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Old 04-23-2010, 09:22 PM
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hello everybody, me and a freind have been approved of a working holiday visa for 12 months and ar eplanning on flying to cairns in august via a one way ticket. we have work in cairns with my freinds uncle floor laying. i was just wondering what are the requirements for us to enter australia e;g proof of funds for outward ticket? is this a must that we have to proove our amount of funds? and how much would you reccomend i take? in british pounds? any other requirements i should know of? thankyou dearly and sorry if i have worded this incorrectly
we are both 18 and from the uk if that helps lol
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hello everybody, me and a freind have been approved of a working holiday visa for 12 months and ar eplanning on flying to cairns in august via a one way ticket. we have work in cairns with my freinds uncle floor laying. i was just wondering what are the requirements for us to enter australia e;g proof of funds for outward ticket? is this a must that we have to proove our amount of funds? and how much would you reccomend i take? in british pounds? any other requirements i should know of? thankyou dearly and sorry if i have worded this incorrectly
we are both 18 and from the uk if that helps lol
thankyou
The WHV application form has mention of A$5000 + funds for a return flight but in practice it would seem that this rarely checked with WHV arrivals though there is always possibility of a first time if it seemed too obvious that people may not have the funds.
Being young might be one indicator and if you added to that being unkempt/untidy etc. you might just be questioned.
One way around it if possible is to get a credit card account opened or even if you can get a secondary card to a parents account, one that has a limit/balance of several thousand in addition to whatever savings you have.

But if you're looking neat enough on arrival and had a reference to having some work lined up, you should be fine anyway.
If you're looking to do some regional work that would qualify you for a second WHV, the Atherton tablelands hinterland of Cairns is one place to start about that time of year, friends Uncle ought to have some knowledge, maybe some contacts and then head south to take in the Burdekin river irrigation area inland from Ayr which is south of Townsville, take a break for partying at the Whitsundays and then Bundaberg/Childers region and even Sunshine Coast [ strawberry farms ] north of Brisbane are areas to find such work or even look at WWOOF Australia

You'll need to open an Aussie bank account for having wages paid into for most places though you may find some cash in hand employers.
You can do that online before you leave the UK - ANZ being one of our big four banks, others being Commonwealth, National and Westpac - ANZ - Travel and foreign exchange - Foreign Currency Rates & Currency Converter
Opening an account in UK should allow you to deposit/transfer some funds just before you leave and then you go into the bank in Cairns on arrival and get a card and you're ready.

But as to how much money to have, travelling can kind of use up funds real quick if you're not careful with budgeting and too loose re new spongeing friends but if you have work initially and the Uncle can provide accommodation that'll be a real starting bonus.
Just have in a savings account whatever you have, a couple of thousand $$$ will not hurt.

If you've not yet booked fares, to save on a one way ticket have a look at www.airasia.com ex Stansted to KL and then check out www.Jetstar.com or Qantas re flights direct to Cairns from asia and you may find it a lot cheaper to do a transit in Asia if need be, KL to Singapore, BK or HK or wherever for a connection, Airasia, www.tigerairways.com and Jetstar having extra cheap flights over there.
Alternately, it could be you have to fly to Brisbane with a connection to Cairns.
AirAsia fly KL to the Gold Coast [ just south of Brisbane ] and you can bus/train it to Brisbane for a flight up to Cairns - check www.webjet.com.au for that but book direct with the airline showing best price.

The Gold Coast will not be too bad a place to have a few days break to get over jetlag or alternately Asia will be an eye opener and somewhere you should schedule into your travel sometime, a great place to buy some cheap clobber on way home eventually or even pack lightly and take a break there for a few days on way over and stock up.
Just keep abreast of news and right now Bangkok is not the best place to be.

Also think about joining www.yha.com.au as they have reasonable hostels in many locations that membership means a discount for, some good travel deals and travel offices in Capital cities.

