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Buying a Car
Getting a Car: Money Smart
Work out what you can afford, the ongoing costs and how to find a car to buy.
Has a tough online driving challenge, quizzes and student resources to help you become the best driver you can be. All to help you learn about distraction-free driving, how to drive defensively and how to stay safe behind the wheel.
The Queensland government's site on buying new and second-hand cars.
Finding Somewhere to Live
Moving Out of Home: Money Smart
Discusses the costs involved in moving out of home, finding a place to live and what happens in a rental dispute.
The Residential Tenancies Authority provides information on your rights and responsibilities for renting accommodation in Queensland.
6 Keys for Tenants
The Real Estate Industry of Queensland's advice to tenants.
Useful Web Sites
Youth Central is a Victorian Government's website for young people aged 12-25 which contains helpful links and advice about a range of topics such as how to find a job, moving out of home and managing money.
Youth.gov.au is run by the Australian Government. It provides useful links to young Australians on work, health, finances and other issues.
The Queensland government's site for young people. Has information on leaving home, money management, work, driving health and more.
Once you move out of home you will need to apply for your own Medicare card. You need to show this card when you go to the doctor's or to a hospital. You can apply for a card at any Medicare office or online.
When you start work you will need to apply for a tax file number (TFN). You can apply at any post office or online. You will need to provide proof of your identity. If you don’t have a TFN you could have more tax withheld from your pay, or be unable to receive the government benefits you are entitled to.
Voting is compulsory in Australia for anyone over the age of 18. You can enrol to vote when you are 16 or 17.
To enrol you can:
Banking and Budgeting
MoneySmart is aimed at helping all Australians by offering free, independent guidance so people can make the best choices for their money. The website covers the basics such as budgeting, saving, credit cards and loans. It has many useful calculators and tools.
When you move into a home of your own you will need to get the utilities connected. Utilities include electricity, gas and phone.
For electricity and gas, contact suppliers such as:
Shop around for the best deal. You can compare electrcity prices here.
To get the phone connected, contact phone companies such as: