I am planning on going to australia for about 6 months I will be 18 in july . My family live in sydney/perth so im ok for living but I was just wandering about this medicare thing? I am planning on getting a working holiday visa (12 months) but what else do i need to do??
For your medicare you just apply for a medicare card so you dont have to pay to see the doctor. I think i done it online, its pretty straight forward. They send you your credit sized card through the post.
When you are out there you will need to go on the government website and apply for your TFN (tax file number) this is so you can work. When you arrive back home you can claim all your tax back, which is a nice bonus!!!
oh and you will need to sort out a bank account, this is really easy as well, most travellers use Commonwealth, ANZ, there is another one, i can't think what its called. you just go in and ask to set up a current account...simples!!
Thats all i think, its not as daunting as it all seems at first. good luck and enjoy...
I'm doing the exact same thing, i'll be heading out there at the end of June and will be staying until the end ofaugust wilst having my 18th out there in July. I have found it really depends on what you want to do, speaking to others most tend to go up the east coast which is what i'm doing and start in sydney and make their way up to cairns (or vice versa). For travel there is oz experience or greyhound, greyhound is supposed t be the more reliable and they have a hop on hop off ticket, buy a ticket between two destinations, get on stop off along the way see the sights and continue your journey. Also in all cities there are many many hostels which allow for cheap accomodation
I am heading to sydney in march and I am looking around at insurance, i got quoted 363 euro would that be very expensive or would anybody know of a good place to get insurance?
backpack, Hostels, and meeting people are your ticket! Hostels are cheap and clean, lots of cool people doing the same thing as you....GOOD LUCK!
im all set ready to go in july,on my own i dont mind but prefere to go with a few people if anyones interested
Hey thanks lil j,
Loads Great info,
I was not sure on how many days I should book at a hostel for when I get in to Oz,
Not done anything like this before so everything will be new,
Go in 2 months on the 12 month visa,
so just checking what place to book,
Hi guys,if traveling is new to you,should do ozintro,did it 4months ago and live with people I did it with in Sydney now,we all traveled coast together aswell, ozintro is for single backpackers looking to meet people to travel with,they sort u bank out and visa and Medicare number,week in Sydney with group doing trips and what not,was a great laugh and met some wicked people,