Life in Perth
Perth has a moderate oceanic climate. Summers are hot, and winters are chilly, but not too cold. Rain is relatively common from June to August. The monthly averages temperatures are:
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Perth has more daylight hours than any other Australian state. Popular outdoor pursuits include hiking, camping, fishing, sight-seeing, surfing, or simply relaxing on Perth’s amazing beaches.
Make sure you pack adequate clothing for the weather, and remember if you’re coming from the Northern Hemisphere, the weather might be very different when you arrive! Bring a warm coat for winter and loose/cool clothing for summer.
Appliances in Australia use 220 volts and 60 Hz. You can buy adapters to fit the Australian power points for your existing electronic items.
The Australian currency is called the Australian Dollar. Australian coins are available in the following denominations:
- $0.05 = 5 cents
- $0.10 = 10 cents
- $0.20 = 20 cents
- $0.50 = 50 cents
- $1.00 = 1 dollar
- $2.00 = 2 dollars
Australian bank notes are available in the following denominations:
- $5.00 = 5 dollars
- $10.00 = 10 dollars
- $20.00 = 20 dollars
- $50.00 = 50 dollars
- $100.00 = 100 dollars
Most ATMs (cash machines) dispense twenty and fifty dollar notes. Some shops and other outlets will not accept $100 notes, so it’s best to carry smaller notes. Debit and credit cards are widely accepted. Check with your back at home to see if you will be charged a fee to use your debit and/or credit card in Australia.
We recommend having around $200AUD in cash when you arrive in Perth. Please refrain from carrying large sums of cash on your person for safety reasons.
NOTE: Curtin College does not accept cash payments for tuition or anything else larger than $200AUD.
To open a bank account in Perth, you will need your passport, student ID (which you will receive after Orientation) or Letter of Offer and Letter of Acceptance, along with proof of your current address in Australia.
Many banks offer special student rates so make sure to ask!
Goods and services tax (GST)
GST is a broad-based tax of 10% on the supply of most goods, services and anything else consumed in Australia. Most prices shown include GST, but if you’re not sure, ask.
International Money Transfers
Money can be transferred from your home country to Australian bank accounts. Please be advised that banks can put holds on large international money transfers, sometimes up to three weeks, ask your bank how long the transfer will take and be sure you keep copies of all your transaction records.
If paying your education fees by International Money Transfer, send a copy of
your transaction receipt to email@example.com again, keep a copy for your records.
Images and video courtesy of Tourism of Western Australia
Western Australia is Australia's largest state with lots to offer if you are keen to explore.