Australia

Most of the information in BCL is divided into states – see the navigation bar above. These pages are for national information and links.

Online Courses and Education

Online education ranges from short informal courses for interest or to learn a particular skill, to accredited training to increase your career prospects. Being online frees you from geographic and time constraints. Online Course Providers Online Courses Australia is a nationally registered training organisation (RTO 32080). Studying through Online Courses Australia can help you land… Read More

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Writers and Editors Associations

Societies and Associations for Writers and Editors National Australian Bush Poets Association Inc Australian Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Australian Horror Writers Association Australian Licensing Corporation Australian Poetry Centre Australian Publishers Association Australian Society of Authors Australian Society of Travel Writers Australian Storytelling – resources for storytellers, including writers… Read More

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Writers’ Festivals Australia

Adelaide Writers’ Week – Part of the Adelaide Festival. Armageddon Expo – Science fiction, fantasy, anime, and gaming expo including writers talks. Australian Children’s Book Week – For information on the winning books and costumes that celebrate characters from children’s books see our BCL Book Week page. Brisbane Writers Festival: BWF presents a vibrant and… Read More

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Information for Australian Businesses

Useful Web Sites for Australian Businesses Useful web sites with information for day to day running of your business. Australia Post Australian Business Register – see the publicly available information supplied by businesses when they register for an Australian Business Number (ABN). Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) Australian Stock Exchange Australian Tax Office Government information… Read More

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Moving to Australia

On this page we have grouped links to information of particular interest to people planning to move to Australia. Information about Immigration Requirements, Entry Visas etc Australian Immigration from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs’ (DIMA) Visas and Immigration information Workers for professionals and other skilled workers seeking work or business in Australia Migrants… Read More

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Weather & Climate Change

Weather Information and Forecasts The Australian Bureau of Meteorology site www.bom.gov.au is the best and primary source of weather information and forecasts in Australia. As well as weather reports and forecasts they provide credible information on climate. National Weather Warnings Radar images – Rainfall patterns and intensity Satellite images Tide Predictions for Australia, South Pacific… Read More

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Holiday Park / Tourist Parks around Australia & NZ

Holiday parks offer a range of self-catering accommodation with all you need to relax and unwind. They have become increasingly popular in Australia with families who want a complete package of self-catering accommodation, entertainment and activities. Darwin and NT Holiday Parks NSW Holiday Parks Queensland Holiday Parks – Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast South Australia… Read More

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Hotels, Motels & Resorts with Wotif.com

Check availability and get instant confirmation for bookings with Wotif.com, Australia’s leading last-minute online booking provider. Wotif.com have a 24/7 customer service centre in Brisbane.   You’ll find direct links to towns in our state pages for Brisbane and suburbs Canberra and suburbs Sydney and suburbs and regional New South Wales Melbourne and regional Victoria… Read More

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Asperger’s Syndrome in Australia

We have created this separate page for Asperger’s Syndrome because of the growing number of websites. As with all other BCL support pages, we do not include free links to professionals promoting their services. Australian Sites – Asperger’s Syndrome & Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Asperger’s Syndrome Support Network (Queensland) is a volunteer not for profit… Read More

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Australian National Support Organisations

Adults Surviving Child Abuse(ASCA) is an Australian national non-government organisation dedicated to the health and wellbeing of adult survivors of all forms of child abuse and neglect. Since 1995, ASCA has provided help and support for adults who have experienced childhood trauma and are struggling with its effects in the present, as well as for… Read More

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Women’s Groups

Australian Breastfeeding Association Australian National Committee on Refugee Women – (ANCORW Coop. Ltd) Australian Women’s Health Network – A community based, non-profit, consultative organisation that provides a national voice on women’s health issues. Breast Cancer Network Australia Business and Professional Women Australia – Provides opportunities for business and professional women to network, access mentors, develop… Read More

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Australian and International Volunteering Groups

ActNow – Provides opportunities for young people to get involved with their community and volunteering. Amnesty International Asylum Seekers Resource Centre – Aims to provide aid, advocacy and health services for asylum seekers in Australia. Australian Conservation Foundation – See their Volunteer opportunities. Australian Emergency Management Volunteer Program Forum – Provides training, legal protection, funding… Read More

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National Science Groups

ABC Science – Includes news, games and information for teachers and activities for children. Australian Academy of Science – The academy aims to promote science through policy, education, international relations and recognition of outstanding contributions. Australian Astronomy – Information for amateur, professionals, students and more. Australian National Herbarium Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Australian… Read More

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National Genealogy and History Groups

Honest History promotes balanced consideration of Australian history, by making contesting, evidence-based interpretations available to students, teachers, universities, journalists and the public. Honest History challenges the misuse of history in the service of political or other agendas. Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc Australian GenWeb Project Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc Australian Jewish… Read More

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National Model, Model Engineering and Hobby Organisations

Australian Association of Live Steamers Australian Model Engineering Australian Radio Yachting Association Inc League of Silent Flight Australia. This website offers information about the LSF, the LSF Proficiency scheme, competition results, impending events, articles about gliding, photos and stories that can make the whole experience of flying gliders even more enjoyable. Model Aeronautical Association of… Read More

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National Health & Disability Organisations

Australian Drug Information Network links to an extensive range of information about alcohol and other drugs. Australian Pituitary Foundation Ltd: The APF’s mission is to provide support to those who have experienced pituitary gland conditions. We promote awareness and disseminate information among the medical community, public, pituitary patients and their families. CanTeen the Australian Organisation… Read More

