You’ve bagged yourself a Working Holiday Visa, your flights have been booked and you are currently, possibly, sitting wondering what you actually need to prepare before you come over to Aus to start what will be the best year(s) of your life. There are a ton of articles on the internet about what to prepare, what to pack and what you should be doing right now before you even get to Aus, from what I read before I came out, all of them tell you to be so prepared that all you need to do when you get here is buy a pair of thongs and you’ll be set.
I was in your position, I spent months wondering what I should be preparing, in between packing up my room for my move (high heels, I still miss you). I was stressing out big time, I literally had no idea what the F*** I was getting myself into, it was too much to all take in, so I thought I’d make it easy for you a brief list of things that you can prepare here and the things that to be honest you can just leave until you get to Aus, so let’s start with the five things most people feel like they should do before they even get here.
Bank Account: I’ve known people who managed to get their bank account before they even flew out to Aus, they landed with money already on their card ready to get going. I was not one of those people. I waited until I was here and signed up to a bank account when I landed, it took a few minutes and I got my BSB and Account number straight away, so money could be put into the account, the actual card came a week later. Do I wish I sorted it out before I came? It would have been easier, but honestly it was no drama getting mine through. Tax File Number: You’ll see this term bashed about everywhere, don’t you stress yourself out about this before you get to Australia though as you actually need to be in the country before you apply. You can apply for it really easily over on the ATO Website if you don’t have your TFN before you start applying for jobs, you generally have 28 days from starting work to provide it, which isn’t bad considering that it takes on average ten days to come through.
Medicare Health Cover: If you come from UK, ROI, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Slovenia, Malta, Italy or NZ then I have good news for you! You can get covered by Australia’s Medicare, if you should ever need it on your stay here. I’d honestly leave it until you actually get to Australia, pop to your local Medicare centre and fill in a form, your card will be with you shortly thereafter, don’t be dick and also have insurance as well, you don’t want to be caught out wherever you are. CV: You’re a braniac at home, you’ve worked really hard to build up a career for yourself at home, you’re pretty cocky with your achievements? Well don’t be. Casual jobs in Australia aren’t bothered about your amazing skills and achievements, I know a few people (myself included) who were told to take their CV down a few notches. Keep it real short, a page long is best, bullet points are preferred and keep it relevant to the jobs you’re applying to. I know it sucks having to hide your accomplishments but unfortunately, for most jobs here that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Try and get your CV up to scratch before you get here, just to save you time, you’ll appreciate it a ton more when you don’t need to stress out about writing it. Job: The big one! A ton of people will be telling you to get applying for jobs before you get to Australia, I’m telling you, don’t worry about it until you get here. Seriously, for most traveller jobs the employers will want you to come in for an interview ASAP and others they need an Australian phone number to contact you on, so wait and apply once you’re here and settled. I’ll be posting about how to find a job once you land soon, but seriously, this is the last thing you need to be stressing about. If you’re not picky and you don’t mind hanging for a while, then you can get a job in Australia real easy (I’ve been here for four months and have been offered five jobs so far), I’m not going to BS you, these jobs are generally crap but they give you the money and the opportunity to live and travel around Australia so who are we to complain? AmIright?!
The most important thing is to just have a place booked for when you land, make sure that you have a base to go to and start your adventure from. Everything else will fall into place, that’s life, it’s all okay in the end you just have to trust the process. Don’t stress yourself too much before you leave home, you will be having the time of your life once you arrive it will all be okay, trust me.
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Have you done the Working Holiday Visa? Or are you going to do it? What preparations did you do before you got here? Or like me did you leave it until you were down under? I am the queen of procrastination when it comes to preparation, I’m far too laid back for my own good, are you the same? or an over planner? Join in the conversation below, you can also find me on Twitter and Instagram for travel fun. Look forward to chatting. Happy travels, Hannah xo