Have you received your visa for Australia? Nervous and excited for the new journey? Are you worried about what to do right after your step in Australia? Don’t worry; we have your back!
Based on the experiences of our students, we have collected a few checklists that you should do upon arrival. We will also let you know the ways to do it in the easiest and fastest ways possible:
- Get A Travel Card
Australia is a developed country with 24.99 million inhabitants (2018). Beautiful scenarios will definitely fascinate you. You would love to roam around and explore the new places. So, the common ways of transportation are modern freeways, train lines, trans, and buses.
If you plan to travel around the city, you need to buy a Travel Card available at any convenience store or post office.
Don’t get confused! Every region has its own transportation system and rules. To know in detail about the transportation system and to have an overall look at Australian’s travel options, check the public transportation websites with tables and maps.
For your information, regions like South Australia and Victoria offer a discounted pass to international students to travel around main cities.
- Buy a SIM Card
As you are in long-distance with your family and friends, you definitely would love to connect with them as soon as you reach. Your hostel or house’s WiFi might not be strong enough to do a facetime call, so, buy a sim card as soon as possible.
Also, if you are planning to open a bank account or to get a loyalty card at the supermarket, everyone will keep on asking you for your Australian phone number.
For your information, it takes only ten minutes to visit any of the mobile service providers. Also, please bring your passport along with you; it might give you some special offers.
- Open a Bank Account
Opening a bank account is one of the most common steps that every people do once they reach abroad. Firstly, you can compare the banking services providers and its discounts and offers. Most of Australian banks do not take any commission to open a bank account to students.
It’s your choice whether you want to visit the bank physically or open your bank account online. If you are in a dilemma, give us a call or visit our consultancy, our team will assist you with the process.
- Activate OSHC
Right after you reach Australia, you need to activate your health insurance. If you have acquired your OSHC from overseas, you need to access your online account and notify that you have landed in Australia and activated your student visa. Also, update them with your home address.
You can check with your agent or contact the provider via mail.
Looking forward to OSHC services, contact us!
- Apply for TFN
TFN means Tax File Number. This is your personal reference number in the tax and super systems of Australia. Even though you change your name, job, or move, the number will be yours for life.
It is not mandatory to apply for a TFN, but, without this, you will pay higher taxes on your salary.
Don’t get confused! You need to apply for an ABN only after your employers ask for it. Side by side, you should lodge your Tax Return every year.
If you are already in Australia and hold a temporary visa like Student Visa, you can apply for TFN online. You need to mention your home address in the form because it will be posted within 28 days after applying.
To apply for TFN, click this link: https://iar.ato.gov.au/IARWeb/default.aspx
Congratulations and welcome to Australia! We wish you all the very best!