Just got it working holiday visa or WHV in Australia? Congratulations! After getting the visa, of course, you have to prepare a number of things to move to Australia. For those of you who are moving to Australia soon, 7 tips working vacation (WHV) in Australia could help you.
I originally moved to Australia for working vacation (WHV) in Australia, I also have many questions, what should I prepare there.
Moving to a new country, especially for an extended period of time, certainly requires careful preparation.
It’s normal, if you’re worried but after going through everything, it’s not as difficult as you think.
Here are some tips or things you need to prepare for after arriving in Australia on a Work and Holiday Visa (WHV):
1. Know your visa type
The most important thing you need to enter Australia is a visa. There are different types of visa depending on what you want to do there.
Because our topic this time is for newcomers using working holiday visa (WHV), learn what you can and cannot do.
For holders working holiday visa (WHV), you are authorized to undertake any temporary work.
It is not allowed to work more than 6 months in one place.
Also pay attention to the validity period of the visa. If you want extend i live in australia can i check what conditions are necessary to continue the second and third year.
A little extra, for owners student visaYou can work part time maximum 40 hours for 2 weeks.
As much as possible, don’t break the rules.
2. Find a place to live in Australia
First you need to determine the city where you want to live in Australia.
If you have family members or friends who can provide accommodation, it will definitely be cheaper.
Otherwise, you will have to spend money to stay a few nights in a hostel/hotel.
The price depends on where you live, the closer to the city center the higher the price.
In Sydney, the lowest price to stay in a hostel with bunk beds is $25 a night.
Room rates for the cheapest hotels are probably $60.
Try searching for cheaper hotel booking apps like booking.com or Agoda.
You definitely don’t want to linger in a hostel or hotel. Can make an empty bag.
Search apartments or share apartments from websites such as rubber tree AND room mates. The rental price still depends on the location.
Let me give an example in Sydney price for room sharing is around $170-$200 per week.
Read carefully, yes, a week not a month. This price is for sharing a room, which means the room can be for 2 people.
At that time I myself received a fairly cheap price, they also lived with Indonesians.
We share a room for 4 and the rent a week is about $130. But there are other residents in the apartment as well. Usually turned on working vacation also in Australia.
When looking for an apartment, always go to the place first and check.
Some apartments offer quite cheap prices but can accommodate up to 10 people in the same house.
Usually, they will definitely give you conditions like a minimum stay and money that is held during your stay or what is called link.
Look for a location where transportation is generally easy.
Also Read: 18 Exciting and Interesting Tourist Attractions in Melbourne!
3. Look for the SIM card
In Australia there are 2 main carriers that people usually use; Vodafone AND Opto.
Vodafone’s strengths are its stable network and wide network coverage. Whereas Optus is cheaper.
Both have different prices and plans, but $30 a month is usually sufficient.
Please compare Optus prepaid package AND Vodafone prepaid package.
How can I buy a SIM card in Australia?
It’s really easy, just go to the store and ask which package is best for you.
4. Open a bank account
You have to open a bank account to deal with financial matters. There are 4 major banks in Australia viz ANZ, Common, NABAND Westpac.
You can compare these four banks. Most of my Indonesian friends choose the Commonwealth because Indonesia has one too. Other than that, Commonwealth ATMs are scattered all over the place.
I personally opened a NAB bank account. The reason? I just want to be different, hehe.
There is not much difference between these banks. The advantages of the NAV could be that there are no monthly fees and the interest is higher.
If you want to transfer money from Australia to Indonesia, you can use it Wise. The method is simple and the cost is also cheap.
5. Get a tax number (TFN), Australian tax number (ABN) and supplementary pension
This is a bit tricky, but don’t stress about it. You just need to read this section more carefully.
If you want to work in Australia, you have to earn Tax ID code (TFN) because the taxes you pay you can get back after a year.
Your salary will be tax deductible. usually about 15% depending on how much salary you get that year.
To get a TFN, you can do it directly apply on the official website of the ATO and fill out the form.
It’s free. Approximately in 7 days your TFN will be sent to your home address.
If you want to try business in Australia, you need to have a name Australian company number (ABN).
You need an ABN if you want to work as an architect, IT, nanny or cleaner. You can only get an ABN after getting a TFN.
To know more about TFN and ABN, you can check the official website of the ATO.
Read all the information in detail so that your tax is returned.
Retirement it’s a retirement fund that you can get when you’re done working vacation of Australia.
your boss required to pay 9.5% more for the funds pension.
Your workplace will usually take care of this pension fund number. You can too try applying for the dinner fund yourself.
6. Find work as a WHV migrant in Australia
Finding work in Australia is easy, easy and hard. Come back to yourself again. Many vacancies are available on sites like rubber tree, look forand without a doubt.
Send your CV to all the suitable vacancies online or bring your CV directly to the shop.
Also check out airtaskers for freelance jobs like gardening, programming, web design, etc. Again, WHV visa holders can only work casually or casually.
Unless you have engineering or computer skills, you can try applying for a large company.
Lots of job opportunities especially as a bartender, waitresscooking or even working in the garden.
If from other friends’ stories, usually within 2 weeks you’ve found a job.
Several posts were looking for those who already had work experience in Australia but some accepted personal with no work experience in Australia.
If you like children, you can try the Au Pair program, where you can stay in a family’s home and help them with babysitting or household chores.
If you want to work in a restaurant, you usually have to take the name RSA certified so I can work in a place that sells alcohol.
Many also work in the garden to be able to continue for the second year. But there are usually seasons for working on a farm, depending on the location and the month.
The minimum working wage in Australia is $21.38 per hour (March 2023) excluding tax.
But there are still some places in Sydney that pay below minimum wage.
It’s actually illegal, but there are many companies that do it too.
They will usually pay wages in kind cash. It’s also not good for you because you won’t get benefits like pension.
When I working vacation in Australia I worked in different places.
Someone paid for it cash, there is also a corresponding minimum wage. There are also advantages and disadvantages.
Especially if you’re just starting out, the most important thing is to take an existing job, even if the wages are low.
As you work whilst looking for another suitable job, counting on adding work experience to your CV.
7. Cost of living in Australia
Australia is expensive country to live in. The cost of living is very high. Those of us who are from Indonesia will be surprised, everything is expensive. Even if it’s expensive, it’s still covered by the salary. It depends, how is your lifestyle.
If you do the math, you usually live in Australia per month, especially Sydney, maybe around AUD 1,000 – 2,000 with the following details:
- Apartment rental fee: AUD 600 – 1000
- Credit and internet package: AUD 30
- Transportation: AUD180
- Meals: AUD 300 – 500
To save money, instead of eating out, cook at home. A meal in a regular restaurant can cost $10.
No need to buy $2 bottled water.
Just buy a water filter and drink from your tap at home. Walking is cheaper and healthier than taking a taxi.
Public transport in Australia is very simple and reliable.
We hope the tips above help those of you who have been accepted by WHV in Australia!
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