Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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Mobile Network Providers
When arriving in Australia you will probably want to get a local SIM card for your mobile phone. In Australia, you usually buy prepaid plans which are extremely cheap when compared to Europe and North America. If you want a good coverage outside of big cities and urban areas you might want to get a prepaid plan of Telstra. Telstra offers the best coverage in Australia. Still if you travel into the outback you will face over extremely long distances no mobile coverage at all.
Finding a Job
Buying a Car
If you want to buy a car in Australia you will have no problem finding one. If you cannot evaluate the conditions of a car yourself you should seek a mechanic to check the car up. Do not understimate the distances in Australia the car is going to drive with you. If you are looking for used cars it will be no rarity to find cars with more than 300,000 kilometres on the clock. This sounds compared to European standards like "too much" but if the car is in a good condition you should have no problems with a high mileage.
Pay attentian that the seller should hand you a RWC (Road Worthy Certificate) when you buy a used car (in Queensland sometimes reffered to as "Safety Certificate"). The RWC basically states that your car is in a safe condition. If you want to renew the RWC it will cost you around $70 - $100. After you purchased a car you will need transfer the registration from the sellers name to your name. Usually you have a time limit of 2 weeks for that. Laws and processes are different in every state but the idea is always the same. When buying an old car you have to make sure that the car you are buying has at least 6 months of Rego. The Rego is a combination of a yearly tax and an insurance for third parties bodily harms. This insurance is usually insufficient and you should get at least a third party property insurance for your car.
The Rego (registration) of your car only includes an insurance for bodily injuries. If you damage another person's car or property it is not insured and you have to pay the damage all by yourself! You can choose between different insurance models in Australia from third-party property insurance, third-party property insurances including fire, theft etc. or comprehensive car insurances (if you damage your own car).