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  1. Moving to Australia

    1. Visa Chat

      This forum is for discussing Australian visas and migration. Discuss all aspects about emigrating to Australia and the visa process.

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    2. Working and Skilled Visas

      Discuss Skilled Visas (189, 190, 191, 489, 494, 887, 491), State/Territory sponsored (892, 893), ENS (186), RSMS (187), Business (188, 888, 890) Temporary (400, 482) 

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    3. Family / Partner Visas

      Discuss Partner (820 801 309 100), Prospective Marriage, Parent (103 143 173 804 864 870 884), Child (101 802 445),  Remaining & Aged Dependent Relative Visas 

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    4. Visitor Visas

      Discuss ETA (601), eVisitor (651), Transit Visa (771) , Visitor (600), Work and Holiday (462) and Working Holiday Visas (417).

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    5. Studying and Training Visas

      Discuss Student Visas (500), Student Guardian Visas (590) and Training Visas (407)

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    6. Other Visas

      Discuss Bridging Visas (010, 020, 030, 050, 051), Former Resident Visas, Resident Return Visas (155, 157) Investor Retirement Visas (405)

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    7. Repealed and Closed Visas

      Temp (457), RSMS (119, 857), ENS (121, 856), Skilled Independent (175, 885), Skilled Sponsored (176)

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    8. Shipping and Removals

      Moving to Australia? Discuss shipping/removals

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  2. Life in Australia

    1. Citizenship

      Discuss citizenship eligibility, applications, tests, wait times etc.

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    2. Aussie Chat

      All the latest news, gossip and general chat about migrating to and living in Australia.

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    3. Household

      Removals, creepie crawlies, health a, welfare and pets - Everything to making your home in Oz.

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    4. Renting & Real Estate

      Renting and real estate discussion on properties in Australia.

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    5. Money & Finance

      Discuss foreign exchange, mortgages, lending and finance in general for your new life in Australia.

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    6. Education

      Talk about the Australian kindergarten, schools and higher education system.

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    7. Health

      Discuss all health related matters

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    8. Careers and Vacancies

      Discuss your career , job prospects and employment in Australia.

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    9. Kids Down Under

      Forum for chat about schools, playgroups, kids clubs, childcare options, activities, days out, where to shop, playparks and more.

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    12. Travel

      Discuss flights, vacations and holidays

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  3. Australian States & Territories

    1. ACT

      Discuss migrating to and living in the Australian Capital Territory. This includes Canberra and its surrounds.

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    2. New South Wales

      Discuss migrating to and living in New South Wales.

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    3. Northern Territory

      Discuss migrating to and living in the Northern Territory

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    4. Queensland

      Discuss migrating to and living in Queensland. This includes Brisbane and its surrounds.

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    5. South Australia

      Discuss migrating to and living in South Australia

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    6. Tasmania

      Discuss migrating to and living in Tasmania. This includes Hobart and its surrounds.

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    7. Victoria

      Discuss migrating to and living in Victoria

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    8. Western Australia

      Discuss migrating to and living in Western Australia. This includes Perth and its surrounds.

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  4. Partner Forums

    1. Financial Advice: Ask Vista

      Vista Financial Services - Expert Advice on Financial Advice, UK Pensions Transfers to Australian Superannuation – QROP

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    2. Shipping Pets: Ask Pet Air

      Pet Travel queries? Ask Pet Air - A bespoke pet travel service owned and run by vets.

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  5. Moving to the UK

    1. UK Chat

      Are you an expat in Australia moving back to the UK. Use this forum to discuss the move back.

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  6. PomsInOz Specific

    1. Chewing the fat

      This forum is for all off topic conversations and general banter. Please Note:- Abusive, racist and personal insults will not be tolerated

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  • Latest Topics

  • Latest Posts

    • Sorry to ask off topic but for the life of me I cannot fathom how to add time line progress to bottom of profile , sorry bit of a computer dinosaur.
    • As title suggests - have the opportunity to live and work in both places. Which is better? Anyone with any local knowledge? 
    • It’s important to know the facts about why CT rises year-on-year and why I expect it will rise by another 5% next year. Implemented in 2010 as part of George Osborne’s austerity drive, the Tories cut the annual Central Government grant that each council receives by 50%, sometimes 60% (they target councils) meaning councils have to find tens of millions of pounds each year from other sources, just to keep services going. Generally speaking, the only means available to councils to generate income are council tax/business rates, planning permissions and private enterprise. So, you’ll find your local council hiking council tax and rates each year, passing planning applications that they might not otherwise and spending public money on outside investments. A regular income is required to keep public services afloat. Some councils now only provide statutory services (the services they have to provide by law), they’re not able to provide anything else. Council services are things like waste & recycling (which could be black bins, blue bins, whatever bins, assisted collections, commercial waste, bulk collections), environment services (street cleaning, bins, trees, leaves, shrubs, graffiti, litter, fly-tipping, noise complaints, smoke/air pollution), traffic and travel services (blue badges, h-bars, disabled parking bays, traffic management, traffic lights etc.), highways services (potholes, kerb damage, flooding, rubbish, lights and lamps), licensing (business licences, taxis, food/take-away), rebates and benefits (CT itself, Covid grants, cost-of-living grants), planning services (highways, private), schools (a minefield), housing and regulations, registrars (births, deaths, marriages), adult social care (massive expense), children’s social care (even more massive expense), democratic services (elections etc.), foster kids, community services (parks, gardens, fields), public health (enormous in the last 2-3 years), I could go on. There’s a lot to pay for. Some councils do it better than others but, all are stretched. Cleverest thing the Tories ever did cutting that grant, served to turn everyone onto their council rather than who was actually making the cuts – THEM. None of us like it but, this is the UK in 2022 thanks to 12 years of public service cuts. And when you move to Australia, not all of that will be covered in your 'rates', some of it you will have to cover separately e.g. schools. Just thought I'd chip in 😄
    • Here's how to pay once approved https://www.gov.uk/pay-class-2-national-insurance/bank-details The first time I paid, you could do it by cheque, and I wrote on the back of the cheque which years I wanted the payments allocated to (after having first spoken to the Future Pensions centre to find out which years were worth paying). The second time, cheques weren't allowed so I paid for a single year using the above link, and it was allocated randomly to an empty year which didn't produce an uplift to my final amount, so I then had to phone to request that it be reallocated to the correct year. It was a bit of a faff but easy to fix.
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