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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
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 Online tax return applications usually take 14 days.
  • This is a paper application that can be downloaded from 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 Please be aware of recent changes to Tax for working holiday makers. Read More Here.