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Pre Perth Nerves… :( (But All Good In The End)

Before leaving Bali to go to Perth I have to admit I was quite nervous about the whole thing with regards to you needing a certain amount of attainable money within your current account to be granted access as an Australian citizen. I read online before I embarked on my travels that you need 3000 Australian Dollars and the most I read about was 5000 British pounds, so before I even began I had these totals spinning around in my head.

Here’s a quick piece of advice to anyone who feels like following in my footsteps here: set a few moments aside to book a nice hotel in Perth. You can usually find some pretty good deals through Expedia, they have great options for renting rooms on a budget and good deals on five star hotels. I mean, the last thing you want is to have a memorable night in Perth and suddenly think to yourself “Uh, where am I gonna sleep tonight?” Trust me, it’s not worth the stress. Just get a good hotel so you can spend less time worrying about money and more time enjoying yourself.

I didn’t have this sort of money in my account from the start and I certainly didn’t have it in there when I flew over from Bali yesterday due to there being no work for me back home in recession torn England. This made me feel slightly anxious for a percentage of the flight over. I had heard from various people before and during my travels that you won’t get checked as they have so many people to go through at customs all with very different stories of how they want to get in. So this was one thing which kept me calm. Another factor was that they only check 1/100 working holiday visas so the liklihood of it actually being you is extremely small. The final thing to reassure me is the fact that I still haven’t met or heard of anybody who has been asked to provide bank details to the customs officer. As it turned out I arrived at the customs booth and the chap took one look at me and scanned my passport before smacking a nice Australian stamp in there. This was it…the only thing left to do ws walk through quarantine with our luggage providing the ‘Quarantine and Immigration’ slip which we filled out on the planes to the lady who then quite literally guided us around all the machines because we had nothing to declare. In hindsight I’m not sure why I was as worried as I was but I’d like to thank everybody who I asked and reassured me along the way on my travels. I’m not a person who worries, but when you want something s badly, like for me being able to work in Australia, then you can’t help but focus on the small negatives and disregard the massive positives. So my advice for anybody who decides to come to Oz before they are 30 years of age with a working holiday visa is not to worry, don’t fret about money and certainly under any circumstances do not let it affect your run up to entering the country (That is one thing I didn’t allow haha). What a wimp I was!!! 🙂 I’m here now and the happiest man on the planet…

Thomo x

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Travelling with my best mate Scotty,also on this site, since 6 June 2012 with the intention of having fun and experiencing life to the fullest. Follow my adventures and give me some abuse and advice. Laters party people ;-)

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  1. Great to hear you finally made it to oz, now go and earn loads of wonga.

  2. YEa son I want paying bac!!!!!!!!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxx

    • hahaha…it’s a promise..I’m good for it…you might even get interest and a hug at Christmas…much love xxx

  3. Ahh I was actually stressing about that… Applied for a couple of credit cards just so I could prove I had the money there if needed. Totally put my mind to rest so thanks 🙂 Now all I need is info on how easy it is to get a job… People tell me I’ll be fine but can’t help worrying.. I’m sure u guys will cover this over the next year so look forward to actually having advice from people in tho know (obv not referring to scotty there 😉 )

    • Well I can safely say they didn’t check my account so I wouldn’t worry. As Maggie said, it is true that if you have a return ticket then they won’t ask but I didn’t have a return ticket because I have a 1 year working holiday visa which can be extended to 2 years if I work for three months in what the Australian government deem seasonal work, i.e. fruit picking, farming, construction, fencing etc. So it is stupid for someone like me to book a return ticket when I will definitely be taking advantage of another year in Australia ;). But I will endeavor to keep on top of the whole process and cover it thoroughly as I know how great the demand is for solid information on the internet regarding Australian visas and everything related.

      Cheers guys, x

      • No Problem Ian

      • Same here.. No return ticket as planning to stay as long as poss on the working hol visa 🙂 so u put my mind at rest anyways.. Thanks guys. Your blog is proving useful 🙂

        • Haha, that’s good then, we aren’t completely useless…Any other questions on Oz then let us know 🙂

  4. You can correct me if I am wrong, but I think that as you have a working visa in OZ and have a return ticket home, I don’t think the amount of money you have actually matters.If you have applied for citizenship,that is different because you are being allowed to stay in the country on a permanent basis and the amount of money you have is taken into account because they want to know that you can support yourself while being in the country and that you are not going to claim unemployment benefit etc.

  5. http://www.backpackingaround.com

    Found this that may be of interest. Has info on jobs, visa’s, tax, bank accounts, etc. You can also search for jobs all over oz. Its a one stop web page for working in Australia and all the info you need.

    • Cheers Maggie, that’s great we will certainly check this site out tomorrow..but until then considering the world is upside down where we are we must go and get some sleep haha 😉