So you have just arrived in Australia on your Working Holiday Visa, what should you do?

Now its time to plan for the first couple of weeks in Australia. You don’t want to land and have no idea what to do or where to go. As a solo traveler, this can be daunting and you can feel really lonely. Which is why we have our welcome weeks- to induct you into the Aussie way of life and help you make friends pretty quickly.

 If you're struggling to convince your friends to join you on an adventure, don't worry you're not alone! Traveling in Australia is an epic adventure, and joining one of our arrival weeks is the best way to experience it. Whether you’re on a working holiday, a gap year in Australia, or just up for an adventure you’ll meet likeminded people and make great new friends to travel with.

 If you’re coming to Australia for a working holiday, there’s a lot of planning involved, including getting your visa, booking your flights, finding accommodation, and making sure you have time to see all of what you want to of this great big country.

We used to leave home with a second-hand copy of the lonely planet and our backpack, now we have access to travel blogs and Facebook groups. Even with all this extra information on Australia, you may still feel nervous to arrive alone, that's why we offer work and travel arrival packages here at Real Aussie Adventures.

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Once you arrive in Australia

Get a Medicare Card

If you are a visitor from a country that has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Medicare, the Australian health care system, some of the medical expenses you incur in Australia may be covered.

Sort out your Tax File Number

A Tax File Number is important to work legitimately in Australia. Without one, you'll pay a lot more tax than normal.

This is the number like the National Insurance number in the UK that you need to provide to all employers when you get a job. You apply once you arrive in Australia and just need your passport and an Aussie Address to get it sent too. No worries there as in your Welcome week in either Sydney or Melbourne we give you access to our PO box number to get all these correspondences sent too. It couldn’t be easier!

Resume writing

Depending on the type of work you'll also most likely need a good quality CV or Resume.

 You'll get all of this sorted for you on Oz Intro and Welcome to Travel

Get bank account

During our welcome weeks, we will assist you in getting your bank account. No stress just wait until you arrive and we have it all sorted for you.

Tax Back and Superannuation

Paying tax is a fact of life and Australia is no different. The tax rate for a Working Holidaymaker is 15% for the first $37,000 you earn in a tax year. The rate then increases in increments from there. The Australian tax year runs from July 1st until June 30th.

You're also entitled to superannuation, which is Australia's pension fund scheme. Your employer must pay an extra amount on top of your normal wage into your superannuation fund, which is meant for your retirement.

If you book a Welcome week with us we can help you understand how Tax and Superannuation work in Australia, and can organize any refunds you may be due, so you’ll have more money to spend on your travels. And who doesn’t like that?

If you start your Aussie Adventure in Sydney we can help you find a job

As part of Oz Intro, you’ll get 12 months membership to the Oz Jobs Program. This includes exclusive access to the Oz Jobs App, which is the one-stop-shop for finding work in Australia including a live job feed where lots of great job opportunities are posted every day from an Australia wide network of employers. 

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How to find somewhere to live when you arrive in Australia

How to find somewhere to live when you arrive in Australia

When you arrive in a new country it’s a bit daunting. Your jetlagged, you don't know anyone and it's hopefully super hot!! This is why it's important to book some convenient short-term accommodation before you arrive in Australia. We would, of course, advise a welcome week in Sydney or Melbourne then your first 7-8 nights are sorted. A comfortable good quality hostel in the same room as others who have just arrived. Its always best to at least book your first week when you arrive. Hostels get super busy especially over the summer months, so get this planned before you arrive. If you go the Airbnb route you are normally not in the center of it all, yes you might score a more fancy abode, but you won't be making friends and getting the best advice as soon as you step off the plane and you could feel quite isolated.

When looking at getting a job and more long term accommodation there are many options. House-sitting can be relatively cheap (read free!) but of course, you normally need to commit to a period of time and watching pets, and it's not always in the most convenient locations.

Staying long term at hostels can be a really fun and budget-friendly way of living. You wouldn’t do this at home so you are exposed to so many different people from around the world and the true minimalist lifestyle as you live out of your backpack for a few months. Everything provided for you safely and secure and the most central locations you can think of.

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Checklist for scoring a great job in Australia

Checklist for scoring a great job in Australia

Working in Australia will be a life-changing experience. You will gain skills you never thought you needed not only to make your resume amazing but also to grow you as a person. There are so many jobs to be had in Australia which will suit everyone no matter how much experience you already have.

If you start your trip to Melbourne with Welcome to Travel we’ll go through all of our job resources including resume writing, employer database, and farm-work opportunities. This will be done in a group setting and then you’ll have a one-on-one meeting with an Australia expert meaning you’ll leave with all questions answered

Starting in Sydney on Oz Intro you’ll get 12 months membership to the Oz Jobs Program. This includes exclusive access to the Oz Jobs App, which is the one-stop-shop for finding work in Australia including a live job feed where lots of great job opportunities are posted every day from an Australia wide network of employers.

Hacks to get the best job in Oz

Killer resume

Know what you want

Only apply for jobs you want

Follow up phone call

Uncover networking opportunities

Ace the interview

Educate yourself

Killer resume

Before you come to Australia have your resume sorted- you can add address and phone in late. Have it saved in google drive ready to edit on arrival. Even write a basic cover letter you can adjust when you are here.

Know what you want

Don’t go for jobs you don’t want it will waste everyone’s time. Stay focus, but remember your in Australia this is your opportunity to think outside the box and try something you never thought possible. Don’t stay in your comfort zone.

Follow up phone call

Give the company a ring after you send your resume off. Maybe a few days later. Too many people these days just hit send and never follow up. Remember the benefit of being a real person to the company hiring not just another resume in their inbox. Also if its hospitality nothing beats a face to face. Walk-in during a quiet time and have a chat- make sure you have a hard copy of your resume with you!

Uncover networking opportunities

Ask around at the hostel you stay in. where does everyone work? Are they about to leave to go traveling and their job will be free or is their company looking for anyone else? The hostel receptionist is your best friend in cases like this. Maybe they used to work on a boat in the Whitsundays and know the owner needs a deckhand…suddenly there are endless opportunities for you in Australia. Your trip leader on your Welcome week…how did they get their guiding job? Always be on the lookout- it's not what you know its who you know!

Ace the interview

Wear the one smart outfit you packed and be confident at the interview. You come from a great (and exotic) background that makes you different from Australians applying for the job.

Educate yourself

Do you need an RSA or Barista course for the position you are applying for? Maybe get those in the first few weeks on arrival in Australia if that’s the route you want to take. Well worth the investment if you are staying in Oz and working for the year (or two) Ask your trip leader during your welcome week where they recommend you applying? Do they know a suburb where locals go on the weekend that makes great coffee, find the bus route and head there to do a resume drop? You never know until you ask.

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