Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Visa

If you want to visit Australia either as a tourist or as a work and traveller you definetly need the right visa. Don't trust thrid party websites or services because their information might be out of date and their services are not needed and too expensive. Click on the first link below to find the right visa for you.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

The official site of the Australian Government where you can find all information concerning visas, tariffs, customs, and everything else. 

Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) 

This is the right page if you want to apply for a Working Holiday Visa in Australia. Eligible countries are among others: Germany, France, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark. If you are not sure which visa you need check our table below.

Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)

This is the right page if you want to apply for a Work and Holiday Visa in Australia. Eligible countries are among others: Isreal, Malaysia, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Thailand. If you are not sure which visa you need check our table below.

Which Work & Travel visa do I need?

Australia is issuing two different visa types for the purpose of work and travel. Not every country is eligible for a work and holiday visa. Check the following list to see if your country is participating in the work and travel partnership and which visa category is relevant to you.

Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) 

To apply for this visa, you must hold a valid passport from a country involved in the Working Holiday Program with Australia. Eligible countries are:

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders)
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom.
Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)

You can apply for this visa if you hold a passport from:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Chile
  • China, People’s Republic of
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Malaysia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay.

Flights

Flight Search Engines

Jetradar

Jetradar is a very good flight search engine with a beautiful user interface. The simple to understand interface makes it easy to search for flights. It is one of our favorite flight search engines. 

momondo

momondo offers a beautiful design combined with a great function called "Trip Finder". According to our experiences momondo.com is one of the best and cheapest flight search engines worldwide. You can use momondo as well to compare hotel and rental car prices.

Skyscanner

Skyscanner is probably the best known flight search engine worldwide - not without any reason. It's very easy to use and they usually find the cheapest prices of all flights. In our opinion momondo and skyscanner are on the same level and they are both by far the best flight search engines.

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Accomodation

Hotels

booking.com

booking.com is probably the world's best known booking platforms for hotels and also for hostels. It is our favorite booking platform of all and we see it as an essential app for your smartphone while travelling. booking.com has usually the cheapest hotel prices worldwide and they are also offering a so called "Genius" program. If you regularly book on booking.com you will soon become a "Booking.genius". This status will give you 10% on selected hotels worldwide, upgrades to many hotels, and a premium service hotline.

hotellook.com

hotellook.com is another platform where you can book hotel rooms all over the world. While searching for hotels you have the possibility to compare the prices of hotellook.com to the prices of competing hotel booking platforms. 

hotwire

hotwire is a great platform where you can blind-book hotel rooms in medium and large cities. Most hotel brands don't want to sell their rooms below a specific price as it would damage their brand association. On hotwire you have the possibility to blind-book hotels of a specific category in a specific city district. After you booked and paid your hotel room you will get the hotel name and address. It is a great way to save a lot of money while sleeping in usually expensive hotels.

There are several other hotel booking platforms but we only recommend those above as we only have excellent experience with them. Alternatively try one of the following:

Hostels

HOSTELWORLD

Hostelworld is the world's largest booking platform for hostels. On hosterlworld.com you can book more than 33,000 hostels worldwide. If you are travelling Australia on a tight budget the Hostelworld app will be a must have on your trip!

HOSTELS.com

Hostels.com is one of the largest booking platform for hostels and it is part of hostelworld.com. On hostels.com you can also choose between more than 33,000 hostels worldwide. You basically decide yourself which app or user interface you like the most: hostelworld or hostels.com.

Private Apartments & Homes

9flats.com

9flats.com call themselves the alternative to hotels. 9flats.com is indeed a very good alternative to airbnb.com. On 9flats.com you can book private rooms, guest houses, vacation rentals and rooms. 

airbnb

airbnb.com is the world's best known paltform for booking private rooms, houses, apartments or even castles and boats. In our opinion it is a very good alternative to hotels and hostels and you really should try airbnb.com!

Couchsurfing

couchsurfing

couchsurfing.com is the only platform you should use to contact a couchsurfing host as couchsurfing.com has several implications to ensure your safety. Couchsurfing is an awesome and free alternative to hotels, hostels, and airbeds and breakfasts as you meet real locals from the region you are travelling.

