About 1st Contact Australia
We help people pursue their lives, careers and travel aspirations in the UK and Australia.
If you’re moving to the UK, we can help you get your visa, open a bank account, find a job,
manage your finances and everything in-between. If you’re looking to move to Australia,
our immigration experts can help you get the correct visa and give you advice
about setting up your life Down Under.
Reg Bamford founded 1st Contact in 1995 to help the many residents of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa moving to the UK with their tax and accounting needs.
What started as a small office in the Arches at Embankment soon grew into a thriving business in Piccadilly and Bow Lane. From our humble beginnings, we now offer contractor accounting, tax returns, immigration, forex, shipping and travel services, among others.
1st Contact Australia opens its doors
Soon after the opening of the 1st Contact London office, we realised we were helping many citizens from Australia and New Zealand apply for visas and move to the UK. In order to be closer to this important market, 1st Contact Australia was born.
What started as UK immigration assistance service, has grown to include foreign exchange services, lifestyle advice and Australian visa processing.
After 20 years, this market is still one of our largest and most-valued client bases.
To make sure you know that we’re giving you the best service possible, we’re registered with the following authorities:
- Australian Financial Services Licence, issued by the Australian Securities Investment Commission (AFSL Number 335126)
- Registered Migration Agent, licensed by the Migration Agents Registration Authority 1382205
- Members of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA)
- Members of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) in the UK. Licensed to give advice and services under OISC No. F2001-00004
- Members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- Registered with and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FRN 208325)
- Members of and regulated by the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority
- Founding member of, and bonded by, the Associations of Tax Agents
- Registered with HM Customs & Excise in the UK as a money services business with registration number 12148630
- Bonded by the British Association of Removers
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Here’s what our customers saying about us
"You cannot begin to imagine what it means, in today's day and age, to know that there is a company out there, with trained staff to assist you, who deliver what they have promised. Your integrity means the world to me. Thank you 1st Contact!!"
- Ané Arangies
"Just wanted to let you know how great I think 1st Contact is and how easy you guys are to deal with. Will definitely tell any other kiwis heading over to UK to use you."
- Renee Palmer
"You were consistently helpful, always kept in touch, and were exceedingly patient with the difficulties of finalising my return—with very little input from me. There were times when I doubted I would ever see a return, but now I eagerly await my cheque!"
- Sue Anderson
“Thank you very much. 1st Contact has assisted us in our relocation to the UK, contractor via 1st Contact, money transfers, shipments back to Australia and taxation services which have all been first class service. Thank you and we will recommend you to our family and friends.”
“The service provided by you guys has been outstanding. With a proof in my hand and my own personal experience I can now surely recommend you guys to every single person that I come across and who needs help with tax. I would like to thank every single person who has been working on my file and to those who have took their time out to keep me updated about the status of my file. Once again thanks a lot.”
- Shashank Gudimella
“I have received my tax refund, so I wanted to drop a quick line to say thank you for your work on this and your patience with all my questions! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you and 1st Contact refunds to any other antipodeans returning home from the UK.”
"I would just like to thank you for all your help to claiming my tax back. From the company that I tried to use before 1st Contact there is a massive professional difference and I WILL be recommending and using 1st Contact in the future. 1st Contact have kept me updated weekly and always replied to any e-mails I sent promptly. Going from a company that never replied and didn't care for over a year to 1st Contact that made it look so easy, thanks a million."
- Charl VD Merwe
“Thanks so much for the great service, you guys were always prompt and kept me updated on the progress of both my tax refund and shipping our items to South Africa.”
“Thank you very much for all your help in getting this tax refund for me. Also thank you very much for the swift and professional service you have provided. I will be recommending you to anyone else I know of who requires assistance in claiming a tax refund. Again thank you.”
“Thanks for your good service Im so glad to hear from you, I must confess that Im really impress with your good service, I will be glad to have my money paying to my bank acct details with you Metro bank and I promise to recommend you to friends and family that will like this very good service thank you 1st Contact you have done a great job.”