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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Jul 04 2017

Cost of Living Index 2017 UK – Australia

General Cost of Living Index 2017
Rent Cost of Living Index 2017
Groceries Cost of Living Index 2017
Restaurant Cost of Living Index 2017

UK to Australia Comparisons

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Jul 04 2017

Brooks Traditional Fish And Chips, Victoria Point, QLD

Traditional British Fish And Chips in Brisbane Bayside, Redland City, Queensland

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Jul 03 2017

Fryer Tuck, British Fish and Chips, Melbourne

St Kilda, Victoria: British quality fish and chips and other English delicacies such as Scampi, Scotch Eggs, mushy peas, curry sauce, cockles, Cornish Pasty, Haggis etc.

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Jun 30 2017

Online Grocery Shopping in Australia

The major supermarkets in Australia offer grocery shoppers the opportunity to buy online and have their orders delivered in many areas, and so do a few smaller grocery suppliers.
Aussie Farmers Direct are currently offering $20 off their first order as a special offer.

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Jun 27 2017

Minimum Wage in Australia 2017

The Australian annual minimum full time wage increases to $36,134.80 on 1st July 2017

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Jun 14 2017

Average Property Rent in Brisbane and Queensland

Changes in Median Weekly Rents for 3 Bedroom Houses in Queensland 2014 to 2017

1.56% per year average rise for Brisbane
1.87% % per year average rise for Cairns
3.01% per year average rise for Gold Coast
1.10% per year average rise for Ipswich
1.98% per year average rise for Logan
3.23% per year average rise for Sunshine Coast
0.54% per year average drop for Toowoomba
5.00% per year average drop for Townsville

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Jun 03 2017

Australian Public Transport Travel Cards

Australian Public Transport Travel Cards for each State

Various areas in Australia have their own prepaid travel cards for using the Public Transport services in their area. They are paid for in advance, and normally need tapping or swiping when travelling, with the card balance being adjusted depending on each recorded trip. Automatic top up by credit card or bank account is common.

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Jun 02 2017

Belong Internet in Australia

Latest Australian Internet Plans from Belong
NBN and ADSL month to month plans and 12 month contract

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May 22 2017

GBP Rising in Value against AUD again

The Pound  is standing at a value of 1.75 Australian Dollars, still low compared to pre Brexit, but better than the low it reached of about 1.55 last year.

With CBI figures showing that 41 per cent of manufacturers have seen production rises in the past three months, compared to only 12 per cent showing falls…

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May 16 2017

Australian Visa Fee Changes from July 2017

Changes to the charges for Australian Visa Applications from July 2017

There will be some small Visa Fee Changes from July 2017 Visa Applications

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May 16 2017

Drive My Car Coupon Codes May-June 2017

$50 to $150 off your next Car Rental with Drive My Car.

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May 12 2017

Repaying an Australian University Loan

Australian University Loan Repayments

An Australian worker earning $807 per week would pay back $8 a week for the student loan that funded their degree. (1% of the Salary)

An Australian worker earning $2,300 per week would pay back $230 a week for the student loan that funded their degree. (10% of the Salary)

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May 12 2017

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP Loans for Australian University

FEE-HELP Loans for Australian University

FEE‑HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee paying students pay all or part of their tuition fees. It cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books. The total amount of FEE‑HELP a person can use is known as the ‘FEE‑HELP limit’.

HECS-HELP Loans for Australian University

HECS‑HELP is a loan scheme for eligible students enrolled in Commonwealth supported places to pay their student contribution amounts. It cannot be used for additional study cost such as accommodation or text books

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May 12 2017

Australian Students: Domestic or International

Permanent Residents University Costs Before 2018

Permanent Residents are eligible for Commonwealth supported places [CSP], but are not eligible for HECS HELP loans

Permanent Residents University Costs After 2018

Permanent Residents are no longer eligible for Commonwealth supported places, but are now eligible for Loans to pay for the education cost.

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