If you are in Australia on a visa that allows you to work, you will need to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN).

You can only apply for your TFN once you have landed in Australia, but don’t worry the process is very quick and easy so you should have your TFN in no time.

The application can be done online and it takes up to 28 days to get approved (although most cases are approved in half that time).

Below is a step by step guide of the application process. This should take about 20 minutes and you will need your passport.

  1. Visit the Australian Government Taxation Office website
  2. Click “Apply online for a TFN
  3. You will be taken to the Australian Government “Individual Auto-Registration”
  4. Click next until you reach the first set of questions. These should be fairly easy to fill out if you have your passport handy.
  5. When you reach the “address details” section of the questions, you will be asked to enter an Australian postal address. Chances are, if you are new to Australia you don’t have a permanent address yet and that’s perfectly fine! Good news is, your TFN is a combination of numbers specially made for you. You don’t need the physical letter of your TFN registration, all you need are those numbers! Therefore, at this point you have a few options:
    1. Use trusted friends or relatives with an Australian address and get them to send you the number when they receive the letter.
    2. Send the letter to the main post office of the city you expect to be in 4 weeks from applying for your TFN. If the letter has not reached the post office when you arrive, you can always get them to transfer it to a different city.
    3. Once you have applied online, you can call 13 28 61 after 28 days of application and retrieve your TFN by phone. So another option would be to use the address of the hostel you’re staying at and ask them to shred the letter when they receive it.
  6. You are also asked to enter an Australian phone number. You can check out my previous post on how to have a phone up and running on your first day in Australia.

I hope this post has been helpful! Remember, you can always call 13 28 61 for tax specific questions. As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions!



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