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Life in Australia This new forum is for those generalized discussions about what it's like to actually live and work in Australia. Please post visa-processing, employment and travel-related questions in the main forum - but here you can meet fellow expats and discuss various aspects of your new life in Australia.

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Hi guys,

I am starting this thread to connect with all the recent PRs -- who are in the process of planning their move to Australia.

Lets connect and find out more about things to do for a smoother transition.

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Guys any idea when and where do you plan to land.

I will be migrating in March hopefully.


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Thinking of doing a validation trip in Feb/March. Hoping to cover Sydney and Melbourne
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iam reaching Canberra on 31st January.
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iam reaching Canberra on 31st January.


Cool. What pre-work have you done? Do you have a check list of items to be covered before/upon arrival.

I think, bank account can be opened prior to the arrival and Medicare card is required upon arrival. How about Tax registeration?

My australian friend told me that the first thing we need to do even before Medicare is Costco Membership


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Cool. What pre-work have you done? Do you have a check list of items to be covered before/upon arrival.
Yes. I did apply for the NAB migrant banking account. Account has been created along with internet banking. Need to visit the NAB branch to activate the account by submitting necessary documents.

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Wel Iam applying for jobs..gathering info about the settlement process over the internet and this forum..I have opened a bank account in NAB and would be transferring the funds soon. I wld be meeting bank executive for account activation post arrival. I have idea about Medicare, centrelink and TRN. Would be applying for the same once there.
What's Costco membership? I have no idea..Plz explain..
Where are you planning to come in Australia and what's ur strategy?

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What to do soon after arrival .........
A. Apply for a tax file number

Australian workers pay tax to the government on their income. To receive an income in Australia, you need a tax file number (TFN).

A tax file number is a unique number issued to individuals and businesses to help the government administer taxation and other government programs. The money collected from taxes is used to fund government programs and services such as roads, schools and hospitals.

Income includes wages or salary from a job, payments from the government, and money earned from investments including interest on savings accounts.

How to apply for a tax file number

If you are migrating to Australia or have a temporary resident visa that allows you to work in Australia, you can apply for a tax file number on the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website
(select ?individuals?), by calling the telephone number listed below or by visiting a Tax Office or Centrelink shopfront to get a tax file number application form.

AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE CONTACT DETAILS
Telephone
13 2861
Translating and Interpreting Service
13 1450 ? 24 Hour
Apply for a tax file number online
HYPERLINK "https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/ind/apply-for-a-TFN-on-the-web/?fb_locale=es_LA&page=1" \l "How_do_I_apply_for_a_TFN_" Online individuals TFN
Visit an office
HYPERLINK "https://www.ato.gov.au/About-ATO/About-us/Contact-us/Visit-us/" ATO shopfront locations
Information in languages other than English
HYPERLINK "https://www.ato.gov.au/General/Other-languages/" Taxation information in languages other than English
Website
HYPERLINK "http://www.ato.gov.au/" www.ato.gov.au

B. Register with Medicare.
The Australian Government provides help with medical expenses through Medicare. The government also subsidises the cost of some medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme are administered by Medicare Australia.

How to register with Medicare

To register with Medicare, you should go to a Medicare office and take your passport and other travel documents. If all registration requirements are met, you will be given a temporary Medicare card number to use. Your Medicare card will be posted to you approximately three weeks later.


C. Open a bank account

If you open a bank, building society or credit union account within six weeks of your arrival you will usually only need your passport as identification. After six weeks you will need additional identification to open an account, and you may have difficulty if you do not have many documents to identify yourself. Advise your bank of your tax file number (TFN) to avoid higher rates of taxation on interest earned.


The 4 below may be important depending on your situation.
D. Register with Centrelink.

wide range of social security payments and services are provided through the government agency called Centrelink. Newly arrived residents can register with Centrelink to get help with looking for work, having overseas skills recognised and accessing relevant courses.

E. Contact the Health Undertaking Service

F. Enrol your children in a school, if any.

G. Apply for a driver?s licence


Hope this helps, good luck!
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