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Important Numbers & Websites

Police, Fire, Ambulance: 000
Taxis: 131 924
Transport Information: Click Here
Internships Down Under: 02 93865441
Lost Credit Cards: Visa-1800 450346
Master Card: 1300 462273
American Express: 1300 132639
Tax File Number: Required to work in Australia
RSA Certificate: Required to work anywhere that serves alcohol.

Tourist Information

Brisbane Visitor Centre
Open daily from 9am – 5pm
Location: Queen Street Mall, Queen Street, Brisbane
Phone: 07 3006 6290
E-mail: visit@brisbanemarketing.com.au

Mobile Phones

Month-by-Month Plans include both phone and data for all sim card sizes. Make sure that your phone is not locked to any network.
All the major communication companies (Vodafone, Optus, Telstra and Virgin) have pre-paid mobile packages. You can buy a prepaid card in one of their shops and recharge it easily. You can buy the recharge-codes in almost every supermarket, news agency or convenience store.

From the airport to the City

Once you have arrived at the Airport in Brisbane it is very easy to get to the CBD. Make sure to bring some Australian Dollars with you because the transport does cost money. If you take a taxi you will pay around A$35.00, the bus will cost you A$12.00 and the train will cost A$15.00 For further detailed information on timetables and fares please visit this website.

Getting Around

Brisbane has an efficient public transport system. You can purchase a Translink Card and use it on all public transport in Queensland. Just simply top up your Translink Card online, at over 625 locations, at bus/train stations and selected newsagents.
For all detailed information on timetables for train, bus and tram please visit this website.

Note: International students are not entitled to purchase a student concession ticket.
Phone 13 19 40  from within Queensland for assistance with all public transport services.

Opening a bank account

There are four major banks in Australia; Commonwealth Bank, ANZ Bank, Westpac and National Bank. To open a bank account in Australia, you will need to identify yourself so make sure to bring your Passport. Walk into any bank office and let the staff open an account for you. It is very easy and depending on which package you will get, you pay around A$4 per month for your bank account. Make sure to bring a little bit of cash with you since you will make your first deposit right away to get the account working. Opening a bank account at National Bank (NAB) won’t cost you anything monthly.

Accommodation

Internships Down Under can offer assistance with finding suitable accommodation:
• Homestay
• Hostel
Click Here for more information
Warning: Do not send money to anyone until you’ve seen the room!

Flights

Domestic flights can be booked with:
Jetstar
Virgin Australia
Tigerair
Qantas
BYOJet  &  Webjet  (compares all airlines and their prices)

Weekend Trips

Internships Down Under organise regular weekend tours in and around Brisbane. Trips will be announced in our newsletter, Facebook and calendar.

For your safety.

We would like to remind you to take the same safety precautions in Australia as you would in your home country. Although Australia is generally a safe and friendly country, there are the usual dangers and annoyances which can be found in most cities around the world;

•Please try to avoid dark empty streets at night.
•Watch your drinks when you’re in a bar. People have been known to drop in dangerous substances.
•Try not to carry too many valuables with you.
•Make sure you know the number to disable your credit card if stolen or lost.
•If you are staying at  a Hostel, make sure you put your valuables in a locker or at least hide them under your mattress when you leave the room.
•Lock your windows and doors when you leave your house.
•Take care when you cross the road. You may not be used to cars driving on the left.

If you need any advice then please phone Internships Down Under: +61 (0)2 93865441
If you have an emergency requiring police, ambulance or fire brigade then please call the National Emergency Number: 000

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