Tax system in Australia

When you work in Australia, your employer is required to withhold taxes from your salary and pay it to the ATO (Australian Taxation Office). The amount deducted from your paycheck is usually between 13% and 32.5% and mainly depends on your job (part-time, full-time, casual) and your visa.

The good news is that in most cases, the temporary visa holders such as Working Holiday Visa and Student Visa are entitled to claim a refund for these taxes at the end of the fiscal year (June 30) or when you leave Australia.

Superannuation

Superannuation is a retirement fund. It’s designed for Australian citizens and residents who live and work in Australia permanently. Each time you receive a payslip, the equivalent of about 10% of your pay is deposited on a special bank account you need to open yourself at your arrival in Australia.

It’s like a savings account which builds to a significant amount over the life of person’s employment and can be accessed at retirement, generally at 65+ years of age.

If you do not plan on getting Australian permanent residency or citizenship, you can claim this money back when you leave Australia.

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