Perth Hills Forest Lodge Hostel

Perth Hills Forest Lodge Hostel is situated in the Marri and Jarrah Forest within the beautiful Mundaring National Park. The area is home to amazing flower congregations and wilfire with over 50 species of birds and many kangaroos. The hostel can serve as a base as you complete harvest work or simply see the Perth Hills region.

Perth Hills


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The Perth Hills region is a 45minute-1hour drive from the Perth Central Business District. The region covers Kalamundra, Mundaring, Carmel and Pickering Brook so there will be no shortage of activities to do in your spare time. Harvest work wise you’ll have exposure to positions picking apples and stone fruits.   Fruit Picking Jobs in Perth Hills Fruit Picking Jobs in Western Australia Where’s Perth Hills Getting There It’s a 45 minute from Perth, public transport will only get you so far, so it will be better having your own car. Accommodation In a nutshell, if you secure accommodation it Read more

How Much Will My Tax Refund Be?

Tax Refund
So you’ve been working away, saving up your dollars for the next trip, will it be asia, the east coast, over to perth through the Nullarbor or even NZ? Wherever it is, you know that tax time is rapidly approaching soon, and you’re probably wondering how much tax you’re going to get back.

Important Facts

The Australian Tax Year Runs from July 1 – June 30th
If you’re not a Resident for Tax Purposed you will be taxed at a higher rate.

The Current 2013-2014 Tax Rates For “Residents For Tax Purposes”


Taxable Income Tax on this income
0 – $18,200 Nil
$18,201 – $37,000 19c for each $1 over $18,200
$37,001 – $80,000 $3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000
$80,001 – $180,000 $17,547 plus 37c for each $1 over $80,000


The Current 2013-2014 Tax Rates for “ Non Residents” for Tax Purposes


Taxable Income Tax on this income
0 – $80,000 32.5c for each $1
$80,001 – $180,000 $26,000 plus 37c for each $1 over $80,000


So now you’ll be asking yourself, “Am I “a resident for Tax Purposes?

If you arrived in the country prior to or in January 2014 then you’re deemed a “resident for tax purposes, this means you’ll be taxed like any other Aussie and will receive the 18,000 tax free threshold. Therefore every dollar you’ve been taxed up until 18k, you’ll be entitled to it!
If you’re not a resident for tax purposes, then you’ll be required to pay 32.5% tax on every dollar you’ve earned while in the country! That’s a huge difference!
Now if this also seems a bit confusing or you want to know where you stand, you can try our free Tax Refund Estimator Below, here you’ll be able to get an accurate estimate of the refund you’ll be due.

How Much Will My Tax Refund Be?

Complete the form below to get a quick Tax Refund Estimate and see where you stand for this and or other financial years returns.

If you’re on a desktop computer please complete the form below for a speedier estimate



Extending Your Australian Working Holiday Visa

So you’ve come downunder on the 417 Working Holiday Visa and realised Australia really is the lucky country! Beaches, sun, surf, great pay and happy days, what’s their to complain about! Well it is pretty expensive but we guess the pay makes up for it.

The big question beckons, how do you stay in oz for another year? You could always come back on a tourist visa but then you’re unable to work on only stay for a short period. The answer is the Second Working Holiday Visa   WHV a visa Department of Immigration created the Second Working Holiday Visa which would essentially let you work and stay in country for another year. How do you qualify?

So if you’re still between 18-30 and completed 88 days of “specified work” in the first year of your working holiday you’re set!



What’s Specified Work?

Basically it’s fruit picking, harvest or regional work in an eligible area of Regional Australia. Fruit Picking is a popular choice and a great way to earn money, make new friends and experience the Australian lifestyle.  Remember you’ll find heaps positions on the job board, not all will be in regional areas on the postcode list but the vast majority generally are.

There’s obviously fruit picking and farm work, below is the Department of Immigrations list of Specified Work

Plant and animal cultivation, Fishing and pearling , Construction, Mining, Tree farming and felling

Remember the specified work needs to be in a region on the eligiblie regional postcode list.



Which Postcode’s are on the eligible list?

Bummer! ACT isn’t deemed to be a part of regional Australia.
2311 – 2312, 2328 – 2411, 2420 – 2490, 2536 – 2551, 2575 – 2594, 2618 – 2739, 2787 – 2898 Remember guys this list completely excludes Newcastle, Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong.
4124 – 4125 4133 4211 4270 – 4272, 4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307 – 4499, 4510, 4512, 4515 – 4519, 4522 – 4899, Remember guys this list completely excludes the Greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast ( Yep Surfers Paradise!)
Wicked! The whole of NT is classified as regional Australia. Happy Days!
Wicked! The whole of SA is classified as regional Australia. Happy Days!
Wicked! The whole of Tasmania is classified as regional Australia. Happy Days!
3139, 3211 – 3334, 3340 – 3424, 3430 – 3649, 3658 – 3749, 3753, 3756, 3758, 3762, 3764, 3778 – 3781, 3783, 3797, 3799 ,3810 – 3909, 3921 – 3925, 3945 – 3974, 3979, 3981 – 3996, Remember guys this list completely excludes the all of metropolitan Melbourne. Unfortunately drinking in St Kilda doesn’t count towards your 88 days of specified work!
6041 – 6044, 6083 – 6084, 6121 – 6126, 6200 – 6799, Remember guys this list completely excludes Perth and the surrounding areas!



Providing Evidence of your Specified Work

Okay sweet you’ve done the work, now you just to to prove it so you can be granted the 2nd WHV. Remember to keep the following items safe, because you’ll really be sorry later if you don’t!

  • An  employment verification form, completed and signed by your boss.
  • Group Certificates ( Statements issued by your employer for taxation purposes)
  • Payslips ( Weekly, fortnightly, monthly)
  • Tax Return statement and information
  • A reference from your employer
  • An original bank statement for the duration of your work
The more information you have the easier it will be for the department to approve your application :)



Additional Information

We endeavor to update all information as much as possible but in case of uncertaining check the Department of Immigration website.

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