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    6 months in the uk

    Youre fine to go on the Aussie Passports. I would try and get a UK drivers licence as insurance can be problematic using Aussie ones. If you have an old UK one, you can renew online with DVLA for minimal cost. Even if its lapsed, albeit there is a limit as to how many years. Benefits, you'll probably have to go through some kind of 'habitual residence' tests for things like unemployment benefit. To be honest I wouldnt bother as there are jobs out there if youre prepared to do anything. I got a temp gig in a warehouse within a week when we went back for 4 months in 2016 - I actually found it great fun after working in offices most of my life. Assuming youre UK citizens you should be entitled to child benefit payments, personally I would concentrate your time on maybe applying for this and getting some kind of temporary work on arrival. Good luck!
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    Flight prices. Ouch!

    oops sorry, fat finger syndrome!. Those prices were all in AUD not GBP. So paid AUD 4,500 compared to AUD 1,700 earlier in the year. Still expensive
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    Flight prices. Ouch!

    yes, its the top level of Economy, so at least its a fully flexible ticket and we get the 35kg baggage allowance. But still, its economy!! As I said it was just bad timing and if I didnt have to travel those dates I wouldve held off until things got back to normal.
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    Flight prices. Ouch!

    I recently paid GBP4.5 k for a return flight with Emirates - jeez that hurt ! I paid GBP1,700 for the same route back in May. I do know people looking at travelling around March next year and theyre saying its back to more normal/reasonable levels so hopefully things will normalise. My hands were tied as I had to come back in August to assist family with some stuff but otherwise would have held off as those prices are ludicrous.
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    Free Cocktail Bar Training - Surfers Paradise

    I remember as a bold youth getting a job in the 'cocktail bar' at the Gordon Arms Hotel, Inverurie. I'll be like Tom Cruise I thought to myself, this will be amazing. A cold reality quickly set in during my first shift.......
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    Investing in the UK whilst in Aus

    how long ago did you leave the UK? do you have a SIPP? If so you can still put money into that for up to 5 tax years after leaving the UK. Youre restricted to GBP2,880 per annum as your not earning anything in pounds but do still get the tax relief on it so worth doing IMO. If you have a stocks and shares ISA you can contribute to that, but again needs to be in the tax year you left UK. The other thing to look at potentially is topping up UK state pension, which I look at as a form of 'investing in the UK'. If you can get class II contributions theyre actually quite cheap to buy additional years (under GBP 200 per annum from memory), but you have to apply fairly soon after you've left the UK, again same tax year I think. If not youre looking at class III which is around GBP750 per annum so needs a bit more calculations on whether its worth it.
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    Aged parent visa

    what is that way forward wrussell? The nightmare scenario would be an aged parent, for whatever reason, failing that medical and then being asked to leave (more a booting out of) the country. Ive yet to get a definitive answer on this medical that may (or may not) be demanded after 3 years - is it mandatory and everyone does it, or do they just select a random percentage of applicants on that bridging visa to comply??
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    Aged parent visa

    This would be my concern. So let’s say that for whatever reason, one or both parents fail the medical - what happens then ?
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    Things you miss about Oz?

    I hadn’t gone that deep into the actual turn of phrase to be honest. In general I did find that in Scotland once you get out of the cities folk were warmer, friendlier and had more time for people they might not know. Possibly the case all over the uk to be fair. The first time a random aussie in Adelaide said ‘gday’ just walking past in a suburb threw me a bit but quickly it becomes normal in a good way
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    Things you miss about Oz?

    I remember being back in Edinburgh, first time in the Uk in about 4 years, day after landing. Gets to the bar and I go to the barman 'hows it going'? to be met with a blank stare followed by awkward silence. Suddenly I realise Im not in Oz, remember we don't do small talk, and its, 'yeah sorry, two pints please'. The bus drivers just seemed angry. I also worked in the public sector in Scotland which was the epitome of negativity most of the time. Edinburgh still a great city despite all of this
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    Does anyone else feel homesick when...

    Agree, its great to actually see players playing for England who actually want to play for them and look like theyre enjoying it. What a change from the 'golden generation' who (Beckham and Ferdinand apart) didn't seem to give a toss about playing for their country and remember even bang average players like Jamie Carragher openly saying he always put club before country and didn't really enjoy playing for his country. Cant help but wonder if some of these no marks are looking at whats happening now with some regret.
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    Does anyone else feel homesick when...

    This is nothing compared to the cases of domestic violence every time the Old Firm play. Along with the rampant sectarianism of course.
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    Returning to the UK

    Were also in Adelaide and two of our friends we met here - one Scots, one Irish - moved back to their respective homelands in 2019. This was a bit surprising in that they were always very 'pro Oz' and saying how the lifestyle was so much better here - I felt like the odd one out as I always (and still do) missed things about the UK. They both have young families so clearly that played a huge part. Both families doing well although work-wise in Ireland not as good as here, thats in construction. Family can be a strong pull in strange times like these. If its something you do end up doing, practically/financially not a bad time to be doing it - if you have a property or even just car to sell here you'll do very well and the exchange rate is pretty good historically in terms of pounds you'll get for your AUD.
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    Ping Pongers

    I can relate to this, being one of these strange people who would still happily live in the UK despite being in Australia. I always felt in the minority when meeting expats and they would always bag the UK and talk about how much better Oz was. Whether they were doing this to validate their own decision to emigrate I was never sure, but strangely two of the most vocal 'Oz lovers" we met - one from Ireland, one from Scotland - are now both back in the UK and seemingly loving it even in the midst of Covid. All the time in Oz I never met a single UK migrant who agreed with me that the UK was equally good, just different. We went back to the UK in 2018 after 7 years in Adelaide only to return 18 months later. Not because we hated the UK, I was earning $15 an hour in a warehouse in the Lake District and not even getting full employment some weeks. You cant raise a family like that, most of the guys in that warehouse lived with their parents even well into their 30s!! We also felt (and still do) that for a young family Oz is pretty much unbeatable in terms of stuff for kids to do. We do enjoy the space here, larger houses and higher salaries which may sound materialistic but does affect your quality of life. Even in decent jobs in the UK we found it a lot harder to save money, seems way easier here. Despite this, one idea Im floating is for our son to do his primary education and early upbringing in Oz, then from around 10/11 onwards in the UK. Allows us to retire in the UK, then our son can decide where he wants to be having experienced both environments. Thats further down the line so we shall see. The weather to be honest didn't bother us, I found the climate in the Lake District to be pleasantly mild (bear in mind this is compared to Scotland even though it rained a lot
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    Things you'd miss about Australia if you went back to the UK.

    - lack of crowds most places - high salary and wages in the Public Sector (not relevant when retired of course) - being able to BBQ outdoors 9 months of the year - vibrant quality of light and 'big' sky/horizon - quality coffee - family friendly places from restaurants to wineries to kids play parks. When we went back to the UK we were struck by how run down and crowded a lot of the play areas were compared to Oz. - larger houses (in the main) I still think the UK would be a fantastic place to retire with a bit of cash behind you. I also had a whale of a time in my 20s and early 30s living in a flat in a bustling city (Edinburgh). With a young family, Oz wins hands down