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NicF last won the day on January 26 2013

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  1. My son was diagnosed as on the spectrum entirely in the public system, so cost nothing. We needed a referral from the GP and also had a letter from his teacher at school. The waiting list on the public system here in Adelaide is quite long but we got to see someone after about 9 months. Getting the diagnosis didn’t take long after that - the speech therapist told us the diagnosis at the appointment and sent out a draft report shortly after for us to look over and the final report came out just a week or so after we sent the draft back. My son is high functioning but came out with a level 2 for his sensory issues. We did get NDIS funding but to be honest have not really felt the need to use it. The change from primary school to high school has really suited him and we have a lot less issues that we feel the need to see therapists about. Lots of people struggle to get the NDIS funding they really need but a lot seems to do with the person you have your planning meeting with. Our planner was excellent with personal experience of disability and autism and knew exactly what to put in to get funding. I’ve known of people (through a Facebook group) who’s kids have many more issues than mine who have been given much less than we were. From the same Facebook group I’ve also found schooling to be really hit and miss. Some schools are excellent and others are discriminatory. You have more come back and support in the public system though as you can go to the education department disability people for help where as private schools the buck stops with the head teacher. I’d suggest finding a Facebook group for the area you are moving to and ask some questions on there. They are the people that will really know what things are like here and some may even have experience of moving from other countries with a diagnosis in place.
  2. "Good schools" often seem to be good because they have "good" kids attending them. This then becomes a bit of a self fulfilling prophecy where people with money who care about education move in to the zones and send their kids to the "good" school. In terms of actual skill of the teachers some of the less good schools have just as good teachers but they are working with kids who start from a much lower point and often don't value education or have other issues that make learning hard.
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    The Ashes

    England currently 20-3. Looking like a bowlers pitch. Let’s see if the rest of the English batters can score a few runs. Could be an interesting match.
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    Been here a while.

    Be interesting to see how that goes. Rugby not a particularly obvious sport here in SA but people do like to get out and watch stuff live.
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    Cricket Australia lies

    I know. I was in Dad joke mood yesterday and it was too hard to resist, sorry. We actually see quite a bit of cricket out and about in Adelaide. The local private school (that we go past a lot) hosts a fair few matches. Mostly junior matches from what I can tell but it is well used for cricket over the summer. We will often see matches in some of the public school grounds and the ovals in the parklands around the CBD if we drive past as well. Matches are fairly well spread over the weekend, although Saturday afternoon seems to be when the club senior matches and junior district matches are played. Club juniors are played Sundays (mornings and afternoons depending on age group) and school cricket seems to be Saturday morning. Not sure when the senior district matches are played though. There must be a fair few matches played in senior club cricket as there are several different levels / leagues (not sure what they are called). Our local cricket club is one of the smaller ones and they field 3 or 4 senior teams each season. Of course it could be that cricket is no more prevalent in Adelaide than it is elsewhere and it's just that I'm super aware of it because my youngest son is obsessed (he navigates around Adelaide by cricket ovals).
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    Cricket Australia lies

    Wrong time of year for it My son plays club cricket here in Adelaide. There are a fair few players in the juniors at the younger age groups but they start to drop out at around the age of about 14 or 15. My husband managed the under 15 team last season and struggled each week to find enough players but the under 14 team always had a full set. There has been some work done to try and identify why kids start to drop out but not much yet to try and address the issues. Part of the problems seems to be that there are two different associations running junior competitions and the rules change quite dramatically from the under 14s (run by one association) and under 15s (run by the other). If a club can't hold on to it's juniors through the late teens they won't have any new, younger players moving in to the seniors competition.
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    Super voluntary for low income workers

    You do know that not all low income earners are in their 20s and not all people in their 20s are low income earners don't you? If the intention was to allow young people to buy a house then they would be proposing that super would be voluntary for young people.
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    Cricket World Cup 2019

    Neither team won. It was a draw and England was awarded the match on a count back because they scored more boundaries. Seems an odd way to decide a World Cup final match but that was the rule going in so should not come as any surprise to anyone.
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    Tourist Tax Rebate Entitlement

    You don't have to be a tourist to claim the GST back on goods purchased, you just need to be leaving the country. I'm here as a permanent resident and was able to claim back the GST on a pair of (expensive) headphones last time I visited the UK. I have a colleague who regularly travels and claims the GST back on goods purchased here that he is taking with him. The only restriction is the value of the goods has to be over a certain amount. All the info you need can be found here https://www.abf.gov.au/entering-and-leaving-australia/tourist-refund-scheme/for-travellers.
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    Israel Folau

    There are two problems with this: 1. As has already been pointed out it is not the same as this person was a student and not employed by the University. 2. Even if it was the same this was in a completely different country with it's own laws and court system and would have no bearing on anything in this country.
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    What's the worst job you ever had?

    While at Uni I had a summer job one year where I spent 12 hours a day (and 3 hours on a Saturday morning) taking things out of big boxes and packaging them up in smaller boxes or trays. That was pretty mind numbingly boring and hard on the legs standing all day. I spent the following summer packing Christmas cards in to boxes which was a breeze in comparison, but still pretty boring. Gave me a healthy respect for people that do those kind of manual jobs for a living though.
  12. Not me. I won’t even drive after 1 drink, and never have done in nearly 20 years of driving.
  13. Really? No one hurt by drink driving in the past? You got any evidence for that because I would think the complete opposite would be true. Unless you mean no one you know got hurt from drink driving on the past, which is completely different to no one getting hurt.
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    Managing a large bank transfer

    To transfer large amounts you usually have to do a CHAPS transfer, or similar. These attract a fee. OP - we also had to transfer a large amount in one go and arranged it with our bank from Australia. It's been a while since we did it but if I remember correctly there were security checks we had to go through and we had to send through a fax with our signed authority on. Speak directly to your bank about arranging a transfer and see what they can do.
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    New 55+ Retail QROPS Super (soon) - UK Pension Transfers

    It's perfectly possible to transfer a defined benefit pension - you obtain a valuation of the fund and get to transfer that much to your new fund. My OH, who is over 55 with a final salary pension scheme in the UK has been considering doing this for years. Whether it's a good idea to transfer out of a defined benefit type pension is another matter altogether.