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

It is Father’s Day in the UK on Sunday 17th June 2018

You can now have a card printed and posted from the UK, for not much more than the cost of a card plus postage from Australia.

  • 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.Continue reading »
  • 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 – $417Continue reading »
  • 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:Continue reading »
  • Car Depreciation in Australia Top 10 cars that depreciate slowly in Australia Subaru Forester Depreciation after three years: 24 – 31% (27.5% ave) Toyota Landcruiser Depreciation after three years: 26 – 32% (29% ave) .. Continue reading »
  • Speeding Fines and Other Penalties in Queensland A selection of Fines and Demerit Points for Motoring Offences in Queensland $168 plus 1 point: Driving less than 13 km/h over the speed limit $252 plus 3 point: Driving at least 13 km/h, but not more than 20 km/h, over the speed limit $420 plus 4 point: Driving more than 20 km/h, but not more than 30 ...
  • Work and Skilled Visa Processing Times August 2017 Work and Skilled Visa Processing Times for month ending ​31 August 2017 75 per cent of 186 Employer Nomination Scheme Direct Entry applications processed in under 6 Months 75 per cent of 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Direct Entry applications processed in under 14 Months 75 per cent of 189 Skilled – Independent Points-tested applications processed in under ...
  • Partner Visa Processing Times August 2017 Partner Visa processing times for month ending ​31 August 2017 75 per cent of 300 Prospective Marriage visa applications processed in under 13 months 75 per cent of 309 Partner visa applications processed in under 13 months 75 per cent of 820 Partner visa applications processed in under 19 MonthsContinue reading »
  • Big Four Australian Banks Remove ATM Fees Australian Banks announce the Removal of ATM Fees On 24th September 2017, the CBA, Westpac, ANZ and NAB announced the removal of fees incurred on their ATM’s when used by non bank customers.Continue reading »
  • Children Studying in Australia on a Visitor Visa Children of Visitors to Australia can Study in Australian Schools The rules for the children attending school in Australia while on a Tourist Visa may be different for the different States in Australia, as each State has its own Education Department. QLD: The minimum period of enrolment is 2 weeks. Students on tourist visas cannot study for ...
  • Southern Phone Company, Australia Southern Phone Company Southern Phone Company is one of the largest and most successful providers of fixed line, mobile and Internet communications services in regional Australia. It was formed in 2002 after receiving $4.77 million in funding from the Australian Government’s Networking the Nation scheme, and has since returned over $14.8 million in dividends and grants for ...
  • Please Sign a Petition: 457 to PR Age Changes Please sign a Petition to Peter Dutton, Minister of Immigration My name is Jeffrey, I am 46 years old and live in Perth with my family. I was granted a 457 visa in December 2016 as the primary applicant and my sponsor offered me a permanent full time job contract. It was always our intention to apply ...
  • UK – GBP FX Rate on Friday 15th September 2017 British Pound to Australian Dollar rate on 15th September 2017 I checked the value of the GBP on the morning of 15th Sept 2017 and it was at 1.62 AUD to the GBP, but during the evening I watched it rise, and by midnight it was above 1.69. Todays movement recovered a 5 week drop that happened ...
  • Resident Return visa (RRV) Form 1085 Question 27 on Form 1085 Resident Return Visa After answering Q21, Q22 and Q23, most people will jump to Q26, then skip Q27 going to Q28 and Q29, and then jump to Q42 in part C.Continue reading »
  • Renew your British Passport Online Renewing a UK Passport online Renewing a British Passport online from Australia should take about 4 weeks from when it’s received by Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the UK., but it can take longer if more information is needed or your application hasn’t been filled out correctly. Apply at: …. Continue reading »
  • Age Pension: Will a UK Pension affect my Australian Centrelink payment Will a UK Pension affect my Australian Centrelink payment? The short answer is maybe. For a single person, if your total pension and any other earnings are under $168 per fortnight, then it will not affect your Australian Centrelink Aged pension. If your total pension and any other earnings are over $168 per fortnight, then it your Australian ...

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

Updates and changes can be seen at:

Family Tax Benefits stopped for non lodgement of Tax Returns
Changes to the Building Trade Licence Legislation – QUEENSLAND

From 1 December 2009, there was a change to building licensing regulations in Queensland. Most work valued at $3,300 or less is now exempt from BSA’s licensing requirements. The previous threshold was $1,100.

Books about Australia

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

Driving in Queensland

Most speed limits in built up areas in Brisbane are 60kph (37.5mph), but this reduces to 50kph (31.25mph) in many residential areas. Other roads may be 80kph (50mph), with 100 kph (62.5mph) or 110 kph (68.75mph) on the Freeways/Motorways.

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