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Temporary residents

Coming to Australia
You may come to Australia to reside permanently, study or holiday. If you earn money here you will pay tax and need to lodge an Australian tax return. To work in Australia you need a work visa and a tax file number.
Work out your tax residency
To understand your tax situation you first need to work out if you are an Australian or foreign resident for tax purposes. This may be different to your residency status for other purposes - for example, you could be an Australian resident for tax purposes even if you're not an Australian citizen or permanent resident.