Short-term car rental

Car Rental

Short-term car rental

  Having a┬árental car can be the most efficient way for you to get around after arriving in Australia, especially in cities or towns that do not have large public transport networks as central Sydney and Melbourne locations do. A GPS system may come in handy to help you navigate your way around. You can collect a rental┬ácar at the airport when you arrive as[...]

Renting a car

Getting Around

Renting a car

  Renting a car is a great option to tide you over until you are ready to commit to buying and have found one that fits you. There are many car rental companies in Australia offering a wide range of makes and models. The main hire car companies in Australia are: www.avis.com.au www.budget.com.au www.hertz.com.au www.thrifty.com.au www.europcar.com.au www.bayswatercarrental.com.au (Perth and Sydney only) Some airlines and travel[...]

Banking in Australia

Banking

Banking in Australia

  We recommend that you open an Australian bank account prior to leaving for Australia so that you can transfer your home accounts and credit history to Australia, and more importantly so that you have access to funds upon arrival without being charged high bank fees to draw money from overseas.You will also need an Australian bank account for your employers to pay your salary[...]

Tax File Number

Living in Australia

Tax File Number

  If you are opening an Australian bank account or will be earning money in Australia, it is important that you get a Tax File Number (TFN) as soon as possible. You can apply for a TFN once you arrive in Australia with a valid visa. If you do not provide a TFN to your employer within 28 days of starting work in Australia, your[...]

Superannuation

Living in Australia

Superannuation

  Please note: This section is provided for general information purposes only and should not be regarded as advice in any form. Superannuation advice should be sought from a suitably qualified and regulated financial planner authorised to provide you with advice. Superannuation, known as super, is money set aside for your retirement. If you are an employee, you are usually entitled to compulsory super contributions[...]

Private Healthcare

Healthcare

Private Healthcare

  For non-Australian residents Depending on the type of visa you have and your country of origin, you may be required to take private health insurance as part of your visa conditions: If you are on work visa (e.g. 457), you may be required to take out Overseas Visitors Health Cover (OVHC) unless you are from one of the countries with reciprocal healthcare agreement with[...]

Public Healthcare (Medicare)

Healthcare

Public Healthcare (Medicare)

  The public health system is called Medicare and is available to Australian citizens, permanent residents, and overseas visitors from countries that have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Medicare provides you with access to medical and hospital services in Australia and usually covers free or subsidised treatments by healthcare professionals like doctors, specialists and allied health professionals, and in some instances subsidised medicines.  [...]

Centrelink

Living in Australia

Centrelink

  Centrelink is a government agency responsible for delivering a wide range of services for the Australian community such as job search assistance, family benefits payment, social security payment, accessing courses, and claiming foreign pensions. There is a two-year waiting period for newly arrived residents to access most social security payments (exceptions apply depending on visa types). This is to ensure that new migrants can[...]