Feb 25 2018

Mothers Day

Mothers Day in Australia or UK

Mothers day in Australia is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.
Mothers day in the United Kingdom is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
Actual dates are…

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Feb 23 2018

Australian Partner Visa Grant Times for UK Applicants in 2018

Partner Visa Processing Times for UK Applicants

Offshore Partner Visa grants are coming through faster than Onshore Partner Visa grants for UK applications.
Some are coming through within 2 months, with the longer ones being around 6+ months

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Feb 22 2018

Special Dates in Australia

Special Dates in Australia and UK

Although Australia and the UK share some special dates, these are not always on the same day, and some are classed as Holidays in one country but not the other.

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Feb 05 2018

Australian Citizenship for a Person Born in Australia

Australian Citizenship for a person born before 26 January 1949.

In most circumstances if a British subject was born in Australia before 26 January 1949, they automatically became an Australian citizen on 26 January 1949, unless their father was a foreign diplomat.

Australian Citizenship for a person born between 26 January 1949 and 19 August 1986.

In most circumstances if a person was born in Australia between 26 January 1949 and 19 August 1986, they are Australian citizens by birth unless their father was a foreign diplomat.

Australian Citizenship for a person born on or after 20 August 1986.

A person born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986, became an Australian citizen at birth if at least one of the parents was an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

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Feb 01 2018

Australian Median Property Prices December 2017

Australian Property Prices and Rental Costs Up and Down in 2017.

Property Prices in Australian Capital Cities December 2017

The largest increase has been for Houses in Hobart with a 17.3% increase over the last 12 months, while Houses in Darwin have experienced a 7.36% Drop in the same period.

Property Rental Costs in Australian Capital Cities December 2017

The largest increase has been for Houses in Hobart with a 12.86% increase over the last 12 months, while Houses in Perth have experienced a 5.4% Drop in the same period.

But you can still buy good houses for around $270,000 about 60-70km (40 miles) West of Brisbane, or $330,000 on a one acre block of land.

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Jan 23 2018

Australian Visa Applications and Debts to Australia

Australian Visa Applications and Debts

One question on the immigration visa application form that confuses some people is this one:

Has any applicant ever had any outstanding debts to the Australian Government or any public authority in any other country?

I have seen questions where people ask if they include house loans, credit cards, car loans, study loans or other loans.

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Dec 21 2017

Australian Department of Home Affairs

Border is now Department of Home Affairs

On 20 December 2017, the Home Affairs Portfolio, including the Department of Home Affairs, was formally established, and includes the Dept of Immigration.

All website links that were previously at border.gov.au/ are automatically diverted to homeaffairs.gov.au/ so all existing links on this website will (should) still go through to the new webpages at the Department of Home Affairs.

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Dec 19 2017

Migrants to wait Three Years for Welfare Benefits

Migrants to wait Three Years for Welfare Benefits, instead of Two Years.

Migrants who arrive in Australia from July 2018 will have to wait three years before they can access certain welfare payments from Centrelink, an increase from the current two year waiting period.

Those bringing relatives over to Australia on a family visa will also need to guarantee their financial independence for three years.

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Dec 19 2017

Warning: Goldman Pintex Migration

A NSW Fair Trading Media release: Goldman Pintex Migration

Consumers are being warned not to deal with a North Sydney-based migration agency, Goldman Pintex Management Pty Ltd, Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean announced today.

Mr Kean said the warning also applied to the company’s sole director and shareholder, Yoon Seok “Joseph” Choi.

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Dec 14 2017

NAPLAN 2017 Education Results

NAPLAN 2017 Education Results Years 3 to 9

The NAPLAN 2017 results in Australia show how highly influenced the results are by each child’s parents education level.

Victoria, ACT and NSW topped the charts for Education results in most categories this year.

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Nov 30 2017

Sea Echo Retreat, Mandurah, WA

Sea Echo Retreat – Short Term Stays for New Migrants

Halls Head, Mandurah, Western Australia, 6210

Sea Echo Retreat is a spacious holiday home in Mandurah.This home is located 100mtrs from the Indian ocean and is closed to cafes, restaurants,shopping centres and beaches and a short drive from Mandurah foreshore.

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Nov 20 2017

Average Earnings in Australia May 2017

Average Full Time Adult Earnings in Australia in May 2017

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Average Weekly Earnings survey shows the Full-time adult average total earnings in May 2017 at $83,636.80 per year.

The report shows the Average Full Time Wages for Male and Female as:

Male average full time wage at $89,741.60. This is a rise from $62,800.40 in May 2007. An increase of 43% in 10 years.
Female average full time wage at $73,086.00. This is a rise from $50,575.20 in May 2007. An increase of 45% in 10 years.

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Nov 18 2017

Nov 2017: Changes to Partner Visa Lodgement Options

All Partner Visas to be Lodged Online ONLY

From 18 November 2017, all Partner visa applications, including Prospective Marriage visas, must be lodged online through an ImmiAccount…

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Nov 17 2017

Used Car History Reports

CarHistory offers the most comprehensive vehicle history information for Australian used car buyers.

CarHistory makes it easier and safer for people to buy their next used car by providing them with an online comprehensive used vehicle report, regardless of how many states and territories a vehicle’s previously been registered in.

CarHistory brings together extensive data on millions of vehicles from several industry and official Government databases.

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Nov 16 2017

Lycamobile Phone Service

Lycamobile Phones in Australia

Lycamobile provides low-cost, high-quality data and voice services to over 15 million customers across 23 countries.
Lycamobile uses the Telstra telecommunications 3G and 4G network in Australia.

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Nov 16 2017

Car Insurance in Australia

Car Insurance in Australia

The minimum car or bike insurance that you must have in Australia is the COMPULSORY third party cover.
This is not as full as the Third Party Cover in the UK, as it only covers personal injury, NOT any ones vehicle or property damage.

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Nov 02 2017

Aussie Farmers Direct – Save $30 On a Meal Order

Aussie Farmers Direct are offering $30 off a Meal Order

Limited time only, special offer for new customers to redeem – To help you get started with Aussie Farmers Direct here is $30 on us, to use on a meal order of $60 or more.

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Oct 19 2017

Cost of Sunglasses in Australia

The Price of Sunglasses in Australia

Sunglasses, especially the branded ones, are popular, if not a necessity in Australia.
Some people can even get a tax deduction for buying them.
You can get an idea of the CURRENT cost of Sunglasses in Australia at these links.

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Oct 04 2017

Dental Treatment Costs in Australia 2017

Examples of Dental rates shown by a Queensland Dental Surgery in October 2017

Check up and Clean

Item No. : Dental service : Cost from and to
011 Comprehensive Oral Examination $65 – $90
022 x 2 X-Rays $88 – $114
114 Removal of Calculus – First Appointment $115 – $153
121 Topical Remineralising $35 – $60
Total Cost of about $303 – $417

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Oct 03 2017

Australian Interest Rates – Reserve Bank of Australia

The Australian Reserve Bank Cash Rate

The Australian cash rate is the overnight money market interest rate.
It is used as the interest rate on unsecured overnight loans between banks.
Home Loan Interest rates are often affected by any changes in this rate, but not always.

The current Australian Reserve Bank Cash Rate is:

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