Tax File Number
Everyone needs a TFN (Tax File Number) particularly when you start work. Once you have a TFN – it lasts for as long as you do (ie. you have it for life).
If you don’t have a TFN then half your wages could be taken in tax! You don’t want that to happen!
PLEASE NOTE: The process for students to apply for a TFN changed at the end of 2014.
You apply for your TFN online & then verify your application by visiting Australia Post – you will need to have some identifying documents as part of your application (eg. birth certificate, Medicare no etc).
- You will find the instructions here (click to open link):
Not everyone can put their hands on their birth certificate, luckily you can order another copy. Search for ‘births, deaths and marriages‘ in the State you were born in. (Yes, I know you were born naked, but whereabouts? Victoria, NSW etc!!) .
Follow the instructions on the following websites (there are costs involved).
If you are a permanent migrant or temporary visitor, you too will need a TFN. Go to the relevant page at the TFN website.