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  1. 3 points
    I think it is a huge mistake to compare prices.Here you can get a car that will last for 15. - 20 years for $20K.This is 20. - 25% of average wages depending where you get the figures from.I wonder what you would get in the UK for £ 7 - 8K. If it is just 2 adults then perhaps an E scooter or an E bike each.Shopping can be home delivered for probably less than the cost of weekly petrol.If children are involved then different story.Being retired we go everywhere on normal bikes,but it would be different when you have to be at work for a certain time. I don't know about Melbourne but Perth has cycle paths from everywhere to get to the city,or to the train station and take a scooter on the train.Bikes can only be taken on the train outside of the morning and evening rush/ busy period. Luxury cars are ridiculously cheap.I've got my eye on a Mercedes S class from 2010 for $22K.As that is the real top of the range the technology in the car should still be reasonably up to date.That should last me the rest of my life.
  2. 2 points
    What is published on the site is the waiting time for those currently I’m the queue. They are now dealing with those who applied on 2106 but if applying today then you are looking at 15 years minimum. The site is misleading I agree but please know that sadly your wait will not be 6 years. More like 3 x that.
  3. 2 points
    Thanks Alan, really appreciate the advice and will have a look into that today, cheers!
  4. 2 points
    Maybe have a chat with one or two of the specialist currency transfer firms - feel able to ping an email to me (see below) if you would like contact details. These firms usually have an entry into the banks in Australia. Unfortunately the big 4 Aus banks have now closed their operations in the UK; it used to be possible to open a bank account by speaking to someone in the right time zone before you departed for Australia. Maybe speak with Westpac? That's who I bank with and I've found them as good as any. Here are contact details where I believe you can open a bank account: Best regards.
  5. 2 points
    The UK is damper and there's a lot more wear and tear on the vehicle through constant stopping and starting. Here you can see 50 year old cars wiithout any rust and Toyota's that will do a million km. I saw a Volvo 142 automatic cruising the street here with it's original paint job....very faded but sound. My grandmother drove one of those in 1977 and it went to the scrapyard 40 years ago. The classic car shows here are excellent, you see British cars that don't exist in Britain anymore.
  6. 1 point
    You did the right thing unless you could service it yourself. For any cars like that you need to look at parts availability. Even 10 years ago you'd steer away from something like a Skoda because even if you could use Volkswagen parts for servicing, availability of things like replacement bumpers or light casings meant a long wait from Europe, and there are not as many VAG mechanics here as in Europe. In all seriousness....look at Toyotas. They are everywhere, they're not classed as a more premium car like in the UK, parts are easy, every mechanic in Australia can service them.
  7. 1 point
    China emitted 7.5 billion tons but Australia is the bad guy. What are you prepared to pay for net zero as current rises are going to be chicken feed.
  8. 1 point
    You can advise them through your Immiaccount. They then link the passport numbers together. You don't get a new grant notice but the system will know the two passports are linked once you upload the new one.
  9. 1 point
    More sewage. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/06/is-it-seaweed-or-something-more-sinister-sewage-blighting-britain-beaches?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
  10. 1 point
    PPSR https://www.ppsr.com.au/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=618845963&utm_term=%2Bppsr%20%2Bmotorcycle&utm_content=151646148156&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIteHsp4WC-gIVzTMrCh09gw6aEAAYASAAEgJrG_D_BwE
  11. 1 point
    Maybe have a chat with one or two forex companies and get an account open so you can trade (sell GBPs and buy AUDs) when the exchange rate is where you'd like it to be? The private client area at these companies can keep a watch on the exchange rate and discuss expectations/set a target exchange rate for you. That's what I'd do! FWIW! Best regards.
  12. 1 point
    If it helps HSBC were very good when I moved to Australia. It took a bit of convincing them, reminding them that they advertise themselves as an international bank, and finding the right person to talk to. They set me up with an Australian HSBC account and an everyday global account in sterling and savings accounts in sterling and Australian dollars. I used the A$ saving account for the money from our UK house sale as the interest rate for a few months was competitive. However, I never used HSBC to transfer funds as the exchange rate was better using Wise or XE. I had been a customer of HSBC for many years in the UK. They did accept a UK cheque from HMRC a few months ago but it took about 4 Weeks to clear and they had to send the cheque to Sydney from Brisbane, so was not an easy process. I still use HBSC current account in Australia and in the UK but alongside other accounts here in Australia.
  13. 1 point
    Not sure if it helps in this case but i heard HSBC in Australia are the only bank that will still accept an international cheque in a foreign currency for deposit to an Australia account. Nothing wrong with the big 4 for banking services. They are the best.
  14. 1 point
    I doubt that a relationship with HSBC will count for anything in Australia. At a personal level I've never had a major issue with Westpac - nor with CBA before that. Agreed though that the second tier banks can be worth a look - though these are owned by the big 4 these days. I perceive that most migrants are just looking for a transactional banking facility at first, which includes internet banking and a debit card attaching to the bank account. So to the OP: yes, try your existing bank, but I'd also explore one of the big 4 if you need a BSB ( = sort code) and an account number so you can transfer your funds to Australia from the UK. Best regards
  15. 1 point
    Because Westpac is in Australia, has a significantly higher presence in Australia. and more relevant banking solutions for someone living in Australia than a bank in the UK? I've got a NatWest account in the UK and can operate an AUD denominated account with them - but I don't because it doesn't provide me with service offerings that are relevant to me as an Australian resident. Best regards.
  16. 1 point
    They are a global bank, but if your oh opens an account in Australian dollars, that account will still be held in the UK. Like most of the big banks, they will open an Australian account for you before you arrive, and allow you to pay money into it, but you won't be allowed to actually use the account (i.e. withdraw/transfer money from it) until you arrive and do the ID checks required by Australian law.
  17. 1 point