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To register a new vehicle in SA you will need to attend Service SA with an application for registration and third party insurance.

In Australia, all registered cars must have Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance, it is a legal requirement in every state and territory. CTP insurance protects you from financial liability should you cause a motor vehicle accident that results in injury to a third party, including passengers in your car, other drivers and their passengers, cyclists or pedestrians.

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As a part of the Department of Human Services, Centrelink deliver social security payments and services to eligible Australians. Youth Allowance can assist young person who are studying, undertaking training or an Australian Apprenticeship, looking for work, or are sick.

Eligibility basics:

  • 16 to 21 and looking for full time work
  • 18 to 24 and studying full time
  • 16 to 24 and a full time Australian Apprentice
  • 16 to 17 and independent or needing to live away from home to study

For more information please visit the Centrelink website.

The ability to communicate effectively with superiors, colleagues, and staff is essential, no matter what industry you work in. Good communication skills will help you get hired, land promotions, and be successful throughout your career.

There are 10 essential communications skills that all workplaces value and respect, these include, listening, respectful non-verbal communication, clarity and concision, confidence, empathy, open-mindedness, respect, feedback and correct communication for various situations.

For more information, read 'Communication for Workplace Success'.

Whatever profession you are in, at any level of study, in any tasks you are completing, time management is an essential skills required in contemporary society. Taking the time to arrange priorities will give you the best opportunity to staying organised, on task and well managed.

Sustaining motivation can be tough under the best of circumstances. However, staying motivated is partly the secret to success.

So how badly do you want to achieve your goals? How much are you willing to sacrifice in the short term to gain in the long term? Are you motivated enough to keep pushing?

Need some extra motivation and inspiration?


Moving out of home is exciting, although leaving your family and living somewhere new can be overwhelming. Moving out means becoming responsible for cleaning, cooking, washing and paying bills. Get some tips on how to handle the transition to a new location, including what to do if you’re finding things really tough, develop a system that works for you, and don’t make living alone your worst enemy.

Check out these strategies for living out of home.

Taxes are a compulsory contribution to state revenue, levied by the government on workers' income and business profits, or added to the cost of some goods, services, and transactions. You can lodge your tax return online, by completing a paper tax return form, or through a registered tax agent. The Australian income year ends on 30 June. You have from 1 July to 31 October to lodge your tax return for the previous income year.

The ATO has created an income limit known as the tax-free threshold. This allows Australian workers to NOT be taxed on income earned up to a certain point. That limit is $18,200.

All Australian citizens over the age of 18 have the right and responsibility to enrol and vote in federal elections. Enrolment and voting is compulsory. Voting allows Australian citizens to elect individuals to represent them in the two houses of the Commonwealth Parliament – the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Food and nutrition play a major role in your physical health and wellbeing. What you put into your body can also affect your energy levels, mood and concentration. Use our quick and easy guides to support you with healthy eating out on a budget, while also inspiring you to create new and exciting dishes when at home.

  1. Healthy Eating on a Budget
  2. Healthy Eating Out
  3. Healthy Eating Recipe Book

Health insurance is a type of insurance coverage that covers the cost of an insured individual's medical and surgical expenses.

In Australia, the public health system Medicare, which is a Commonwealth Government funded program, covers most Australian residents for health care. There are also organisations who offer private health cover at a cost. 

There are 2 types of health insurance:

  • Hospital cover helps cover the cost of the in-hospital treatment by your doctor, and hospital costs such as accommodation to stay in a ward and theatre fees for surgery.
  • Ancillary or extras cover provides benefits for non-medical health services such as dental, optical, physiotherapy, and chiropractic treatment.

For more information about medicare and health insurance:

Your health and wellbeing is important. If you have good physical, mental and emotional wellbeing it follows that you will have higher energy levels, be able to better deal with life’s challenges, and generally be happier.

Everyday Issues:

Alcohol, drugs, bullying, exams and study stress, getting enough sleep - these are just a few of the issues most young Australians face every day. There may not be a how-to manual for every situation, but there are multitudes of support networks which offer useful information and practical suggestions to help you deal with the most common issues.

For more information please visit Reach Out.

Mental Health:

It’s normal at various times to feel sad, stressed, angry or anxious. But when these feelings last for longer than usual and start to affect your everyday life, it's important to find out what's going on and what you can do about it. 


Unless you live by yourself on a deserted island, you're involved in all sorts of relationships: with family, friends, classmates, teachers, co-workers... the list goes on. Every relationship, no matter how strong, has its ups and downs. Although difficult sometimes it's beneficial to look at some of the challenges that come with being in relationships and alternatively ways to best handle them.

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