So I have applied for the work visa (subclass 462 for US citizens) and am leaving in three weeks,
Aside from the visa itself what else do I need to bring on arrival? Do I need proof of high school graduation? Bank Statement? Also Do I need to apply for travelers insurance (Such as Allianz or WorldNomads) before entering the country?
Thanks for the help!
You should really get travel insurance before you book the flights or at the same time. If you wait until the last second, you'll be missing out on one of the important things they generally cover which is a cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. A lot of insurance companies also will only sell you a policy if you are still in your home country, so definitely do this before leaving.
You shouldn't need a proof of high school graduation when you come in the country, but I guess it could be handy if you will be applying for jobs. Doubt anyone would care to ask to see that to be honest though. I know a long long time ago when I came to Australia on a working holiday visa (not that particular subclass) there was a requirement to be able to show proof of funds. I dare say this still exists. I've never heard of anyone actually having to show it, but it can't hurt to have a printout of your bank statement with you just in case.
For up to date information on all these things you should check the details on the official website.
Good luck! I'm sure you'll have a great time
Thanks for the reply!
It sounds like you have worked abroad before. I was wondering, if I just get travel insurance for the first six months instead of the entire 12 month period would that be an issue at the border patrol/ immigration?
Is the Australia border patrol strict on their regulations or pretty relaxed regarding work holiday visas?
I wouldn't skimp on travel insurance. It's not the chance of something being stolen, etc. that's the issue. It's giant medical bills from unforeseen circumstances. People go bankrupt from not being insured properly. Now, medical bills in Australia are nowhere near as bad as the US, but still, the last thing you want after a major emergency is a 5 figure bill.
As for the strictness of the Australian immigration officers - I very much doubt they will check your insurance (I've never had my insurance papers checked while travelling anywhere), but if this is a requirement of your visa, then there is always a slim chance they might.