Yes, non-residents can claim a refund of 70% of this superannuation back when they leave Australia. You can apply to receive you superannuation back online here. You will need to list the name of your superannuation fund used by your employer, so be sure to ask. Below...
Migrating to Aus
What is superannuation?
Superannuation in Australia is for paid by employers for “retirement pension contributions.” If you earn over $450 a month, your employer is legally obliged to pay 9.5% of your basic earnings into a superannuation fund for you.
What if I don’t have receipts for my Tax Deductions?
If you don’t have receipts it is always advisable to talk to an accountant. Sometimes there are thresholds of money you can claim without having to show receipts. It is important not to be dishonest when doing your tax return. The Australian Taxation office does...
What is a Tax deduction?
Tax deduction is a reduction of the income subject to tax, for various items, especially expenses incurred to produce income. Often these deductions are subject to limitations or conditions. Basically, what this means is if you have spent money to pay for things to do...
What is Tax File Number (TFN)?
A tax file number (TFN) is your personal reference number in the tax and superannuation systems in Australia. To avoid being emergency taxed when you start working you need to provide your tax file number (TFN) to your employer within the first 30 days. You can apply...
What dates is the tax year in Australia?
The financial year in Australia runs from the 1st of July, until the 30th of June. However, if you leave Australia before the end of the financial year, then you can complete a tax return for the year in advance and lodge it with the ATO.
How long does it take to get the refund?
If you file your tax return online, your refund will typically be processed in 2-4 weeks. Early tax submissions (paper returns) take 6-8 weeks.
How do I lodge my tax return?
In order to file your tax return and claim your tax back you will need: Your payslips: keep your final payslip from each job safe, as this is the most important one when filing your return. Tax File Number (TFN): You will need your tax file number when filing your...
Do I need to file a tax return?
Yes. Anyone who works in Australia must file a tax return at the end of the financial year regardless of the income earned. Filing a tax return will ensure that your tax affairs are in order (this is important when applying for future Australian visas!) and it will...
Do I have to pay tax on the income I earn in Australia?
Yes, if you are working and earning wages while in Australia, you will have to pay tax. On average, students working in Australia pay 15.5% income tax on their earnings. But the good news is that many international students in Australia are due a tax refund at the end...
Is a Bridging Visa A eligible for Medicare?
Some Bridging Visa A holders are eligible for Medicare. For example, if you apply for a permanent visa. You would need to contact Medicare to find out if you are eligible for it.
Is a Bridging Visa A eligible for Centrelink?
You would need to contact Centrelink to find out if you are eligible for it.
What happens if you leave Australia on a Bridging Visa A?
The Bridging Visa A doesn’t allow you to travel in and out of Australia. If you’d like to travel whilst on a bridging visa, it is generally advised you apply for a Bridging Visa B. If you do leave Australia and do not apply for a BVB, your BVA will be cancelled....
Can I drive Uber on bridging visa?
Your bridging visa will have the same work rights and conditions as your previous visa. So if you hold a working holiday visa or a student visa when you transition onto a bridging visa, then you could continue to work with the same rights.
Is Bridging Visa A automatically granted?
Yes, a Bridging Visa A will usually be automatically granted when you submit a visa application from within Australia and you meet the requirements for lodging a substantive visa
How do I get work rights on a bridging visa?
You will usually only be granted work rights on a bridging visa if your previous visa allowed you to work, or you applied for a permanent visa. In certain circumstances if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances you may request work rights from immigration.
How much does a Bridging Visa A cost in Australia?
A Bridging Visa A has no cost, it is automatically granted when you submit a visa application. A Bridging Visa B costs $145 AUD
Can I travel on a bridging visa?
Initially the bridging visa you’ll usually be issued is a Bridging Visa A, which does not have travel rights. If you’d like to travel on a Bridging Visa, you’ll need to apply for a Bridging Visa B. A Bridging Visa B allows for travel in and out of Australia
What is the duration of a bridging visa?
There’s no specific duration of bridging visa. It will simply last until Immigration make a decision on your application. Once the new visa is granted, you’ll automatically transition on the new visa and your bridging visa will finish
When would I move onto the bridging visa?
You will only move onto the bridging visa once your current visa expires. For example, if you hold a working holiday visa that hasn’t expired and apply for a student visa, you will remain on the working holiday visa until it expires. You’ll then automatically...
How long does bridging visa A take to process?
Once you have applied for a visa from onshore you are generally automatically granted a Bridging Visa immediately. A Bridging Visa A allows you to remain in Australian whilst a decision is made on your visa.
Can you work on a Bridging Visa A?
Your bridging visa will usually have the same work rights and conditions as your previous visa. For example, if you hold a working holiday visa and apply for a student visa, you will have the same work rights on the bridging visa as your working holiday visa – Full...
How many holidays will I have while studying a trade course in Australia?
