Entry Into Australia

When you arrive in Australia, you will need to show your passport and incoming passenger card at a Customs and Immigration checkpoint. You may be asked questions about your stay before your passport is stamped and handed back.

Once you have passed through the Immigration checkpoint, you should collect your bags ensuring that you check your baggage and check that nothing is missing or damaged. If something is missing or you notice damage, go to the baggage counter and advise them of your problem. Staff at the baggage counter will help you to find missing baggage or lodge a claim for damage to your belongings.

Working in Australia

Most student visa holders can work up to 48 hours a fortnight during term time and as many hours as you like during holidays.  Before you undertake any paid work you need to make sure your visa allows you to work. Find out more at the https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/stud

You should also visit the following website to find out more about working in Australia, including your employment rights and conditions. https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/english/live-in-australia/working

If you require any further information about your workplace rights and obligations, for example, resolving a workplace dispute, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman site at www.fairwork.gov.au

Living Costs

12-month living costs for:

students or guardians – AUD29,710
partners coming with you – AUD10,394
a child coming with you – AUD4,449.

For the latest advice on living costs, visit: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500#HowTo

Your living costs will vary according to factors such as your lifestyle and location.
To give you an idea of what you might expect to spend on living expenses each week, the Australian Government has provided a guide:

Groceries and eating out: AUD$80 to $280 per week
Gas and electricity: AUD$35 to $140 per week
Phone and internet: AUD$20 to $55 per week
Public transport: AUD$15 to $55 per week
Car (after purchase): AUD$150 to $260 per week
Entertainment: AUD$80 to $150 per week

Once you have your luggage you will go through customs where your luggage may be checked. Australia has strict quarantine laws to stop people from bringing in certain food and plant items. You should declare any items that you are bringing in on the form given to you on the plane. If customs officers decide that the item you are bringing in are not safe, they will be confiscated and destroyed. If you fail to declare or dispose of any quarantine items, or make a false declaration, you may receive a fine or be prosecuted. All international mail is also screened and checked by customs.

If you want further information, visit the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website at www.aqis.gov.au

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