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1. Posted by Gavin-D (Budding Member 81 posts) 8y

hey everyone, just in the process of filling out my whm visa, but found this site on the web -

http://www.visas-australia.com/default.asp

has anyone evr used them or similar before?? seem to offer a decent price package for the visa and travel insurance?? am i just being nieve in thinking this is the best way for applying. they also have the facility for you to get your tax number aswell.

also whats the best kinda health insurance for my year or two in oz. where did everyone else get theirs from?

thanks :(:)

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 8y

I haven't used them, but in general there's absolutely no reason to use any third-party for getting your WHV or TFN; both are supremely easy to do yourself through the official websites of the Australian government, and you can't get cheaper than that either, because these third-parties will need to pay the same costs, plus their own overhead.

3. Posted by Gavin-D (Budding Member 81 posts) 8y

i found the forms from the official australian gov site a bit daunting, and i'm not sure who to get to autherise my copy of my passport??

and yes i am a bit dense when it comes to these matters lol:(

4. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

You can apply online for a WHV at this location of the DIAC website.

Once you've got to Australia with your WHV, then you can apply online for a Tax File Number from the ATO website.

Have a look round for insurance, as you will need to select cover appropriate to what you may want to do (e.g. skydiving and other such activities will probably not be included under basic cover...). A couple of insurance companies are Columbus and Atlas.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 8y

Quoting Gavin-D

i'm not sure who to get to autherise my copy of my passport??

I'm not entirely certain what you mean by this. Maybe this is a new requirement since I went through the process back in 2003. (I only had to fill in my passport number on the website, and that was it, other than getting a visa label sticker upon entering Australia. (which I've heard is no longer required nowadays.))
There should be a good help function together with the online forms, though...

6. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

Quoting Gavin-D

i'm not sure who to get to autherise my copy of my passport??

I'm not entirely certain what you mean by this.

If you apply offline (i.e. paper application), DIAC's Form 1150 requires you to provide a certified copy of your passport.

7. Posted by Gavin-D (Budding Member 81 posts) 8y

thanks for the help everyone.

mojorob- if i get travel insurance quotes from either of these companies will i need to also get health insurance or is the travel insurance adequate??

8. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Travel insurance normally includes a certain level of health coverage in it.

Remember also that as a British person you would be eligible for a Medicare card in Australia, under the Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement that exists between the UK & Australia. This is only for immediate and necessary care, and in no way replaces travel insurance.

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

I haven't used them, but in general there's absolutely no reason to use any third-party for getting your WHV or TFN; both are supremely easy to do yourself through the official websites of the Australian government, and you can't get cheaper than that either, because these third-parties will need to pay the same costs, plus their own overhead.

Whilst I agree with you there in principle, what I believe is Visas Australia's tactic is that because you take their insurance there is no mark up on the visa application (that's how it used to be). So they're essentially making enough off the insurance sales to cover their overhead. What they then do, hearsay only this, is send you all kinds of leaflets/brochures/offers from other suppliers of travel products in Australia. The probably get paid to distribute these and make a commission on any sales coming through them. It's not a bad set up in terms of being much more expensive, but I'd think the extra ads could be annoying, considering how easy the online application is.

Gavin, as mojorob also replied, health is generally included in most longer term travel insurances (can be different for US citizens). The world nomads travel insurance (we have a page up with some coverage details here on TP) is also a popular one for longer term working holidays.

10. Posted by shane_k (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

I got my whv with Visas Australia. €349 for visa and insurance. I got mine in Ireland though and our Aussie embassy has no visa office so we have no choice but to either correspond with the London one (which takes ages!) or get it done just as quick as it would be anywhere else with a third party.

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