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11. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Quoting phil767

Tell Me about It! I've been in oz a week from the UK I thought there was expensive, At the moment while I am not working, I watch the pennies like mad,

I've even started buying groceries Mashed potatoe and beans everyday but that's also due in fact that Oz seems to have put tons of e numbers in their products.

Yeah, it's no bargain. Where are you doing the majority of your shopping?

12. Posted by hels82 (Full Member 96 posts) 8y

One thing to bear in mind when looking at minimum wage-especially for bar/waitressing over here in Oz is that people dont generally tip. I remember when i worked in the USA although the minimum wage was very very low-the difference could be made up in tips-the same would not be true here.

Hels

13. Posted by vsb123 (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

Thanks for the replies so far.

Does anyone know what sort of tax I would have to pay there on a working visa. Is it similair to the 33% we pay in the UK or can i expect any unwelcome suprises?

Thanks

14. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4833 posts) 8y

It's 29% for the first $30,000, and 30% up to $75,000.
However, if you can self-assess yourself as a resident "for tax purposes" (which has nothing to do with being an actual resident; only with living in an apartment for a couple of months and being part of the local community (going to the movies every so often and such)), you get the resident's tax rates, which are 0% for the first $6,000, 15% from $6,001 to $30,000 and then the same 30% above that.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 16, 2008, at 11:54 AM by Sander ]

15. Posted by kurtoneal (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Hello,
Dont forget that US is one of the cheapest developed countries in the world, + dollar is really low now wich makes traveling more difficult and more expensive. I live in Rhode Island which is incredibly expensive comparing to US standards but comparing to any other countries in Europe or Oceania is still very cheap.

16. Posted by sneddon (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

I was doing bar work and I was on $17-$25 per hour depending on where I worked in Oz. Friends were doing labouring on ABN from $1,100 - $1,700 they earned more if you work at Saturday

17. Posted by urbanyte (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

yes, if you kow what you are doing in a bar, you can earn decent money
i met many backpackers doing just that, making their way around the country working for a couple of weeks a t a time in the bigger cities, then moving on.

depending on how lucky you get (and whether its cash in hand work) you can get between $10 - 20 / hr
beats fruitpicking for sure :)

18. Posted by sneddon (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

Yeah you would need bar experience as all bars I went in to woudn't even look at your resume unless you had experience, but I never knew or heard of anyone on less than $17ph and I didn't know anyone doing a cash in hand job but if you find one then great

19. Posted by emylou101 (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

Quoting vsb123

Thanks for the replies so far.

Does anyone know what sort of tax I would have to pay there on a working visa. Is it similair to the 33% we pay in the UK or can i expect any unwelcome suprises?

Thanks

(Rightly or wrongly??), I decided to get my visa, and do a lot of reading on the DIMIA website - I kinda thought best get the important info from the horses mouth........

Their webby advises anyone intending to work in Oz should apply for a Tax File Number - this way you will be stopped at the same rate as any other single person working in Oz, and not at the higher rate (which sounds similar to our emergency tax rate which we get stopped for before a new employer gets out P45)

Check their website out, i find it very easy to read and you can be sure not to get conflicting or out of date info :)

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