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Working in Australia - Other Industries Fees, Cost & Taxes Information

Will I have to pay tax?

In most cases, while you are working in Australia through this program on our Bibber visa, you will pay tax as an Australian resident. This means that although you may be taxed at a high rate during your employment, you should receive a refund of some of the money paid at a later date. The amount of tax you should eventually pay will be around 5-10%. It is up to the Tax office to determine your tax level so there are no guarantees, however to date only a few people have received a negative decision.

Other categories of visa may attract different rates of tax - up to 30% from the first dollar for a working holiday visa. Please contact us for further information. Bibber will arrange the tax and superannuation refunds for you, through a registered tax agent.

 

How much does it cost to live?

The cost of living in Australia is high. You can expect to pay around $120 per week for your share of some accommodation and about the same for a week’s worth of food. Fresh food is plentiful. As a more relevant example, a bottle (375ml) of beer costs about $7 in a restaurant and about $2.50 from a bottle shop or liquor store (when bought in bulk). A coffee would cost around $4.50 in a café. If you spend a lot of time eating out, you will soon run out of money! There is more information about living in Australia here.

 

How much does it cost?

The fees you pay depend on whether you are coming for a short placement 0-6 months or a long placement 6-12 months (max).

PLEASE NOTE that you will also need to pay the fees charged by Bibber’s partners in your country.

Offshore visa application


Visa type

Application
fee

Amount
per month

Instalment
Period

Short Placement

$995

+

$853

x

3 payments

Long Placement

$995

+

$532

x

6 payments

Placement for Working Holiday visa

$995

+

$308

x

3 payments

Onshore visa application


Visa type

Application fee (+ $700 STAC and $11.50 credit card surcharge if required)**

Amount
per month

Instalment
Period

Short Placement

$995**

+

$792

x

3 payments

Long Placement

$995**

+

$500

x

6 payments

Further application while in Australia

$1,900**

+

Upfront only

 

N/A

**Based on your individual visa history. Onshore application may be subject to a $700 Subsequent Temporary Application Charge (STAC) for the Immigration. If you are required to pay this charge, you will need to pay this additional $700 + the Immigration $11.50 credit card surcharge with the application fee. (For example: $995+ $700 + $11.50= $1706.50). Please contact us for further information and check if you are subject to STAC.

If you pay the full fees (deposit plus instalments) before you arrive, you will receive an extra AUD$200 discount from the total fees. To take advantage of the payment plan option, you must provide Bibber with valid credit card details with your application, so the instalments can be deducted on the 1st of each month after you have arrived in Australia.

Airfares, airport taxes, travel insurance, passport application fees, and any other unspecified costs are not included in this fee.

All Bibber participants must provide evidence of a return flight. If you do not have a return flight you will be required to lodge a AUD$1500 bond with Bibber before your visa is issued. This money will be deposited in the Bibber Trust account and used in the event that you do not have enough money to purchase your own flight home. If you do not intend to have a return flight, you will need to factor in this extra cost (AUD$1500).

*All fees are subject to change without notice and are listed in Australian dollars.

 

What do I get for these fees?

You deserve the very best, which is why you will receive a unique, packaged service including

  • A comprehensive information kit which you will receive when you arrive with your host.
  • A placement
  • Assistance with all the paperwork associated with your visa application
  • Payment of the visa application fee
  • Your tax file number applied for by us after your arrival and sent to both you and your host
  • Forwarding of your mail and any documents we receive on your behalf during your placement and after you have returned home including tax and pension documents
  • Ongoing support and assistance

Many of our previous participants are now our good friends and we encourage you to talk to them about their experience. Please contact us for their details or visit Bibber on Facebook.

 

When do I have to pay?

If you have credit card details on your application, we will collect a deposit fee of $995. The remainder of your fees are due when the visa has been granted unless you have opted to take the payment plan. If you do not have a credit card, you must pay all your fees up front by bank transfer. If we do not find you a placement, we guarantee to refund your fees*.

*Refunds will be issued less any bank charges or visa charges if you chose the Special Processing Option. Fluctuation in foreign exchange rates may increase or decrease the refund amounts. All refunds are paid in Australian dollars.

 

What if I decide to cancel?

If you decide to cancel your application through Bibber, you will incur a cancellation fee, however the amount depends on what stage of the process your application is at. The cancellation fees are as follows:


Before Bibber finds a job:

$295

After job is found/confirmed with the employer, but before visa is lodged:

$495

After we have lodged your visa:

$995 or
$1695 if STAC applied

*Cancellation fees will be issued less any bank charges. Fluctuation in foreign exchange rates may increase or decrease the cancellation amounts. All cancellation fees are paid in Australian dollars.

**STAC=Subsequent Temporary Application Charge

 

What is the ‘Payment Plan’?

We understand that by the time you pay the deposit and arrange the airfares, plus a little extra to live on until you are paid, that you might be a little short of money.  The Bibber payment plan allows you to pay the majority of your fees while you are here in Australia, working and earning Aussie dollars. This is how it works:
The $995 deposit fee is due when you apply. You can then opt to take advantage of our payment plan, which involves payments on the first of the month after you arrive in Australia. The amount differs depending on the length of your stay and whether you found your own job or not. For example, someone arriving in February for a long placement, the fees would be 6 payments of $498 and would be due on the 1st of March, April, May, June July and August.
Alternatively, if you pay the full fees before you arrive, you will receive a $200 discount from the total fees.

To take advantage of the payment plan option, you must provide Bibber with valid credit card details with your application, so the payments can be deducted.

Important notes:
1. You will be here to work, not just observe. The hours might be very long and the work very hard! Also, please remember that you are here mainly to learn, not to teach.

2. More and more employers are testing their trainees for drugs. If you are into ‘wacky weed’ or any other illegal substance, be warned!

You will have the time of your life!
Ask someone who has done it!

 

 

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