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  1. Your parents can apply for the Commonwealth Seniors Health card if they meet the age, residence and income tests. See here https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/commonwealth-seniors-health-card/eligibility/residence-descriptions This will give them access to subsidised prescriptions (currently around $6??). Plus in Queensland they will be eligible to apply for public dental treatment. They will need to contact the local public dental clinic to be put on the waiting list. It varies from area to area but currently in SE Queensland this is 18 months. However, once on the waiting list when their turn comes around they will be called for a checkup, but can also access the system if they have an emergency. The Queensland Seniors card is more of a discount card which gives discounts off travel, some cafes offer discounts and other businesses.
  2. Bridgeman

    804 bridging visa work rights

    I was under the impression that the bridging visa has the same conditions as the original tourist visa which has no work rights. Could you confirm if this has changed? I thought that if you were on a bridging visa waiting for the 804 which has not yet been granted then you would not be able to work on the bridging visa as this would have the same conditions as the tourist visa?
  3. Just a thought, but is there any possibility that those who have applied for a 173/143 will be barred from applying for the new temporary parent visa? After all, there is no need to meet the balance of family test and the new visa allows those who do not meet this to at least spend some time with their family in Australia. It might be considered unfair for those who do meet the BOF and can apply for a permanent visa to take up a visa place at the expense of others who wish to spend some time in Australia with family and are not so fortunate.
  4. Yes, but only for a short while. It was reinstated. Whether this visa will still be available in the long term remains to be seen.
  5. Not necessarily: https://www.yourlifechoices.com.au/news/new-age-pension-eligibility-rules
  6. You can currently apply for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card when you have been in Australia for 2 years permanently and meet the income requirements. They now want to change this to 4 years. In addition some doctors will bulk bill holders of the CSHC as ours does so we do not pay for doctor's visits. Also in Queensland this card gives us access to the public dental system, so we do not have to pay for basic dental treatment. States and utilities companies vary in what concessions you can access with this card.
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    QLD 489 relative sponsor

    I would also like to know for a relative whom we are thinking of sponsoring. There is no information on the immigration website about how long it takes if you are sponsored by a family member. If anyone out there has recently received an invitation for 489 family sponsored it would be interesting to know how long you had to wait and how many points you had, Thanks.
  8. Bridgeman

    Tax rebate on UK teacher's pension???

    No problem. Just to be clear you need to send the statement from Teachers Pension with the form and its the amount you paid yourself from your salary they are interested in, not any employer contributions.
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    Tax rebate on UK teacher's pension???

    I believe that was me who posted in relation to this. You need to contact Teachers Pension and get a statement from them as to the actual pension contributions paid by yourself from your salary, then complete the form and send it off to the ATO who will then work out and let you know your tax free amount.
  10. Bridgeman

    Citizenship application

    It depends on your local council and how often they hold ceremonies and how many are waiting. I believe there are threads elsewhere on here where people have posted how long they were waiting. We are in Queensland and over 60 so no test and got our citizenship approved after about 3 weeks, but then had to wait nearly 3 months for a ceremony. We then applied for an Australian passport immediately and it took about 3 weeks to arrive.
  11. Yes, it is not always obvious, but in the small print it often says that the insurance only covers trips which start and end in the UK. It pays to check, This may also be the case if you have travel insurance connected to a credit card. It is best to check who the policy is underwritten by and what the terms and conditions are.
  12. Maybe they no longer do it, it was a few years ago. I did a quick search for Emigration Insurance. You could maybe use this https://www.travelsupermarket.com/en-gb/travel-insurance/one-way/ I also found these: http://www.duinsure.com/travel_insurance/one_way_travel_insurance http://www.globelink.co.uk/one-way-travel-insurance.html https://www.truetraveller.com/one-way-travel-insurance.aspx
  13. We used the Post Office who offered a one way travel insurance. Not sure if they still do,
  14. Yes, I wrote to them explaining what I wanted and why and they responded (albeit after a long delay and a lot of chasing on my part). However, one of my pension funds had been taken over several times and it proved a nightmare to get the information so gave up in the end as it was only small.
  15. I had to provide a document from my pension fund stating the exact amount of personal contributions paid in. Here's a link to the application form: https://www.ato.gov.au/Forms/Determination-of-deductible-amount-for-UPP-of-a-foreign-pension-or-annuity/