How to Apply for Tax File Number in Australia

by fourkangaroos on April 1, 2017

One of the important things that you should do after settling in Australia is applying for tax file number (Tax File Number). It is one of the requirements needed in your employment and claiming family tax benefits in Centrelink.

As a permanent resident of Australia, you can only apply TFN when you are actually permanently resided in Oz. You are not allowed to apply for it when you are still outside land down under.

It is very simple to apply for TFN because you can do it online. You can visit the website of Australia Tax Office in this link to begin your application.

You must select the link for Foreign passport holders, permanent migrants and temporary visitors. After that, click the button “Apply online for TFN”.

It’s simple. Just follow the necessary information they are looking for such as your passport details and other personal data.

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How to Register in Centrelink and Apply Medicare

by fourkangaroos on March 24, 2017

Last February 27, 2017 (Monday), we went to Centrelink in Werribee CBD. We were accompanied by our family friend Ate Gigi.

It was not that difficult registering in Centrelink. Upon entering the premises, you should fall in line. And when it is your turn, tell the officer what you want like registering to Centrelink and applying for Medicare.

You must tell them the things that you want in one talk so that they know what to do with you.

There are several requirements that you should bring when going to Centrelink:

  1. Passport of all family members
  2. Visa grant letter
  3. Proof of your Address

Thus, it is important to finalize your bank account as soon as you settle in Australia. It is the first thing we did when we arrived here.

We went to the nearest NAB bank in our suburb so that we can apply for ATM card and get statement of account for proof of address.

A proof of address is also a requirement for enrolling your kids in public schools and during the application of driver’s license. It is a proof that you are really living in state of Victoria.

During the registration in Centrelink, you will be asked some questions by the officer there about yourself and your family. After that, you will be given you Customer Reference Number (CRN) that you will use when logging in to your Centrelink account.

CRN is important in order to apply for the benefits of the government they are giving to its citizens and permanent residents such as the Family Tax benefits, New Starter allowance and more.

You must also apply right away for your Tax File Number (TFN)upon arrival to Australia. TFN is necessary to get your Family tax benefits. Without it, you can’t complete the online claim in your Centrelink account.

You should apply for your TFN when you are already in Australia because they will check in the immigration if you are truly entered Australia or not. So don’t apply for TFN when you are not still inside Oz.

With regards to Medicare, your number will be given to you including your entire family member in a piece of paper. It is just a temporary one so that you can use Medicare anytime without having the card itself.

Hospitals and clinics only require the Medicare number from you. So make sure you have the copy of your number; it is better to take a picture of it using your mobile phone until your card arrives.


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