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National Games Clubs

National Games Clubs Australian Battle Group – “big-gun” radio-controlled model warship combat. Australian Billiards & Snooker Council Australian Chess Federation Australian Crossword Club Australian Go Association – Play Go, the ancient Chinese strategy board game (as seen being played by Russell Crowe in “A Beautiful Mind”) Australian Meccano Modeller’s Association Australian Mensa group for people… Read More

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National Food and Wine Groups

Australian Craft Brewers – Here you will find brewers of all ages, abilities and nationalities working together to promote and encourage the hobby of brewing your own beer.  The community section has contact details for finding a craft-brewing club near you. Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network – Community gardens are places where people… Read More

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Multicultural Clubs & Interest Groups – National

Australian American Association Australian National Committee on Refugee Women (ANCORW Coop. Ltd) Australian Tibet Council – A non-profit organisation that works to promote the human rights and democratic freedoms of the Tibetan people. Australian Turkish Cultural Platform aims to promote Turkish history, culture, art, music, food and related issues for the benefit of all cultures… Read More

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National Costume & Re-enactment & Performance Groups

Australian Costumers’ Guild is open to all people interested in costuming, regardless of skill level or background. The New Varangian Guard – a group dedicated to re-enacting the fascinating middle period of the Byzantine Empire and surrounding cultures through combat, arts and sciences. The Australasian Register of Living History Organisations aims to list all known… Read More

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National Community Groups

Lions Australia Rotary Downunder YMCA is a community based charity that delivers programs and services to help build strong people, strong families and strong communities from over 500 YMCA centers across Australia. Zonta International – Women’s Group www.community.gov.au Government site with information, news and resources for community groups is no longer online. Please comment below if… Read More

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National Groups and Links for Children and Youth

ABC kids – Rollercoaster, the Playground and ABC parents. ActNow – Provides opportunities for young people to get involved with their community and volunteering. Ardoch Youth Foundation – Actively seeks resources to increase learning and welfare support for schools, early childhood centres, students and families. Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia – Mentoring program for young… Read More

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National Car Clubs

’55,’56,’57 Chevrolet Club of Australia Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Australia AMCA Nationals (Speedway) Antique Motorcycle Club of Australia Armstrong Siddeley Car Club Australian 300ZX Owners Association Australian Automobile Association Australian Karting Association Australian National Drag Racing Association Australian Street Rod Federation Australian Women’s Motorsport Network BMW Clubs Australia BMW DTM Power Australia The Bolwell… Read More

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National Art & Craft Groups

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to claim, control and enhance their cultural inheritance. The Australian Arts Community Online The Australian Association of Glass Artists Australian Ceramics Australian Costumers Guild The Australian Forum for Textile Arts (TAFTA) Australian Knifemakers Guild has members in each state and… Read More

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National Animal Clubs & Animal Welfare Groups

Abyssinian Cat Club of Australasia is devoted to the welfare of Abyssinian and Somali cats and caters for owners, exhibitors and breeders from around Australia and New Zealand. Agility Dog Association of Australia Australia New Guinea Fish Association was formed in 1982 by a group of hobbyists whose interests were in the conservation, keeping, breeding… Read More

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National Groups

Listings for interest groups, support groups and community organisations have always been at the core of BCL. All listings are free so that small groups can be found without payment or struggling to be found in the search engines. As well as these pages for national groups, you’ll find links to local groups for each… Read More

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Australian Postcodes and Telephone Area Codes

Australian postcodes (zip codes) can cover large areas, suburbs, towns, even multiple towns in regional areas. This page gives an overview of the postcode and telephone systems and links to search for the ones you want.

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Major Events Australia

These are major events and holidays that affect travel plans and costs on this page. I’ve included the seasons to remind visitors from the northern hemisphere that winter is in June/July/August and summer is December/January/February.

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National Environmental Groups

National Organic Week Australia (NOW) is 10 days of activities designed to increase awareness of the benefits of organic products and farming production systems and accelerate the uptake of these in the wider Australian community and environment. Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants – Has information and contacts about the cultivation, propagation, conservation and… Read More

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Australia & New Zealand Tours and Sightseeing

You’ll find lots of tours and activities in each BCL state and region site: Adelaide South Australia Tours Brisbane Tours Darwin Tours, Alice Springs Tours, Uluru / Ayers Rock Tours Gold Coast Tours & Attractions & Sunshine Coast Tours Tropical North Queensland Barrier Reef, Whitsundays, Cairns Tours Hobart and Tasmania Tours Melbourne Victoria Tours Perth… Read More

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Australian Time Zones and Daylight Saving Dates – all states of Australia

The size of Australia means that we have three times zones. This page explains the timezones and when some state change their clocks for daylight saving (summertime).

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News & Current Affairs

Here we list many sources of news, opinion and analysis of varying quality and political flavours.

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Hotels, Motels, Resorts, Hostels & Holiday Accommodation in Australia

We have two types of accommodation listings in BCL: pay-when-you-book bookings with Wotif.com and pay-when-you-stay bookings with Booking.com

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School holiday dates & Public Holidays – all states of Australia & NZ

Each state of Australia sets their own school term and holiday dates – which can be very confusing when travelling interstate. We include school holiday dates on each city what’s on pages (click on state links below), but also here are links to official government sites where you can double-check all dates.

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Car Hire and Rentals around Australia

These are national car hire companies offering the full range from casual hire of a car or ute for the day to longer and interstate hires. Car Hire and Rentals around Australia Budget – Car, Trucks, Vans and Ute Hire Budget offers a wide range of cars, 4WDs, and minibuses, as well as Australia’s largest… Read More

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Australian Archives

Links to a wide range of national and state archives.

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