If you’d like to work in Australia, there are a number of factors you’ll need to take into consideration.
The following list, while by no means comprehensive, will give you a rough idea of what you need to take care of both before you arrive in Australia and after you’ve disembarked to begin your new life.
1) Get in touch with a migration agent
In order to live and work in our country, you must have a valid Australian visa with the appropriate work rights attached.
According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), temporary migration visas that have work rights attached include working-holiday, student and 457 visas.
Australian migration agents are well-versed in the different types of migration visas available and can help you choose the right one for your goals.
2) Organise a Tax File Number (TFN)
The DIBP states that applying for a Tax File Number (TFN) is the very first thing you should do once you have arrived in Australia.
You need a TFN in order to receive income, so it’s pretty important that you organise one before you start working!
There are a number of ways you can go about apply for a TFN. You can either phone the Australian Taxation Office, visit one of their shopfronts or selected newsagents or apply for one online.
3) Understand your rights and responsibilities at work
Once you are employed in Australia, you – like everyone else in the workforce – will have rights and responsibilities you need to observe. For instance, you should know that your employer is not allowed to cancel your visa for any reason – only the DIBP has the authority to do that.
In addition to this, the DIBP explains the workers on 457 visas are entitled to pay and conditions equal to those bestowed on local employees. You also aren’t allowed to work for any employer other than your sponsor, and you can’t be paid in cash.
4) Sign up for Medicare
Depending on the visa you use to get into Australia, you may be eligible to register with Medicare. This scheme will give you access to a range of health care services and programs while you’re in our country, such as free treatment in public hospitals and subsidised medication.
If you contact migration agents in Australia, they will be able to explain what’s expected of you both before and after you arrive in our country. So what are you waiting for?