Help with Australian Working Holiday Visa - Rookie UK solo traveller!
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Oct 16, 2012 9:41 AM Last Post By: bellart1
Oct 12, 2012 6:10 AM
Help with Australian Working Holiday Visa - Rookie UK solo traveller!Hi guys,
I'm planning on moving to Australia for a year on a Working Holiday Visa in Jan 2013. I've never travelled solo before, or ever been to Oz, but I'm young (23) with no commitments so might as well.
I was wondering if there was any kind of GUIDE or HELPLINE I could call to get advice on what I need to get sorted before leaving - I have no clue on how to do this.
Packing (This is the main one - what do you take?!)
I'm planning on going freelance when I get there as I work as a writer in advertising at the moment.
Any help would be MUCH appreciated. I've scoured the internet but I think I just need to talk to some kind of advisor or someone who's already done it.
Thank you so much!
Oct 12, 2012 6:30 AM
1Bank account-TIP-National Australia Bank, open when you get here.
In the mean time, if you can, open a Barclays bank in the UK, and once here, you can use the many Westpac Banking Corp ATMs with fee free access, ie, Barclays won't charge you any foreign ATM fees.
Going back to the above, National Australia Bank is the only with many ATMs and branches, here, and they don't charge you a monthly fee.
All the other banks will charge you a monthly fee, or have you put in a min Aud$2k a month to avoid monthly account keeping fees.
Tax file number, get it when you arrive.
Visa, apply at the official immi Aust website.
Keep only one super fund, when you change jobs in Aust. Super is to help us Aust based members when we get old, but your employer or pay has to also put money aside, for you WHV holders. Its not taken from your pay. You get back 70% of what the employer puts in.
Tax on the other hand, its supposed to be you don't get any back, whats been witheld is that, witheld, but some people on here say they get theirs back, WHV holders I mean.
RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) Cert if you want bar work obtainable when you get here.
Police cert from home, might be a good idea to get it, for certain jobs.
Being able to drive, also would help, ... but not a MUST, sometimes people are happy for you to pay your way to sit in their vehicle to go from place to place, to pick fruits, for eg.
Oct 12, 2012 6:36 AM
2No helpline, I am afraid, except the Motley Crew that are the lonely planeteers, and the weirdo poochie, (me & my mate Daycat)......................
See if you can buy a copy of the LP guide to Aust, go and help the LP help us, keep this place open.
We (or the members), answer questions like yours a million times over, but the people who ask in the past, they never come back. Some say the problem is me, sometimes, I think they are just too busy with their lives after they have done their Aust WHV.
REGIONAL WORK, can see you have 2 years, 1+1, and then you can do the NZ WHV.
You are really not supposed to chase work in your industry, but to use the money to support your holiday.
Fruit picking is the cert. Always a demand for pickers, at certain times of the year. Lots of fruit are still grown here, and the Aust Govt is still quite protective of its (or our), foods, ie, what you can and can't bring in, both privately and commercially. I have NOT ever seen (in Aust), imported bananas, but in NZ, I have seen bananas grown in the Philippines for sale!
PS, many members also say I talk a lot of bull**** just so that you know.
Oct 12, 2012 6:37 AM
Oct 12, 2012 10:19 AM
4First of all, don't worry! Plenty of young people have done this before and had wonderful experiences.
Packing? Well, use a rucksack as they are easier to carry and don't bring too much. Pack as you would for a holiday and depending on the time of year. If you're going in January, it will be hot.... You can buy everything you need when there - like suntan cream etc. Obviously, you need a mobile, but you can take your UK one (and provided it's not locked) buy a pay as you go sim for it (Telstra are not the cheapest but seem to give the best coverage).
Scan all important documents - tickets, passport etc and send them to your own email, so that if anything happens you can get the copies if needed. Take out a year's holiday insurance so that if the worst happens and you have an accident you will be covered for repatriation home....
Most people seem to start by staying in hostels, where at least you meet other travellers and there are often noticeboards about teaming up with others, accommodation and jobs.
Oct 12, 2012 3:44 PM
5If you've 'scoured the internet' you must surely have googled 'packing for Australia', which brings up umpteen sites and lists of how to do it and what to bring. They will all be slightly different, which means that talking to any particular individual on the subject will only give you one extra opinion on the subject. As #4 says, bring what you would normally pack for a holiday - anything you don't have you can buy here, we do have shops.
A bank account can be arranged when you get here - any bank will love your business and help you open an account.
As for accommodation, start with a hostel, you will meet and discuss these and many more topics with travellers doing the same as you. You don't need a help-line, you just need a guide book and an airline ticket.
Oct 13, 2012 12:32 AM
6stuff less the better all you need get on arrival. most likely way cheaper than in uk. ex t shirts 4 for $20 at markets makes customs and travelling easier to handle i learned the hard way now a small wheelie is plenty. just undies. socks as needed then dump when used no bother to wash them since right now cheap to buy
Oct 16, 2012 5:43 AM
Thanks for all of the advice, I know a million and one people have asked the same thing as me, but everyones looking for slightly different things. I'm only planning on freelancing in my current career because I have some contacts there already and will earn a lot more doing it - which means less time working, and more time travelling :)
My biggest query was the packing one. If I was going on holiday, I'd take a large suitcase and then a rucksack for travel, but where would I store the suitcase while travelling? I wouldn't be able to wheel it around with me. Am i just supposed to take a large wheelie rucksack and carry it around?
Really sorry if this sounds ridiculous but like I said - I'm a rookie!
Oct 16, 2012 9:41 AM
8Well at least you can get wheelie rucksacks these days! The last time I 'travelled' (in Africa only 2 years ago) I had to lug a heavy rucksack around on my back... but I managed. My advice would be to take a rucksack but it's still up to you or at least a really good wheelie suitcase and a rucksack for weekends/weeks away. You're usually only allowed 23kgs with the major airlines, but I hear Emirates allow 30kg even for economy, but that's only what I've been told. Presumably you'll base yourself somewhere so you only have to take the whole lot with you when you're moving around.
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