Melbourne Airport Transportation
Most of the first comer international students travel using taxi from airport to their accommodation. By using taxi, you do not have to worry about carrying your luggage and using Melbourne’s public transportation that you are not familiar with yet.
In general, it will cost about $60 to Melbourne CBD and $90 to Clayton (Monash University).
Skybus is a public transportation that connects Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station in Melbourne CBD. You only need to pay $18 for Skybus and it departs every 10-15 minutes from Melbourne Airport. For more information about Skybus, click here.
Using Airport Pickup Service
Some college and university provide airport pickup service for first comer international students. In general, this service is free and could take you anywhere you want. Check the information booklet from your college/university to use this service. In normal traffic condition, you could reach Melbourne CBD in only 20-25 minutes from Melbourne Airport.
Internet and Communication
Australia is one of the first countries that apply number portability which means, you could change your operator without changing your phone number. Number portability will ease the process of switching operators and the process of switching from prepaid to post-paid service. This part will give you information about communication service and internet in Victoria, including how to utilize available choices to get the superior value. Below are the main operators in Australia.
Prepaid Mobile Service
Just like in Indonesia, pre-paid mobile service is the most favorable choice for Indonesian students in Australia. With prepaid mobile service, you do not have to pay monthly payment and you can control your expenses. All you have to do is to buy a pre-paid SIM starter pack at the nearest operator store.
You could use your new SIM card to communicate after registering to the operator. To be noted, you have to give the full right information to ease you if any problem occurs in the future such as switching operator. You will be asked to give 4 digits PIN number to identify yourself. You have to memorise and save this PIN safely as it will be needed if any problem occurs in the future.
In Australia, you could buy credit with a value more than how much you have paid. For example, by buying credit $19 caps, you could get value of $50 or credit $49 caps could give you value of $300 and so on. With this system, you could get more value than you have paid but the credit will expire after a certain of time (e.g.: one month).
Postpaid Mobile Service
Some students in Melbourne choose to use post-paid mobile service as they could get new cell-phones for free or at a more favourable price. In general, you have to sign a contract for one or two years to get a free cell-phone (or at a more favourable price) with an operator.
In general, to use post-paid mobile service, you will need:
- Your passport and Certificate of Enrolment for the institution that you will be studying at and address (in the form of bank statement or invoice) and bank statement with balance of at least $1,000 and statement of income from your sponsor (scholarship, parents or any other private source).
- If you have credit card from bank in Australia, it will be an advantage as it will help you to pass credit check for the registration of post-paid service contract. To be noted, the contract for Vodafone rejects all the statement of income from outside Australia. If you do not have any income from a job in Australia, you could not use Vodafone’s post-paid mobile service.
- Just like pre-paid mobile service, you could choose between normal contract or caps contract in post-paid mobile service.
- In the two options of contract, you have to pay amount of contract that you have chosen every month. The difference is, with the normal contract, you would not be given as much value as you would if you choose caps contract however the value given could be used for next month (rollover).
- If you choose a pricy cell-phone, or shorter period of contract (e.g.: 1 year contract), you would pay a handset repayment with the contract each month.
Skype Call and Text
If you have not heard of Skype, now is the right time to learn. Skype is a call service via Internet that could save your expense on communication effectively. Beside free call, text and video call between computers, Skype also has Skype out that makes it possible for you to call and send texts (SMS) to cell-phones (to phone numbers) anywhere around the world including Australia and Indonesia, with reasonable price.
For example, $16 could be used to call home telephone in Indonesia up to 8 hours or send up to 90 SMS to cell-phones in Indonesia using Skype out. To call home telephone and cell-phone in Australia, Skype also has cheap monthly offer by paying only $4 for unlimited call. You only need a computer with Internet connection, Skype app, mic and speaker.
To pay Skype call service, you need to have Paypal account. To have a Paypal account, you need to have a bank account in Australia or a credit card from bank in Australia. You could request Paypal to debit the bill from you bank account or send an invoice to your credit card. Not only to make payment for Skype call service, Paypal could also be used to shop online on eBay and other online shopping sites.
Just like in Indonesia, you could also use wireless broadband (4G / 5G) from cell-operators in Australia. Wireless broadband Internet service would ease you if you do not have ADSL broadband service in your accommodation while you need Internet connection for your computer/laptop.
Operators that provide wireless broadband Internet service in Australia are Vodafone, Telstra and Optus.
ADSL Internet Service
Most of Indonesian students in Melbourne, ADSL Internet service is the most popular choice. This Internet service uses ADSL cable that gives high speed Internet access, high download capacity and reasonable price per-month.
The top providers for ADSL Internet service in Melbourne are TPG, iiNet, Optus and Bigpond. In general, you would get an ADSL modem in form of wireless (WiFi) router for free if you sign a contract for one or two years.
Bank and Finance
One of the priorities when you arrive in Melbourne is to open a bank account. It makes things easier for you to manage your financial needs, such as receiving money from Indonesia. Banks in Melbourne usually open at 9.30 AM till 4 PM, except on Friday, they open till 5 PM. Below are the main banks in Australia.
Transfer from Indonesia
Most of Indonesian students in Australia are sponsored by their parents, where they usually send the money from Indonesia. Next is the detail you need to be able to receive money from Indonesia:
- Bank: (the name of your bank)
- Branch: (the address of the branch where you open the bank account)
- Beneficiary Name: (your full name)
- BSB: (some numbers that the bank give to you)
- Account No: (some numbers that the bank give to you)
- SWIFT Code: (some numbers that the bank give to you)
- Financial Telecomunication: (some numbers that the bank give to you)
Make sure you ask all of the detail above when you open a bank account.
EFTPOS or Electronic Fund Transfer at Point of Sale is an electronic payment system that is used in Australia. With EFTPOS, you do not need to bring a lot of cash to finance your daily needs. All you need to bring is your debit card. If you use iPhone, you don’t even need to bring debit card because you can store your debit card on your phone.
Transfer From Australia
Sometimes you need to transfer money from Australia to Indonesia. There are two main options: using your bank mobile apps or Western Union. Normally exchange rate in Western Union is better than your local bank account.
Even though Melbourne is nominated as the most livable city in the world and considered to be safe, some bad things still can happen if you are not being vigilant. Below are the steps to prevent bad things happen to you:
- Do not walk alone at night times since the number of drunken people there is quite high
- Please do follow the traffic lights all the time. People there are very strict to the law and intolerant to offender. Moreover, the fine of breaking the law is very high; it may cost you a fortune.
- Always remember to check your accommodation before going outside. Make sure the stove is off, windows and doors are locked.
- If you live alone, make sure you get to know your neighbors.
Emergency Call (Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance)
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
1800 814 781
Poison Information Center
13 11 14