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Old 01-07-2011, 03:09 PM
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Planning Trip to Oz from scratch, confused!

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Im trying to organise a trip to Oz for december 2011 for around a year. My ultimate plan is to work out there and I am aware that I need a Working Holiday Visa. I've been reading other threads to help but still none the wiser (think its just me) The seasonal work for your 2nd WHV - what does this ultimately mean? do you have to work in a specific place for the 3 months or longer to entitle you to apply for the 2nd one?
As we are on the subject of visa's, is it best to apply first and then book flights (with dates in mind that you want to travel) or visa versa? Also what is the average cost of one of these visa's? Im aware I could find this out myself but I prefer to take advice from someone that has done it or is in the process of dong it.

Tax Numbers???. Is it something I definately need to arrange before leaving UK or is it something to sort out when I arrive?

And finally (for the moment) any idea's on how much I will need for a 9-12month working trip in Oz? I have money saved, only a wee bit but an average figure would help me out so much,

Also the 1st week of arriving, have a place prebooked or do it when I arrive?

I hope I haven't bored you with the same questions that have inevitably been asked.

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Hi,

I think I paid 89gbp for my first WHV and the second cost $2-300. There is a list on Immi website with all prices. My first was granted within a day and my friends was 3 days. You could probably apply now for a specific date in December, I applied 6 months in advance for mine.

I chose to WWOOF to get my 2nd WHV - this is on Immi site also has own web address. It's Willing Workers On Organic Farms. You work for free in return for food and accomodation. I preferred this option to living at a hostel and not knowing if I'd get fruit picking work one day to the next, plus the amount of work is dependabt on the crops. Due to the floods in QLD work would be low now for example. Either option you need to check the work is both within a specified postcode (again listed in WHV part of Immi) and the actual work you would be doing is on the specified list. Eg primary work such as mulching or preparing fruit for sale is but secondary such as selling meat or fruit in the shop attached is not.

If you only plan to stay 9-12 months you wouldn't need the 2nd WHV and therefore not need to do the seasonal work. You can do the 88 days in 1 places or 20 it doesn't matter as long as you get all the forms filled out by the employer/WWOOF host.

Tax File Number - think you have to be onshore to apply. I did as soon as I arrived. Get accomodation booked for at least the first night. You're planning to come in December which is the start of summer so a week maybe safer.

Hope some of the above helps.


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You've left yourself plenty of time to do some more reading and plan a bit which is good and you'll find a fair bit of information about travelling within Oz in the travel section, maybe needing to scroll back a few pages and you'll find a few WHV orientated threads, but essentionally [ ah, didn't see Bear has responded and just to confirm ]
. seasonal work or even WWOOF Australia Official Website needs to be in regional areas as determined by post codes, meaning away from capital cities and some populated coastal strips, where farmers are often looking for work in the seasons.
The detail you'll find via Visa Options - Working Holiday - Visas & Immigration
You can do the work in different places and just get your record form completed as you go.
Because you can get the WHV so quick, you may want to leave applying for it until you become more certain of your travel date, December not being too bad a time as though we have the floods now, it'd not be so likely that we get such gigantic ones two years in a row though some areas are getting their second years flood this year.
In any case, there'll be many regions in the south of Australia not so flooded and their seasonal working time includes through summer into early autumn so you could look to do your work wwoof early on in the first WHV if considering a second.
Once you have that out of the way and are free to travel, with winter coming on and any flooding in north having gone further south you may want to then head north for winter sunshine and warmth, work then also available in northern regions and best time of the year to head that way.
One thing that a lot of WHV may miss out on is minimising their taxation for if you did find somwhere that you could do some regional/other work/wwoof and a bit of weekend etc.travelling based in the one place for six months you then can qualify as residential for taxation purposes, a non resident paying 30c/$ earnt or 30% taxation rate whereas in qualifying as a resident, first $6000 is tax free and then up to $35,000it is just 15c/$ + medicare levy of maybe 1.5c but effectively by qualifying as residential you could be about $4000 better off on earnings of $20,000 in a year and say if for your second year you scheduled your travelling/working to split working over two financial years, say three/four months in each, the savings can be even greater for you get the first $6000 free of tax in each year.
So a little planning can be a real boost to finances.
Have a look at Australian Taxation Office Homepage for details and you need to be in Oz before getting your TFN, easy enough to do.
Somewhere like northern Vic or southern NSW would be reasonable to look at for a six month base as you could find some longer term work easy enough up around the Murray region or maybe even some longer term wwoofing down around south coast to be near beaches and either way, you're not going to be too far from brighter Capital city lights or the dimmer ones of larger regional towns/cities.
Also close to snow fields if there was to be a bit of early snow about near end of your six months and you felt inclined to do some skiing.

But yep, I'd book the first week for relaxing somewhere like Sydney or Melbourne as you'll have a bit of jetlag and if you want to diminish it try an Asian stopover for a week or even longer as December should not be too bad up that way, the worst of their wet season gone and places green and tropical as they should be.
Have a look at what Welcome to AirAsia.com... Now everyone can fly have on for flights ex Stansted to KL after wandering Asia a bit, there's plenty of options with them or others like Welcome To Tiger Airways , Cheap flights - Jetstar Airways or www.flyvivamacau.com ex HK/Macau for Sydney to get you to Australia pretty cheap.
Instead of lugging a heap of gear from UK, a lot of it possibly warmer than what you'll need in Asia/Oz , especially if you follow the sun, you could even travel very light and turn your Asian stopover into a cheap backpack/clothes/camera whatever buy-up.

And yeah, if you plan on getting here late in December, and especially if say Sydney for Xmas/NY, start looking for a weeks accommodation as early as june, about when some places start taking bookings and they'll be for a minimum of a week.
YHA Australia Hostels - YHA Australia have a newer hostel down in Rocks area with rooftop NYE fireworks function you can book for but if you cannot get in there, try their Railway Square and book a railway carriage bed and if you wanted right out of town, their Pittwater is a gem.
If you want something cheaper, try www.bugaustralia.com and look up Alfred Park.





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Thank you so much for the help guys, I feel more positive now about it.

Im sure I'll have more questions

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