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Moving to Australia

There are plenty of opportunities available to you once you've moved to Australia. To get you started we take you through some top-level things to know about starting work.

Welcome to Australia

It’s great to have you here! Whether you moved for a job opportunity, the weather or our multicultural society there’s something for everyone. We've put together some tips on what to do when you start your first job to help make your move as smooth as possible.

What to do once you have a job

To work in Australia, you’ll need a tax file number (TFN) so you can be taxed correctly. You can apply for this through the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Make sure you do your tax return at the end of each financial year (30 June) as you could get a nice bit of cash back! 

Know what you're entitled to

Your new job may be covered by an award or enterprise agreement. These are legal documents that outline your entitlements such as what you should be paid and what breaks you're allowed.

An award automatically applies to employers and employees working in an industry or occupation. Our Business Development Managers can help you work out what award applies to your new job or you can go to the Fair Work website for more information.

What's the minimum wage?

If you're covered by an award or agreement you must be paid at least the minimum wage within that agreement. If you're not covered by an award/agreement then you must be paid the national minimum wage, which is currently $19.49 per hour or $740.80 per 38-hour week (before tax).

What's superannuation? 

Superannuation (or super) is money that’s paid by your employer and is invested for your retirement. When you start your new job, you’ll be asked which super fund you want your super to be paid into (if you’re eligible to receive it). You can learn about how super works here.


How to choose your super fund

Most employers allow you to choose your own super fund, although some industries and occupations have rules that restrict where your super can be paid to. Ask your employer if you’re not sure. If you don't make a choice, your employer will have what's called a 'default fund' that they'll join you up to. 

If your move to Australia is only temporary and you plan on moving back home at some point, you can take your super with you when you leave.

Next steps 

  • Research which super fund may suit you

  • Choose your new super fund

A good super fund:

  • has low administration fees
  • delivers solid long-term investment returns 
  • gives profits back to members, not shareholders.

Checklist

A guide to getting you started

  1. About to start work?

  2. Understand what you're entitled to

    Fair Work Australia has a helpful guide for starting a new job including a worksheet that makes sure you have all the information you need.

    A guide to starting a new job
  3. Choose your super fund (if you can)

    Learn about how super works and what makes a good super fund.
    Learn more

  4. Be resourceful

    If you've just moved to Australia you can use websites like Gumtree to find second-hand furniture, rooms to rent and even jobs.

  5. Budget for 8-12 weeks without any income

    Even if you have a job, it pays to be prepared with a little nest egg in case the unexpected happens. 

Have questions about your entitlements?

Speak to one of our Business Development Managers

Get in touch

Fair Work, Minimum wages, viewed 30 March 2020

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