I often get asked questions about living in Australia, so I thought I’d compile a handy list of the most frequently asked questions. I’m afraid I don’t have much insight on living anywhere other than Sydney!
How much will I pay for accommodation?
- Double room in a shared house/flat in the Manly area (northern beaches, Sydney) will cost you about $200 – $300 a week usually with bills included. Possibly without furniture. Other suburbs you can look at are Balgowlah, Freshwater, Queenscliff, Manly Vale and Fairlight.
- I believe that rooms in the city centre are a little more expensive, but I never lived there
Do I need anything specific to get paid?
- You will need both an Australian bank account and a tax file number (the Australian equivalent to the British National Insurance number) in order to get paid legally.
- I personally got an account with Commonwealth as they have the most number of ATMs across Australian and in Australia you have to pay to use any ATM that doesn’t belong to your bank.
- To get a tax file number you will need this link. For both tax file number and a bank account you will need an address, so just use where ever you are staying at the time. I used my hostel address until I found somewhere more permanent to live. You’ll also need your passport and probably your visa reference number.
What do I need to teach sailing in Australia?
- I can only give advice on sailing in Manly because that’s where I worked for both summers I was in Australia. So here goes…
- Schools in the area, Manly Sailing School, Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) and you could try Pittwater. There are other places in the city you can work as well, but transport can be both expensive and awkward in Sydney from Manly.
- You will require a “Working with Children’s Check” (WWCC). You will need to apply online. For each different state you will need a different WWCC. Here is the link for the NSW application. Once applying you will need to confirm your identity at any RTA office. The one at Wynyard is your quickest bet. And whilst your there you can do the next step…
- Converting your RYA PB L2 to a NSW Boat Licence. You are required to carry one of these at all times whilst on the water. You can do this at the RTA office, just with your PB L2 certificate, you may also require other identification material but I can’t remember what! Sorry!
- If working at MHYC, you will need to convert your RYA qualification to Yachting Australia (YA) qualifications. Don’t worry they will help you do this, just something to be aware of.
Other top tips
- Gumtree will be an invaluable resource to you. I found accommodation, jobs, surfboards, a bike, furniture, the list goes on at a fraction of the cost you would pay for it new.
- On a similar vein, in Australia they do this thing called council clear up. Each street will do it at different times. People put things they no longer want that need to be taken to the tip on the pavement and they are free for other people to take, or the council comes and takes them away. I found one of my comfiest chairs in council clear up. Be careful, check the items actually still work!
- By and large the culture in Australia is a lot more helpful than that of the UK if you have a problem, share it. Someone will know how to solve it, or at least point you in the direction of someone who will be able to help you! For example, I needed rid of my old fridge. I mentioned it to a friend and as it happed her boyfriend was renting a ute (pick up truck) the weekend I needed to get rid of my fridge, so they moved it out for me.
- Thongs mean flip flops. So don’t be surprised when you hear someone telling their 4 year old they need to put their thongs on!
- https://flatmates.com.au is a handy website when looking for somewhere to live