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Getting Your Tax Back on an Australian Working Holiday Visa Superannuation Setting up a Bank Account for Working Holiday Visa Holders Health Insurance for Australian Working Holiday Visa Holders Finding Backpacker Jobs in Australia Job Hunting Links
If you intend to work in Australia, you must obtain
a Tax File Number (TFN). If you begin working before getting your TFN, you have
will 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.
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
The amount of tax withheld can often be of significant value so it is
important that you investigate getting it returned.
Local regulations require Australian employers to
pay a percentage of an employee’s income into a fund for retirement, and this
is known as ‘superannuation’. Overseas workers are also entitled to this
payment. Temporary residents can access their retirement savings
(superannuation) upon permanent departure from Australia. For more information,
visit the Australian Taxation Office's
employers won't pay into an overseas bank account, so you will need to set up
an Australian Bank account.
can, try to do this before you leave home, transfer some funds into it and then
collect your bank card when you arrive.
Holiday is just one organisation that can help you
don't get the chance to open an account before moving to Australia, you will need to go to a bank when you arrive. Before arriving in Australia, be
sure to check what documentation (passport, previous bank statements, visa etc)
you need to set up your new bank account. 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.
Australia is fortunate to have a large range of jobs available for
backpackers. Jobs can include hospitality, retail, farm work, fruit picking,
construction, nursing and many others depending on your experience and
end, most jobs you will apply for as a backpacker will require a great
personality over qualifications. Be sure to let the bubbly, well travelled and
friendly version of yourself shine through to potential employers.
YHA/HI members can get great value Australian Travel Insurance.
YHA Travel licences: 2TA002629 (NSW), LTA148 (NT), 3433524 (QLD), TTA32 (SA), TA-0033055
(VIC), 9TA00584 (WA)