Firstly, I was speaking to someone recently who told me that he is paying a higher rate of tax than others as, because he is a temporary visa holder he is classed as a non resident for tax purposes. He had actually seen an Accountant and even the Accountant did not realise that should not have been the case.
I know this has come up a few times before, so thought I would clarify, a temporary resident here, generally if living and working for a planned period of time will be classed as a tax resident and also pay the same rate of tax as residents. There is an interactive tool on ATO website.
If unsure take the test and it will confirm.
Secondly, was at a BBQ last night discussing mobile phones etc. and a lot of people one for four months, one for a year! had just been buying $20 vouchers everytime credit run out. Someone had been spending about $80 a month topping up!
I mentioned about the $29 caps where you get $150 worth of credit and it is still pay as you go.
So I know Vodafone do this and you can pick up a sim for under $10.
We didn't find out ourselves when we first arrived for about 4 weeks, so this is certainly a way of cutting costs.