Sunday, August 24, 2008

Things to do when you arrived and wanted to settle down in Australia

Things to do First

Below is a list of 7 important things that you should do as soon as possible after arriving in Australia.
1. Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN)

Do this first. To receive an income in Australia, you need a Tax File Number (TFN).
2. Register with Medicare

The Australian Government provides help with basic medical expenses through a scheme called Medicare.
3. Open a bank account

In Australia, most income including salary or wages and government benefits are paid directly into a bank account.
4. Register with Centrelink

Centrelink is a government agency which delivers a range of services to the community.
5. Register for English Classes

Communicating in English is very important and the key to your successful settlement.
6. Enrol Your Children in School

Under Australian law, children must attend school until they are 15 years old.
7. Apply for a Driver's Licence

Information on gaining a driver's licence.
Beginning a life in Australia Booklets

The Beginning a Life in Australia booklets welcome newly-arrived migrants and humanitarian entrants to Australia. They provide useful national, state/territory and local settlement information for migrants, humanitarian entrants, their sponsors and service providers. This information is available to download in English and 37 community languages for each state and territory.

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