Amazon Alexa Skills available in Australia

Matt Sayer 18 January 2018 NEWS

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A list of of things you can do with your new Amazon Echo smart speaker here in Australia.

With Amazon finally bringing its Echo smart speaker to Australia, Aussie companies have started rolling out support for the device by announcing a variety of new Skills coming to Alexa, Amazon's virtual personal assistant.

Skills, which is just a fancy name for the things Alexa can do, can be enabled a la carte by navigating to the Skills section in the Amazon Alexa app and selecting the particular Skill you want. Once enabled, Skills can be activated by simply asking Alexa. For example, to have Alexa find a banana cake recipe from the website Taste, you would say "Alexa, ask Taste for a banana cake recipe."

Since Skills are often based around local products and services, plenty of Aussie companies have thrown their hat into the ring by releasing Skills in advance of the Echo's arrival Down Under in early February. Here are all the Skills announced so far, and we'll update this list as new Skills are unveiled:

Brand Skill Example command
AGL Check your energy usage and bill status. "Alexa, ask AGL how much electricity I've used this bill."
Airtasker Post a task to Airtasker advertising for the service of your choice. "Alexa, ask Airtasker to find me a cleaner."
amaysim Check your mobile balance, top up your data and find your phone. "Alexa, ask amaysim how much data I have left."
Coastalwatch Check surf conditions. "Alexa, ask Coastalwatch for the surf at Bondi today."
Dimmi Make restaurant reservations. "Alexa, ask Dimmi to make a reservation at my favourite restaurant for 7:30PM.“
D-Link Control D-Link smart home devices. "Alexa, turn on the bedroom lights."
Domino's Place a Quick Order and check the status of a current order. "Alexa, ask Domino's to place my favourite order."
EnergyAustralia Review the status and due date of your current energy bill. "Alexa, ask EnergyAustralia when is my account due."
Flight Centre Find the cheapest flights to destinations around the world through your preferred airline. "Alexa, ask Flight Centre for the cheapest flight to London."
Fox Sports Get the latest sports news. "Alexa, what's in the news?"
hipages Find a tradie to perform work at a particular address. "Alexa, ask hipages to find me a plumber."
Hit Network Get the latest entertainment and celebrity news. "Alexa, what's the news?"
LIFX Control LIFX smart lights. "Alexa, dim the living room by 50%."
Logitech Control Logitech Harmony products. "Alexa, turn on the TV."
Macquarie National News Receive a flash briefing on the latest news, sports and weather. "Alexa, what's news?"
Mojo Power Check energy usage and bill status. "Alexa, ask Mojo Power what's my energy usage."
NAB Check bank balance and manage your money. "Alexa, ask NAB for my account balance."
NextThere Check public transport schedules. "Alexa, ask NextThere when is the next bus to the city."
NZ Herald Check the latest news from New Zealand. "Alexa, what's the latest?"
Philips Hue Control Philips Hue smart lights. "Alexa, turn on the kitchen light."
Qantas Check flight status and the balance of reward points. "Alexa, ask Qantas what's my points balance."
REA Group Receive a flash briefing on the latest real estate news. "Alexa, what's my flash briefing?"
SBS News Receive a flash briefing on the latest Australian and global news. "Alexa, what's the news?"
Seek Search job listings and employment market news. "Alexa, find me a job."
Taste.com.au Search for recipes. "Alexa, ask Taste for a chocolate cookie recipe."
Telstra Control Telstra Smart Home-compatible smart devices. "Alexa, set living room light to 50%"
Triple M Get the latest news and sports updates. "Alexa, what's the news?"
Uber Request a ride. "Alexa, ask Uber for a ride."
Village Cinemas Find movie times and locations. "Alexa, ask Village Cinemas for an action movie."
Virgin Australia Check status of flights, review Velocity rewards points balance and request boarding gate and booking reference information for Velocity members. "Alexa, ask Virgin Australia for that status of flight VA970 today."
Westpac Access bank account balance, transaction history and reward points status. "Alexa, ask Westpac how much money I have in my savings account."

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