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Tax Information Australia – TFN (Tax File Number)

In order to work in Australia legally you will need to apply for a TFN (Tax File Number). A TFN is a unique number issued to you by the Inland Revenue, which allows you to work and pay taxes! To apply for your Tax File Number visit http://ato.gov.au/.
In order to get your Tax File Number you will need to provide the following documentation
  • Your Passport Number
  • Australian Postal Address (So your TFN can be sent to you)
Your Tax File Number should take between 2 – 3 weeks to arrive. You do not have to wait for your Tax File Number to arrive before starting any employment, once you have applied you will be given a temporary number.

Tax Return

Anyone holding a Working Holiday Visa is entitled to a tax return, so all or part of the tax they paid whilst working in Australia could be returned!
There are 2 ways for you to apply for your tax return
  • E-tax. Your can apply for your tax return online at http://ato.gov.au/. Online tax return applications usually take 14 days.
  • This is a paper application that can be downloaded from http://ato.gov.au/. Once you have completed the forms you can send them back to the address at the top of the form. This means a tax return can take longer.
You can contact the Inland Revenue from within Australia on: 13 28 61 or from outside of Australia on: +61 2 6216 1111 The Inland Revenue is open from 8.30am – 4.45pm Monday to Friday. Read more about Tax Back Australia, alternatively you can find more information at http://ato.gov.au/. Please be aware of recent changes to Tax for working holiday makers. Read More Here.