Paying tax in Australia

Tax File Number

New Zealanders working in Australia need to get a Tax File number (TFN) and pay Australian tax. Without a TFN an employer will withhold tax at the maximum rate plus the Medicare levy. Registration forms for a TFN may be obtained from the Australian Taxation Office.

Opening a bank account in Australia

New Zealanders need to provide proof of identity before they can open a bank account in Australia. There are points assigned for information categories, and they must add up to 100 – a passport is worth 80, and other identification worth points may include a photographic drivers licence, Australian property lease documents, and electricity or telephone accounts. All these paper documents must be in the exact name of the applicant, with the name spelled identically.

Imprisonment in Australia

Consular Officers can provide information on deportation arrangements and prisoner aid services for prisoners who will be returning to New Zealand but do not undertake visits to prisoners in Australia.

Of interest

United Nations Handbook 2015-16

United Nations Handbook

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