Generally, you are an Australian resident for tax purposes if any of the following applies:
- you have always lived in Australia
- you moved to Australia and live here permanently
- you have been in Australia continuously for six months or more, and for most of the time you have been in the same job, and living in the same place
- you have been in Australia for more than half of the financial year, unless your usual home is overseas, and you do not intend to live in Australia.
Be certain to advise your employer when you start that you are a Temporary Resident and that they must withhold Tax at the rate for “Non-Residents”. If it does turn out that you’re a Non-Resident for Australian Income Tax Purposes, the damage should be much less.