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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 move 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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1st Contact rebrands to Sable International.

In 2020 we merged with our big brother Sable International.

The accountants, brokers, advisers and caseworkers that you used to deal with will not be going anywhere as the entire 1st Contact team will be in the same roles at Sable International. You'll still get the same great service, just under a new name.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

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