You will need to make sure you have enough funds to support yourself when you first arrive in Brisbane. It is recommended that you have approximately AUD$1500 to $2000 available for the first two to three weeks to pay for temporary accommodation and transport. You should bring most of this money as either traveller's cheques or on an international credit card. It is not recommended that you carry large sums of cash with you.
All major international credit cards can be used in Australia but you must remember that repayments to most of those cards can only be made in the country where they were issued.
It is very difficult to get a credit card once you are in Australia because of current credit and identification laws.
The cost of living in Brisbane varies greatly, depending on your personal needs and tastes, so it is advised that you budget wisely. There are a number of ways for organising your funds once you are living in Brisbane.