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    Customer service Manager

    A customer service manager is someone who manages a department which looks after customer enquiries and complaints, such as a call centre.
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    Flight from Birmingham to Heathrow via Aberdeen?

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    SC190 Obligation Warning

    Regulations often have vague language, it's the minister or the courts who interpret what the term was intended to mean. Once a case has been heard, that sets a precedent for future cases. And it sounds like some kind of determination has been made, because states are cancelling visas as we speak. That's not fearmongering, it's fact.
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    SC190 Obligation Warning

    When you are granted the 190 visa, it's on the condition that you MUST work in the nominated state for the required period of time. By accepting the visa, you are accepting that condition. If you activate the visa knowing you have no intention of working in that state, then you have accepted under false pretenses, which has the same effect as "making a false statement". So, it would be very easy for them to justify cancellation if someone gets a 190 visa then goes straight to another state on arrival - their actions demonstrate that they obtained the 190 visa under false pretences. It would be less clear-cut if someone arrived, stayed in their nominated state for a few weeks, then claimed they had to move to get a job - I guess it would come down to proving they made a serious effort to find work before giving up. Then of course, Immigration could also use evidence from social media and forums like this, where people often post about moving to Australia to be with family in, say, Queensland, so they apply for a 190 for SA because it's all that's available... As for children who are Australian citizens - that's not Immigration's problem. There are thousands of examples of people who got deported even though they have children born in Australia. Having Australian children gives you no right to remain in the country. Ditto your obligations.
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    Renting in NSW

    Yes, water is an odd one. Generall, if you're renting a house, you may pay the whole water bill. If you're in a unit, you will pay just the usage. However a lot of unit blocks are not individually metered and therefore the water usage charges are apportioned according to the size of the unit.
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    Parent VISA

    You've got to remember that sometimes, if you can't find the needle in the haystack, it's because there isn't one. Most countries make it difficult or impossible for parents to join migrant children. If you were Australians in the UK, it would be impossible to bring your parents to join you, unless they were too ill to care for themselves. Australia is more lenient. There are a few visas for aged parents, but it sounds like your parents are too young to qualify - and besides, the waiting time is several years, so your children would be at school before they got approved! It's true that for some visas (not all), they could arrive on a tourist visa, apply for the visa, and then stay on a bridging visa. However, it's not easy living on a bridging visa, and they need to understand the downsides before they embark on that course. As others have said, your best bet is to consult a registered migration agent to understand all the complexities. Most reputable agents will give you an initial consultation free of charge. I agree that your best bet would be the 600 visa which will let them visit for extended periods, but they wouldn't be able to work.
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    MLC charge ridiculous fees. Ring Australian Super or Hostplus and ask to transfer to them. It’s easy and their fees are much lower. With either of them, your super will keep on growing over the years and will be a nice nest egg on retirement. Then email them after you leave the country and instruct them to cancel all insurance because you’re no longer resident
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    Buying a car

    If you are going to Central NSW then that's wise. I remember when we arrived (in country Victoria) we were completely stranded until we could get to a car dealership, because public transport is so limited outside the big cities. The choice wasn't great - second-hand cars in the country are more likely to have had a rough life, driving on dirt roads etc. I would say your best bet is to head out along Parramatta Road in Sydney and buy a second-hand car for cash - you'll have lots of choice! The area is nicknamed "Auto Alley" for good reason. The dealerships start around Five Dock, where the Great North Road joins Parramatta Road, and continue for a good distance.
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    Move home? :-0

    That sums it up in a nutshell. I suggest you stop trying to list all the things you don't like about Australia to justify the move. You're not an outdoorsy person so you find the lifestyle in Perth doesn't suit you, and you've realised that for you, the most important thing is for your children to grow up with their extended family. That's more than enough reason to move. Keep your criticisms to yourself while you're in Oz, as it will only invite people to get upset and argue with you and you don't need conflict. Honestly, the best thing for you to do is, don't go wasting money on a trip home. Why waste money on a return trip, when you know you don't want to come back? You mention your husband hopes you'll find something you enjoy. Does that mean he's not keen to go back - is that why you're thinking of delaying?
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    143 Contributory Parent Visa

    Yes, but that's for people who applied in 2015 when the queue was shorter. New people, joining the queue now, will have a very much longer wait (unless things change).
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    International student with Crohn's disease.

    According to the document I linked to, Koreans are not eligible for the PBS
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    International student with Crohn's disease.

    As an international student, you are required to take out health insurance. This article explains: https://www.studiesinaustralia.com/studying-in-australia/how-to-study-in-australia/student-visas/overseas-student-health-cover Looking at the health insurance policies, they all seem to exclude pre-existing conditions for the first twelve months, so you would have to pay the full cost of your medication for the first year. In Australia, it's $1269 per cartridge, plus the syringe. Even after the twelve months are up, you will probably find there's an annual limit to how much the health insurance will pay for medicines so that's worth checking.
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    Property in Mount Barker.

    Looking at domain.com.au, there are a lot of new build properties advertised at around $260K. That will certainly not include everything, of course. https://www.domain.com.au/lot-1842-arlington-street-mount-barker-sa-5251-2013542924 The question you need to ask is, what is included in that price? The ONLY person who can answer that is the builder, so I suggest you contact them and ask: https://rivergumhomes.com.au/
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    One more expat looking for advice

    If you're being transferred for work, ask your company whether you can get a novated lease. That's where the company takes over the lease of the vehicle and it can reduce your tax. Just be conscious of the length of the contract compared to how long you will be in Australia! The Shire is more reasonably priced than Manly. Have you looked into the visas for your two children?
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    How does an international student in Australia make ends meet?

    Yes, that’s the idea. Australia isn’t a new country desperate for immigrants any more. Unemployment in Australia is about the same as the UK. They want skilled experienced people not raw graduates