How To Obtain A Tax File Number (TFN) In Australia

Obtaining a Tax File Number (TFN)

Before you start working in Australia you must obtain an Australian Tax File Number (TFN) for your employers. Obtaining your Tax File Number isn’t a difficult task and its in your best interest, so you don’t pay too much tax and instead pay the lower tax rate of 29%.

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Online tax file number (TFN) applications

You can only complete an online application if you are a permanent migrant or temporary visitor who is actually in Australia. You must also be either:

  • a working holiday-maker
  • a New Zealander and you are automatically granted a visa on arrival
  • an overseas student and your visa has been amended to allow you to work
  • a person with a valid visa allowing you to stay in Australia indefinitely
  • a person with a business visa.

If you need more information, visit the nearest Tax Office shopfront site or phone 13 28 61.

Click here to apply online for your tax file number


Claiming Your Tax Back

It is important that you are aware that you can claim your tax back when in Australia on your Working Holiday Visa. When working in Oz you will pay between 13-29% so you could get back up to AU$3000 and once you have left Australia you can also arrange your superannuation refund averaging at an additional AU$500-$2500!


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