Skip Navigation

Oz Intro / How much money to have saved/ Visa????

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Oz Intro / How much money to have saved/ Visa????

Page
  • 1
  • 2

Last Post

1. Posted by Dani 26 (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

Hi there everyone I am Dani new to this site sorry to bombard you all with so many questions on one thread would just like a bif of advice for anyone that can help me?????

Well basically I am looking to travel to Oz December time as I basically want to be there for Xmas. So I am gojng to pretty much have no life for a year to hopefully save for the best time of my life hopefully!!!

Anyway!

I have looked up Oz Intro and I am very much interested in that as they can sort your visa etc and hopefully sort you out work and like the idea of meeting like minded people. But is it all worth it? As will I be better off just saving my money sort my own visa and find work myself? As my main aim is to do fruit picking so I can extend and get another year as long as I can cope doing it for the 3 months!

An interially how much money should I have saved up for this trip? As I was thinking of get an open return flight. So? Do I then need so much in my account? so prove that I have enough in my account to book a flight home?

Sorry for all the questions I hope someone can help and answer a few!!!

2. Posted by MFnice (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

Hi Dani, I am leaving in 10 days for OZ on a WHV. I went through a company called Bunac which i think is pretty similar to OZintro. They help you with the visa paperwork, setting up a bank account, getting an Aussie cell phone #, set you up with your first couple of nights in a hostel and all sorts of other things. Some people say you don't need to go through a company like this, but I felt it to be really helpful and less stressful for all the preparation.

You have to show proof of funds for $5,000AUD which is about $3300USD. Not sure where you are from. I have saved enough money to last me about a month maybe a little longer or shorter. Depending on how much i party when i first get there. And also how much my bond is for a flat.

Proof of funds for your return flight home is required. What I did is just book my flight for 10 months in advance and when the time gets closer, I will pay $100 change fee and switch my flight. You have to have proof of at least $1100 for you return flight home. Which ends up to be more expensive. You are much better off booking you flight round trip and paying a change fee. As long as you are working while you are there, I have not heard of anyone not making enough $ to live and travel. My plan is to work for a month or so, then take 2-3 weeks to travel and just keep repeating that pattern.

I will be doing a blog if you want to keep up with that to get an idea of what it will be like. Hope this helps.

3. Posted by Dani 26 (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

So where about's are you from so can work out money with what you are saying as I am from the UK! I am going to look at that company you have gone with as for the reasons you are going with them is the same as me! I have got friends in Brisbane thats why I was thinking going to see my friends first?! Not sure if to see them then move on etc!

Or maybe do what I wanna do and see them as it goes!

But once you have sorted your blog out send me your link as ill be interested to read it as to see how your getting on.

4. Posted by Dani 26 (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

I am guessing your from the USA? As Bunac is for Americans as it isn't for people from the UK gsthering what I have read on the site.

5. Posted by MFnice (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

I am from the states, but Bunac offers the WHV for Australia for UK citizens. On the home page of the website, it says "if you live in the UK or Ireland" then you click on Work Australia. They actually offer more to you than they do to US citizens.

I also have friends in Brisbane, but plan to get settled in Sydney before traveling there. I am really taking my trip day by day. I have nothing planned and I will do that once I get there. That way I can get travel and destination advice from fellow travelers and hopefully find some people to travel with. I am really wanting to rent a campervan and drive through NZ, but would have to have a few other people to do that with me.

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 7y

Quoting Dani 26

I have looked up Oz Intro and I am very much interested in that as they can sort your visa etc and hopefully sort you out work and like the idea of meeting like minded people. But is it all worth it? As will I be better off just saving my money sort my own visa and find work myself? As my main aim is to do fruit picking so I can extend and get another year as long as I can cope doing it for the 3 months!

It's really easy to apply for your visa yourself. There's absolutely no reason to go through bunac or oz intro or any other company for this; they'd basically ask you for all the same information as the form on the immigration website does.
Just go to the department of immigration website and click on "Start your application".
There's a lot of other handholding done by bunac/oz intro and others, but again it's nothing essential, and tens of thousands of people each year do it all by themselves and find it all really easy. The entire country is pretty much set up to make things easy for travellers. And if you're in Australia and finding that you're having difficulty finding a job or anything, there's a lot of organizations right there which'd all be happy to help with it all, too. So my advice (based on personal experience of having done everything myself), is to save your money.

An interially how much money should I have saved up for this trip? As I was thinking of get an open return flight. So? Do I then need so much in my account? so prove that I have enough in my account to book a flight home?

The eligibility requirements state that you should have $5000 (AUD, about £2400) in available funds (after having booked a flight, insurance, etc). The requirement besides this is to hold a ticket out of the country, or additional funds to purchase one.
This requirement of sufficient funds is only very rarely checked up on, so it shouldn't worry you overly much. However, almost everyone travelling to Australia finds that they'll spend at least that much money (Australian immigration didn't come up with that number from thin air, but has real experience with how much people are likely to need), and so it's strongly recommended to really have at least that much available. On average, those $5000 will last you just shy of 3 months (assuming that you live frugally and don't go doing expensive activities or lots of partying; if you do, you could blow through it all in less than a month). After that you're going to be needing to be replenishing funds by working. Fruit picking pays very little, so I wouldn't count on saving up much money through that either. It's worth doing to be allowed the second WHV, but money-wise it won't do you much good.

7. Posted by Dani 26 (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

Well going Bunac and Oz Intro I think I am better off saving my money and book my flights and get my Visa sorted. But my main concern is spending money how much I should take out there. And having a one way flight or can u get a 24 months flight or rtw is better?
What is everyones opinions on this?

8. Posted by rys (Budding Member 21 posts) 7y

Quoting MFnice

You have to have proof of at least $1100 for you return flight home. Which ends up to be more expensive. You are much better off booking you flight round trip and paying a change fee.

MFnice, what website/airline did you use to purchase your ticket if the change fee is only $100? Or is that standard?

(And YIKES, I just looked at roundtrip tickets for next fall, and the tickets have gone up $1k... good thing I have a bit of time still...)

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 7y

Quoting Dani 26

my main concern is spending money how much I should take out there.

You'll be spending an average of AUD $60/day (for the basics; more if you want to do expensive activities or parying). So that's $22,000 for a year.
Say you'll work two jobs of three months each, making $15/hour (just above minimum wage iirc), working 40 hours a week, earning you a total of roughly $15,000. That means you still need $7,000 (£3300).

But those numbers are effectively meaningless. Maybe you have some skills that allow you to find better paying jobs. Maybe the only jobs you can find in the current economic climate are just for 24 hours a week, and you'll have to look for something else again after barely a month. Maybe you do want to go out nights and end up spending much more than $60/day. Maybe you'll find some really cheap shared accommodation while you're working and spend way less than $60/day for the six months that you're working. (Also, when your money is close to running out, you're likely to be living more frugally, which creates a huge variance.)
There's just too many unknowns to answer that question usefully.
So: "As much as possible." - with the $5,000 as the lower bound.

And having a one way flight or can u get a 24 months flight or rtw is better?

If you want to stay for more than a year, a one way ticket is probably your only option (I think there's some tickets which stay valid for 18 months, but never more than that, afaik).

10. Posted by Dani 26 (Budding Member 30 posts) 7y

Hey! Well I have just been looking on STA site for a one way flight starting from £545 for the time I wanna go? When is that a good thing or not?

Or should I do the return flight as you have recomended?