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1. Posted by Matt19849 (Budding Member 33 posts) 9y


Just wondering if anyone knows if you atucally need £2500 in your bank before you leave for Australia. I have a working holiday visa for a year over there, getting the money shouldn't be a problem but just out of curiosity I was wondering if you actually need the money and if they actually check!!

Cheers, Matt

2. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

Hi Matt,

The short answer is probably not.... Check out this forum thread for discussion around the topic.

3. Posted by alijane (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Just a quick one to say thanks for this!!!
Very helpfull!!!!
Alison xxx

4. Posted by huishan (Full Member 96 posts) 9y


i have less than 1000SGD when i went into aussie. thats about less than 300 pounds.

you will be fine. :)

5. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

Quoting alijane

Just a quick one to say thanks for this!!!
Very helpfull!!!!
Alison xxx

You're very welcome

6. Posted by bob1984 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

this thread and the other has so put my mind at rest. i should have around £2000 when i enter oz but the first month is going to be a bit of a mad one!!A couple of my mates are joining me for the first 4 weeks then they are going home, leaving me in oz 11 months on my own

7. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Most places in the world say you need a return ticket and need a minimum amount of funds, but rarely do they check unless you look a little suspicious. It would be a good idea to have as much as possible in your bank incase you don't find work straight away, but don't fret if you are a little under.

I know on a local TV show called Airport security (an Australian customs/immigrations show) occasionally things pop up where people get refused entry for such things, but it is only idiots who come with no funds (or very little funds), no credit cards and claim they are here for a fair while and not going to work with like less than $1000US in their bank. So seeing you have a working visa and would be honest saying you are here to work then you'll be fine, but you may just want to claim you have about £2500 in the bank even if you don't if they should ask you.

8. Posted by noel_g (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

when i went to Oz i was never checked to see if i had enough funds (even though i had about £5k!)

9. Posted by Chris T (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Dont think my bank account was checked as when i applied, my money was in an ISA, must of only had about 600 pounds (must of been a good week as well) in my current account if they did check.