When you're backpacking around Australia you will find that some jobs require you to attend a basic training course before you can start work. Training courses are usually quite short and are meant to give you the necessary qualifications/certificates needed to start work. Learn which courses you will need to start working in Australia.
If you're on a working holiday visa, finding work while backpacking around Australia is going to help you live comfortably and enjoy all the things you want to do.
Even before you go to Australia, there's quite a lot of preparation you can do to maximise your chances of getting work quickly when you arrive and earning a fairly continuous cash flow when you need it.
One of the best ways to get work while backpacking in Australia is using the recruitment agencies. A recruitment agency is a company that specialises in finding jobs for backpackers in Australia either on a permanent or temporary basis. There are loads of recruitment agencies that can help you get work all over Australia.
To start working in Australia you will need to nomiate a company to hold your superannuation. As far as a backpacker visiting Australia is concerned, a superannuation fund is like a savings account you can claim back when you leave Australia. Learn everything you need to know about superannuation for backpackers in Australia.
If you want to work while you are backpacking in Australia you're going to need a Tax File Number. So what the hell is a Tax File Number?
A Tax File Number (T.F.N) is a unique tax number which is issued by the Australian Tax Office to people who wish to work in Australia. It's only issued once for the duration of your life time and will be used to keep your tax records while you work.
As a backpacker, the tax rate you pay will vary depending on your status with the Australian Government and the amount you earn. For example, if you don't have a T.F.N you will be charged the emergency tax rate which is around 48.5% (obviously quite high) compared to the usual being 25% (or at least between 15% to 30%).
The good thing for people on a Temporary Working visa (i.e, working holiday) is that you can make a claim for all of the tax you have paid when you leave the country. So depending how much you've earned throughout you're time in Australia, it could be quite a lot of money.
You can apply for your T.F.N either before you go or when you arrive in Australia, it all depends on your circumstances.
For example, to get your T.F.N from within Australia, you will need a permanent Australian postal address and it can take anything up to 28 days for it to be sent through. So not very helpful for a backpacker.
If like most people you don't have a permanent address for the T.F.N to be sent to and won't be waiting around for a month before you set off, the best way will be to apply before you go via an agent.
For anybody who will be backpacking around and working a lot it's a good idea to arrange your T.F.N before you go. This will eliminate the problems that come with applying after you arrive in Australia (mentioned above).
There are a certain companies that for a small fee will get your T.F.N ready and have it sent out to you by e-mail within 14 days of your arrival in the country.
You won't have to find a permanent address and you can start backpacking straight away knowing it has been taken care of. If you want to get your T.F.N arranged now, pay a visit to www.goworkabout.com where they provide this service and can take you throught the process.
If you're in no rush to start work and you will be in staying one place for more than 28 days (or have a permanent address you can use) you can apply yourself either online, by phone or by visiting one of the Australian Tax Office (ATO) shop fronts.
To apply for your T.F.N yourself you will need to be physically in Australia and have one of the following...
a valid permanent migrant visa
a valid visa with work rights
a valid overseas student visa, or
a valid visa allowing you to stay in Australia indefinitely
You will also be asked to provide a permanent Australian postal address for it to be sent out to (they won't except a hostel address).
So if you know somebody in Australia (family/friends) who will let you use their address, make sure you have the details with you when you apply. You will need to have your visa and passport information with you as well.
To apply by phone, make sure you have all your details with you and call the Australian Tax Office (ATO). You will be put through to an advisor who will be able to run your application for you there and then.
You can reach the ATO T.F.N application number on 132861 (toll free).
If you do not speak English you should contact the translating and interpreting service (TIS) on 131450 (toll free).
To apply online make sure you have all your details with you and go to ATO Individual Auto-Registration, read through all of the information and click next at the bottom of the screen to get started.
If you're going to be driving in Australia it's worth finding out what you will need to get on the road. This article explains how to get started and has some handy tips for backpackers driving in Australia...
Driving in Australia will easily provide you with the most freedom to explore. Having your own vehicle you can go anywhere, at any time without the hassle of public transport.
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