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Here you’ll find the information on salary, tax and retirement savings (superannuation) that you need to start your new life or business in Melbourne.

Get help setting up your finances

To help you set up and manage your financial obligations (including Australian tax, retirement savings / superannuation and banking) you may want to get advice from a financial planner or accountant who understands Australian laws.

Visit these websites to get help setting up your finances in Melbourne:

  • Business.gov.au – essential information on planning, starting and growing your business in Australia
  • CPA Australia – find an accountant on the CPA Australia website.

Earning your salary (or wage) in Melbourne

Salaries and wages vary for different jobs in Melbourne. Visit the occupations page to find out more about specific salaries for Melbourne occupations.

You can find further information on salaries and wages online:

Equal opportunity and fair work

The Australian minimum wage is set by the Fair Work Commission.

Visit the Commonwealth Government’s Fair Work Ombudsman website to learn more about:

  • minimum rates of pay and working conditions in your industry sector
  • workplace rights
  • legislation and publications related to the Australian workplace.

To find out more about Victoria’s workplace rights and rules, visit the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission website.

Business and company taxation

Company tax rates vary slightly depending on the size and type of a business. The Australian Taxation Office lists all of our current company tax rates.

Australian business number (ABN)

To run a business in Australia, you will need an Australian business number (ABN). This is a unique number that identifies your business or organisation and is provided free of charge when you register with the Australian Business Register.

Once you have your Australian business number, you need to register with the Australian Taxation Office for certain Australian tax payments. These can include:

  • Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT)
  • Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding
  • payroll tax.

The Australian financial year runs from 1 July to 30 June. Introductory information about business taxation is available from the Australian Taxation Office.

Personal income taxation

Australian residents are generally taxed on their worldwide income from all sources.

Your residency status is important in determining your individual taxation rate. Residency is determined on your income circumstances, for example:

  • if you have purchased a home
  • if children are attending school
  • the amount of time spent in Australia.

You can assess your residency status for taxation purposes through the Australian Taxation Office website. The Australian Taxation Office website also details the current income tax rates.

Tax file number

Your tax file number (TFN) is your unique personal reference number in Australia’s tax and superannuation systems. Anybody who earns money in Australia must have a TFN. Securing a TFN should be one of the first steps you take when planning a move to Melbourne to ensure you can earn your wage. It is also important to provide your bank with your TFN when opening a bank account, as this will reduce fees and charges.

You can apply for a TFN online in just minutes.

Securing a TFN should be one of the first steps you take when planning a move to Melbourne to ensure you can earn your wage.

Compulsory retirement savings – superannuation

Australia has a compulsory retirement savings scheme known as superannuation (or ‘super’ for short). All employers are required to pay their employees an additional 9.5 per cent of their wages into an approved superannuation fund.

Read more about superannuation on the Australian Taxation Office website.

The Significant Investor Services Directory

The Significant Investor Services Directory offers financial and business support services for existing and potential investor and business migrants. Services include:

  • financial planning
  • investment banking
  • fund management
  • wealth management
  • accounting and consulting
  • legal services.
Please note: The information, services and views expressed that may appear on any linked websites are not necessarily endorsed by the Skilled and Business Migration Program and the Victorian Government. It is recommended that you make your own enquiries as to the appropriateness and suitability of the information on this site for your particular circumstances.