Moving to Australia on a low budget!

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1. Posted by heyitslula (Budding Member 2 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

I'm planning on moving to Australia in May from the UK, but just as I was going to apply for my holiday working visa 417 I noticed that it is a requirement to have at least 5000 AUD in my bank (£2,700).

I definitely don't think I will be able to get that much money into my account in the next month and was wondering what the government are like in regards to this?
Would I be able to get away with £1000? or £1,500? As I will be staying with family when I move over there and so won't be paying rent for a couple months until I find my own place and have a job sorted.

I'm just stressing because I don't want to have bought my flights and then find out that I won't get accepted. Please please help!

If anyone could let me know about their experiences with getting the working visa and what procedures they had to go through? Like how in depth they go into your bank statements? Also If I did manage to lend money from family that this wouldn't be a red flag if larger amounts of money came into my account?

Any advice will help so much! Thank you in advance! x

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1480 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

There's good reason they ask for this - it's an expensive place and frugal travel gets miserable pretty quickly. I get that you are dodging the big expense of accommodation for a while, but you could do with a couple of grand safety net because you'll need it at some point.

A gift from family to assist your travel is in no way a red flag.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5349 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

The requirement is there mostly to protect you. Money goes really swiftly in Australia, and the general advice I tend to give is to aim for having at least twice that amount, preferably three times. Most backpackers would spend AUD $5000 in two months even while trying to limit their expenses, and that effectively means having to get a job right away, or risk having to return home way earlier than intended.

As Andy says, not having initial accommodation costs will help - but you're talking about having only half that amount of money available, so I'd still expect you to run out after two months. Backpacker jobs aren't exactly a way to save up; they're just a way to stretch your travelling money.

Or are you actually looking to move to Australia permanently, and just using the WHV because it's easy to get? If so, do realize that you won't be able to get permanent employment while on the WHV (there's a limit of 6 months working for the same employer), and that you'd basically be abusing the visa; your primary purpose for getting a WHV should be holidaying, with work just being something you do to make the experience last longer.

4. Posted by heyitslula (Budding Member 2 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

I was planning on just staying for the year, possibly 2 after doing farm work if I enjoyed being there.

I understand that moving permanently would be tough and I would need a different visa for that.

I'm going over mainly to travel and see family. I understand that money does go quickly there and I should be getting some help from family when i'm there fortunately.

My main problem is that I might not be accepted when I apply for the visa as I need to give myself 4-6 weeks for it to be processed so would mean applying within the next month. But I'm not sure if I'm able to earn the 5000 AUD minimum by that time.

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 786 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

AUD 5,000 is only £2,750.
It would be extremely brave to try to do any travelling in Auz with less than that, unless you don't plan to do any socialising whilst you're there.
If you've got anything to sell (car, old clothes, hifi, anything that you won't have a need for if you come back or is easily replaceable) then get on ebay or wherever asap.
Earn as much as you can between now and when you plan to apply for the visa.
Spend as little as possible between now and then.

6. Posted by Stefmuts (Respected Member 149 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

It is only £2,750 you should have that in the bank when travelling to .. anywhere!
Were you planning to go with nothing! You can stay with family, yes, but you are not planning to move around and see things? You can't depend on your family to support you all the way (for free)
A loan is an option to meet the requirements, but I think you're really gonna need that money, specially if finding work turns out to be harder than you think

7. Posted by 55vineyard (Budding Member 27 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Why not just delay your move a year or so, so that you can work and save up enough money to meet the official requirements?