Here I am on my laptop in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
I’m going to rewind back to a few months earlier and share my knowledge on the process of pre, post and during your working holiday in Australia!
Here are some steps for you to follow from first hand experience:
Before leaving for Australia:
Tie up all loose ends before leaving for Australia:
- Let your bank know you will be abroad for 1-2 years.
- Do you have a car? If so consider selling it for extra cash to take with you on your travels.
- Rent your accommodation to maximise income.
- If you are under the age of 30 you can apply for a working holiday visa (Subclass 417). This enables young travellers to live and work in Australia for 12 months. If you work in Australia’s regional areas, in certain circumstances you may even be able to extend your stay for an additional 12 months. Read here for my story and tips for your regional farm work.
Book your flight – consider various factors such as:
- The cheapest airport to fly into.
- Consider different dates and seasons as prices fluctuate based on popular travel periods.
- Don’t be afraid to shop around look at comparison sites and budget airlines.
- Book 6-8 weeks prior to ideal departure date to get the best price
- Also if you have an AMEX it would be worth buying your flight ticket on this for some Avios points in return.
Next step: Insurance:
- Insurance is about expecting the best and preparing for the worst.
- Since you would be travelling for an extended period of time the main two types of cover suitable for this type of trip would be backpacker insurance or single trip long-term cover. Whilst fishing for the best rate ensure you’re covered for any extreme sports you may do. (Winter sports are an additional extra in most covers)
Whilst in Australia:
- Book accommodation for a week. Your travel intention could be to travel all over Australia but having an initial base is important to carry out admin before you embark on your adventure. With that in mind it would be worth choosing a city that perhaps has free city transport such as Melbourne.
- Sign up online for a Tax File Number this allows you to work whilst in Australia as a registered employee.
- Medicare Card – Public Health care which is a subsidised health service worth applying for incase of emergencies.
- Open a Bank Account – shop around before you jump in and open a bank account. Most Australian banks charge minimum $5 a month unless there’s a certain amount that comes in each month. Initially whilst you’re travelling you may have no income for a few months so it would be worth opening an account that’s free. Westpac currently do not charge any monthly fees and is one of the ‘big 4’ main banks which means no charges on cash withdrawal across those ATMs.
- Superannuation – In a nutshell this is your retirement savings, a compulsory payment whilst working which you can claim back once you leave Australia. I recommend a company called BT Super which also partner with Westpac so essentially both can be arranged whilst opening your bank account.
Great so now that all of the administrative duties are done its time to travel and have fun!