Things to do after you land in Australia as a student or on another Visa. Please check below complete guide that may assist you after you land in Australia.
First thing after you land in Australia you will require accommodation unless you have close family or friend already in the same city you are planning or already arrived.
There are different types of stay available in Australia
Short term stay
Lease (rent) property
There are number of websites and companies available for above accommodations such as Accommodation (studyaustralia.gov.au), UniLodge, Gumtree, Facebook depending upon which type of location you are looking for.
Set up phone
You may require to purchase mobile phone if you haven’t carry one from overseas. Choose your mobile phone depending on your requirement and then select SIM card. For SIM card you can choose from renowned telco providers such as Optus, Telstra, Vodafone. SIM plan again could be vary based on number of local and international phone calls and usage of data.
Some providers offer promotions to students with special plan so check before you select one. Also if you are not a student and do not prefer to spend more money, you can choose available cap plan that will provide you particular call, internet, mobile devices and sim with specific usage plans and monthly fees.Save emergency contact numbers such as family , friend, work, medical center etc.
Apply for TFN
A tax file number (TFN) is your personal reference number in the tax and superannuation systems. If you want to get a job, apply for government benefits and to get an ABN – Australian business number you need a TFN.
It’s free, and can apply on ATO website Apply for a TFN | Australian Taxation Office (ato.gov.au).You may receive your TFN within 28 days after ato will receive your completed application and required identity documents. Keep your TFN identity safe and your bank, employer, ATO, Super fund, tax agent, Services Australia may ask for TFN number.
You can choose your Super fund, and you can keep track on your myGov
Open Superannuation Account
Superannuation is money placed aside by your work employer over your working period for you to live on when you retire from work. It is important for you, because the more you save, the more money you will have for your retirement.
Check your Health Insurance (Visa condition and personal requirement)
For some visas and cases, the department of home affairs recommend getting a health cover in Australia. For more accurate and up to date information please visit Australia home affairs website.
There are mainly two type of Health cover, for students it’s called OSHC -Overseas student health cover and all other visitors and working visa holder its called OVHC – Overseas visitor health cover. You can check your visa condition and also based on your personal requirement and interest you can purchase private health insurance. Please check this page for summary Health Cover (Insurance) – Yana Global Serices (yanaglobalservices.com)
Open a bank account
You can open your bank account to keep, save and transfer money. Also to receive your wedges from employer you require Australian bank account. You can visit some of the bank and can open bank account such as https://commbank.com.au, NAB personal banking | Loans, accounts, credit cards, insurance – NAB , https://www.anz.com.au/
Familiar with Public Transport
Based on which state you are, you need to check public transport availability matching to your study or work duration. In Australia, you may have Metro trains, tram and/or Bus. Also you may have option to buy ticket on daily face, particular travel journey , weekly or few weeks pass if you are travelling on same route every day.
NSW – Home | transportnsw.info
QLD – Translink
SA – Adelaide Metro
WA – Transperth Home
Find a family Doctor
You can search for nearby medical clinic and note down it’s address and contact number if require.
Familiar with your routine transport and / or walk pathway
List necessary shop list and location
Prepare your document
Looking for Job
Prepare resume. You may look for Volunteer work to start. You can apply jobs at seek.com.au and also you can submit your resume face to face at your nearby retail shops or in central location.
Explore Surrounding and Visit City on weekends
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