Australia FAQs

Australia FAQs

We’ll give you all the information you need, including : date and place of arrival, so that you can book the flight that’s right for you.

The visa you’ll need depends on and differs according to your programme.

  • For all programmes including a job, the Working Holiday VISA is compulsory. Go to the official website The application is made online and takes around 24-48 hours to be approved.


  • For all other programmes without a job, and lasting less than 3 months, the Tourist VISA is sufficient.


All applications are made directly online on the Australian Government Immigration Service.

For further information, please consult the Embassy website.

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For any international project, Real-step requires the purchase of travel insurance including coverage in case of accident, illness, repatriation and civil liability.

Note that liability insurance is included in the insurance policies of our partner Chapka Cap Student, and Cap Working Holiday because it is mandatory for internships and studies abroad. If you buy your Cap Student or Cap Working Holiday insurance online with our partner Chapka, you get 5% immediate discount by clicking on one of the 2 links above!

If you subscribe to another travel insurance, we will ask you to send us a certificate in English.


You can consult the Pasteur Institute’s recommendations by destination withthis link.

It is recommended to bring any medication you may need for the duration of your stay.

Make sure you have a valid prescription for these medicines, as Australian customs may require proof that the medicines are intended for you.

It is also advisable to consult your doctor before your trip for personalised advice.

Australian cuisine is particularly rich, due to the size of the territory. Fruit is very present in the meals, and these are also based on multiculturalism. Historically, immigrants from Asia, Europe and even Africa and the Middle East have influenced traditional Australian dishes, hence the current diversity. The barbecue is a real institution in the country, you will surely have the chance to grill your meat, your fish and seafood!

The local currency is the Australian dollar (AUD).

In May 2023, 1 euro is equivalent to around AUD 1.64.

Once there, you can pay with your credit card, or change into Australian dollars before your departure or when you arrive.

International airports in particular have bureaux de change, but you can also find them in town.

It is also advisable to check with your bank whether your bank card can be used in Australia and whether additional fees will be charged for international transactions.

The cost of living is relatively high in Australia.

Don’t expect to eat or do anything for less than in France.

Here are a few equivalents:

  • $15 – $20 cinema ticket,
  • around $15 – $20 to hire a paddle,
  • $10 to $20 for fast food,
  • Entrance to many of Australia’s national parks is generally free.


We require a sufficiently high level for assignments, internships and training courses.

This is absolutely necessary in order to understand the instructions and directions given on site by your coordinators.

All projects require at least an intermediate level of English.

In general, wifi is available just about everywhere in Australia’s major cities.

Please refer to your programme brochure for WIFI on projects.

We advise you to buy alocal SIM card with internet when you arrive in the country, at the airport.

There is also a time difference of several hours with France!

Yes, you will need an adapter!

Australia uses an electrical voltage of 230-240 volts and a frequency of 50 hertz.

Power sockets in Australia have flat three-pin sockets, often referred to as Type I or AS/NZS 3112 sockets.

Laundry options vary from one project to another and are generally indicated in the guide provided by each project.

Some projects offer an included laundry service, while others use an external service for a small fee.

In any case, there are ways to wash your clothes during your stay.

Australia is a vast and climatically diverse country.

The northern regions are generally warm and tropical, while the southern regions have distinct seasons, with cooler winters.

It is recommended to check the climate of the area you plan to visit in order to prepare your trip accordingly.

  • Learn about and recognize dangerous animals.


  • Avoid touching or handling wild animals.


  • Exercise caution in nature and use marked trails.


  • Wear closed shoes and appropriate clothing when exploring areas where dangerous animals may be present.


  • Follow the instructions on warning signs and local authorities.


  • If you are bitten or bitten by an animal, seek medical assistance immediately.

Here is an exhaustive list of what you could take in your suitcase to Australia:

  • A copy of your passport and health and repatriation insurance,
  • Copy of your VISA
  • Plug adapter for Australia,
  • Medications,
  • Prescriptions if necessary,
  • Mosquito repellent and after-bite cream,
  • First aid kit,
  • Comfortable, activity-appropriate clothing (including hiking boots),
  • Swimsuit (if destination and time/period allows),
  • Cap and sunscreen!!
  • Flashlight,
  • Backup batteries…