Oct 04 2017

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 – $417

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Oct 03 2017

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:

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Sep 30 2017

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)
  • ..

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Sep 27 2017

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 km/h, over the speed limit

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Sep 26 2017

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 7 Months
75 per cent of 190 Skilled – Nominated applications processed in under 7 Months

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Sep 26 2017

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 Months

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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 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

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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