Jun 27 2017

Minimum Wage in Australia 2017

The Australian annual minimum full time wage increases to $36,134.80 on 1st July 2017

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Jun 03 2017

Australian Public Transport Travel Cards

Australian Public Transport Travel Cards for each State

Various areas in Australia have their own prepaid travel cards for using the Public Transport services in their area. They are paid for in advance, and normally need tapping or swiping when travelling, with the card balance being adjusted depending on each recorded trip. Automatic top up by credit card or bank account is common.

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Jun 02 2017

Belong Internet in Australia

Latest Australian Internet Plans from Belong
NBN and ADSL month to month plans and 12 month contract

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May 22 2017

GBP Rising in Value against AUD again

The Pound  is standing at a value of 1.75 Australian Dollars, still low compared to pre Brexit, but better than the low it reached of about 1.55 last year.

With CBI figures showing that 41 per cent of manufacturers have seen production rises in the past three months, compared to only 12 per cent showing falls…

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May 16 2017

Australian Visa Fee Changes from July 2017

Changes to the charges for Australian Visa Applications from July 2017

There will be some small Visa Fee Changes from July 2017 Visa Applications

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May 16 2017

Drive My Car Coupon Codes May-June 2017

$50 to $150 off your next Car Rental with Drive My Car.

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May 12 2017

Repaying an Australian University Loan

Australian University Loan Repayments

An Australian worker earning $807 per week would pay back $8 a week for the student loan that funded their degree. (1% of the Salary)

An Australian worker earning $2,300 per week would pay back $230 a week for the student loan that funded their degree. (10% of the Salary)

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May 12 2017

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP Loans for Australian University

FEE-HELP Loans for Australian University

FEE‑HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee paying students pay all or part of their tuition fees. It cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books. The total amount of FEE‑HELP a person can use is known as the ‘FEE‑HELP limit’.

HECS-HELP Loans for Australian University

HECS‑HELP is a loan scheme for eligible students enrolled in Commonwealth supported places to pay their student contribution amounts. It cannot be used for additional study cost such as accommodation or text books

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May 12 2017

Australian Students: Domestic or International

Permanent Residents University Costs Before 2018

Permanent Residents are eligible for Commonwealth supported places [CSP], but are not eligible for HECS HELP loans

Permanent Residents University Costs After 2018

Permanent Residents are no longer eligible for Commonwealth supported places, but are now eligible for Loans to pay for the education cost.

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May 12 2017

Commonwealth Assistance for Australian Universities 2017

Commonwealth Assistance Options for Australian Universities

Most domestic students undertaking a bachelor degree at a public university are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) and pay ‘student contributions’ rather than tuition fees.

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May 12 2017

University Course Costs for Permanent Residents 2017 Budget

Changes to Australian Commonwealth supported places

From 1 January 2018, subsidies for Australian permanent residents and New Zealand (NZ) citizens enrolling in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) will be withdrawn, making them fee-paying students.
The Commonwealth will instead support permanent residents and NZ citizens through access to income-contingent loans which means that they will not have to meet the cost of upfront fees.

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May 10 2017

Queens Birthday Holiday in Australia 2017

The Queens Birthday Public Holiday in Australia 2017

For those of us in Australia, it’s a Public Holiday for us in Australia, on 12th June, 25th September and 2nd October 2017…. read more

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May 04 2017

British £5 Note Ceasing to be Legal Tender 5th May 2017

British Paper £5 Note being replaced by Polymer £5 Note

The paper £5 note featuring the Elizabeth Fry portrait will no longer be legal tender from midnight on Friday night, 5th May 2017.

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Apr 30 2017

Australian Visa List

Listing of Visas for Australia at April 2017

The following is a list of Visas, current and repealed, at April 2017, with the link to the official Immigration page for each Visa.

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Apr 22 2017

HECS and Permanent Residency

HECS Fee Help and Support While a Permanent Resident

HECS-HELP loans are available to eligible students who are studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place and are Australian citizens.

Since 2005, most New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents are not eligible for HECS-HELP loans. They must pay up-front and are not eligible to defer their unit fees to the ATO under the HECS-HELP scheme.

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Apr 20 2017

Citizenship Requirement Changes 2017

Residence Requirement for Australian Citizenship

Applicants will be required to demonstrate a minimum of four years in Australia as a permanent resident immediately prior to applying for citizenship, with a maximum of 12 months outside of Australia in this time period.

Citizenship Test for Australian Citizenship

Applicants will have three attempts to pass the citizenship test, after three attempts their application will not be approved.

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Apr 18 2017

457 Visa Applications and Occupations Removed

457 visa applicants with an occupation that has been removed from the STSOL

One option seems like a withdrawal of application with refund of fees

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Apr 18 2017

Nominated Salary Visas and ATO Data Matching

ATO to Data Match Incomes with Department of Immigration.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) will commence the collection of Tax File Numbers for visa holders, and data will be matched with the Australian Tax Office’s records to ensure that visa holders are not paid less than their nominated salary.

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Apr 18 2017

List of Removed Occupations, April 2017

200 Skilled Occupations Removed the previous Skilled Occupation Lists.

Occupations entirely removed from the list of eligible skilled occupation on 19 April 2017 are listed below.
ANZSCO Code Occupation

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Apr 18 2017

Changes to Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) April 2017

Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List to be Cancelled and Replaced

On 19 April 2017, the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) replaced the previous ‘Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List’ (CSOL)

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