Administrative procedures in Australia (Phone, TFN, bank accounts)

Administrative procedures in Australia (Phone, TFN, bank accounts)

The plane has just landed, you are already exhausted by the jet lag. Your backpack is certainly 10 times too heavy but what does it matter! You finally go to the promised land!

I would like to say that from now on, everything will be easy and that it will be enough to proudly brand your WHV so that everything goes easily. But it is not (inevitably) the case! You will have administrative procedures to undertake, it is obvious.

In this article I will therefore return to the first things to do when arriving (or even before leaving): administrative procedures in Australia. Show your best smile, I know you love paperwork :).

#1 : The australian number phone

It is important or even essential to have an Australian phone number. This will facilitate your future steps and allow you to be contacted by your future employers. Please note that the phone number is required for almost all paperwork. So in my opinion, this is the first thing to do when arriving.

It is nevertheless very easy. There are three major telephone operators in Australia:

  • Telstra : greater network coverage, convenient if you plan to roam around Australia
  • Yes Optus : less extensive network coverage but good value for money
  • Vodafone : cheap, but network bad coverage 

So everything depends on your needs!

My advice: Do not take Vodafone, other operators’ plans are not overpriced.

My advice # 2: There are often (all the time?) Welcome offers or offers for Christmas or offers for the Saint Idon’tevenknow. So inquire before checking out! Personally I paid 15 dollars for a phone number with prepaid card of 30 dollars and 35 GB of data. I told you it was cheap. I went through Yes Optus. But I am sure that there are also offers at Telstra.


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#2 : The TFN (Tax File Number)

The famous TFN, or tax number you will be systematically asked before starting a job. Indeed taxation in Australia, as in New Zealand, is at the source. You will not make a declaration of income but you will be directly debited on your salary.

To apply for TFN, two solutions:

  • Apply online on the ATO website where you will need to fill out a form to explain your situation. This approach requires having a relatively fixed postal address. You will also be asked for an Australian phone number. It’s usually a week before the reception, but some people are less fortunate and waiting 1 month or more!

It is for these reasons that I chose the other solution:

  • Ask an independent organization. It is a paid solution but very convenient. You apply online. You can do it before you even arrive in Australia. Personally, I did it when I was in New Zealand. You simply indicate your date of arrival on the territory and the process is automatically triggered on D-day. The big +: no need to move to an authorized office or to have a fixed address or a telephone number. The process is done without you having to worry and you will receive the TFN by mail!I received it a week after my arrival, through this organization. Count about 60 dollars for the benefit. It is not given, it is certain, but if you do not intend to have a fixed address during 28 days, it is a solution.

#3 : The australian bank account

It is also essential if you want to work! Know that there are many banks in Australia and that most allow a pre-opening before even arriving on the territory. One more thing I did in New Zealand.

I have chosen ANZ, but many backpackers choose Westpac. It’s up to you!

When you arrive on the territory, all you have to do is go to your bank and ask to finalize your account opening. It is not very long, simple administrative formality. For my part I asked that my credit card be sent to the bank and not to the address I mentioned because I was not sure to be there yet. The card is sent in 5 days, no problem.

My advice: Open a savings account at the same time, it’s usually free, it was free for me, and put 90% of your money on your savings. In case of theft of your card you will be happy or at least reassured to have lost only 10% of your money.

My advice # 2: Also take advantage of this interview to open a superannuation account. Indeed this account will be asked most of the time by your employer. This is a contribution fund for your retirement. You can also open it via your personal online space. It’s up to you.

And done! Not so complicated finally! Of course this is only the basis of the paperwork that you will have to do, I am not talking about the purchase of a car for example. But if you do these three things, you’ll be ready to move wherever you want in the country and find work without the hassle of paperwork.

