|What to Do
|Money Issues: Get a Tax File Number:
Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN). To receive an income in Australia,
you need a Tax File Number (TFN).
|Look for your Health:
The Australian Government provides help with basic medical expenses
through a scheme called Medicare.
|Open a Bank Account:
Income including salary or wages and government benefits are paid
directly into your bank account. You should open a bank account within
six weeks of your arrival, as you usually need only your passport as
identification. After six weeks you will need extra identification to open
|Look for a Job:
Centrelink can help you find a job, arrange for recognition of your skills
and qualifications, and to access certain courses. Centrelink can also
help you with Family Assistance payments to help with the cost of
|Enrol Your Children in School:
Under Australian law, children must attend school until they are 15
years old. You should enrol your children in a school as soon as possible.
|NEW SOUTH WALES (SYDNEY)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (PERTH )
SOUTH AUSTRALIA (ADELAIDE)
If you are a permanent resident visa holder and have a current driver's
licence from another country, in English or with an official translation,
you are allowed to drive for your first three months after arrival. After the
three months, if you want to drive, you will need to have the appropriate
driver's licence. This will usually require you to pass a knowledge test, a
practical driving test, and an eyesight test. In Australia, drivers' licences
are issued by state and territory governments.
|New South Wales (Sydney)
South Australia (Adelaide)
Western Australia (Perth)
Australian Capital Territory (Canberra)