Basics Wanna job in Cairns?  Well, before you start looking there are a few things you need to get sorted such as a visa, a tax file number (Australian Taxation Office Website) and a bank account. If you have all of the below in place then, go to this page for detailed information on how to land  a job in Cairns. Visa Make sure you get a working holiday visa or a work & holiday visa before you come to Australia (which you need depends on your nationality) so that you can work legally in Cairns. You cannot get one once you are in the country. In order to get one you will need to meet the following requirements:     Are a young person (18 to 30 years old)     Hold a valid passport from an eligible country     Have enough money to: o         Support yourself in Australia on a working holiday (about AUD 5000) o         Buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay You are from one of the following countries: Work and Holiday visa : • Argentina • Bangladesh • Chile • Indonesia • Malaysia • Poland • Turkey • Thailand • Uruguay • USA Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417) : • United Kingdom • Canada • Belgium • Denmark • Estonia • Finland • France • Germany • Hong Kong • Italy • Japan • Malta • Netherlands • Norway • Republic of Ireland • Republic of Cyprus • Republic of Korea • Sweden • Taiwan See the Immigration website for more info. Tax file number You need to get a tax file number from the ATO before you can get paid. You can only do this after you arrive in Australia. There is no ATO office in Cairns, so all  backpackers need to apply online via the ATO website. It normally takes about 2 weeks to arrive by post so make sure you know which backpackers in Cairns you will be staying at, and make sure the staff at the backpackers know to look out for it for you. Bank Account This is the easy one. Just go to any bank in Cairns. It is better to pick one of the big 4; ANZ, NAB, Commonwealth or Westpac as that way there will be a branch wherever you do your backpacking in Oz. ANZ seems to be the most popular with backpackers. There is a branch of each of the 4 banks in the Cairns Central Shopping Centre, making it easy to go around and compare deals.
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Prepare to get a job in Cairns