Discover Melbourne and enjoy everything the city has to offer
Places to go in and around Melbourne
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Built in 1853, the MCG is the largest stadium in the southern hemisphere. A Melbourne icon, it hosted the 1956 Olympic Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. It is the home of Australian rules football – or footy, as locals call it.
Melbourne, and it surrounds, is home to three zoos: Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary.
City Circle Tram
Melbourne is home to the largest urban tram network in the world. The City Circle Tram, a heritage tram, is a free and convenient way to see the sights of Melbourne’s CBD while getting around the city. An audio commentary provides details of city landmarks.
Great Ocean Road
One of Australia’s most picturesque and breathtaking roads, the Great Ocean Road stretches for 243km along Victoria’s coastline. It provides access to Australian landmarks including the Twelve Apostles.
Coffee and café culture
Melbournians consider their coffee and cafes as the best in the world – and with a café on every block in the CBD and more spread throughout the suburbs, you will be able to decide for yourself if you agree with the locals!
Lygon Street – affectionately known as Little Italy – is home to some of the best restaurants in Melbourne and is where the city’s café culture all started.
Melbourne is home to an intricate network of trains, trams and buses that can get you all over the city. Find out more, including ticket prices and timetables, at: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/
Working in Australia
Finding a job
You can ask for work in person by going inside shops and restaurants where you would like to work and ask if there are any vacancies. You may also use these websites to find a job in Melbourne:
If you apply for a job on seek or jobseeker, you will need a cover letter and a resume (a CV).
To learn how to write a resume, go to: www.seek.com.au/career-advice/resume-cv
If you are an English student you can ask your teacher to check your cover letter and resume before you send it.
Also you can make an appointment with our Internship Coordinator. He can also advice you regarding your resume and how to issue a cover letter: sc.nsw.edu.au/courses/vet/internships
As for Gumtree, it is best to call, text or e-mail the contact immediately after the ad is placed because these positions are normally filled within hours of the placement of the ad.
Tax File Numbers
Every worker in Australia needs a Tax File Number. This is a nine digit number which your employer and the Australian government will use to pay and administer your taxes.
You can apply for your tax file number on this link: https://iar.ato.gov.au/
You can also apply for one in person at any Post Office or through your employer.
Working rights, regulations and conditions
If you have a student visa, you may work 40 hours a fortnight (14 days) while you are studying (excluding any work undertaken as a registered component of their course of study or training) and you can work unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks.
If you work more than 40 hours per fortnight while your course is in session, you will be breaching your visa conditions and your visa may be cancelled.
For useful information about your work rights go to: www.fairwork.gov.au
This website has very useful information about the minimum wage, casual pay rates for various industries, unfair dismissal, work hours and entitlements.
If you believe that your employer is treating you unfairly and you want action to be taken you must make a formal complaint and write to:
Fair Work Ombudsman- Complaints Assessment Team
GPO Box 2567- Adelaide SA 5001.
Find out more about the obligations of Australian Education Providers in the ‘National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007’ (The National Code 2007).
We wish you to have the best experience in Australia!