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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 VISA WIZARD on this page: 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, both Amazon and 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

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Australian Interest Rates – Reserve Bank of Australia

The Australian Reserve Bank Cash Rate 1st September 2015 RBA Decision At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.0 per cent. 5th May 2015 RBA Decision At its meeting today, the Board decided to lower the cash rate by 25 basis points to 2.0 per cent, effective 6 …

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Retirement Pension

The Australian Retirement pension consists of two possible parts: The Government Aged Pension Benefit, paid by Centrelink (the welfare system). The compulsory Employer Paid Super scheme. The British Retirement pension consists of two possible parts: The Government Aged Pension Benefit, paid by the British welfare system. The optional Private Pension scheme. The above makes things …

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International Students in Australia

University Fees for International Students in Australia International students are not eligible to access a Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) loan for their study, and must pay the overseas student fees charged by their provider. The official Australian Government website for international students is and gives the ability to search for courses, institutions …

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Scam tax email

A Real Britz in Oz Scam Email regarding Tax

A Real Britz in Oz Scam Email regarding Tax Can you see the two things in this email that scream that something is not right ? I received it in my britzinoz email. The links in the email were to a zip file in Sweden, but were hidden links so that most people would not …

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Cigarette Prices in Australia

Average price of a packet of 20 Cigarettes in Australia is $19.80 in March 2015

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Driving in Australia on a Visitor Visa

Driving in Australia on a Tourist Visa Most States in Australia allow tourists to drive on their own countries driver licence for the duration of their Visitor Visa. There are however some exceptions, and the time allowed for this may be restricted to only THREE MONTHS Driving in Northern Territory as a Visitor Visiting for longer …

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International Drivers Licence in Australia

Do you need an International Drivers Licence in Australia Some websites state very clearly that you need an International Drivers Licence in Australia. HOWEVER… Some states require you to carry an International Licence with your current foreign licence. Other states request you carry your current foreign driver’s licence together with a formal translation of your licence into …

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Motoring Transfer UK No Claim Discount to Australia

Can you transfer your UK No Claims Bonus to Australia Many Australian Insurers will accept your British No Claims Discount, and some do not even need to see it, unless you have a claim. At that point they will need it, and if you don’t have it, then technically they could invalidate your insurance, on …

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Minimum Wage in Australia

Australia has a National Minimum Wage As at July 2015 the Australian National minimum wage is $17.29 per hour or $656.90 per 38 hour week (before tax). This applied from the first pay period after 1 July 2015 Casual Workers, under the National Award, are entitled to a minimum 25% extra loading. The National rate …

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Household Wealth and Liabilities 2015

Household Wealth and Liabilities in Australia. 2015

In July 2015 the average Australians Net Worth has increased from about 450% to nearer 600% of annual household disposable income, from 1997.

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Population of Australia July 2015

Australian Population changes are currently about:
25,028 births every month
12,819 deaths every month
19,909 net new migrants every month
Resulting in a total of:
32,048 net population increase every month (on average)

According to the above figures the Australian Population will hit 24 million people on the 22nd December 2015

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Unemployment Rate Graph 1994-2015

Unemployment Rate in Australia in June 2015

The number of people employed increased by 7,300 to 11,768,600 in June 2015 (seasonally adjusted).
Full-time employment increased for females (up 17,500)
Full-time employment increased for males (up 7,000).
Part-time employment decreased for females (down 10,600)
Part-time employment decreased for males (down 6,600).

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Houshold Savings Ratio 2015

How Much Do Australians Save?

Savings in Australia as share of Household Income A chart from the Reserve bank of Australia shows how Australians have increased the amount of Household Disposable Income they now save, compared to previous years. The chart, from the Reserve Bank, shows how the ratio of Savings to Household Disposable Income has risen past the zero …

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Most Australians satisfied with their lives. 2015

Even the Australian unemployed seem to be relatively satisfied in life, with a 6.8 satisfaction level.
Half of those who were unemployed lived in households that did NOT reported any cash flow problem in the last year.

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New Links for Australian Visa Classes

Australian Visa Classes at Following the changes to the Immigration Website these are the new links for some relevant Visa Classes. Spousal – Partner visas Partner (Provisional and Migrant) visa (subclass 309 100) Partner visa (subclass 801 820) Prospective Marriage visa – Fiancee (subclass 300) Family visas Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114) …

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Stamp Duty on Australian House Purchase

Australian Property Stamp Duty Rates at July 2015 Stamp Duty is paid on most House Purchases in Australia There are a few exceptions, and the rate is NOT the same in each state. Examples of the differences on Stamp Duty on Residential property for each state in 2015 Stamp Duty rates on Residential Homes valued …

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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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