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Living in Australia: Do You Need to Lodge a UK Tax Return?
A question asked regularly by those who are moving to Australia is whether there is a need to lodge a UK tax return.

HM Revenue & Customs – or HMRC – issues tax returns in April each year to individuals who are already in the UK Self Assessment tax system.

Once HMRC has issued a tax return or a Notice to File to a taxpayer the return must be lodged by the due date if a late filing penalty is to be avoided.

Note: The due date for lodging a UK tax return is usually:

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I would like to welcome Alan Collett as our new expert for all tax related questions.

If you have an questions at all on tax please feel free to visit his forum here:

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Living in Australia and Selling a Property in the UK? Watch the UK’s Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Regime for Non Residents
Since the start of the 2015/16 tax year the UK has required capital gains tax to be considered when a non UK resident individual sells a residential property in the UK.

Before the 6th of April, 2015 no capital gains tax was payable.

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Hi All,

I've been reading posts for many months now where people have struggled with the restrictions around providing UK buy-to-let mortgages to UK expats in Australia.  Largely the difficulties arise because the mortgage provider is required to be regulated both in the UK and Australia, meaning they need a presence in both countries.  This significantly limits the size of the market.  Prices for these products quoted to me by brokers have been much higher than equivalent products provided to UK residents.  Further the broker fees have been in the thousands, not hundreds.  This might be a familiar story for some of you, or at least it will become thus in the not too distant future.
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Following a talk with dad, I'm posting a snapshot of my childhood in Australia. It's not a comparison with anywhere else - I moved here when I was 5 and dont recall much before then. It's just a look back at things I've done while growing up. Hopefully, for any children who read this that may be moving to Australia, it will give them a little insight into what it's like here.

For the record, I've just turned 17, am currently in year 11 at school and also doing a school based apprenticeship (day realease & weekends). I've lived in Melbourne, Cairns, Townsville and the Lockyer Valley.

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New Australian Bank Account

We are pleased to announce that we have enhanced the moneycorp PTY service and have a local Australian bank account. Going forward when you add funds to your account you will pay your normal domestic fee.

To find out more information about the moneycorp service please click here –https://www.moneycorp.com/uk/campaigns/partners/pio/


TTT Moneycorp Pty Limited, Authorised Representative No. 445555 ABN 46 116 612 858, are Authorised Representatives of Rochford Capital Pty Ltd (AFSL License No. 361276 ABN 40 143 601 594) Jones Bay Wharf, Suite 45, 26-32 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, NSW 2009.
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Mount House Station Pty Ltd

We are currently taking applications from self-motivated individuals to join the team at Mount House for the 2018 season.
Mount House Station is in the West Kimberley region of WA 260kms from Derby.
We are currently seeking to fill the following positions:
·       Bore Runner
·       Grader Driver
·       Helicopter Pilot 500+ Hrs and previous cattle experience
·       Station Hands Experienced
·       Station Hands Jill/Jackaroo 1st year
·       Diesel Mechanic

Single accommodation only, no dogs, own vehicle an advantage.
Ability to ride either horse or motorbike essential.
National Police Clearance and current drivers licence will be required by successful applicants.

For further details on the positions and to apply, email Admin.Mthouse@acequity.com.au
If applying please state what position you are applying for along with a resume and cover letter addressed to the Manager Steven Hagan.
Positions to commence in March.
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Tumbar Station, 50km South of Jericho, is recruiting station hands for the 2018 season. 
Horse riding experience is essential. Single accommodation only.
Integrity & honesty, an ability to self-motivate and a general good positive attitude are required for the successful applicants
Please personal message me and/or email resume including 2 references to tumbar@hughespastoral.com.au
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WANTED: Working Couple 150km South west of Mackay. Must have horse and cattle experience. General
Station duties. House & power provided. Call 0457603707 or after 7pm 49507150.
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Roadtrain driver required for Kalala Station, Daly Waters. Cattle and hay cartage. Must have MC licence. 

Cook/Cleaner postion also available. Must be clean, tidy and able to work indepently. 

Couples and single accomodation available. Start early April. If interested please PM for further information or call 89759936 or send through resumes to tossa.amanda@bigpond.com with at least two references.
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Great exchange rates with moneycorp

Are you transferring money to or from Australia?

If so then get great exchange rates with moneycorp – plus, as a special offer for Poms in Oz forum members, there will be no transfer fee charges.

High street banks can typically charge £10-£40 in transfer fees when making an international payment.

See the table below for an illustration on the potential savings you could make by using moneycorp.


*based on an exchange rate comparison taken on 1st January 2018 between Lloyds, HSBC, Natwest and moneycorp. Please note that there are additional costs with the service, the  high-street banks typically charge £10-£40. 


Get started with moneycorp and start saving money –  https://www.moneycorp.com/uk/campaigns/partners/pio/


Moneycorp is a reference to TTT Moneycorp Pty Limited which is registered in Australia (business number 116612858).  Its principal place of business is Level 15 Exchange Tower, 2 The Esplanade, Perth WA 6000, Australia. TTT Moneycorp Pty Limited is authorised to deal in foreign exchange contracts and buy/sell quotes to retail and wholesale clients as an Authorised Representative (reference number 445555) of Rochford Capital Pty Limited (AFSL License No. 361276).
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Great exchange rates with moneycorp

 Are you transferring money to or from Australia?

If so then get great exchange rates with moneycorp – plus, as a special offer for Poms in Oz forum members, there will be no transfer fee charges.