Hope I helped you. See you soon boyz and gurlz 🙂

Hike #7: Routeburn Track (Fjordland National Park)

Hike #7: Routeburn Track (Fjordland National Park)

True alpine trek, the Routeburn track will take you through forests and mountains. Passing through high-altitude lakes and wild meadows, you will discover majestic landscapes mixing mountain ranges and valleys, perched above the clouds.

About the hike

The Routeburn track is part of the Great Walks of New Zealand. These are hiking trails have good trails and bridges to cross the various obstacles such as streams.

For several days, and marked out camps, they allow to live a real experience in nature with breathtaking views. The Routeburn track can be done in 3 days (2 nights) however, it is not a loop. The route from the starting point of the hike to the arrival point is several hours long. Traveling in campervan, we made the decision to go halfway through the hike and turn around because we had no solution to recover the van at the end. In addition, we challenged ourselves to do it in one day! 🙂

Despite this compromise, the hike was beautiful and really worth doing. Crossing forests, meadows and rivers, you will reach the summit, above the clouds with a breathtaking view of the New Zealand fjords. You may have the chance to meet a Kea, endemic parrot and emblematic of New Zealand, so pay close attention to his songs.



Level: Beginner to Intermediate because it is a long hike but marked by multiple camps to rest.

Duration: 2 or 3 days. 

Required equipment: Hiking shoes, sunscreen, hat / cap, camping gear, food for 2 to 3 days.

In conclusion, the Routeburn Track is a perfect hike to discover the New Zealand Fjordland and learn the alpine walk over several days. It is with regret that we could not do it in full. However, with our round trip in one day, we did 36km or 3km more than the entire hike, which is a small victory for us! 🙂


One end of the trail is at the Routeburn Shelter (near Glenorchy and 68 km from Queenstown). The other is at The Divide Shelter (on the road to Milford, 85 km from Te Anau).


Find a job in Australia

Find a job in Australia

Finding a job in Australia is not (anymore) easy. Indeed, according to what I have heard, the golden age of the easy and profitable job in Australia is exceeded. It is still quite possible to find a job in Australia, if we take a hard time and we are alright about the hardness of work.

Of course, I will talk about my personal experience, I was able to find a farm job in just 5 days but many did not succeed at all. We must also be able to count on his lucky star and not hesitate to be mobile throughout Australia.

I was also in Brisbane and I had to do more than 1000 km to go to my future workplace (melon fields). I will spread more about my working conditions in another article.

Tip #1 : The main compulsory courses in Australia

Some jobs require certification beforehand. There are many and they are paying, so choose the area in which you want to illustrate to avoid losing money and especially time. Most training is done in accredited centers or online. Know that you will have enough trouble finding a job that requires certification without it, employers are more attentive. Here is an anthology of the main cereals in Australia:

  • The RSA (Responsible service of alcohol): you figured it out, it will serve you to fill glasses and pock tips as a bartender. It may even be asked if you want to be a waiter since you must often be able to know the legislation in force in the state. Choose, besides, scrupulously your state of passage of the certification which often is valid only in this one!
  • Barista Training: To serve coffee, you will be asked to show your barista certification. A little paper that will prove that you know how to meet the specific requirements for coffee in Australia
  • The White card: the Grail of the backpacker who hopes for a big salary! This will allow you to work in construction. Understand a job outdoors, difficult because very physical but who can pay big!
  • The blue card: this one will allow you to be traffic control course or controller of road traffic. This job also has the reputation of being well paid and much less tiring than construction.


Remember that certification does not give you access to work by snapping your fingers. From my own experience, it is not uncommon for you to be asked for certification + a number of years of experience in the job in question. Make the good choice !


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Tip #2 : The Australian CV

If you thought you could escape, it’s missed! It will be necessary to redo his CV (youpi!). Finally, let’s be clear: it all depends on the job you are aiming for. If you want to work in a farm you are unlikely to be asked for a CV, you will only be asked about your past experience in the field. But for all the rest, I’m afraid he’ll have to bring out your most beautiful professional photo.

