Life outside of MIT

Whether you are new to Perth or have lived here for a long time, there may be some services and amenities you are not accustomed. While our caring and professional staff are here to make your MIT student journey seamless, there are external resources that you may wish to know about and use to your advantage.

Working in Australia

Whether you are an international student at MIT or a domestic resident, working in Australia requires you to obtain a number of important legal items.

  • Applying for Australian Tax File Number (TFN) is your personal reference number in the Australian tax and super systems, and is a legal requirement when applying for the majority of jobs in the country. You can register for a TFN through the Australian Tax Office.
  • Having an overseas bank account may not be compatible to receive funds in Australia by your employer(s). Find out how to open a bank account in Australia.
  • Wondering what your workplace rights are, particularly if you are on a student visa? The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs declares your rights as a worker in Australia and what things you should consider if you are someone employing a person of foreign nationality.It’s never too early to start preparing for your career and exploring your options.

Health and Safety

Taking care of yourself, especially if you are an international student, is extremely important and requires independent action. There are certain things to keep in mind when seeking medical attention, knowing how to keep safe or wanting to improve your personal health.

When attending the doctor in Australia, the option to bulk-bill means you can claim a portion of your payment back through Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Refer to your OSHC provider to find bulk-billing medical services near you. More information on OSHC can be found through the Australian Government Department of Health.

  • Do you know how to cope with stress? Headspace is Australia’s national mental health foundation dedication to improving the wellbeing of young Australians.
  • If you’re suffering from anxiety or depression, beyondblue can help improve your mental health.
  • Do you love cooking your own meals? Perth has a wide variety of Asian, European and other international grocery stores. Yelp has advice on the top international groceries in Perth if you’re longing for your home cuisines.
  • Perth is renowned for its long, warm summers, and locals love to live an active, outdoor lifestyle. Royal Surf Life Saving Western Australia (RLSWA) is fantastic for knowing key information about Perth’s beaches, including weather conditions, sun safety and when to swim. Shark encounters are rare, but common tips on shark safety will also help reduce the risk of any incidents.

Looking for ways to stay fit? MIT students have full access to Murdoch University’s sports and gym facilities. The Murdoch University Caladenia Counselling Centre also provides safe, supportive and affordable counselling if you are experiencing difficult situations in your life.


Finding the right work/life balance can sometimes be difficult. You may be surprised, but exceling in your studies at MIT will benefit if you dedicate free time to yourself and socialise with friends on a regular basis.

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  • The MIT Academic Integrity Fact Sheet

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