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1. Posted by dand88888d (Budding Member 11 posts) 6y

I hear that you need a Oz bank account to get paid, should you get a job, is this the case?

is this easily set up on arrival? i.e. going to the bank, will i be required to provide an address?

Dan

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 6y

Quoting dand88888d

I hear that you need a Oz bank account to get paid, should you get a job, is this the case?

Not quite necessarily; I've had jobs where I was paid with a cheque. But in general, yes.

is this easily set up on arrival? i.e. going to the bank, will i be required to provide an address?

Yes, it's quite trivial to set it up once you've arrived in the country. Walk into any bank branch within a couple of weeks of your arrival with your passport (after the first few weeks they need more forms of identification, most of which you wouldn't have), deposit $50, and give them the address of your hostel for them to send the debit card to (this'll take about a week). You can have them set the frequency of bank statements to once a year (or maybe nowadays they even allow you to cancel paper bank statements altogether) so those won't be sent to the hostel.

3. Posted by dand88888d (Budding Member 11 posts) 6y

Sounds ideal and pretty simple, thanks mate!!