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Heading to Australia Feb 2012,..... anybody else?

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11. Posted by littleangie (Budding Member 90 posts) 4y

Hey donna,

Rsa course is a legal requirment to be able to serve alcohol in Australia I don't know much about it have a look at http://training.jobaroo.com/rsa-courses.html

I may go for a starter pack, I know there are quite expernsive but hey do sort out all the impoertant things. I would know where to start if I had to sort out the bank account, sim card, tax number. Gonna have a look at the starter packages and see the best deal I can get x

12. Posted by donnapercival90 (Budding Member 37 posts) 4y

Oh right Ill have to look into that.

I had a good look around for starter packs and the cheapest I found was australian backpackers starter pack for $319 and thats just for 2 nights, but when I read the reviews they didnt seem to good. One person said they found bed bugs and it was really dirty. Then the other one I found was woodduck group starter package. Let me know if you come across anyones that sound good =]

Donna x

13. Posted by littleangie (Budding Member 90 posts) 4y

STA travel do a pack for £280 its 4 nights/5 days everything included seems like a really good deal have a look yourself http://www.statravel.co.uk/australia-working-packages.htm#inclusions. I've been emailing a lady who works there, they are really helpful x

14. Posted by donnapercival90 (Budding Member 37 posts) 4y

Did you get that quote from one of the travel agents? Online it says £245 for 2 nights. Thats a really good deal for 4 nights. Its so hard to decide whats best :s

I do like the sounds of them setting everything up for you though before you arrive. Sounds like its less stressful.

Donna x

15. Posted by littleangie (Budding Member 90 posts) 4y

Yeah i spoke to one of the ladies who work there, going to speak to them again as i was going to book a flight with them found a cheaper flight on another site so gonna see if they can better it x

16. Posted by thomaswatkins27 (Budding Member 15 posts) 4y

Hi Guys

Im travelling to melbourne on the 19th Jan . . .

Im not looking for work, so cant help on that side . . . . but i am travelling alone so if anyone wants to meet im around till middle of feb in melbourne then travelling up the east coast !!

All the best

Tom

17. Posted by donnapercival90 (Budding Member 37 posts) 4y

Hi

I should be in Melbourne around some time in February, do you know where you are looking at staying yet?.

I think I might give STA a ring and see what they can offer me with the starters package.

Its so hard making these decisions!!

Donna x

18. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 4y

Quoting littleangie

I may go for a starter pack, I know there are quite expernsive but hey do sort out all the impoertant things.

It's all really easy, and people at your hostel will also be able to help you, or if you really get stuck, there's plenty of backpacker service centers and the like there where you could pay them after all to take care of things. You're all going to be dealing with much more difficult stuff during your travels than some minor administrative chores like these. Don't cop out before you've even started - you really can handle it. :)

I would know where to start if I had to sort out the bank account

Walk into any Australian bank branch with your passport and AUD $50 (for an initial deposit) during the first four weeks after you've arrived (after that you need a second form of identification). Tell them you want to open an account. Give them the address of your hostel to send the debit card to, and tell them not to send you bank statements. Walk out 15 minutes later. Your debit card will arrive in about a week. (If you want you can research the various banks, but they're all pretty much interchangeable - charging you a nearly indistinguishable monthly fee (there's a few with free accounts that limit you to 3 or 4 withdrawals a month))

sim card

Walk into any mobile phone shop with your unlocked phone.

tax number.

Once you've arrived in Australia, fill in the online forms on the Australian Tax Office website. Again, give them your hostel's address.

There. That'll hopefully help you save you quite a bit of money. :)

19. Posted by donnapercival90 (Budding Member 37 posts) 4y

I think I'm gonna arrange it myself. After speaking to a woman from STA and questioning what it is you actually get in the package I didnt think it was worth it, especially as the airport pick up is still a shuttle bus that you would have to get yourself anyway.

Still can't decide on a hostel I will go for!.... if anyone knows any cheap hostels that are great for meeting new people and within an easy reach of recruitment agencies etc let me know =]

Did you end up booking the package littleangie?

Donna x

20. Posted by littleangie (Budding Member 90 posts) 4y

Hey Donna,
No I haven't booked the package after reading what sander has put. It does seem like a waste of money. Seems like it pretty easy to sort all these things out.

With the hostel I have a book which has lots of good hostels in it just looking at them online now to see what's ones are the most appropriate x

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