Relocating to Sydney
Relocating can be a daunting experience, so our dedicated immigration and relocation consultant is here to support you.
In some circumstances Macquarie University may offer eligible new staff a relocation allowance to assist with the expenses of relocating to Sydney. The allowance is not intended to cover all costs associated with relocating and the amount will depend on individual circumstances.
Items on which a relocation allowance may be used for are listed in the Relocation Guideline. You should claim reimbursement of relocation expenses with original receipts within six months of arriving in Sydney. In some cases, costs can be paid directly by Macquarie University.
Booking and arranging travel
If you have a relocation allowance, you will need to arrange for your airfare to be purchased by the University on your behalf, in order for the cost of this to be deducted from your relocation allowance. This can be arranged by your department administrator who will book the flights through Campus Travel. Staff members are not permitted to buy airfares and then seek reimbursement.
Moving your things
Our in-house immigration and relocation consultant can arrange for a representative from two removalist companies to survey your belongings and provide a quote. You are also free to engage your provider of choice.
Once you have received the quotes, and have determined who you would like to move with, our consultant can arrange for payment directly. You will need to arrange payment for any amount in excess of your relocation allowance.
Macquarie University can provide insurance that will cover personal effects and household belongings up to AU$200K. Contact our immigration and relocation consultant for information on insurance.
If you have a relocation allowance, contact your department administrator to book your temporary accommodation. There are various temporary accommodation options close to the University, including hotels and serviced apartments. Macquarie University has corporate rates with some of the venues.
Tax File Number and bank account
If you are relocating from overseas, you will need an Australian Tax File Number (TFN) after you have arrived in Australia. Without a TFN, you will be taxed at the standard rate for 28 days. After 28 days, you will be taxed at the top rate of tax on all future pay. You will not be able to apply for a TFN until you have a residential address for the TFN to be posted to.
Submit your TFN application via the Australian Tax Office website. After you receive your TFN, complete a new Tax File Declaration form (PDF) and send to email@example.com to ensure your tax records are updated.
You may be able open a bank account online before you arrive in Australia. The National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank both have automatic teller machine (ATM) services on campus. As soon as possible after arriving in Australia, you should provide your Australian Tax File Number to your bank.
Visas and health insurance
Typically, staff requiring a visa will be sponsored on Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457). After you have accepted your employment offer our in-house immigration consultant will be in touch to guide you through your visa options, application process and other requirements.
If you require a 457 visa, you will need to obtain and maintain health insurance for the duration of your visa. If you are from a country that has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) with Australia you only have to obtain health insurance that covers you until you have obtained Medicare coverage.
If you are from a country that has a RHCA with Australia, you should enrol in Medicare as soon as possible after arriving in Australia. The level of benefits and services granted under these agreements are restricted to “immediately necessary care only”, therefore you may still want to consider obtaining private health insurance in order to have full health insurance coverage.
Need more help?
Contact Karen Geldard by phone on +61 (2) 9850 9744 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for relocation advice and support.
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