My advice: make a different CV by business sector. Employers do not care if you’re a web developer if you’re looking for a server job!

The CV can make 2 pages it does not matter, simple: we want to understand your skills as quickly as possible! Put your availability and VISA directly. As well as of course, all you need to be contacted.Other thing: Australian employers love references and do not hesitate to call them! So if you’re thinking of beautifying reality, do this cleverly little naughty gang!

You can see the one I made here. My main goal was to find a job in farm but having a very limited budget, I still applied to various offers on Brisbane (dish washer, kitchen hand, car washer …) just in case. motivation may also be requested, but not always. Personally, I did not do it, but I was about to start just before I got my taf in farm (phew).

Tip #3 : Where to look for a job?

Very big subject, and everyone goes for his visionary advice. In reality everything depends on what you are looking for! For farm jobs I advise you to watch the Harvest Guide published by the government. This one will give you an idea of ​​the location of the farms that recruit according to the seasonality by location.

My little advice: go directly on the west coast, much less plebiscite than the east, you will have less competition and more chances to find a job on the farm! As for jobs like waitress, dish washer, kitchen hand etc … aim big cities. You will be more likely to find in Sydney. Do not forget that rents are expensive.

Personally, I had targeted Brisbane, but a lot of backpackers were looking for work and could not find it at the time I was there. Always have a plan B and luck is with you!

Tip #4 : Which sites / applications to find a job?

Of course the vast majority of your time will be dedicated to finding a job on the net. To do this, you must target a few sites and essential applications:

  • Gumtree: the equivalent of our good national corner, Gumtree also has references in jobs. You can also post an ad stating that you are looking for a job yourself to maximize your chances. But I can not tell you if it’s really effective.
  • Seek: a job search site. In my own experience, this site is more useful when you are looking for a job rather qualified and not a job of traveler but my faith is known ever?
  • Indeed: the “No. 1” recruitment sites. This is where I found the most offers personally. I advise you to create an email address reserved for job search and to create alerts for ads that may interest you.

Very often, it’s first come, first served since these are jobs that do not require a lot of skills for the most part. Be responsive and spend time!

  • It remains obviously Facebook: it is the first platform for the small jobs in Australia. Many groups are available for job search. There are those which concern the whole Australia (Backpacker jobs in australia for example) but also by region, state even by city! So do not hesitate to search all the possible groups and imaginable! There are also groups reserved for finding farms (AUSTRALIA Fruit picking / Packing / Farms Jobs / 88 days for example). My advice: when you are on a group’s Facebook page, set the notifications so that you are notified of each publication. Yes it’s a bit boring, you’ll get notifications every 30 seconds but as I said: first come, first served!

Many sites and apps will help you find a job on the farm. The application that I think is most useful is Wikifarms: it lists farms in Australia. You can sort them by plantations and especially by season and the most important: phone numbers and addresses are included! Nevertheless the application is paying (around 7 euros on the google store).

Of course, the best technique will remain door-to-door! No matter what job you’re looking for, nothing beats seeing a candidate moving directly. Bring CVs and simply put on a suitable outfit in case you start immediately! I can talk about working hostels and temp agencies, but I have very little knowledge of the subject. All I can tell you is find out before! Post a message on the backpacker groups and see reviews on Google. Go through a third party to find work can quickly turn into a nightmare. (Smile tho :D!)

You will understand, finding a job in Australia is not a part of fun and for good reason: everyone wants to work! Backpackers are more and more numerous in Australia and the law of 88 days does not help! It states that if one works for some employers, in some jobs (mostly farm), a second year of WHV is possible. Eldorado for the majority of backpackers who literally count the days. But this law significantly increases competition, allowing some unscrupulous employers to break wages.

Nevertheless, you may be lucky and get paid work by the hour at the legal rate! Keep hope!

I found myself a job quickly, I will tell you all this in my next article! See there boyz and gurlz 😀