According to the 2016 census, over 304,015 people from the Philippines currently live in Australia. While this well-established and vibrant community extends throughout the entire country, a lot of commercial services and cultural support exist within the nation’s largest metro areas.

If you’re considering moving away from the Philippines and looking for where to move in Australia, check out the major regions that the Philippines’ overseas community lives, as well as what makes them unique.

Sydney

In Sydney, Filipinos make up over 3% of the total population in many of the major metro areas, including nearly 6% in the city of Blacktown. Sydney hosts the largest and most historical overseas Filipino community in the country by far.

A number of places and events throughout the Sydney metro area offer important resources to the community:

Check out this video for more on Fiesta Kultura, along with some history on the overseas Filipino community in Sydney!

Melbourne

About one in five Filipinos who move to Australia settles in Melbourne. This community has worked hard to create an array of services and cultural events that celebrates and supports its members:

Here’s some live footage from the most recent Philippines Street Fiesta in Melbourne!

The overseas Filipino communities in both Sydney and Melbourne — as well as throughout Australia — depend on their fellow community members for support and to feel welcome in the new country they call home. Additionally, staying connected to family and friends in the Philippines is essential.

As one of the largest Filipino communities abroad, Filipinos residing in Australia need to be able to send money home to loved ones with ease, whether it’s for birthdays, holidays, financial support, school supplies, or other important reasons.

Remitly makes the money-sending process fast and simple, so you can show your loved ones the support they need even from far away.