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The Definitive Guide: Moving to Australia for a Year Part 2 of 2

working holiday visa 2Ever since I moved to Melbourne in March, I’ve been inundated by emails and comments asking how to move to Australia for a year. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while but wanted to make sure that I’d experienced enough of Australia to give you the best information first. 

Once I started writing this post I realised that it was going to be a long one. Check out Part 1 here.

If you are thinking of moving to Australia for a year, then here’s part 2 of the definitive guide on how to make it possible.

When you arrive:

Belgrave Dandenong 10– Tax File Number (TFN)

In order to legally work in Australia, you have to have a TFN number. You can apply online and it will take around 28 days to process. Most jobs will let you start work without it and you have a 28 day grace period before you start getting charged 50% tax.

You will need an Australian address to complete the application. I just used my hostel’s address. Your TFN will be sent through the post but don’t worry if you have no permanent address as you can ring up to check the status of your application and get your TFN over the phone.

Find out more here.

Gaplife month 4 6– Jobs

How you go about getting a job completely depends on what your looking for and your experience back home.

As I had office experience, I signed up with a few temp agencies which worked out great. Contact agencies as soon as you touch down in Oz. They will set up a meeting with you and then start looking for work straight away. If you’re in Melbourne or Sydney, I’d recommend Interstaffing.

For cafe work, handing in your CV face-to-face or searching Gumtree is usually best. A lot of this work is cash in hand so will save you from having to work out the complicated tax-related issues.

Bar work can be tricky as you will have to complete an Responsible Sale of Alcohol (RSA) course. This course is only valid for the state you are in as all have different alcohol laws. The courses are easy, take a day and cost around £25.

The same goes for laboring. If you have any laboring experience then definitely make use of it in Oz as the pay is INSANE, but first up you will have to get a White Card. Again, this consists of a short and easy course which will enable you to work on building sites throughout the state.

For farm work, hit up Harvest Trail or Gumtree for work in your local area.

Melbourne First Impressions 4– Phone

You will need to get a new sim card and an Australian number. If you are staying in the city then chose Vodafone for cheap tariffs and free calls home. If you are travelling chose Telstra for the best network coverage.

Melbourne First Impressions 8– Long term accommodation

If you are a solo traveller then long term hostels are probably a great shout for you. Most people are working like you so you can get some shut-eye at night, you meet new people and there’s always something going on. You can get cheaper deals if you book weeks or months in one go.

If you want some privacy then look into getting a house-share. You usually get your own room or can opt to share for a cheaper deal. Check out Gumtree, Facebook groups or Flat Mates for vacancies.

Double and triple-check any contracts you sign and be wary of handing over large bonds.

Free Things to do in Melbourne 5– Extending your Visa

It’s almost guaranteed that you will fall head over heels for Australia. Luckily for us, we are able to extend the Working Holiday Visa for another year.

Unfortunately, we have to work for it. If you are even slightly considering the second year extension then get on to your farm work as soon as you can. We have to complete 88 days of agricultural work in order to apply for a second year.

A lot of Aussie farmers know that us British folk are desperate to extend our time here and can rip you off with rubbish wages or threats to not sign your paperwork. Take your time to consider your farm work options and choose a farm which will treat you right.

Look at Harvest Trail to see what work is in season and make sure you leave enough time to complete it!

If you’re lucky and are working in a job you enjoy then you may be able to get sponsorship. This is a long-winded process so, again, make sure you leave plenty of time to complete it. Chat with your employer and see if this could be an option for you.

Gaplife Month Two 5– Tax Rebate/Super Annuation Rebate

Before you leave Australia, make sure you have claimed back all your tax and your Super Annuation (their equivalent to a pension). The Australian tax year ends in June so make sure you keep all your paperwork and make a claim.

Unlike the British system, this can all be done online and crediting back to your account within 21 days (UK TAKE NOTE!).

Find out more here.

That completes my definitive Guide: Moving To Australia for a year. If you have any further questions then please let me know.

Have you done the working holiday visa? Anything you would add to the list? Let me know in the comments below or via my social media pages.



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