When choosing a VPN for Australia, the best idea is to look for a VPN with fast connection to Singapore or the U.S. West Coast. If you connect to a server in Singapore you will avoid the Five Eye countries, and you’ll tend to get reasonably fast connection speeds to the US. You should not connect to Australian servers if you do not want your online activities to be logged.
Here are the best VPNs for Australia:
- NordVPN (based in Panama): this provider has three severs in Singapore, three in New Zealand and one in Malaysia. They also have about 150 servers on the US West Coast.
- ExpressVPN (based in the British Virgin Islands): Good apps available for Mac, Windows and mobile devices. Fast connections around the world (including Singapore). Good customer support. They have a 30 days “no quibble” money-back offer. They accept Paypal, major credit cards and Bitcoin. Two simultaneous connections allowed.
- IPVanish (based in USA): Some people report that IPVanish is also very fast in Australia. IPVanish has 700 servers available in 60 countries. IPVanish offers a “7 Day Free Trial” in the form of a money back guarantee. Allows five simultaneous connections.
Many Australian use VPNs to access Netflix, the BBC Player and various torrent sites.
The Australian Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, has stated that the use of VPN technology by Australians to circumvent geo-blocking in the US, is not illegal under the Copyright Act. Here is the quote from Turnbull’s website:
While content providers often have in place international commercial arrangements to protect copyright in different countries or regions, which can result in ‘geoblocking’, circumventing this is not illegal under the Copyright Act.