Sep 25 2017

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.

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Sep 24 2017

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 more than 13 weeks unless permitted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
2018 QLD Tuition Fees are between $309 and $422 per week.

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Sep 22 2017

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 the benefit of regional communities.

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Sep 21 2017

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 for PR and whilst it was never a certainty we thought we had a pretty good chance as I have a permanent job offer in my current place of work. Taking that into consideration we decided to sell everything we had- house, car, belongings we had built up over nearly 20 years- for the opportunity of a better life for my family in Australia.

However due to the changes in immigration rules this chance is now slipping away fast. Every avenue I have explored is blocked as far as I can see, as each pathway is just out of reach every single time.

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Sep 16 2017

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 back in July 2016, after the Brexit referendum result.

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Sep 08 2017

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.

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Sep 01 2017

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: ….

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Aug 31 2017

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 Centrelink Aged pension will be reduced by 50 cents for every $1.00 that your other income exceeds the $168 per fortnight.

Examples of Fortnightly Payments …

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Aug 29 2017

Last Christmas Posting dates Australia to UK

Christmas Posting Dates from Australia

Sending overseas this Christmas? If you’re sending items by Economy Sea Mail, we recommend you post your item before the cut-off dates listed below.

Economy Sea Mail is a low-cost option for sending heavier parcels (2-20kg) internationally, when speed is not a priority. Delivery takes 30+ business days.

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Aug 28 2017

Cost of Cash From Australian ATM From UK Bank

How much are the charges when drawing Cash from a UK Bank at an Australian ATM

If you have money in a UK bank Account and you want to access it while in Australia, an ATM machine using your UK Debit card is always an option, but what does it cost?

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An example of the costs of using an Australian ATM for withdrawing cash from a UK Bank account…

Aug 25 2017

Ancestry DNA Testing Kits

Ancestry DNA Tests with 20% Discount

Special Offer between: 25th Aug 2017 and 3rd September 2017 ONLY!

Once you’ve taken your test, we’ll search our global network of AncestryDNA members and identify the people who share your DNA. There’s no limit to what you might discover—together.

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Aug 14 2017

Quaker Oats in Australia

Quaker Oats have always been a popular favourite for the British, and for many years were available in the main Australian supermarkets. But they disappeared some time ago. Some say they vanished in 2013, others in 2015.

Quaker Oats can be delivered to you in Australia by …

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Aug 14 2017

Aussie Farmers Direct – Save $20 On Each of Next Two Meal Orders

$20 OFF each of your Next Two Meal Orders at Aussie Farmers Direct, expires on 11th September 2017.

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Aug 12 2017

British Corner Shop 20% Off 11th-13th August 2017

20% off (excluding shipping) at British Corner Shop
Valid during the period: Friday 11th August 2017 at 9am GMT to midnight GMT on Sunday 13th August 2017
At Checkout use Code …

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Aug 06 2017

Doctors & Prescriptions Costs

Prescription Costs

A standard Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescription cost from 1st Jan 2017 is $38.80 for general patients.
Those with concession cards pay only $6.30 per prescription (2017)

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Aug 06 2017

High Electricity Costs in Australia 2017

I have two problems with the report that says: Australian residential customers are paying the highest electricity prices in the world

  1. The definition of huge increases on July 1 2017, Mine went from 25.586 cents up to 26.961 cents, and increase of 5.37%, but the fixed charge dropped by 1.96% from $1.28117 down to $1.25609 per day.
  2. The quoted Queensland rate of 35.69 cents is a lot higher than the actual Queensland rate of 26.961 that Origin Energy have actually quoted, 32.38% higher than my real figure.

The EU average from that report is 29.95, Great Britain is shown as 31.34, while I pay lower than both at 26.961, in Queensland.

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Aug 01 2017

Australian Aged Pension Rates 2017

Australian Aged Pension Eligibility:

If your birthdate is before 1 July 1952 you’ll be old enough at 65 years
If your birthdate is 1 July 1952 to 31 December 1953 you’ll be old enough at 65 years and 6 months

Australian SINGLE PERSON Welfare Based Aged Pension from July 2017
$808.30 Base Pension
$ 65.90 Supplement
$ 14.10 Clean Energy Supplement
$888.30 Total per Fortnight

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Aug 01 2017

Fathers Day

Fathers Day in UK and Australia

2017 Fathers Day in the UK is Sunday, June 18th 2017 and in Australia it is September 3, 2017.
2018 Fathers Day in Australia is Sunday, September 2nd 2018
2018 Fathers Day in the UK is Sunday, June 17th 2018

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Jul 28 2017

UK Aged Pension: 60% Part Pension for Spouse

An extra 60% British Aged Pension for your Spouse?

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Jul 21 2017

Shopping for Unlocked Mobile Phones

A selection of Unlocked Mobile Phones available from an Australian Online Electronics store.
Free standard shipping applies to orders in excess of $50 in product value and when shipping to metropolitan areas.

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