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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Apr 18 2017

Changes to Skilled Occupation List (SOL) April 2017

Skilled Occupation List to be Cancelled and Replaced

On 19 April 2017, the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaces the previous ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL)

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Apr 18 2017

Australia to Abolish the 457 visas for Skilled Workers

Australian jobs and Australian values override and cancel the 457 Visa

The government has announced that it will abolish 457 visas for skilled foreign workers and replace them with a new visa program.
Anyone now in Australia on a 457 visa will not be affected by the new arrangements.

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Apr 18 2017

Median Weekly Rents Brisbane 2012 – 2017

Brisbane Statistical Division Weekly Rentals

Weekly rents for 4 Bedroom Houses in BRISBANE CITY have changed from $490 per week (May 2012) to $540 per week (May 2017), a change of 10% over 5 years ($50 per week). Based on 2,305 New Rentals in the March 2017 Qtr)

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Apr 15 2017

AUD is High to the GBP, Anyone Consider Returning to UK

Returning to the UK, is it a Financial Option for some?.

With the value of the AUD compared to the British Pound there must be some who have been in Australia for a while, and have considered the option to return while the “Price is Right”

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Apr 14 2017

Chocolates from the UK to Australia

Easter or Christmas, or any day that might be Special, can be Chocolate day.

So why not consider some real British Chocolate as special times for those special days.

If you haven’t found it locally, then order from the UK and have it delivered…

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Chocolates from Britain

Apr 13 2017

Assurance of Support for Visa Applications

Some Australian Visa Applications need an Assurance of Support

Although the need for Assurance of Support for Partner Visas was removed in 2012, there are still some types of Visas that may require the Assurance of Support”.

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Apr 13 2017

Mobile Phone Tower Locations in Australia

Where is the nearest Mobile Phone Tower ?

When choosing a location to live in, it can be handy to know where the nearest Mobile Phone Tower is, and which Providers it services.

Some towers cover Optus, Telstra and Vodafone, others just one of them.

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Apr 12 2017

Data Only SIM – 50 GB data for $60

50 GB data + unlimited OVO Time for data-free streaming

A Prepaid ‘data only’ SIM for your tablet or WiFi hotspot giving 50 Gb data for $59.95 per month.

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Apr 12 2017

NBN at your Property

Is the NBN Available at Your Home

The extensive upgrade of Australia’s existing landline, phone and internet network to the NBN system is said to change the way we live, work and play for decades to come.

You can see if your property is NBN ready now by checking your address at:

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Apr 10 2017

Visitor Visa subclass 600

Tourist Visa for Australia: Visitor Visa (subclass 600 visa)

The Visitor visa (subclass 600) is visa lets you visit Australia for for up to three, six or 12 months, as a visitor, for business visitor activities, to visit family or on a tour with a registered travel agent from the People’s Republic of China.

This visa is available both outside Australia and inside Australia If you are in Australia provided you currently have a valid visa that does not have condition 8503 imposed.

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Apr 10 2017

eVisitor subclass 651 Visa

Tourist Visa for Australia: eVisitor (subclass 651 visa)

This visa lets you visit Australia for up to three months at a time within a 12-month period, to visit or for business visitor purposes.

You might be able to get an eVisitor if you are outside Australia and a passport holder of certain countries including the United Kingdom.

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Apr 10 2017

ETA: Electronic Travel Authority subclass 601 visa

Tourist Visa for Australia: Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)

The ETA or Electronic Travel Authority is a visa that lets you visit Australia as many times as you want, for up to a year, and stay up to three months for each visit, to visit or for business visitor purposes.

You might be able to get an Electronic Travel Authority if you are outside Australia and a passport holder of a certain country.

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Apr 10 2017

25% Tax Penalty on Some QROPS Pension Transfers

HMRC Introduces 25% Tax Charge On Some QROPS Transfers

The Chancellor of the Exchequer used his Spring Budget to announce that, with effect from 9th March 2017, pension transfers by UK residents to QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes) not in the European Economic Area will be liable for a 25% tax penalty. Philip Hammond said that this policy was being introduced in the interests of “fairness in the tax system.”

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Apr 09 2017

GBP to AUD FX Changes 10 Years to April 2017

The Change in the value of the British Pound to Australian Dollars since 2007

Since Brexit we all know that the value of the British Pound has dropped substantially.

How bad was it BEFORE Brexit?

2011 and 2012 Average GBP-AUD FX Rates
1.5310 average for 2012
1.5543 average for 2011

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