Things you need to do when you arrive in Australia

First of all, well done! You have finally arrived in Australia! Let the fun begin! But before you start having the time of your life, lets get things in order before you start adventuring out to the jungle, off-roading on a 4×4, scuba diving or being a daredevil jumping off a cliff or jump off the plane and sky dive. Sounds pretty darn fun doesnt it!

  1. Medicare

Medicare is like NHS (National Health Services) for us, British Citizens. So it is an universal health scheme. It is a part of commonwealth government, not every country will get it. It guarantees  all citizens  access to a wide range of health care, with maybe a small cost or no cost at all. Australia has an agreement with 11 countries. So Australian citizens will get free healthcare for little cost when they come to live or work in those countries. Therefore as I hold a British passport  i am eligible to qualify for  Medicare.

Just go to any local Medicare bank. there are located throughout Australia. You can fill the form in at any branch,  make sure you bring your passport and visa paperwork that you should have before arriving in Australia.  They will check out the form, the card can take up to four weeks to arrive and it is valid for a year.

    2. Tax File Number

Tax File Number is very important to have, therefore it is to identifies you for tax and superannuation, which is a retirement fund (Superannuation). There is number of ways to get a TFN, depending on your situation. You must apply for a TFN because it helps you to get paid for any job, every job will need a tax file number. The number will come  either by email or post. Once you open a bank account, make sure you add the tax file number to it so you won’t get over taxed when you get paid. Just go to the bank that you want to open an account with. Give them your Tax File Number and they will happily add this to your bank details for tax purposes.

To apply is really easy, I did it without any issues. Tax File Number

3. Bank

There are many banks  throughout Australia, there are four major banks which are Westpac, Commonwealth, NAB (National Australia Bank) and ANZ (Australia and New Zealand Banking Group) For Commonwealth, you can apply online to get the bank card and can collect when you arrive in Australia. They also will happily set it up for you, so your card is ready to use. For the other banks you need to apply to open an account when you arrive in Australia.

All you need is passport and National Insurance Number (For UK citizens) go to any branch of your choice to set it up. To transfer money over from overseas, I would not transfer money from bank to bank which cost a lot of money for transaction fees. I used Transferwise, which has a very low fee, depending  on how much you want to transfer. There is another one for huge transaction, which is Currencyfair and you can save a large amount of money.

4. Sim card

There are many different mobile providers throughout Australia. Two most popular are Optus and Telstra. Optus is great for cities and towns coverage. Telstra is the best for remote areas to get signal and coverage. It does work in the cities and towns as well, but not as good as Optus. I use Optus, which only costs  $30 a month to get 4 GB which is more than enough.

All you need to do is, go to any branch and say what you want and they will find the best deal for you.

Sounds easy, yeah? Anything else I miss out, just comment below and I’ll be sure to add to the list!



Five things to do before arriving in Australia

  1. Get a Visa

First of all, get an Australian working holiday visa! It is super easy to get, but there are some requirements you must meet their needs in orderer for it to be accepted.  The visa is only valid for one year, which doesn’t begin until you enter Australia.  For more information how to get an Australian working holiday, check out their Working Holiday Visa . Make sure you also have a valid passport with at least 6 months before renewal.


2. Start Saving

Australia is one of the most expensive country in the world, it has the highest minimum wage in the world! So you definitely need money to keep you going until you find a job and a place to live or just to travel all over  this fascinating country. You, of course will also want to have fun in Australia, so bringing enough money is essential. Once you enter Australia, one of the requirements is to be able to show your working holiday visa and also to show a proof of funds. At least AUD 5,000 is the least amount of money which is around £2,800. (But I wasn’t asked to show  proof of funds when I entered, nor my working holiday visa number). Just showed them my passport and voila entered.


3. Get a travel insurance

It is important to have while traveling to a new country, but it may also be required as a part of the visa application. Because Australia can be pretty expensive if you are involved in any kind of an accident and the medical bill could sky rocket over your budget, so be prepared and get a travel insurance, you never know you may need it and it will come in handy. I am currently using Alpha Insurance, but will likely move to World Nomads when my insurance expires in a few months.


4. Start looking for flights.

Once your visa application has been approved, look for cheapest possible flight to Australia so you can get a good deal. Skyscanner and Kayak are the best flight comparison sites out there. So get on them straight away and find the best deal.


5. Have your resume…”Aussie-Ready”

Having your resume Aussie-Ready (Australians don’t call them CV’s!) before you leave home will help you find a job much faster, as there are certain things Australian employers will look for in a resume. Many backpackers, are mainly unprepared with regard to a resume and it can cost them their ideal job or to be able to work in a farm for the regional days to extend another year of your working holiday visa if you wish.



Going to Australia on a working holiday visa will be one of the best experiences of your life, so start getting excited. It will also be one of the fastest years of your life, I am forever grateful to be able to witness how diverse this country is. So, make the most of it. Going to Australia with a positive attitude to finding work, having fun and making the most out of your stay in Australia is essential.




Picture at the top : Taken at Fraser Island.


Australia Bucket List

  1. Skydive
  2. Zip line
  3. Learn to snowboard/sandboard
  4. Fly first class
  5. See the Great Barrier Reef
  6. See Urluru and Alice Springs
  7. Visit Sydney
  8. Take a picture with pilot in a cockpit
  9. Sleep in the outback
  10. Sleep under the stars
  11. Drive the Great Ocean Road
  12. Visit Whitehaven, Whitsundays
  13. Visit Fraser Island
  14. Climb Sydney Harbor Bridge
  15. Explore Litchfield national park
  16. View the Aurora Australis, Tasmania (Coles Bay or Cockle Creek)
  17. Spend Christmas aboard
  18. Visit Wave Rock, Hayden
  19. Visit Brisbane
  20. Drive the Eyre Highway, Nullarbor
  21. Kayak in Katherine Gorge
  22. Visit Rottnest Island
  23. The Minjin swing, Carins


I will be adding more when I can think of more!