A Backpacker’s Guide to Working in Australia
by Mad Monkey
Moving and traveling to a new country is not an easy task. For some, there is a new or second language involved, for most there is whole new set of lingo and abbreviations, which there is no shortage of here in Oz.
Hospitality jobs are by far the most popular type of job for backpackers in Australia. Jobs in this industry are usually short term allowing backpackers to move around more, travelling from one city to another. We thought it might be helpful to highlight major questions those coming to Australia might have about starting work and living in Australia and provide the answers ALL IN ONE PLACE (and on an awesome INFOGRAPH).
What’s all this TFN business? A tax file number (TFN) is a unique number issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to you that you give to your employer upon employment. Your employer will then pay tax to the tax office on your behalf. If you plan on working in Australia, a TFN is mandatory and a necessity.
Australian Taxation Office: https://www.ato.gov.au
Apply for a Tax File Number: https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Tax-file-number/Apply-for-a-TFN/
OPENING A BANK ACCOUNT: Opening a bank account is simple in Australia and rarely takes longer than 30 minutes. You can walk into almost any bank and ask to open a bank account; you just need your passport as identification. Most banks will open the account on the spot and then send your ATM cards (cash card) in the post (an address will be required). Major banks in Australia are Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, ANZ and NAB, to name a few.
Commonwealth Bank: https://www.commbank.com.au
WHAT IS A RSA & RCG? DO I NEED THEM?
RSA – Responsible Service of Alcohol
RCG – Responsible Conduct of Gambling
RSA Certification (Online):
WHATS THE DEAL WITH HEALTH INSURANCE? Your visa application actually requires a medical or travel insurance. In most cases, travel insurance will give better coverage, but if you are staying for longer than 12 months you will need a medical insurance in Australia. The bigger providers are Bupa, Medibank and HCF.
START APPLYING FOR JOBS, WHERE TO START: Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship acknowledges that the Working Holiday Program is ‘a strong contributor of supplementary labour for industries needing short-term or seasonal workers, such as construction, hospitality and farming. You CAN start browsing and applying to jobs before you arrive in Australia, even without a TFN or RSA certificate, although some employers prefer that you be in Australia before they contact you.
Seek is the main job search platform used in Australia, but OneShift, Gumtree and Indeed are also used frequently.