Emigrating To Australia - 6 essential Steps on Arrival

October 22, 2013

If you are thinking about moving to Australia permanently on a visa, you will need to be prepared. As this is the case, here, we will explore six crucial points that you need to sort out when you arrive in Australia.

Apply for a tax file number

In Australia, you cannot legally earn an income if you do not have a tax file number. Not only will you require a number for wages, but also for government payments and money earned from investments, including interest on a bank account.

Open a bank account

Following on from the above you will need to have an Australian bank account. As a bonus for the first six weeks of your visa, you will just need a passport as identification for an account. After six weeks, you will require another form of identification like a utility bill. This is why it is imperative that you apply for a bank account quickly.

Register with Medicare

In order to be considered with Medicare you need to register 7 to 10 days after you have landed in Australia. Medicare will provide you with help for basic medical expenses, and will also provide you will free public hospital care and help with the cost of out-of-hospital care.

Enrol any children in school

To comply with Australian law, all children must remain in school until they are 15 years old. As this is the case, you need to ensure your children are enrolled quickly.

Register for English classes

Living in Australia without speaking English fluently could be an issue. Therefore, to stop this being an issue, new arrivals in Australia receive free English lessons under AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program). You may be able to receive up to 510 hours of language tuition. However, in order to be considered you need to register as soon as possible.

Drivers licence application

In order to drive in Australia you will need to have an Australian driver license. While you may be able to drive for three months on your current license, you will eventually need a national license if you have moved over to the country permanently.

Above are six steps that you need to consider as soon as possible after you move to Australia. Failure to follow any of these steps could leave you requiring assistance to rectify issues, which is not something you want to have to deal with so soon after moving to a new country.

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