If you do go and do some sort of farm work, just be wary of not so good employers as there are some stories from time to time of ones who might offer accommodation and meals on location and then charge heavily for it and that type of thing but hopefully less frequent than more so and I've known of people having great experiences whilst working on WHVs.

You'll also want to get a tax file number on arrival - Australian Taxation Office Homepage and have a read under the personal section to understand being residential for taxation purposes if you want to save yourself a lot of tax - several thousand $$$ worth - essentially means that you stick roots down somewhere for 6 months and arriving Cairns and gradually working your way down the coast, you might be able to plan having six months down in NSW or Vic. from say Dec./Jan. to end of June to qualify for that before travelling again if you have the second WHV.

Travelling in that direction and six months down south will also give you about the best weather options too for even in August you'll find it starting to warm up a bit up Cairns way and by October/November it can be quite hot and then December/January right through to April/May is storms/cyclones and rain/floods and humidity time of year whereas summer/autumn in south is pretty good.

Be a great adventure, keep your wits about you, stay safe and have fun.

PS., if stopping in Asia, you'll stand out as a tourist and if out and about with a daypack, wear it off the front so no sneak has nicely knifed or zipped it open for you from behind - goes for travel in many countries these days.





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thankyou dearly, you have helped extreamly my freind!
just afew more things please.
i have spoken with ym freind and he has spoke to his uncle and he will provid eus with a reference for work striaght away, both of us are presented well aswel lol so this should help with imigrations?
its not that we dont have a great deal of funds its just we dont have the whole 3500 each, we will have around 2000-2500 range which should be suitable in conjunction with working straight off?
and one more question please.
is it possible to take my british debit card with all my funds in over with me and when i get to cairns, open up a bank account there and the bank will guide me through transfering funds? or is it essential to open a account before we depart? i ask this as i would much rather do it in person!
thankyou again mate you helped alot!


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Old 04-25-2010, 12:22 AM
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thankyou dearly, you have helped extreamly my freind!
just afew more things please.
i have spoken with ym freind and he has spoke to his uncle and he will provid eus with a reference for work striaght away, both of us are presented well aswel lol so this should help with imigrations?
its not that we dont have a great deal of funds its just we dont have the whole 3500 each, we will have around 2000-2500 range which should be suitable in conjunction with working straight off?
and one more question please.
is it possible to take my british debit card with all my funds in over with me and when i get to cairns, open up a bank account there and the bank will guide me through transfering funds? or is it essential to open a account before we depart? i ask this as i would much rather do it in person!
thankyou again mate you helped alot!
Having over 2000 pd. is probably a lot more than most WHV people may have and so you ought to be fine with that.

There is usually no problem with you accessing funds from accounts abroad via ATMs in Australia and something we Aussies do when travelling abroad and yes you can go into a bank on arrival here in Australia and open an account and then the bank will assist with a transfer, all done electronically and may still be referred to by some as a telegraphic transfer or TT.

Our Aussie banks do have branches overseas and so you should still be able to do it face to face in the UK before leaving if you wanted to.

But if wanting to do the opening and transfer here, do also talk to your own bank in regard to what their international ID code is, in past being referred to by some as a SWIFT code - International Wire Transfer - Quick and Secure Ways of Transferring Money Globally or now perhaps IBN or IBAN - EuropeBanks.Info - IBAN Account Numbers and Payments in Europe

You'll need that to extract your funds from your account back home for a transfer but not needed to just do an ATM withdrawal but also check with your own bank re their cards being for international use and what their fees are re International withdrawals.
There's one UK bank renowned for being fee free [ can't remember name right now ] but most could have a fee of 2-3% and sometimes it can be something like $5 + 1% and so that'll mean it'll be best to withdraw in larger sums or you effectively pay a higher % .

Just get a few hundred A$$$ from your bank if you want to before departure or you'll find an ATM in the airport on arrival and so if not needing any until then, you can also just wait until arrival.





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thankyou once again you have helped incredibly.
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