If you are from overseas and considering moving to Australia to work, there are plenty of online resources to assist you with your planning.
Living in Melbourne
Migrating to another country is one of the biggest decisions of your life. We recommend that you do your research. As doing research into the new town or city that you intend to live in will not only make your settlement and integration into the local community a lot smoother but can also help match your expectations with the reality of life in Melbourne, Australia.
Melbourne, with a population of over three and a half million people, is a multicultural city. It is also an easy city to navigate with a wide range of transport option, including an extensive public transport system.
To work within Australia you will need a valid visa. Current information on migrating to Australia is available from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website. As there are many visa categories, and variations in personal circumstances, any advice should be sought from DIBP or your nearest Australian Overseas Embassy (a list of Embassies is also available from the DIBP website).
Private health insurance
Medicare is Australia's national public health insurance system. Private Health Insurance is also available from a range of providers. Staff on temporary visas are not covered by the national public health insurance scheme and must take out their own private health insurance for the duration of their appointment.
Australian Taxation Office
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website provides information about Australia's taxation system. If you are working in Australia you must apply for a Tax File Number. Information on how to apply for a Tax File Number is available from the ATO website.
You will need to open a bank account in Australia to receive your RMIT salary. Compared to your home country, you may find Australian rules and regulations for opening a bank account strict and challenging. When visiting a bank to open an account, ensure you have taken as much documentation with you as possible to avoid follow up visits. If you experience problems please contact RMIT’s Human Resources on +61 3 9925 0600 for assistance.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is a good place to start your search for a authorized Australian financial institution.
Arriving in Australia
When you land in Melbourne, at the passport desk the immigration (customs) officer will look at your passport and visas, take your immigration (landing) card and ask you why you are coming to Australia. You will need to show them the relevant papers which allow you to stay and work in Australia. It is advisable to have the following items in your hand luggage:
- Job acceptance offer
- Degree certificates
- Reference letters (if applicable)
- Personal details and Australian contact address
- Australian dollars
- Driving license (or another identification document).
You might want to have photocopies of all your key travel documents in your main luggage.
Moving to Australia
When moving personal effects and household goods to Australia it is important to refer to The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for:
- A comprehensive list of common items of quarantine concern
- Items not permitted entry into Australia
- Information about how your goods are cleared through quarantine
- Information relating to shipment arrival timelines (can take op to three months).
If you are bringing a pet to Australia, it is vital to review The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for import conditions prior to travel. All dogs and cats being imported to Australia must meet standard Department of Agriculture and Water Resources conditions.