australia – Non-air travel public transport from Melbourne to Sydney as Covid 19 restrictions begin to ease

I’ve been in varying degrees lockdown in Melbourne since cutting my round-the-world trip short about two months ago. Before the trip I was living and working in Sydney.

Now that restrictions are easing I’m thinking of moving back to Sydney to find work. But restrictions haven’t been lifted altogether.

What are the cheap transport options for getting from Melbourne to Sydney that are actually operating now, as of the end of May/start of June 2020? (I’m not interested in flying for this trip as getting to/from airports is a hassle and expensive, and passing hundreds of km through the countryside with a view out the window is appealing after two months inside.)

I see Greyhound still has that route suspended but it seems that Firefly Express seems to have it operating. Murrays‘s site is confusing. Googling makes it look like they generally offer such a route, but looking on their site it I can find neither a listing or announcement.

Are there any other coaches on this route? It’s been years since I travelled by coach.

The train does also seem to be operating. It’s about $20 AUD more expensive than Firefly.

Normally I would hitchhike but I’m concerned that might get extra attention from the police at the moment, even though I’m sure plenty of people would still offer rides. Does anybody know if it’s legal to hitchhike at the moment in Victoria and New South Wales?

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australia – Help! Clueless on the cost of travelling

I’m planning to go backpacking next May until the rest of the year. Planning to come back in December the same year. How much money do you think I’ll need to save and bring with me? (Not including flights/one pre-paid tour).

My plan is to go is to start in Thailand and then make my way to Vietnam and Cambodia for roughly two months. (How much money do you think I’ll need for this?)

Then I plan to go to Australia on a working visa and get a job as soon as I can to be honest although I want to plan for a couple of months (they say 3 months in case you can’t find a job easily). Worried about each night and how much it will cost. I plan to stay in hostels and dorms as much as possible but I know it all adds up. I can budget when needed but still want to enjoy myself and to get in as much experience as possible.

How much would you suggest? I’m also saving for a deposit for a housing at the same time so hoping I won’t need thousands.

Visa – Can I take a pilot course as a tourist in Australia?

It depends on whether the instructors have to be accredited or not. This also depends on the duration of the course. Since it's only a week, you should be fine, but you'll need to check with flight instructors directly to make sure they don't sponsor student visas.

For example, according to the visa section for "Advanced Flight Theory at Sunshine Coast Airport", you shouldn't need a student visa for a week of flight training. if the instructor is not legally accredited.

Because we teach a civil aviation curriculum
Security Agency (CASA), there is no requirement for our courses
accredited.

While our ATPL theory course is accredited, we don't have to
accredited so that student visas are not issued for studying at Advanced
Flight theory.

Students can participate in the courses provided they meet the conditions
a visitor / tourism visa.

Ask the trainers whether they are legally required to be accredited.

It is possible that your flight instructors are and could be accredited required by authorities to sponsor student visas for visitors. In this case, you may need to apply for a student visa. It depends on how you are registered as a sponsor with the Australian Immigration Service.

Since you haven't specified the instructors or companies that offer the course to you and your friend, it's hard to say. It is best to check with the instructor whether a tourist eVisa is acceptable to comply with Australian law.

Visa – Participation in the pilot class as a tourist in Australia

A friend of mine and I (we are both EU citizens who live and work in Germany) plan to travel to Australia together for about a month as we are EU passport holders and do not require a visa but an electronic authorization can be done online (more or less like an ESTA)
He is now with the idea that he would like to participate in a pilot class in Australia. Last 1 week and is not that expensive …
Apart from the nonsense of doing this in a non-EU country, my question would be.

Do we as a tourist need a visa to participate in such a course in Australia?

I mean, it's obviously a hobby, so it's neither academic nor work-related.

Can you please guide us?

Thanks a lot

Smartphone – What additional privacy implications does the use of the COVIDsafe app have for people in Australia who use their phones normally?

I tried to encourage some people I know to install and use the COVIDsafe app. Some people have cited privacy concerns as a reason not to install the app (there are other concerns, such as allegedly interfering with diabetes apps). To the best of my knowledge, these people use smartphones with SIM cards and many apps installed.

I understand that data breaches can affect either the app's developer, malicious third parties, the Australian government, Amazon, and the U.S. government. However, I assume that the primary concern is the Australian government.

To what extent does the use of the COVIDsafe app provide the Australian government with data that it does not yet have from existing sources of information?

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Australia – No residence permit to apply for an Australian visa

I would like to apply for an Australian Working Holiday Visa and one of the questions is my usual place of residence and I am asking for an address.
Here's the thing. I do not have a USUAL country or place of residence. I have been living in Australia on a student visa for the past 5 years, so I would think this is my country of residence (but I cannot apply for a vacation visa in AU). I haven't been to my passport country for over 6 years and only lived there as a baby. I am currently in South Korea on a tourist visa that my parents recently immigrated to, but we are still in a hotel so I cannot provide the hotel address.
So technically I don't have a country of residence. What is in the application?

Australia – Competency Assessment for Australian Visa

I would like to get an independent visa (189) for Australia. To do this, I have to carry out a skills assessment with a specific assessment authority. I am a physicist and do not know what my correct rating authority is. When I check the official website, I don't get any results for official rating agencies at all. With Google I found some (official?) Evaluation authorities, but not for physics.

How do I go about getting my skill assessment?