YES, Thats what I've been up to the last two weeks! I have just moved to Sydney in Australia and now I'm finally getting settled in.
I've got a share flat in the Pyrmont area and I like it a lot, it's a short walk to the centre and a relaxed area. Love being so close to the city, there are always things to do. I didn't know what to expect when I got here and I didn't want to have high expectations either. After just a day or two in the city I already loved it! Sydney is such a beautiful city, so many parks and beautiful buildings.
But moving to a new country a new city also requires a lot of organising to get settled in. I'm here on a Working Holiday Visa (which means I can travel and work in Australia for a year) and if you want to get one you can apply for one on the Australian governments website, click here.
Here are some of the things you should get sorted when you're moving to Australia:
- Apply for a tax file number (TFN) so you pay the right tax, otherwise you'll end up paying a lot of tax when you don't need to. Apply here! It's totally free so don't trust people when they say you have to pay for it.
- Set up a bank account! I choose Commonwealth Bank and I'm very happy with their service so far.
- Apply for a medicare card in case you have to visit the doctor. It's possible to do it online, click here. But you can also go to one of the offices in Sydney.
- Get a sim-card, there are heaps of different ones. The biggest and most known ones are Optus, Vodafone and Telsra. They have different monthly plans.
- Get a place to stay for a little bit longer, there are a lot of nice hostels in Sydney but they are quite expensive and you can save some money of you get a share flat. Search on Gumtree, flatmates or in the different facebook groups.
- Get a job! You can apply online, go through an agency or go in person. If you apply online use Gumtree or Seek.com.au for example. There are different agencies that can help backpackers getting work in the cities like JobSearch but for retail work or cafe/bar work it's probably best to go in person and give away your CV/Resume.
- If you are planning to work in a restaurang/bar you will probably have to have an RSA certificate otherwise you can't work in a place that serves alcohol. The course costs approximately 100-110 AUD and the certificate is valid for 5 years.
That's some of the things that are good to get sorted when you arrive :) I've got things sorted now and I feel so at home here, time to explore the rest of this beautiful city!