The Nunnery’s guide to help you get started on your working holiday adventure!
Getting a job whilst traveling gives you a more authentic experience Australian experience. This guide helps you to organise the basics when you arrive.
Writing a resume can always be challenging, and especially when you’re in a foreign country! Try this website for advice on what to include in your Australian resume:
gumtree.com.au and seek.com.au are the most popular job sites. If you’re going for Hospitality work, try walking around the different bars and cafes with your CV.
When arriving in Australia, you need to open up an Australian Bank account. The biggest banks in Australia are:
- ANZ–205 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053
- Commonwealth- 85-87 Johnston St, Fitzroy
- NAB –224-228 Smith St, Collingwood
- Westpac- 215 Smith St, Fitzroy
Commonwealth are the most popular bank, mostly due to the fact that you can get cash out free of charge from any 7 eleven. Do your research and compare bank fees, interest rates etc.
To open a bank account, you need your passport and proof of address. We can help you out with the proof of address!
Tax File Number
A Tax File Number (TFN) is a unique nine-digit number issued to individuals which allows you to work and pay taxes! There are a number of situations where you will be asked to provide your TFN, such as when you start work or change jobs.
In order to get a TFN you will need your passport and an Australian postal address (you can use ours).
It will take up to 28 days to get your TFN sent. After a couple of weeks, it should have been processed so if you need it urgently try to ring the Australian Tax Office and they may be able to provide you with your number over the phone. Working without a TFN will mean you will be on a higher tax bracket.
For more information and to apply online visit the Australian Tax Office (ATO) website: www.ato.gov.au/individuals/tax-file-number/
You are also able to apply for a tax return when you’re on a Working Holiday Visa. You can apply online (E-tax) or paper application.
For more information on Tax Return visit: www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Lodging-your-tax-return/
Medicare (Health Care)
• Sweden * Malta
• the Netherlands * Italy
• Finland * New Zealand
• Republic of Ireland
Galleria Shopping Plaza, E17/385 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Take the 96 tram from just outside our door towards St Kilda and hop off at stop 5 Bourke St Mall.
Flat/ house share
Looking for your own space? Below are some good websites for short or long term accommodation. House hunting in Melbourne can sometimes take time especially if you’re holding out for a place in Fitzroy and the surrounding suburbs. In fact, in all of Australia, Fitzroy is the most competitive suburb in which to find a house!
Consider which area you would like to live in and how far your commute to work will be.
These websites are the most commonly used:
• Facebook pages such as Rent Network Melbourne, Housemate Search and Fairy Floss Real Estate are good for sublets.
Transport & Getting about
Finding your way in a big city like Melbourne can be challenging. With the Public Transport Victoria Journey Planner you can find the way from A to B. This webpage gives you all the information about public transport, timetables and how to get around: http://www.ptv.vic.gov.au
To use the trams outside of the free tram zone you will need a Myki card, which can be purchased and topped up at any 7/11 or train station. You can also rent a myki at the Nunnery – just see the Nuns at reception!
Cycling is a great way to see Melbourne The city has an extensive network of off-road bicycle paths, as well as designated bicycle lanes on many streets. You can rent a bike through Steve at reception or visit: http://www.melbournebikeshare.com.au/
For purchasing second hand bikes try gumtree.com.au or walk down to Second Chance Cycles in Collingwood and pick yourself up a bike for $50 – it’s a great charity and only a 20min walk.