High street banks can typically charge £10-£40 in transfer fees when making an international payment.

See the table below for an illustration on the potential savings you could make by using moneycorp.

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Benefits of using a foreign exchange specialist

If you’re sending money overseas, you may think using your local bank is the most convenient and efficient option, but working with a currency exchange specialist can give you access to great value rates and services that your bank may not be willing to provide.

In addition, a specialist can offer expert guidance to help you navigate the fluctuating currency market.
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Discover Australian banking with Commonwealth Bank

Get support throughout your move

Commonwealth Bank can help make your move to Australia easier. They offer:

The ability to open an Australian bank account instantly online and transfer money to your new account straightaway+

1-1 support for eligible professionals with a London based team to assist you before your move, and Relationship Managers in Australia to help you settle in.^

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Medical Criteria for Visa Applications to Australia

All visas, whether temporary or permanent carry health conditions. 

As a practising migration agent, I’m often asked whether it is even worthwhile applying for a visa if one of the applicants has a medical condition.    I can only answer these questions based on my past 21 years’ experience in dealing with these applications.  This is a difficult and complex area of migration law.  Answers are not always black and white.  There are often subtle shades of grey.

Part of my work will sometimes involve reviewing the potential visa applicant’s medical file with a doctor with a view to being able to say whether it is reasonable to proceed with an application.  This usually involves getting an idea of “costs to the Australian Community” before weighing these against policy and law.

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Save on your international transfers with moneycorp

When moving abroad, you want the whole experience to be as smooth as possible.

You might have planned your move for years - you’ve even done your research about the best place in Australia to get a nice full English breakfast!

After ticking off your (long) emigration checklist and receiving your visas, the time comes to look at your finances.

That’s where foreign exchange experts moneycorp can help.

They are an alternative to using your high street bank for transferring money to or from Australia.

Some of the key aspects and benefits of the service are below:

. Money-saving foreign exchange since 1979
. moneycorp strive to use our expertise to get you great exchange rates and lowest fees on your
international money transfers.
. Protect against market fluctuations

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Q. How long does it take for my Australian Visa application to be granted?

If you’re applying (or about to apply) for an Australian visa, you want to know how long it’s going to take to be granted.

This is understandable, as you’re eager to start your new life in Australia. Having such information will also allow you to get on with other crucial steps in the immigration process.

This can include knowing when to put your house up for sale – too early and you may have to move into temporary rental accommodation if your house sells and your visa hasn’t been granted.

Conversely, if you delay putting your house up for sale, you may end up with your visa being granted and not being able to move as your house hasn’t sold and your equity is tied up in the property.

Other things to consider are knowing when to organise international removals – shipping your goods to Australia takes several weeks.

Knowing when to start job hunting, arranging for your children to finish school etc.

As you can see, being able to accurately predict when your visa will be granted is very important.

There are several ways you can get information to help you determine approximate waiting times:
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Are there any UK Registered Nurses working in OZ that require UK revalidation? I am currently working as a RN in OZ and require a UK Registered Nurse for my NMC reflection and revalidation process? Willinging to reciprocate if required. There are No UK registered Nurses where I currently work, they let their registration lapse.


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Moving to Australia in the 1950/1960
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Skilled Nominated Australia Visa - NSW 2017/18 Update
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Moving to Australia? Want to know where Australia ranks in the latest Expat Explorer survey? Has Brexit affected the UK's rank? How do expats rate life in each country? https://aumigforu.ms/2x1avaS
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Sterling soars against Australian Dollar
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The Brand New PIO Parents Visa thread
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Have you have transferred your UK Pension to an Australian Superannuation Fund (under QROPS rules) prior to April 2017?

If so and particularly if you did this through your Bank (especially the Major 4 Banks) or one of the big UK Pension Transfer companies then a review of your Superannuation Fund really should be considered.

There are many reasons that a review could benefit you and add value to you for your retirement (which of course is the whole reason for having a pension/superannuation fund).

Some of the reasons for reviewing could be:

You are paying high fees for your fund when they are not warranted;

Your money is not invested in the correct Risk Profile in accordance with your needs/comfort zone;

You money is sitting in Cash and is not invested at all and therefore is not providing any/minimal returns for your retirement;

You are paying fees to a Financial Adviser who you feel you are receiving no benefit or value from OR even worse you are paying fees to a Financial Adviser who is not even contacting you for Financial Planning Reviews;;

Your investments are performing below expectations;

You do not think you can move your super monies to another Super Funs due to UK (HMRC) penalties (which actually may not be the case).

If you have any of the concerns listed above then a Review of your (former UK Pension monies) Superannuation Fund is most certainly warranted.

If you would like to review your situation then we are able to assist.  We are licensed Australian Financial Planners (former UK Advisers) who work with and maintain strong connections with UK Advisers and who deal with UK Expats daily (our business is predominately UK Expat based).

Read the full post at https://aumigforu.ms/2gKkpuY
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Buying property in Australia

By John Kinghorn from moneycorp

If you’re looking to buy property in Australia, one of your first steps should be to enlist a foreign exchange specialist. This will get some of the administration out of the way early and ensure that deposits can be paid as required.

This is particularly important in Australia because once you’ve had an offer accepted; you will need to pay a 10% holding deposit immediately. It can take time to set up a currency exchange account because, like any financial application, it requires rigorous checks, so it’s best to start the ball rolling as soon as you start to look for a property in earnest......
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