Information for British Expats in Australia

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An information site for British Migrants to Australia, providing information since October 2005.

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Need a Visa for Australia ?

Not sure which visa to apply for ? The Australian Government immigration website now has the FIND A VISA WIZARD at: Answer the questions and the wizard will point you in the right direction…

Immigration Rule Changes

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Books about Australia

There are many books about Australia, and"" and both have an excellent choice. Some of these are a must read for people wanting to find out more about Australia.

For Books with Free Delivery to Australia: BookDepository UK and USA

Mortgages for Overseas British Expat Pensioners

Retired Britons Overseas are able to obtain a mortgage on a UK property, even up to age 70. But NOT to those living in Australia. The following page shows a list of countries where residence is not supported for Skipton International’s Expat Lending: Australia is on this List, although New Zealand isn’t. The following …

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How fast is a Money Transfer from UK to Australia

Moving Funds between the United Kingdom and Australia An example of actual transfer dates when using Currency Online in 2015: My personal Currency Online Transactions: Fri, 20 February 2015 Online transfer from my Australian bank to Currency Online Mon, 23 Feb 2015 Currency Online received Funds from my Australian bank – (23 February 2015 at …

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Speeding fines in Victoria, 2015

Statistics on Speeding fines in Victoria Compliance rates for fixed cameras show that 99.9% of vehicles that pass a fixed camera are below the speed limit. The road safety camera at the intersection of Warrigal Road and Batesford Road, Chadstone, Victoria issued the most infringements during January to March 2015, with 23,970 infringements issued. There was a …

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Schooling in Australia

Schooling in Australia State Schools in Australia are considered to be basically free. There are however various “voluntary” contributions of maybe a few hundred dollars per year. Schooling lasts for 13 years, from preparatory to senior secondary. School is compulsory until at least the age of 16. In Australia in 2014, 65.1% of all …

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Cadbury Diary Milk with VEGEMITE

Cadbury Diary Milk with VEGEMITE

Cadbury Dairy Milk Vegemite Block Cadbury Diary Milk with VEGEMITE block contains Dairy Milk milk chocolate with smooth flowing caramel and VEGEMITE. My first thought was: Was it April the 1st ??? The Guardian had this in their page on the subject… Once the chocolate has evaporated off the tongue and down the throat, a …

Read more and your Family History

Tracing your Family Tree ? Some years ago I spent many hours tracing my family tree, and I eventually set up a tree with I admit that I did use a free 3 day trial, but then was tempted to take out the full package, as 3 days just wasn’t enough time to go …

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BBC Wanted Down Under

Wanted Down Under on BBC One

The Wanted Down Under series on BBC One This is a series in which British families are given a look at life in Australia ahead of possible migration. Series 1 had 20 episodes and began in January 2007 The latest production is Series 9 with Episode 20 showing in January 2015 on BBC1 and March …

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5 Star Family Reunion Australia

BBC Game Show – The National Lottery: 5 Star Family Reunion

BBC 5 Star Family Reunion Game Show A new TV show has been commissioned by the BBC for a full series. The producers are looking for British families who have emigrated all over the world (e.g Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, South Africa and anywhere else) to take part. 5 Star Family Reunion is a game …

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Australia is 10th in Ease of Doing Business Index 2014

Worldbank – Ease of Doing Business Index 2014 Australia is only slightly behind the UK in the 2014 Ease of Doing Business Index. The UK achieved position 8 with Australia at number 10. New Zealand looks good in position 2. The top 10 places in the Worldbank Index for 2014 are: Rank: Country name 1 …

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Australia is 10th in 2015 World Happiness Report

World Happiness Report 2015 United Nations, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, World Happiness Report 2015 The World Happiness Report examined 158 countries, and used data from the Gallup World Poll taking into account real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, corruption levels and social freedoms. The data used was representative of the years 2012-2014. The results …

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Transferring a British Driver Licence to an Australian Driver Licence

How to transfer a British Drivers Licence to an Australian Driver Licence As soon as a non-Australian becomes resident in Australia, they need to get an Australian State drivers licence, within 3 months, if they wish to drive in Australia. It is easy for most British Driver Licence holders to effectively swap their Full UK licence …

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Telechoice Mobile Phone Plans

Two Mobile Phone Plans from Telechoice Australia Both with 12 month contract or Month to Month The $39 Live Global (12 month Contract) or $45 Live Flexi (month to month) plans inclusion: Telstra 3G Plus Mobile Network – $2,000 Calls – 3GB Data – National & International Calls, SMS & MMS plus voicemail, 1300 & …

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iPhone from Vodafone April 2015

Vodafone pricing update – 10th April 2015 The following price changes from Vodafone are made effective from 10th April 2015. MODEL NEW PRICE IPHONE 6 16GB  $9 on $80 plan IPHONE 6 128GB  $21 on $80 plan IPHONE 6 PLUS 16GB  $14 on $80 plan IPHONE 6 PLUS 128GB  $27 on $80 plan

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Sydney or London, which has the cheapest cost of living

Comparative Cost of Living between London and Sydney, comparing costs to Average Income after tax Using data from, for the two cities of Sydney and London in March 2015, we compared each Cities costs to the Average after tax Income for each city, and calculated which items were cheaper, as a percentage of the …

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457 Visa Can I get Child Care Benefits Backdated once I have PR

A question that is often asked relates to getting Family Tax Benefits on the 457 Visa The question for this topic relates specifically to getting the Family Tax Benefits [FTB] (Child Benefits) backdated once a person gets Permanent Residency [PR] granted. The answer in general is NO. FTB payment is from the date you receive PR. Another …

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BBC looking for expat British families for brand new pilot game show.

BBC looking for expat British families for brand new pilot game show. My name is Sam and I am a television researcher for 12 Yard Productions. I know it is a bit of an obscure ask but I am on the look out for British families who have emigrated to Australia to take part in …

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Indefinite Australian Re Entry Visa

Emailed Question: I am a travel agent and have a client with British Passport. he has a re entry visa into Aust. indefinitely but he has recently had to renew his passport.  does he have to apply for a new re entry visa for his new passport or can he just carry his expiry passport …

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Allsorts of Sweets – Gold Coast

Allsorts of Sweets on the Gold Coast Allsorts of Sweets Paradise Shopping Centre (under the big guitar at Hard Rock) Cavill Mall Surfers Paradise Queensland Contact: Tel: 07 5592 6559 Web: Information: x

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Poverty Line in Australia now $43,711 per year for Household

Poverty Line in Australia now $43,711 per year for couple with 2 children. From the Australian Bureau of Statistics figures for 2012: To be considered “below the poverty line”, the incomes must be BELOW: $840.60 per week: Couple with 2 children $43,711 per year $640.40 per week: Lone parent with 2 children $33,301 per year …

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2015 Queensland State Election Result

Queensland 2015 State Election Result: FINAL

The Final Results for the 2015 Queensland State Election With 2,679,874 votes submitted, and the Australian Labor Party (ALP) getting 37.47% of the Primary vote, they appear to have won 49.44% of the seats available. The Liberal National Party (LNP) with 41.32% of the primary vote, get only 47.19% of the seats. The remaining parties, with …

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