I'm a 20 year old girl planning on travelling to Australia in April.
Just wanted to know if anyone else will be in a similar position and also for any advice from people who have been.
Would like to know best starting places, any tips on when to get my visa, how easy it is to get work and any advice on health insurance/travel insurance??
I'm moving to Australia in April and there's definitely some things you'll want to get done.
First of all, you're going to want to apply for you visa! Australia has an incredible visa for the UK in which you can stay for two years as long as you do three months of regional work, which is basically a way to give back to the Australia since they're hosting you. I applied for the American version of this and it was incredibly easy, I think I was approve in less than 12 hours even.
As for work, I'm going there to work as an Au Pair, which is a good way to have guaranteed work as well as housing when you first get there. However you could always work for accommodation at hostels or look around in service industry jobs. I know a few people who sign up with temp agencies when they get there that way they have help finding a job that suits their talents. There's all sort of options out there!
I'm using world nomads for my travel insurance. It's more expensive but they do cover a lot, especially if you want to do more extreme sports. I've found that the cheapest way with them is to buy insurance every six months as opposed to doing a full year of it.
For the WHV, as Jenny says, it's generally approved within a day (but could take up to two weeks during busy times if you happen to be the random sample which a human will look at in more depth). It's valid for one year from the date it's granted (that is, you have one year from then to enter Australia, and then its regular validity starts.) That means it doesn't matter much if you apply one or six months in advance, but generally I'd have it be in that range. Apply through the official website of the department of immigration; everywhere else is a third party.
[ Edit: Edited on 14-Feb-2016, at 02:17 by Sander ]
Thank you both! The visa seems so much easier than I first imagined. Planning on getting this done in the next few weeks so fingers crossed it won't be too long until plans start coming together!
Hey! Im venturing out too Australia on my own next month..10th April, anyone else going too be about in either Perth or Melbourne areas?