Lets be real, Australia is one of the most expensive countries in the world to live in (6th most expensive to be exact, according to Numbeo).
I won’t argue with Numbeo, it is not cheap here. The most frustrating thing for me, is all those little things I used take for granted being cheap, like cleaning products and toiletries are AN ABSOLUTE RIP OFF HERE.
In the UK I can go to B&M, Home Bargains or even a supermarket and get all my basic things for under a tenna- well not here.
In saying that, there are discount stores here in Australia where you can get your mits on some bargains, but you kind of have to go out of your way to find them, instead of just picking a few bits and bobs up from a supermarket.
It might not seem like a massive deal at the time when you’re grabbing stuff, but believe me it totts up!
So, with this in mind, it may be a good idea to get a job if you’re planning coming here for longer than a holiday.
Here are some things to consider:
Check what you’re visa allows you to work (you can get in A LOT of trouble if you don’t stick to this). So if you’re studying abroad, or on a working holiday visa, CHECK what rules and restrictions apply to your visa. If you’re visa application is successful, you will receive confirmation of this which will include all working restrictions. You can check out different kinds of visas here.
Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN). This is really easy to do, you can just apply online or go into a Post Office and make an appointment. You need this number so you can be taxed (may/may not be taxed depending on your visa) and so the Tax Office know what you’re being paid (obviously).
Have a banging CV ready. The easiest kind of work to get into is waittressing in bars, restaurants and cafes. Having experience in that line of work would definitely work in your favour, so make sure it’s on your CV!
Try and line something up BEFORE you go. Probably the best piece of advice. It’s not always possible to do, but give it a whirl. Once you know where you’re going to be living etc, sniff around for vacancies near by. A really good site to use is Zippity. You can create a CV and ‘drop it’ to different employers in an area you choose.