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  1. Skani


    You mentioned a mortgage. As a residence owner you will need to budget for council rates, water rates and building and contents insurance. Health care: I assume your figure includes private health insurance? That's not mandatory so you could save there.
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    Best Regional Area

    Because climates vary dramatically across Australia you first need to think about what sort of climate you would feel comfortable living and working in (which may be different from the climate in which you'd love to holiday). Then, as Marisa mentioned, what sort of amenities are important to you? Do you have a partner who will need to consider employment opportunities and/or do you have children with educational needs? How close do you want to be to a large metropolitan city (given that distances and the cost of travelling in some regional areas can be huge)? Answering these questions would help narrow down your options.
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    A search for "Counsellor" on the official Immigration website https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list# produces 6 options in that category. Each one links to further information.
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    How to get a study visa

    Your question is confusing. Do you want a study visa for the UK or for Australia?
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    Beniamin Radu

    You will need to read the information on this website to discover if you are eligible for any of these work visas: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia
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    Am I an Australian citizen?

    No, that was never the case for anyone. Between 1949 and 30 November 1973 British subjects had fewer requirements for Australian citizenship than other nationalities: they could apply for registration as an Australian citizen after only one year's residence in Australia and did not have to attend a citizenship ceremony. But those special provisions for British subjects ended in 1973: after that date they had to fulfil the same requirements as any other migrant. As already mentioned, you can apply for citizenship at any time. From the details you gave you will be 60 this year. You can apply online through this portal specifically for "Person 60 years or over"" https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/become-a-citizen/person-60-years-and-over#Overview
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    Advice on areas of Perth

    The W.A. Department of Fire and Emergency Services has information on bushfire prone areas here: https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/bushfire/bushfireproneareas/#map-of-bpa The map is here: the bushfire prone areas are shown in pink (and can take some time to load). https://maps.slip.wa.gov.au/landgate/bushfireprone/ In bad bushfire conditions - hot, dry and high winds - burning embers can travel many kilometres ahead of a fire front.
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    Three snakes in three days

    Tiger snakes flatten their head like that when they feel threatened. I would hate to be that close to it - they are the world's 4th most venomous snake IIRC .
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    Investment Property Interstate

    Firstly, I just realised I omitted the link to "this page" when I said: This is the link: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-finance/transfer-duty-assessment#rates-of-duty The stamp duty payable on a property eligible for the FHOG in W.A. is shown at the bottom of this page. It varies according to the value of the property. A guide to duty paid for "normal" (ie.non eligible FHOG) properties in W.A. is shown above that. But, as mentioned, FHO Grants in all states apply only to a property which is your principal place of residence, not for an investment property. So you would have to move to W.A. and physically live in the property for at least 6 months to be eligible for the FHOG (and assuming you meet all the other conditions of eligibility).
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    Investment Property Interstate

    To be eligible for first home owner's grant you must occupy the home as your principal place of residence for a continuous period of at least 6 months. So you would have to move to W.A. https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-finance/fhog (This principal place of residence requirement is a condition of first home owner grants in all states of Australia). There is a concessional rate of stamp duty for those eligible for the FHOG: the exact amounts shown at the bottom of this page.
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    UK vs Australian highschool education system

    Depending on your location. Some cities do have single sex government secondary schools.
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    House Purchase Process in SA

    Information here about the process of buying in South Australia: https://lawhandbook.sa.gov.au/ch23s08.php And here specifically on when to organise a building inspection: https://lawhandbook.sa.gov.au/ch23s08s07.php
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    Three snakes in three days

    They can vary surprisingly in colour - even to an olivey green - but black most common. Sometimes the stripes are only evident on the underside - not that you'd want to be turning them over to have a look. The North West Snake Catchers have scored some thumpers up your way this season: their FB page is full of them. It must be a particularly good year for their food source - frogs, mice etc.
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    The Official Weather Thread

    Yes, I was also wondering if anyone had heard from Bottler. I don't know exactly where she lives but I thought she built her house in the general area of the current fire. Scary times!
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    AU Student Visa

    A Confirmation of Enrolment means simply that the college has your name listed as a potential student. However you still need a visa (granted by by the Australian government) before you can enter the country to study. Is "the Agency" you are dealing with applying for the student visa for you?