Just Arrived in Australia? It’s Very Important To Know This! (WHV Tips)

Just got working holiday visa or WHV in Australia? Congratulations! After getting a visa, of course, you have to prepare several things to move to Australia. For those of you who will soon move to Australia, 7 tips working holiday (WHV) in Australia this might help you.

At first I moved to Australia to working holiday (WHV) in Australia, I also have many questions, what should I prepare there.

Moving to a new country, especially for a long period of time, certainly requires careful preparation. It’s natural to be worried but after going through everything, it’s not as hard as you think.

Here are some tips or things you need to prepare after arriving in Australia on a work and holiday visa (WHV):

1. Know your visa type

The most important thing you must have in order to enter Australia is a visa. There are several types of visas depending on what you want to do there.

Because our topic this time is for newcomers who use working holiday visa (WHV), Learn what you can and can’t do.

For holders working holiday visa (WHV), you are allowed to do any work that is temporary.

Working more than 6 months in one place is not allowed. Also pay attention to the validity period of the visa. If you want extend If you live in Australia, you can check what conditions are needed to continue in the second and third years.

a little extra, for holders student visayou can work part time maximum 40 hours per 2 weeks. As much as possible do not break the rules.

2. Looking for a place to live in Australia

First you have to determine the city you want to live in Australia. If you have family or friends who can provide a place to stay, it will certainly be more economical.

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 you are to the city center, the more expensive it will be. In Sydney, the cheapest price for a bunk bed hostel is $25 a night.

Room price for the cheapest hotel maybe $60. Just try to find the cheapest hotel booking application such as booking.com or agoda.

Surely you don’t want to linger in a hostel or hotel. Can make a hole in the bag. Look for flats or sharing apartments from websites like gumtree and flatmates. The rental price depends on the location.

I’ll give you an example in Sydney the price for sharing a room is around $170 – $200 per week. Read carefully, yes, per week not per month. This price is for sharing a room, which means the room can be 2 people.

I myself at that time got a fairly cheap price, I also lived with Indonesians. Our one room is for 4 of us and the rent per week is around $130. But in the apartment there are also other occupants. Usually also on working holiday also in Australia.

When looking for an apartment, always go to the place first and do a check. Some apartments offer quite cheap prices but the contents can be 10 people in a house.

Usually, they will give you conditions such as a minimum stay and money that is withheld during your stay or so-called bond. Look for a place that is generally easy to access transportation.

Also read: 18 exciting and interesting tourist attractions in Melbourne!

3. Search for the SIM card

In Australia there are 2 big operators that people usually use; Vodafone and Optus. The advantages of Vodafone are its stable network and wide network coverage. While Optus is cheaper.

Both have different prices and plans, but $30 a month is usually enough. Please compare Optus prepaid package and Vodafone prepaid package.

How do I buy a SIM card in Australia? It’s very easy, just go to the store and ask what package is the most suitable for you.

4. Open a bank account

You need to open an account at a bank to deal with financial matters. There are 4 major banks in Australia namely ANZ, Commonwealth, NAVand Westpac.

You can compare these four banks. Most of my Indonesian friends choose Commonwealth because there is one in Indonesia too. In addition, Commonwealth ATMs are scattered everywhere.

I personally opened a NAB bank account. The reason? Just want to be different, hehe. There is not much difference between these banks. The advantages of NAV may be that there are no monthly fees and higher interest rates.

If you want to transfer money from Australia to Indonesia, you can use Transferwise. The method is easy and the cost is also cheap.

5. Get Tax File Number (TFN), Australian Business Number (ABN) and Superannuation

This one is a bit tricky, but don’t stress. Just need to read this section more carefully wrote. If you want to work in Australia, you have to get Tax File Number (TFN) because the tax you pay you can get back after a year.

Your salary will be tax deductible. usually around 15% depending on how much salary you get that year.

To get a TFN, you can directly apply on the official ATO website and fill out the form. It’s free. In approximately 7 days your TFN will be sent to your home address.

If you want to try doing business in Australia, you have to have something called Australian Business Number (ABN).

You need an ABN if you want to work as an architect, IT, baby sitter, or cleaner. You can only get ABN after getting TFN.

To know more clearly about TFN and ABN, you can check the official ATO website. Read all the information in detail so that your tax is returned.

Superannuation is a retirement fund that you can get after completion working holiday in Australia. your boss must pay 9.5% more for funds superannuation.

Usually your workplace will take care of you superannuation fund number. You can also try applying for a suppernation fund yourself.

6. Looking for work as a WHV immigrant in Australia

Finding a job in Australia is easy. Back to yourself again. Many job vacancies are available on sites like gumtree, seek, and indeed.

Just send your CV to all vacancies that are suitable for you online, or directly bring your CV to the shop directly.

Also check airtasker for freelancing work such as gardening, coding, web design, etc. Once again, WHV visa holders can only work casual or casual jobs.

Unless you have skills in engineering or IT, you can try applying to big companies. Lots of job opportunities especially as a barista, waitresscook, or also work in the garden.

From the stories of other friends, usually in 2 weeks, you have found work. Some of the places that have work experience in Australia are looking for them, but there are also those who accept staff without work experience in Australia.

If you like children, you can try the Au Pair program, where you can stay in a family’s house and help them with child care or household chores.

If you want to work in a restaurant, you usually have to take the name RSA Certificate so I can work in a place that sells alcohol.

Many also work in the garden so that they can continue their second year. But usually for working on the farm there are seasons, depending on the location and month.

The minimum wage for work in Australia is $19.49 per hour (April, 2020) before tax. But there are still a few places in Sydney that pay below the minimum wage.

It’s actually illegal, but many companies do this. Usually they will pay wages in the form of cash. It’s also not good for you because you won’t get benefits like superannuation.

When I working holiday in Australia, I work in several places. Someone pays cash, there are also those that match the minimum wage. There are pluses and minuses too.

Especially if you are just starting out, the important thing is to take an existing job, even though the wages are low. While working while looking for other suitable jobs, I will add work experience for the CV.

7. Cost of living in Australia

Australia is an expensive country to live in. The cost of living is very high. We who are from Indonesia will be surprised, nothing is expensive. Even though it’s expensive, it’s still covered by salary. It depends, how is your life style.

It is calculated, usually living in Australia per month, especially in Sydney, maybe around AUD 1,000 – 2,000 with the following details:

  • Apartment rental fee: AUD 600 – 1000
  • Credit and internet packages: AUD 30
  • Transport: AUD 180
  • Meals: AUD 300 – 500

Let’s save money, instead of eating out, just cook at home. One meal at an ordinary restaurant can only be $ 10. No need to buy bottled water for $2.

Just buy a water filter and drink from the faucet at home. Walking is cheaper and healthier than taking a taxi. Public transport in Australia is easy and reliable.

Hopefully the tips above will help those of you who have been accepted by WHV in Australia!

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