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​​​​​​​​​​​​Salary taxation

In Australia, you are required to pay tax on your income. If you intend to live in Australia permanently, you are considered an Australian resident for tax purposes which means:

  • you must declare all your income in your tax return;

  • you can claim the benefits of the Australian tax system, such as: 
       o the tax-free threshold;
       o tax offsets; and
       o generally lower tax rates than a foreign resident.

If you work or earn money in Australia, you must have a Tax File Number (TFN) which is a unique number issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

To apply online for a Tax File Number and for more information on salary taxation, visit the Australian Taxation Office​ website​

 

Superannuation (Super)

Super is money set aside over your lifetime to provide for your retirement. For most people, super begins when you start work and your employer starts paying super for you – these payments are known as super guarantee contributions or concessional contributions.

Temporary residents who work in Australia, and have super contributions paid by their employer, are entitled to receive their super benefits once they leave Australia. This payment is called a departing Australia superannuation payment (DASP).

For more information on superannuation and DASP,​​ visit the Australian Taxatio​n Office website​​

 

Pensions

Age pensions are financial support for those over 65 who have retired from the workforce. Not all migrants will qualify for an age pension in Australia.

You can find the conditions for receiving the pension on the Department of Human Services Age Pension and planning your retirement​ page​.

For information on all support payments in Australia, visit the Centrelink​ page​.

News

Welcome news for international students – Graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration program expanded to include VET graduates

The Graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration Program provides a skilled migration pathway for international students graduating from university in Western Australia.  From December 2019, the Graduate stream has been extended to include VET graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above. 

The Graduate stream is also more accessible for international students:

studies in higher education, VET (Certificate III level and above) and/or English language courses for overseas students (ELICOS) studies all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia.

Graduates need to demonstrate either six months' work experience in Australia OR a six month employment contract in Western Australia, but not both.  Previously international students needed to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.

A new Graduate Occupation List (GOL) and updated eligibility criteria are now available.  

For more information on the changes to the Graduate stream, visit the Graduate stream requirements page.

The criteria for the General stream of the State Nomination Migration Program  will remain the same; however the Western Australian State Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) has been updated. 

Fun Fact
Wyndham is the hottest place in Australia with an annual mean temperature of 29.1 °C.