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Do it yourself and apply for your visa. Official governement website. Apply for your working, student, tourist and other visas. Go to Department of Immigration and Citzenship.
It is best to contact your nearest Australian embassy or consulate before arriving to find out what visas you will need (some travel agents may also be able to assist, but remember, it unsure contact the embassy or consulate). As a general rule - you will need a valid passport and visa in order to travel to Australia.
The tourist visa does not allow you to work or study in Australia. And these days, it means exactly that. As employers require a tax-file number from all employees, you really can't work without the correct visa. If you wish to work or study, enquire about obtaining a working or student visa.
Working Holiday Visa
Note: If you are from Chile, Thailand, Turkey or USA, you may be eligible
to apply for a Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462), which provides similar
opportunities for tertiary educated people aged 18 to 30.
Seriously consider taking travel insurance out. The essential components of good travel insurance fall into three groups - medical insurance, cover for your luggage and personal property, and cancellation insurance.
If you are planning to have a bit of adventure on your travels, it is wise to check if your plan covers activities like parasailing, rafting, scuba diving or motorbike riding.
If you plan on being away for some time, check out annual multi-trip insurance options.
Remember, that whilst citizens of the UK, New Zealand, Italy, Malta, Finland, Netherlands and Sweden are able to obtain free essential healthcare in Australia, this does not cover ambulance trips, dental treatment etc. If you do need dental treatment and don't have insurance cover for it, contact the local dental hospital where you may be able to obtain treatment from dental students either free or for a minimal cost.
If you are from the above countries and are staying in Australia for some time, apply for a Medicare card at any Medicare Centre. Medicare is the national healthcare scheme and you will need to show this card when obtaining medical treatment. If you need to visit a general practitioner (GP) during your stay, take your card along. You will probably need to pay for the consultation up-front (around $30 usually) and then claim a rebate back through medicare (approximately 2/3 of the fee). Some GPs have a practice called bulk-billing where you only need to pay the difference, but such GPs are becoming a rarity.
Now, you've booked your ticket, got the necessary visas, even browsed the duty free shops.. but the difficult task remains - what do you pack? Here's a few pointers to make the job easier.
Another good website for imformation about packing go to http://travelindependent.info/whattopack.htm
And remember, the three most important things:
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With technology the way it is today, there is no reason not to keep in touch with those you've left at home.
Telephone: Calling home from Australia is relatively inexpensive. Probably the cheapest option is to purchase a calling card which are widely available. Calls made using such cards generally cost around 5 cents a minute (to most countries). The international dialling codes can be found in the telephone directories or check out www.whitepages.com.au
Internet: Before you leave home set up a free email service from one of the many sites that offer them (www.hotmail.com or www.yahoo.com are the most popular). You will be able to access the internet from all around Australia, either from your hostel or from an internet café. Costs vary, but generally you will only have to pay a few Australian dollars for 30 minutes access.
Mail: A little old-fashioned but still one of the best ways of keeping in touch! Postage stamps can be purchased at Australia Post shops in most major towns and even at some newsagencies and small shops.
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