A Pinoy’s Guide to Living in Australia: Applying for a Tax File Number in Australia

Getting settled in a new place can be challenging, especially if your new home is miles away.


But hey! What are we Filipinos known for? Resilience! Adjusting to your new life might not come easy but you’ll find a lot of people who will be willing to help.


The Filipino community in Australia is amazing! Plus, you’ll find a lot of blogs, online forums, and discussion boards that are dedicated to helping Filipinos who are living in the Land Down Under.


With that, one of the things you need to do upon arrival in Australia is to apply for a tax file number.


A tax file number (TFN) is your personal reference number. It is issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for taxation and superannuation purposes.


Its function is similar to the tax identification number (TIN) issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in the Philippines. But, unlike the Philippines, you will not be required to provide a TFN to work in Australia.  However, without a TFN, you will be subjecting yourself to higher taxes.


A TFN is also required to be eligible for certain government benefits.


You will only be issued one TFN during your entire stay in Australia. You do not need to apply for a new TFN if your circumstances have changed. However, you will need to update your details with ATO. You can update the following details in person or through mail or phone:

  • Name

  • Gender

  • Date of Birth

  • Address

  • Contact Details

  • Nominated Representative


To further assist you, we put together this infographic to further help you in applying for a TFN:

How to Apply for a TFN

A Filipino’s Guide to Getting a Tax File Number


For more information, you may contact the Australian Taxation Office at 13 28 61. You can also go to the Australia Taxation website for more details.

Rica J

I am a mother, a wife and a technology loving Filipina who loves reading hi-fiction books (dragons!) , good stories, dancing, laughter, lying on the grass and eating balut. I am born and raised in the Philippines and now resides in Australia but finds myself in the Philippines for at least 3 months a year. I am part of the Filipino Australian Community and have been living between Australia and the Philippines since 2007.


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