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1. Posted by MrTigel (Budding Member, 3 posts) 16 Aug '13 07:04

MrTigel has indicated that this thread is about Working Holiday Visa (Australia)

Hello!
I just got my WHV granted so I've started planning my trip more seriously now. I'm leaving for Sydney this November.
Anyway, I plan on finding work once I get there to make some extra money. I was wondering how to deal with work/bank account when not having a permanent address...

How do you people do it? Can you just use your hostel's address? What happens when you have to change hostel, do you have to notice your employer and bank each time? Or do you stay at the same hostel for as long as you need to keep the job you have?

Thanks!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4362 posts) 16 Aug '13 07:11

If you tell your bank not to send you bank statements, the only thing they need an address for is to send you your debit card after you open your account. For that you can just use your hostel's address.
Australian banks (and employers) are used to dealing backpackers without a fixed address. Don't worry about it. :)

3. Posted by MrTigel (Budding Member, 3 posts) 16 Aug '13 07:20

Thanks for the answer, glad to hear it won't be an issue.
I guess I'm over thinking it :)

4. Posted by EJG86 (Budding Member, 21 posts) 18 Aug '13 12:23

Hi!

I was wondering about;

a) which bank is best for backpackers - I don't want to be charged for anything!!

b) how long it will take to get your Tax number sent out, tried to do it from the UK and they said you need to have entered the country and have a postal address...

Thanks!

Eleanor x

5. Posted by MrTigel (Budding Member, 3 posts) 18 Aug '13 12:54

Hey there!
I was thinking of going with the Commonwealth Bank since it seems it's the biggest bank in Australia. There's a small fee of 4$/month for unlimited transaction though.

No idea about point b). If someone know the answer, please enlighten us :)

By the way, when I you going to Australia? For my part, I plan on arriving in Sydney the first week of november.

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4362 posts) 18 Aug '13 13:07

Quoting EJG86

a) which bank is best for backpackers - I don't want to be charged for anything!!

This differs from year to year, as they initiate and close down different types of accounts. When I was there eight years ago, ANZ had an account without any fees (limited to 5 ATM withdrawals a month). Right now, I don't know. Check the websites of the big banks for details on their different types of accounts: ANZ, Westpac, NAB, Commonwealth.

b) how long it will take to get your Tax number sent out, tried to do it from the UK and they said you need to have entered the country and have a postal address...

Yeah, one of the requirements of the tax file number is indeed that you have to be in the country. Takes about a week; just have it sent to your hostel.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Aug-2013, at 13:08 by Sander ]