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    Moving from Melb to either Ade or Sunshine Coast

    @ramot we've discovered a few of these places since we moved here - I'm all for keeping them secret!
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    Paying voluntary NIC to obtain a UK pension

    What I do is use an image file of my signature (with a transparent background), which I drop onto the document in the appropriate place. You can use image editing software, but I just use https://smallpdf.com/ which allows you to edit and download up to 2 PDF files a day for free. I used it to edit the file I mentioned earlier - which is attached below Class2-NIC-Application-last2pages.pdf
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    Paying voluntary NIC to obtain a UK pension

    Many thanks for this, Andy. All my unpaid years are prior to 2015/16 - I was in the UK from Dec 2014 to Jan 2020, and was working during that time. All I know is that I need 37 years to get a full pension entitlement because I opted out of SERPS at some point in the past, so I need to pay for another 12 qualifying years between now and 2034. @Marisawright, could you complete the form digitally, and then email it to a friend in the UK to print out and post locally? That's what I'm planning to do. I have edited it, so I have a document with just the last 2 pages - if you would like a copy, then let me know.
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    We have finally arrived in Perth

    True, although if you left Australia at the moment for any reason other than a medical emergency, you'd be stark raving bonkers!
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    Moving from Melb to either Ade or Sunshine Coast

    But only at the weekends - unless you live in Noosa
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    We have finally arrived in Perth

    Much as though we all love Australia, let's hope they'll let us leave again (and return!) one day
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    Moving from Melb to either Ade or Sunshine Coast

    I would make a list of pros and cons for Adelaide, and then repeat the process for the Sunshine Coast. I know that sounds a bit old school, but it's what I did when I was deciding to return to Australia or not after 5 years in the UK. Australia nudged it in the end, but it wasn't by much (it would win by a lot more given the current situation in the UK!) You might want to do a bit of research first seeing as you've never been to either place. Personally I like both, and I would consider living in Adelaide as I have a couple of good friends there I grew up with in England, but I live on the Sunshine Coast and I think it really takes some beating here. I hope they lift the restrictions soon so you can come up and see for yourself.
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    We have finally arrived in Perth

    When I first came to Australia as a tourist 22 years ago, I couldn't imagine wanting to live anywhere other than Sydney. Having lived there for a year when I migrated in 2003, I decided it was too much like 'London in the sun' for me (where I'd been for the previous 5 years). When I moved to Brisbane in 2004 my friends in Sydney said it was like Hicksville and I'd be back within a year. Now I find Brissie a bit too busy - although I still think it's more liveable than Sydney and Melbourne. We moved to Caloundra about two months ago and I've hardly given the bright lights an hour south a second thought. It's interesting how your tastes and needs change as the years roll by.
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    We have finally arrived in Perth

    Perth is beautiful - if you were to design a new city you'd be hard-pushed to come up with something as nice as Perth. As I mentioned, I found lots to see and do in Perth and the surrounding areas, especially heading south to Margaret River and across to Albany. I hope to return for another visit at some point. But live there? - no thanks. Perth is certainly clean (although anywhere over here is clean by UK standards), but by sterile I mean it all feels a bit soulless, in the same way the suburbs on the Gold Coast do. I think you need a critical mass of people to give a place a sense of community and I found that missing in Perth, and even more so in rural WA. Anyway, that's just my opinion, and I'm happy for anyone who enjoys living over there
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    Paying voluntary NIC to obtain a UK pension

    Hi Andy, please can you explain how it's possible to buy years at class 2 rates? When I log into my government gateway account I am only able to buy them at class 3 rates, which are almost £800 per year. I was working in the UK until this January, when I returned to Australia. I have 25 years fully paid up, and I would certainly like to pay up future years if I can do so at class 2 rates. Many thanks in advance.
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    We have finally arrived in Perth

    That question/comment is sure to raise the ire of Perthians everywhere, but I rather concur. I've always enjoyed visiting Perth and there's plenty to see and do, but it does feels a bit sterile. Maybe coming from a dirty northern town I still like to see a bit of grit and grime every now and then. Perth and the surrounds are also very flat, and I like hills - or at least being able to see some hills. And also, being a surfer and not being very good at it means there's much more chance of me becoming a shark biscuit over there! On a positive note it's much closer to the rest of world for overseas hols, when they're once again allowed
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    Where to live in the Gold Coast

    @MARYROSE02 have you been down to Burleigh yet? There's a beautiful little walk around the headland (about a mile each way) which is relatively flat, if you walk back the same way... Avoid weekends though!
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    Where to live in the Gold Coast

    That's really interesting - thanks for that. I love a good cave trip, especially when it's hot outside!
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    Calling the UK

    @vickyplum no one can beat Amaysim at the moment (IMHO), but I'm always on the lookout for a better deal. The OP stated that she didn't have a landline so I don't know why so many people have recommended programs that use VoIP and are heavy one data. If you're only paying for a mobile plan, then get one that includes free international calls - simples!
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    Calling the UK

    Do you get Internet connection for free then? If so, then please let me know who your provider is
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