I'm going to Australia to work for 10 months and upon deciding to do so, I did some research and saw a few websites saying you have to be able to prove you have X amount of money to be able to sustain yourself whilst in the country. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about this? I have since booked my ticket, and applied for a visa and haven't seen anything about proving I have enough money (except one small question in the visa application, but just had to tick yes, didn't have to prove anything). Any help would be greatly appreciated as I haven't done anything quite this big before!
Technically it's an eligibility requirement for the WHV that you can provide evidence of sufficient funds. The document checklist even states "Evidence of sufficient funds: certified copy of a bank statement showing you have access to funds of at least AUD 5000."
However, no one who has ever reported about this here on this website (myself included) has ever been asked at any point to provide this evidence in any form, and that document checklist contains way more completely inapplicable points, which might be relevant for some people applying, but aren't for the vast majority of no-risk European backpackers. The requirement is there mostly to protect backpackers against themselves, since AUD $5000 is really a minimum which most backpackers use up in two months or less, and so as long as you actually have that money available, I wouldn't worry about it at all.
I just arrived in Melbourne last week and they didn't check anyone from what I could see. If you have a British passport it's a quick Ebola questionaire and welcome to Australia.