Renting Apartments & Real Estate

realestate.com.au

realestate.com.au is one of the best-known platforms for real estate renting and buying. 

rent.com.au

rent.com.au is another platform specialized on renting apartments. Two things to mention: They offer you to try the apartment out by using airbnb and second they offer you to split the bond into fortnightly payments. 

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Australian Bank Account

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is the largest bank of Australia and even the whole southern hemisphere. You can open an account while not being in Australia for more information look here.

ANZ

ANZ or the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group is an Australian bank. You can open an bank account before arriving to Australia - for more information click here.

Westpac

Westpac is also an Australian bank which is offering you a special account for migrants. 

nab

nab is another Australian bank offering you a free bank account without monthly fees or minimum deposits.

Money Transfer

TransferWise

TransferWise is the best and probably the cheapest option to send money between different international bank accounts. If you want to transfer money from your bank account in the EU to Australia it will definitely be much cheaper to use TransferWise than to make an international bank transfer!

CurrencyFair

CurrencyFair, like TransferWise, is a service to send money from bank account to bank account around the globe.

Tax File Number & Superannuation

Australian Taxation Office

Here you can apply for a TFN (Tax file number) as soon as you have an address in Australia (this might also be a hotel or hostel address). You need a TFN to work in Australia.

Australian Government: Superannuation

Here you can apply for a TFN (Tax file number) as soon as you have an address in Australia (this might also be a hotel or hostel address). You need a TFN to work in Australia.

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.

Telstra (Australia's largest network provider)

Telstra is Australia's largest and most reliable network operator but therefore also the most expensive one. If you are planning to live and travel outside of big cities, especially into outback areas, Telstra is your choice.

Optus (Australia's 2nd largest network provider)

Optus is another mobile network provider in Australia. If you plan to stay a lot of your time in cities and urban areas it is a very good choice.

boostmobile

Boost is perfect for you if you want a prepaid plan with A LOT OF DATA. 

ALDImobile

ALDI offers with ALDImobile also multiple very attractive prepaid plans. 

Woolworths Pre-paid Mobile

Woolworths is an Australian supermarket chain which also offers a few prepaid plans. The good thing about it: unused data will be rolled over to the next month!

Coles Mobile

Coles is another Australian supermarket chain with attractive prepaid plans.

Finding a Job

JobSearch

JobSearch is an official job search platform from the Australian Government.

seek

seek is Australia's best known and largest platform for searching a job.

indeed

indeed is not a job platform but a job search engine. It is looking for job offers on different job platforms, newspapers, and company career pages.

Gumtree

Gumtree is Australia's largest platform for classifieds. Here you can find many fruit picking and harvesting jobs. Our advice: call immediately and don't spend time on writing applications!

Worker Rights

Fair Work Ombudsman

Fair Work is an ombudsman of the Australian government. If you have any questions about minimum wage, compensation, pay or if you want to report illegal working circumstances visit this site and contact Fair Work.

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.

Gumtree

Gumtree is Australia's largest platform for classifieds. Here you can find most of Australias used cars. Our advice: don't buy from other backpackers when I was in Australia nearly all cars from backpackers were in poor conditions (this is of course not true for every car) try to find locals who are selling their car.

Facebook Group: Australia Backpackers

We personally don't recommend buying cars from others backpackers. But nevertheless, you might find very good cars in this Facebook group. Sometimes travellers are selling cars extremely cheap as they need to get a flight the next or the following days. 

carsales

carsales is Australias largest portal for used and new cars. You can find more than 200,000 cars on carsales.com.au!

Roadworthy Certificate (Queensland)

This is the official homepage of the Queensland government with helpful information and prices about roadworthy and safety certificates for your car.

Car Insurance

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). 

iSelect

iSelect is not a car insurance itself but it's a car insurance comparison page. Enter your data and iSelect will find the cheapest quotes for you.

AAMI

AAMI is a well known insurance provider in Australia. 

NRMA

NRMA is a well-known insurance provider in Australia. 

Allianz

Check out the car insurance rates of Allianz. 

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