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Tips for Filing Accounts

Non School Certificates

Y10-12 Cerificates

UAC-TAFE Timetables

Courses Attended

Student Number- UNI TAFE card

Student Email

Transport Costs

Course Stationery & Books

Fee HECS-HELP

Tax and Education

Centrelink Allowances

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TIPS FOR FILING ACCOUNTS

  • As new accounts start to come into your life ensure that you have requested them to be sent to you by email.
  • After checking that the details of each account are correct and filing with the Due Date into the correct folder open your File Fit App and review the Memory Joggers and Links. Ensure that you fully understand the process before paying on time.
  • Enter the document details in the Add a Reminder section so that your account to be paid will be recorded in your Reminder List located in the top right Menu bar. Check this often and be ready to take action.
  • PAY ON TIME but not too far before. When you pay well before the due date that agency immediately starts earning interest on your money – by paying on time you get to earn and keep the interest.
  • Don’t be late – overdue accounts attract interest, late fees and charges and can affect your long-term Credit Rating.
  • Once paid or processed, right click on your saved file and rename with the Title and Paid Date (PD). This way, at a glance, you can tell when you paid this account and quickly cross check against your banking statements.
  • Speak directly to the organization if you think you will have trouble paying a bill or account.

Please visit and read the following Links to help you better understand your Account responsibilities:

 

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LIST OF NON-SCHOOL RELATED CERTIFICATES and LICENCES ACHIEVED

Create new folders to save and store these certificates:

  1. RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol)
  2. First Aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
  3. Approval to Work with Children
  4. Certificate II Personal Care Worker
  5. Licenced Builder etc…

 

  • This list will continue to expand throughout your life.
  • Create a schedule using a spreadsheet of table to record all your Certificates and due/renewal dates.
  • Enter all your renewal dates in your reminder list

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YEAR 10 / 12 CERTIFICATES ACHIEVED

  • Always keep your originals.
  • Create a Folder to store these documents that way they are easily shared online for employment applications.

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IMPORTANT UAC/TAFE TIMETABLES AND DEADLINES

  • Once enrolled in the UNI of your choosing upload the ‘Principal Dates’ for that UNI. This outlines all of the important dates and tasks required of you to complete the enrolment process to secure your chosen courses.
  • Pay Attention to the Census Dates for each course. This is the last date you have to withdraw from this course without incurring a $$ penalty.
  • Each UNI offers an online timetable/calendar interface that will directly upload. Double check all the important dates are listed
  • File Fit can help you stay organised and in control whilst studying.

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COURSES ATTENDED

  • Your UNI/ TAFE will generate a list of courses you are attending so save this list.
  • Use your digital diary on your mobile phone. Make sure you have backup for digital applications.
  • Time-manage a good balance between work, study, lectures, relaxation and social interaction. Your diary will help you to stay sane and not burn out!
  • Make sure you take note of when your course exams are on and highlight important dates. Set reminder alarms on your mobile phone.
  • Allow plenty of travel time when driving to sit an exam.
  • Always phone to check if your lecture is on before leaving home if you have a long distance to travel
  • Use your drive time to listen to audio books and podcasts relevant to your studies.
  • Contact your Learning Facility to discuss any difficulties or hardships you may be facing either personal or financial and they will provide you with the appropriate support and advice. Their goal is to help you succeed.

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STUDENT NUMBER/PASSWORD AND UNI/TAFE CARD

  • Your student number and password are very important when entering the UNI or TAFE system.
  • You will be issued with a UNI or TAFE card which you must keep on you at all times as it has your student number and photo ID on it. This can be accessed online as well.
  • Your UNI or TAFE card allows you to have discounts within the UNI or TAFE premises e.g.; on campus food outlets, parking, UNI gym, post office, book shop, after hours study access to the building etc…
  • Your password is a word which you and only you will know and have access to.

 

 

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STUDENT EMAIL

  • Your UNI/TAFE will issue you with your own email address which will allow you to access your course teachers, lecture times, dates of exams, due dates for assignments and online exams.
  • It is also a good way to keep in contact with your UNI/TAFE friends/classmates and ask any questions if in doubt.
  • If traveling to UNI/TAFE check your email just before you leave home to see if your lecture or tutorial has been cancelled at the last minute.

 

 

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TRANSPORT COSTS

  • Your UNI/TAFE will have a car park just for students so if you are driving and parking every day it might be cheaper to get a student parking pass for either an annual or half year period.
  • These costs may be eligible for a tax deduction in certain circumstances so check with your Accountant.
  • Apply for an Opal Card for students who do not drive. This will provide you with travel cost discounts.
  • Check your Centrelink App for any other eligible entitlement.
  • Students or individuals living in regional areas are also eligible for support assistance.

 

Find out more about your eligibility for transport assistance here:

 

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COURSE, STATIONERY & BOOK COSTS

  • Keep track of your University/ TAFE Course costs.
  • Use your UNI or TAFE card to buy stationery/course books on campus because you get a reasonable discount which all UNI/TAFE students need.
  • Your UNI/TAFE may have a second-hand) system where you can buy old books which are relevant to your course. When you are finished with them you too can sell them.
  • UNI notice boards are good places to buy and sell. Don’t forget to check Ebay and Gumtree.
  • There are also a number of UNI student discount web sites to search for on the web.
  • These costs may be eligible for a tax deduction in certain circumstances so check with your Accountant.

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FEE HECS/HELP

  • Keep all of your transaction papers here.
  • Understand how the HECS-HELP systems work.
  • Contact your Learning Facility to discuss any difficulties or hardships you may be facing either personal or financial and they will provide you with the appropriate support and advice. Their goal is to help you succeed.

 

Please visit and read the following Links to help you better understand your eligibility for HECS assistance here:

 

 

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TAX AND EDUCATION

  • Apply through your school, Accountant or the Australian Taxation Office for a Tax File Number. It is free.
  • Seek the advice of a qualified Taxation Accountant each year – they will save you money or you can do your own online if simple.
  • The more organized you are with your Living, Work and Learning Files the less your Accountant will charge you.
  • The more receipts you keep/upload the more chance you will have of receiving a better tax return.
  • Keep all receipts for ongoing education as these can be claimed as a cost incurred in earning an income.
  • If you need to pay the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) then pay direct. Never give large payments to a “middleman”, you may lose your money!
  • All tax records and documents must be kept (stored) for 5 years. The tax department does conduct random audits regularly.
  • When disposing of your personal papers after 5yrs always use the shredder- ask your Accountant. Confidentiality is important.
  • Being organized is the secret to good money management.
  • Being organized also means being ready to receive any future, eligible Government financial support quickly.

 

For further information about understanding your responsibilities associated with end of financial year tax obligations read:

 

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CENTRELINK ALLOWANCES

  • Austudy, Rental Assistance, Assistance with Business Start-Ups, Assistance with Trade Equipment, Disability Support Assistance, Living Away from Home Allowance are just a few of the types of assistance Centrelink can offer you.
  • Everyone’s situation is different – contact your nearest Centrelink Office and discuss your concerns. Centrelink prefer you to do this online
  • Understand that being well organized with your filing system makes it easier to obtain and maintain eligible, ongoing allowances.

 

Find out more about your eligibility for Centrelink Allowances here:

 

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