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The Global Staff have assembled a handy collection of links that may be helpful to people working in care industries. These links will open in a new window.

Public Transportation

Getting around the big cities like Sydney and Melbourne is quick, easy and reliable. A sophisticated transportation system with all-access passes to trains (subway) buses, and ferries will ensure your safe arrival whather it is for work in the city, afternoon drinks in Darling Harbour , or sunbaking at Bondi Beach.

Call the Transport Info Line anytime on 131 500 to speak to a REAL person who can tell you exact departure times and even walking directions!

City Rail
www.cityrail.info

State Transit Authority
www.sydneybuses.nsw.gov.au

Street Directory

For complete and accurate step-by-step street directions by either car or foot try whereis.com.au. You can also access places of interest and detailed maps to help you find your way.

Where Is
www.whereis.com.au

Australian Tax System

You will need a Tax File Number in order to work in Australia . It's not hard to get but it is recommended that you get one before beginning work. You can apply on-line by visiting the Australian Taxation Office's webpage. Simply click on Forms and Services.

Australian Tax Office
www.ato.com.au

Bank Accounts

Global pays you electronically on a weekly basis. So it is important that you supply us with your Account number and BSB (Branch) Number. You may want to have a shop around for a bank that suits you and your needs. Here are a few to get you started.

National Australia Bank
www.nab.com.au

Australian and New Zealand Banking Group
www.anz.com.au

Commonwealth Bank
www.commbank.com.au

Westpac
www.westpac.com.au

St George Bank
www.stgeorge.com.au

Real Estate Information

If you wish to contact real estate agents in specific locations, each state has a professional organisation, listing locations and agents in a specific area.

Domain
www.domain.com.au

Real Estate
www.realestate.com.au

Backpackers/Short term accommodation

You may wish to explore youth hostel accommodation or contact the Travelers Contact Points in major cities. Each usually provides valuable advice, including accommodation assistance.

Youth Hostels Association
www.yha.com.au

VISA's & ETA's

An ETA is equivalent to a visa, but there is no stamp or label in your passport and there is no need for you to visit an Australian diplomatic office to submit an application. If you are eligible, the ETA is issued electronically by a computer system operated for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) of Australia. To make things easy for you the Australian Government has made it possible to arrange an ETA via the Internet - no application forms and no contact with an Australian visa office is necessary.

Visit the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs' website for further information on tourist visas, working holidays, business visits, students, immigration, Electronic Travel Authority (ETAs), visas and other useful contacts. For the location of your nearest Australian consulate go to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's website.

Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
www.immi.gov.au

Car hire information

There are several large, national car hire companies, although smaller companies in specific locations can often offer more competitive rates. You may wish to check the larger group's sites.

Ascot Car Rentals
www.ascotcarrental.com.au

Budget Care Rental
www.budget.com.au

Health Insurance

Medicare is Australia 's national health provider. To check if you are eligible for Medicare cover, consult the Health Insurance Commission's site.

Health Insurance Commission
www.hic.gov.au

Health Insurance - Private

If you are required to have private health insurance, compare the different policies and insurers available. The Australian Government offers tax incentives for professionals with private health insurance policies.

Hospital Benefits Fund (HCF)
www.hcf.com.au

NIB
www.nib.com.au

Medibank Private
www.medibank.com.au

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