The holidays vary depending on the education provider. Generally speaking, students can expect to have roughly 10 – 15 weeks of holiday per year.
Can I include my partner and children on my student visa?
Yes, it is possible to add your partner to your student visa as a dependent, providing you meet the de facto requirement. More info on that here. Children can also be included as dependents
What visa do I need to study a trade in Australia?
The most common visa for international students studying trades in Australia is the Subclass 500 – Student Visa
Will these qualifications be recognised in my home country?
These qualifications are part of the Australian Qualification Framework. Most countries specifically European or North American countries accept qualifications issued by Australia. So yes, generally speaking, the qualifications will be accepted and allow you to work...
How many days a week will I be studying a trade course in Australia?
Timetables vary depending on the trade and education provider, however most courses are 15-20 hours per week, over 2-3 days.
How much does it cost to study a trade in Australia?
Prices vary depending on the course, however the average price per year is between $7,000 - $14,000.
Can studying a trade in Australia lead to permanent residency?
Studying the right trade or vocational course can significantly increase your chances of obtaining an Australian work visa
Are trade workers in high demand in Australia?
Yes, there are many trades that are in high demand in Australia. There are a number of trades on Australia Medium and Long Term Skills Shortage List (MLTSSL)
What is vocational placement?
Vocational Placement is a requirement for most trade courses, and students generally undertake 360 hours throughout the duration of their course. A student is placed in a real-life work site and receives practical training and experience on site. This video we made...
How long does it take to complete a trade qualification?
Trade qualifications generally take 24 months to complete in Australia.
Where can I study a trade?
International students can study trades in every state in Australia. There are courses available in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Bundaberg and many more locations
How much is the course deposit?
The deposit payment varies from education providers. Generally speaking, students can expect to pay anywhere between $1000 - $7000 AUD for their deposit.
Do I need to pay for the course in full?
All of the courses are available on payment plans, so you'll pay for your tuition every month, term or semester.
Can I work while studying a trade?
On a student visa you'll be permitted to work 40 hours per fortnight during class times. During any holiday periods there's no restrictions on how many hours you can work. If your partner is a dependent on your visa, they'll be able to work 40 hours per fortnight at...
Can I do a trade apprenticeship in Australia?
International students can’t do apprenticeships in Australia. Instead, they can study a vocational course to become qualified in a trade. The course combines workshop and vocational learning. Check this page for more info.
Can I apply for the Global Talent Visa form outside Australia?
Yes, you can apply for the Global Talent Visa from inside or outside of Australia.
How much does the Global Talent Visa cost?
The visa application charge for the Distinguished Talent visa is $4,110.
Do I need to earn over $153,600 to be able to apply for this visa?
In order to apply for this visa you need to demonstrate that in Australia you can command a salary above $153,600 or be a highly graded recent PhD or Masters Graduates who is highly talent and recognised in their field for outstanding achievement.
How long does it take to process the Global Talent Visa?
The Global Talent visa is processed very quickly. In many cases it can take only a few weeks. However, there is no specific timeline for receiving an invitation to apply for this visa. You may not receive an invitation after you lodge your expression of interest.
Do I need a skill assessment to apply for the Global Talent Visa?
No, you do not need a skill assessment to apply for the Global Talent Visa.
Do I need a job offer to apply for the Global Talent Visa?
No, you do not need a job offer to apply for the Global Talent Visa.
How many Global Talent Visas are issued each year?
Immigration has announced a quota of 15,000 Global Talent Visas for the 2020/2021 financial year.
How much does it cost to lodge an expression of interest for the Global Talent Visa?
There is no cost to lodge an EOI for the Global Talent Visa
Can I apply for the global talent visa if my occupation is not on the list of occupations?
At the moment, immigration has said that they would only invite applicants in these specific occupations: Agriculture Technology Space and Advanced Manufacturing FinTech Energy and Mining Technology Medical Technology Cyber Security Quantum Information, Advanced...
Do I need to undertake Labour Market testing for the 186 visa?
Unlike the TSS visa, for the 186 Direct Entry Stream, Labour Market testing is not 100% a requirement. So you don’t need to advertise the position and demonstrate you couldn’t find a suitable Australian to fill the role.
How much do I have to be paid for the 186 visa?
You must demonstrate that you are paying the Australian Market Salary for the role. You must be paid the equivalent salary for an Australian working in the role with the same experience and education as the applicant. The wage you are being offered is at least equal...
Can I apply for the 186 visa without an employer?
No, you will need an employer to sponsor your visa in order to apply for the 186 visa.
Do I need paid work experience in order to apply for the 186 visa?
Yes, the work experience for the 186 visa must be paid. In addition the work must be done at the required skill level. This doesn’t mean that you have worked in the occupation for 3 years. It will usually mean you have worked in the occupation for 3 years post...