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If you intend to work, you must obtain a Tax File Number (TFN). If you start your working holiday before getting your TFN, you have 28 days to provide it to your employer. You can apply for this in person at the Australian Tax Office, or online at the Tax Office's website.
You will need to complete a compulsory tax return, when your working holiday visa finishes or you stop work. You may be eligible for a tax refund. Ask your employer for a payment summary, showing your total income and the amount of tax withheld. Many specialists in tax return services can assist you with your tax return.
Temporary residents can access their retirement savings (superannuation) upon permanent departure from Australia. For more information, visit the Australian Taxation Office's website.
Most employers won't pay into an overseas bank account, so you will need to set up an Australian Bank account.
If you can, do this before you leave home, transfer some funds into it and then collect your bank card when you arrive.
Work n Holiday is just one organisation that can help you with this.
If you don't get the chance to open an account before moving to Australia, you just need to go to a bank when you arrive. Westpac, Commonwealth, ANZ and NAB banks are the biggest ones.
Medical treatment in Australia can be very expensive and it is advisable to have both travel and health insurance.
It is strongly advised that you take out private health insurance to cover yourself in Australia.
iSelect can help you choose the best health insurance for your needs.
The Australian Government has signed Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCA) with the governments of the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Malta, Slovenia, Italy, Republic of Ireland and New Zealand which entitles you to limited subsidised health services for immediately ‘medically necessary’ treatment while visiting Australia. For more information visit Medicare Australia.
Getting work in Australia will be much easier if you follow these tips:
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