Arriving to Australia
In this section we'll list some procedures and important things you'll need to get when travelling and arriving to Australia.
At the Australian airport
When arriving to an Australia, you will first need to go through immigration and customs clearance. If you need help finding your way around, just ask the airline staff or one of the border officials in the arrivals area. A clearance officer will check your travel documents and visa, and once cleared you will be able to collect your luggage to go through customs and quarantine clearance processes.
As part of immigration process, clearance officers inspect your travel documents when you arrive at the airport.
Once your identity and authority to enter Australia are confirmed, the clearance officer formally approves your entry into Australia. Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers handle immigration clearance processing at Australian airports on behalf of the department.
Note: The Australian Government no longer provides a Port and Date Stamp in travellers’ passports on departure from Australia without a request. If you need a stamp in your passport, you must ask the Customs officer when you depart Australia.
Stamping of Arrivals on passports are only on request, otherwise everything is done electronic processing.
In Australia, If there are any issues surrounding your identity or authority to enter Australia, the matter is referred to immigration staff at the airport. Immigration officers may check your travel history, contacts in Australia, or other travel plans.
In some cases, you may be formally interviewed to determine further information about your immigration status. The interview is conducted by immigration staff in immigration offices at the airport, and may be recorded. Non-English speaking travellers may be interviewed with the help of an interpreter.
Australia issues electronic visas and electronically records all movements of passengers into and out of Australia. If you wish, you may like to print the notification email you received when your visa got approved. Uvision Australia advices all clients to travel with this print out of your visa. Specially for the custom security team of the aiport of your country of origin, they may ask for proof of your Australian visa before you depart your country.
Getting to your new Home
If you do not have family or friends to pick you up when you arrive, you should arrange accommodation before you arrive in Australia, even it is just for the first few days. Have your accommodation address written in English ready to show the taxi or hire car, or detailed directions if you are using public transport. If you have arranged for Uvision Australia to pick you up from the airport they will take you exactly where you need to go.
Do this first. To receive an income in Australia, you need a Tax File Number (TFN). Income includes wages or salary from a job and money earned from investments including interest on savings accounts.
In Australia, you can telephone the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and have a TFN application form sent to you. Alternatively, you can apply for a TFN over the internet (recommended).
Telephone: 13 2861
In Person: ATO shopfront locations
Apply online: Individual TFN registration
Our team of education consultants are happy to assist with this procedure so please contact us upon arrival to make sure this gets done in the most effective way.
Opening your Australian Bank Account
In Australia, most income including salary or wages and government benefits are paid directly into a bank account.
You should open a bank account within six weeks of your arrival, as you usually need only your passport as identification. After six weeks you will need extra identification to open an account.
Opening a bank account is easy as long as you know what to expect, just be ready to complete the required steps and be prepared to provide the necessary information.
There are several well known reputable Australian banks we are happy to recommend. Also several different types of bank accounts available for different needs. Please contact our Uvision team to explain why these banks and type of accounts are your best options for your needs.
Once you've decided, you can open a bank account by going to a branch of the bank. Opening a bank account at a bank branch means you need to go during business hours. Or it may be possible to apply for your account via the Internet or over the telephone. Opening a bank account via the Internet means that you can do it at any hour of the day.
Banks don’t open bank accounts without certain information which proves you’re who you say you are.
You’ll need to provide simple details like:
- Your name
- Date of birth
- Produce identification documents
Some examples of identification documents include your driver’s license, birth certificate or passport.
You’ll also need to provide your tax file number (TFN) so that you can be identified for tax purposes.
In some cases, your bank may ask for additional information. For example, if you’re opening a student account that offers benefits, you’ll be required to produce proof of your eligibility.
If you open an account in a bank branch, the bank will probably take photocopies of your identification documents and retain these with a copy of your application.
Australia has a very wide range of mobile phone and internet providers. Before you get connected or sign a contract, read the consumer guide for international students at NSW Fair Trading.
Another more cost effective way international students chose to contact their loved ones back home is through calling cards. At Uvision we do your best to make sure you settle as smooth as possible, and for this reason we will give you a free calling card that will give you an hour free to call back home. Please visit our "Call Home" section for more details.
You can read more about telephone, internet and mobile phone services in Australia at: www.dbcde.gov.au
Your School Orientation Day
Orientation is a period of time at the beginning of the academic year at en English institution, a university, School or other tertiary institution during which a variety of events are held to orient and welcome new students.
In Australia, some universities require students to arrive at university a week before classes start in order to gain course approval. This also allows students a chance to familiarise themselves to student life without the pressure of lectures, hence the term Orientation week is used to describe this week of induction into university life.
For VET courses, Orientation is generally one day and its conducted on the Friday before the starting day of the week (Monday). Usually the session will start at 9am (for morning classes) or 2pm (for evening classes) and this will be held at the institutions campus.
For English courses, Orientation is generally on the same day of your starting day (Monday). Usually the session will start at 9am (for morning classes) or 2pm (for evening classes) and this will be held at the institutions campus.
For all of the above it is recommended you bring:
- Pens and paper will be needed for your subject enrolment
- Valid passport and visa to be photocopied
When you arrive, please see the Administration staff to register your name and prepare your student ID photograph.
Usually on this day you'll receive:
- An overview of your program of study and important information such as academic requirements, ID card, computer log in and email accounts
- A tour of the institutions campus and the surrounding area where required, staff will go through any outstanding paperwork and conditions of enrollment with you.
- Guidance on how to access timetables and study material
- You'll seat for a placement test to determine which level of English you posses, and they'll allocate you to a class accordingly (For English Classes only).
If at any point you have any questions or problems regarding your enrolment with your institution, please feel free to contact our office immediately.
We are here for the long term
We understand that adjusting to life in a new country can be challenging. You are leaving behind all that is familiar and facing entirely new experiences, a new culture, language and expectations of you as a student.
Our team entire team at Uvision Australia is here at your disposal for your entire stay. We are here to help you with anything within our reach, otherwise we'll refer you to the best option that fits your circumstances.
Contact us in the way which best suits you.
Team Uvision Australia