Like you, a lot of people are clueless when they arrive in Australia. What do we do first exactly?
According to Australian Government, below are 7 significant things that you should do as soon as possible after arrival in the Land Down Under.
Apply for a Tax File Number
To receive more income and government benefits in Australia, you need a Tax File Number (TFN). Failure to get one subjects your income to a higher tax bracket.
Why get less? Get more for your dough and apply for a TFN.
Register with Medicare
Medicare is a scheme that helps you with basic medical expenses provided by the Australian Government.
Medicare gives you numerous advantages. This gives you access to health care services and programs that include free public hospital care, help with the cost of out-of-hospital care, and subsidized medicines.
You should go into a Medicare office 7 to 10 days after your arrival in Australia and bring your passport or travel documents. Afterwards, follow these steps to enroll yourself in Medicare.
Open a bank account
Most income including salary or wages and government benefits are paid directly into your bank account. You should open a bank account within six weeks from your arrival because you usually need only your passport as identification.
After six weeks you will need extra identification to open an account.
Register with Centrelink
Centrelink contributes to the social and economic needs of people by delivering services to assist them to become self-sufficient and to support those in need.
Centrelink can help you find a job, arrange skills recognition and qualifications, and access certain courses. It can also help you with Family Assistance payments to help with the cost of raising children.<
As a newly arrived migrant, you are not eligible yet for social security (unless you are a refugee or humanitarian entrant). You do not have access to the full range of government employment services.
If you are a permanent resident, you may be eligible to access some services.
But for the future, registering in Centrelink is useful for you. You can get in touch with them through their website.
Register for English Classes
If you’re not a native speaker, registering for English classes is essential for you. Communicating in English is the key to your successful settlement.
English language courses for new migrants are provided under the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP).
As a new resident, you are entitled to receive free English language tuition of up to 510 hours. Register as soon as possible before you lose this opportunity.
Enroll Your Children in School
Under Australian law, children must attend school until they are 15 years old. You should enroll your children in a school as soon as possible.
Apply for a Driver’s License
If you want to drive in Australia, you will need to have the appropriate driver’s license. In Australia, drivers’ licenses are issued by the state and territory governments.
You may be required to pass a knowledge test, a practical driving test, and an eyesight test.
If you are a permanent resident visa holder and have a current driver’s license from another country, in most states and territories, you are allowed to drive for your first three months after arrival.
It is important to note that In Western Australia, the three-month period begins when you are granted your permanent residency visa, not when you arrive in Australia.
We should start our journey right. With these tips, you are on track to a wonderful life in Australia.