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    <p><p>Hi</p></p>

    <p><p>Hi just wondered re your situation if you got any advice because we are about to do the same and don't understand the system.</p></p>

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    <p><p>tracy</p></p>

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  2. familywright

    So confused about where is best

    Thanks so much for your replies. I didnt mean to omit this part and I do apologise but I am actually the Australian in the family. For me, its coming home. I just want to be sure its the right thing for everyone.
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    Brisbane is the coolest city ever

    Every person I have met around the world has heard of Brisbane
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    Brisbane is the coolest city ever

    It depends on what you like. My husband thinks London is incredibly boring. He isnt a "cities" person.
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    So confused about where is best

    We have been in Oz for 9-10 months now. We are at that stage now where we have to make a decision. This is a decision re selling our UK property and staying here in oz. We are so confused and honestly dont know where is the better place for our family. If we go back to UK: *no mortage and a bit of money to tide us over for a while- an "easy" life * no jobs- would have to start again (we are both 49 this year) *cheaper life, no school fees * back to the cold and damp * austere schooling, pressure of 11 plus, maybe not being able to get child back into his old school (child is 9 and in year 4 this year) * husband happy to just go back to trundling along the way we were If we stay: * starting from scratch with businesses - not an "easy" life * no proper jobs (we have been set back a good 6 months by some family issues) * leaving behind a pretty special UK property * better lifestyle for our child, he looks so much healthier and is happy * more expensive to live, school fees etc * better schooling in our view (nicer ethos in the system we are in, nicer clas environment, fab resources and no 11 plus pressure) * new lease on life - different challenges, not just doing the same old thing I think the thing that will swing it for us is whether or not we do feel life is "better" here for our family. If we could lift our property in UK to here or have some way of keeping it and buying here, It would be heaven. What are most people finding? Is life "better" here for YOU, especially for kids.
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    Yes its a CGT one

    Hi. We are in a bit of a quandry. We have only been in Australia since April 2013 and have been renting our UK property out since May 2013. We havent made the absolute decision to stay in Australia just yet so, for all intents and purposes, this is still "our home" which we may return to. Since discovering that they may be a huge CGT on a sale of that house, (rental aside), should we decide to stay, we have been all in a panic. We feel that we are almost being forced into having to return to UK and/or even an early sale, which we are not quite ready for, to avoid a huge CGT on what is just our family home. (The rental part isnt even profitable, we are just doing it to avoid an empty house but we are aware of that year having to be figured in at some point.) Not sure where we stand with this change that is looming 2015. Can anyone make this clearer? Additional details: I am Australian and my husband is on a perm spouse visa.
  7. Hi. We are in a bit of a quandry. We have only been in Australia since April 2013 and have been renting our UK property out since May 2013. We havent made the absolute decision to stay in Australia just yet so, for all intents and purposes, this is still "our home" which we may return to. Since discovering that they may be a huge CGT on a sale of that house, (rental aside), should we decide to stay, we have been all in a panic. We feel that we are almost being forced into having to return to UK and/or even an early sale, which we are not quite ready for, to avoid a huge CGT on what is just our family home. (The rental part isnt even profitable, we are just doing it to avoid an empty house but we are aware of that year having to be figured in at some point.) Not sure where we stand with this change that is looming 2015. Can anyone make this clearer? Additional details: I am Australian and my husband is on a perm spouse visa.
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    Moving to Brisbane: Money + Advice

    15mbps? How do you convert that? I used 4 GB in one day when I tried a hot spot. I need unlimited so need the big one I'm afraid. I also have had bad experiences with the non major internet companies but will look at that, Do you pay line rental? We dont. I also use internet on the phone? What does the $17 cover? I will be looking at that. Groceries include household goods - cleaning etc. I even shop at aldi! I'm thinking for 2 athletic people, they might be looking at high end products and possibly even supplements.
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    Moving to Brisbane: Money + Advice

    Oh yes, your partner will also need public liability/professional indemnity insurance
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    Moving to Brisbane: Money + Advice

    Hi, we have recently moved to Brisbane and some of your calculations are a bit out * you will not get a decent car for under $5000. We were determined to and got one for just under but it is a bomb. Most cars are usually just under $10000 (second hand). We pay around $55 per week petrol and the rego is $670 pa just as a guide. Insurance is separate. * food - you will need around $200 a week for groceries * internet with a decent carrier is around $120 a month (ours includes all line rental, phone calls to all aus and uk land and mobiles). I need good internet for my business * our mobiles are around $30 a month pay as you go * I dont know what you are imagining a PT will earn here but it isnt much * I have no idea what medicaid is (apologies if this is medicare and a typo) * minimum wage is $16.37 an hour but you will find a lot of jobs here are zero hours equivalents so you wont be able to guarantee the full time (sorry). * we have found it incredibly difficult to get jobs here and it has been 9 months, we are below minimum due to causal and abn hours. I would highly reommend trying to get jobs first. * you will have quite a few big hits at first - paying to get aussie licences etc, so watch that 3-4 month budget * we dont eat out as we cant afford it but I think a meal at a restaurant for 2 will be over $100 each time? * we havent got an elctricity bill yet but will let you know how much it is when we get it. (we are in a small flat)
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    Advice - schools in Brisbane and Gold Coast!

    Both sheldon and ormiston are ok. Sheldon has the better OP scores but I have heard talk of bullying. Ormiston is for science. maths kids but doesnt have the high OPs of other schools. You could look at chac, it is pretty good. Arenyou looking at primary schools too?
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    Australia Rental Prices a Joke

    Hi. An update from us. We managed to find a little unit (3 bedroom) in camp hill for $350 a week. It is actually a small villa, like one in a retirement complex, so a bungalow rather than a high rise. There is no garden and the kitchen is not really designed to cook in but it will do us for 6 months anyway!
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    Australia Rental Prices a Joke

    I am an australian citizen and my husband is on a spousal visa (permanent?) I am his sponsor.
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    Australia Rental Prices a Joke

    annoyingly enough I was on £45K in UK I may just go back currently it is cheaper for us to fly home than it is to rent lol
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    Australia Rental Prices a Joke

    family assistance? we don't get that by the way, we are looking south east as we are both employed in that area and the school is in camp hill
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