper : Sweater
Just down the road : If someone says this, ask for more details as this could be 100 m
to 10 km away
                                                                                         L

Lippy : lipstick
                                                                                         M

Maccas (pron. "mackers") : McDonalds
Mate : buddy, friend
Mozzie : mosquito
                                                                                         N

Nackered : Really tired (“I am so nackered”)
Narkie : Short tempered or very negative about everything
No dramas : same as 'no worries'
No worries! : Expression of forgiveness or reassurance (No problem; forget about it; I
can do it; Yes, I'll do it)
                                                                                         O

Ocker : a very… Australian, Australian (“that bloke is so ocker”)
Oz : Australia!
                                                                                         P

Plate, bring a : Instruction on party or barbie invitation to bring your own food. It
doesn't mean they're short of crockery!


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Piker : Somebody who does not join the rest of the group when they initially said they
would (“Ted is being a piker!”)
Prang : Car accident (“someone‟s had a nasty prang on Canning Highway”)
Prezzy : present, gift
                                                                                          Q

Quid : money
                                                                                              R

I Reckon! : you bet! Absolutely!
Rego : vehicle registration
Rellie : family relative
Roo bar : stout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos
(also bull bar)
                                                                                              S

Sanga : Sandwich
Shout : turn to buy - a round of drinks usually ("it's your shout")
Sickie : day off sick from work (“chuck a sickie” = taking a day off you‟re not sick)
Smoko : smoking break or break in general (“Pete‟s gone on smoko, he‟ll be back soon”)
Snag : a sausage
Spit the dummy : get very upset at something
Stickybeak : the act of being nosy (“Nola was having a stickybeak in Pam‟s room”) or
someone who stickybeaks a lot! (“ Nola is being a stickybeak”)
Strine : An ocker way of saying „Australian‟
Stralya : An ocker way of saying „Australia‟
Subi : Subiaco, place just outside Perth with many restaurants
Sunnies : sunglasses
Surfies : people who go surfing - usually more often than they go to work!
                                                                                      T

Tee-up : to set up (an appointment)
Thongs : cheap rubber backless sandals
Trackies : track suit (also trackie dacks – tracksuit pants)
                                                                                          U

Uni : university
Ute : utility vehicle, pickup truck
Ugg Boots : casual, warm, wool-lined boots
                                                                                              V

Veg out : relax (e.g. in front of the TV - like a vegetable)
Vegies : Vegetables
                                                                                          W

WACA (pron. whacker) : Western Australian Cricket Association and the Perth cricket
ground
Whinge : complain
Wuss : coward; nervous person or animal
                                                                                  Y

Yabber : talk (a lot)

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                                                                       God Speaks 

How to survive financial problems
         [But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus]
                                                                                  Philippians 4:19
[Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, How shall we
 be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that
 you have need of all these things. But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
                                                     and all these things shall be added unto you.]
                                                                                 Matthew 6:31-33
How to Handle Stress
 [Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength] Isaiah 26: 3-
                                                                                                 4
How to praise God
[praise ye the LORD, praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. Blessed
be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore. From the rising of the sun unto
                                 the going down of the same the LORD‟S name is to be praised.]
                                                                                   Psalms 113: 1-3
When you are afraid
       [For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.]
                                                                                         2 Tim 1:7
When you are lonely
  [Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall
                                             be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.]
                                                                                       Psalms 42:8
When you are discouraged
   [Be careful for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
                                                             requests be made known unto God.]
                                                                                    Philippians 4:6
When you are sad
  [Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all
comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in
                  any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.]
                                                                                       2 Cor 1:3-4




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                                                         Important                   Phone Numbers…


EMERGENCY ....................................................................... 000
For Ambulance, Fire and Police


National Security Hotline .................................. 1800 123 4000
Report suspicious activity
which may relate to terrorism ...................................................................


Police................................................................................ 9222 1111


Healthdirect ............................................................ 1800 022 222
24 hour healh advice line


Interpreting Services (TIS) .......................................... 13 14 50


Poisons Information Centre ......................................... 13 11 26
24 hour advice on all exposures
to poisons, medicines, plants
bites/stings


Alinta .................................................................................. 13 13 52
(Gas Company) – for faults & Emergencies
www.alinta.net.au


Water Corporation .......................................................... 13 13 75
Water Supply, Sewerage &
Drainage Faults, Emergencies
& Security


Synergy ............................................................................... 13 13 51
(Electricity Company) To
report      electrical  supply
interruptions & emergencies
www.synergyenergy.com.au




                                                                                                     **all 1800 calls are freecall




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                                                           Calling Cards…

We‟ve listed some tips to look out for when buying calling cards:


For long call: If you plan to make a call in access of an hour, it is recommended that
you choose a card that has a low rate per minute. Cards with lower rates normally come
with a connection fee. The connection fee is varies from 49¢ to A$1.49. Calling cards
with connection fees proves to be more cost effective for long distance call.


For short call: If you have a habit of making short calls, it is recommended that you buy
calling card that doesn‟t have a connection fee. However, be aware of the Terms and
Conditions for any extra costs.


Off peak hour calls: Some cards offer a cheaper rate during off-peak hours (from 11pm
to 3 am Western Australia time).


Expiration date: Many calling cards expire after certain period. It usually spans from 3-6
months and it is counted from the card‟s first use.


Pay-Phone Surcharge: A surcharge applies when you use a public pay-phone.


Calls to mobile phones: A different rate applies when you make calls to mobile phones.
Be aware that it tends to cost more when you make calls to mobile phones.


For example: Calling Singapore with no connection card, it ONLY costs 8¢ per minute
for ASIA CONNECT / JOY Card with 3 months expiry. For better quality and longer
expiry (6 months), you can choose NO FRILLS Card.


Check what factors you should consider on choosing the right cards for your calling
needs once you get familiar with international calling cards. It will help you to get the
lowest rates, best services, minimize hassles and huge savings in the long run. A handy
website to check for cheap phone cards is www.phonecardselector.com.au.




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                                                             Helpful Australian websites…

Bargains and coupons for shops around Australia…………………...www.ozbargain.com.au
Find a type of business ............................................................................ www.yellowpages.com.au
Find residential or business phone number & location ........................ www.whitepages.com.au
Get map or direction ........................................................................................ www.whereis.com.au
     Or............................................................................................................................... local.live.com
Cheap electronic goods ................................................................................... www.shopbot.com.au
     Or................................................................................................................. www.staticice.com.au
Cheap Phone Card finder ............................................................. www.phonecardselector.com.au
BPCWA Youth Forum............................................................................. www.bpcwa.com/forums
BPCWA Youth Ministries page .....................................................................www.bpcwa.com/ypg
Looking for a Job? ................................................................................................. www.seek.com.au
Bus, Trains and Ferry .............................................................................. www.transperth.wa.gov.au




                                                            Internet Service Providers (ISP)…
Some popular internet service providers and their websites:
iiNET ......................................................................................................................... www.iinet.net.au
Reliable and good customer service. Most people at Church prefer iiNET. Currently provides the fastest
internet connection in Perth
Westnet .............................................................................................................. www.westnet.com.au
Similar service to iiNET
Telstra Bigpond .................................................................................................. www.bigpond.com
Australia’s biggest internet provider, but very expensive
OptusNet ..............................................................................................................www.optus.com.au
SingTel’s subsidiary in Australia
Iprimus ....................................................................................... www.iprimus.com.au/PrimusWeb
Not the most reliable ISP in Perth… but cheap.
Tip: COMPARE ISPs in Australia at www.whirlpool.net.au and read all about
broadband in Australia.




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