Working in Australia
Here are a few tips and tricks to make it easier for you to work in Australia when you get here.
Applying for a White Card
The White Card course (CPCCOHS1001A – Work safely in the construction industry) is mandatory for anyone wanting to work in the Australian construction industry. Training covers basic knowledge of construction work, applicable Work Health and Safety Laws, common hazards you may encounter and how to control the associated risks. When you’re finished you’ll receive a certificate and a card, which must be carried with you onsite at all times. Failure to do so may result in you not being allowed onsite.It’s best to complete the course in a classroom, rather than online, because training is more thorough and it’s a faster process. In fact, some larger sites may NOT accept a white card obtained online.
For further information on eligibility, authorised white card trainers and the application process please click on the link.
Applying for a Tax File Number
Your Tax File Number (TFN) is a unique number issued by the Australian Taxation Office to help manage tax and other government services. It’s not mandatory to have one, but without one you’ll pay more tax. So, it’s best to apply for one as soon as you arrive in Australian and before you start working.
How you apply for a TFN depends on your circumstances, so please click on the link for further information. https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Tax-file-number/
Of course you can always call us with any questions on 1800 621 066.
Banking in Australia
Like anywhere in the world, Australia has a range of banks to choose from. And, picking the right one depends on what’s important to you. So, do some research before making a decision, thinking about their products, rates, account fees, opening hours and location of automatic teller machines.
You may like to consider any of the four major banks:
- ANZ: https://www.anz.com.au/personal/
- Commonwealth: https://www.commbank.com.au/personal
- National Australia Bank (NAB): http://www.nab.com.au/personal
- Westpac: http://www.westpac.com.au/personal-banking/bank-accounts/moving-to-australia/
To find information on visiting, working and studying in Australia, returning to live in Australia and Australian citizenship BriX Projects recommend you visit the Australian Government website.
Superannuation (called ‘super’ for short) is another name for a pension fund. It’s a compulsory scheme whether you’re a permanent or casual worker, a resident or non-resident for tax purposes. Money comes from contributions made into your fund by your employer and you can also top it up with your own money.
The rate of superannuation is determined by the Government and reviewed annually. Your employer will have a chosen fund for all employees or you can opt to have it paid into your own choice of fund. But unless you’re going to be in Australia until you retire it doesn’t really matter.
If you don’t obtain a permanent visa and are on a working holiday visa when you leave Australia you can claim a refund.
For further information please visit the Australian Government’s superannuation site: http://www.australia.gov.au/help-and-contact/faqs/tax-and-superannuation
When you live here, you’ll celebrate many holidays and special events, including Christmas and Easter, as well as Australia Day, Anzac Day, the Queen’s birthday and Labour Day. Here’s some background to some of these holidays:
- Australia Day, celebrated on 26 January is a chance for the nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian – sunshine, friends, family and a great Aussie BBQ. It also marks the arrival of the first European settlers.
- Anzac Day is celebrated on 25 April and honours the day the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli during World War I in 1915. Anzac Day is a time to remember those who lost their lives fighting for Australia, not only in World War I but also in all subsequent wars.
- The Queen’s birthday is held on the second Monday in June to celebrate the birthday of the monarch of the Commonwealth, currently Queen Elizabeth II.