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    Skin Cancer

    I'm discovering more about this, because my husband had a basal cell carcinoma on his cheek last year. It was scary how fast it grew, and he had to have a big chunk of his face cut out to remove it (luckily he had a good plastic surgeon and you'd hardly know now it's healed). He is now absolutely paranoid about going out in the sun, which is why we're thinking of heading back to Oz. I thought he was being ridiculous, but I found out an interesting fact the other day. Most of Australia (as far south as Canberra) has an "extreme" UV index in the summer - most of Europe doesn't get above 10, Oz is 11, 12, 13. The World Health Organisations says when the index is 8/9/10 you should seek shade and wear a hat etc. When it's over 11, you should stay indoors! No wonder the incidence of skin cancer in Australia is the highest in the world.
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    I would love to move back to the UK, but it is so hard.

    The news can easily be wrong. Newspapers and TV need viewers/readers to make money, and they know no one is interested in hearing good news stories - it's scandal that attracts attention.
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    no jobs for a couple both with trades :-(

    She was given a 6 month contract. That means she was employed through the temp/contract side of an agency, not the perm side. Their fees are different and they make a lot of their income from placing skilled WHV's. The fact the OP's are saying agencies don't want to know them, suggests they're applying for longer-term roles. I don't know that many hairdressers would use agencies to recruit casual or contract staff.
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    I would love to move back to the UK, but it is so hard.

    Don't believe a word of what A Current Affair says. It's well known to exaggerate and even downright lie to make a story look good. They sensationalise everything and if you take the time to research one of their stories, you'll usually find they've told only half of it and it's not nearly as bad as they've made out.
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    Decision time

    Don't let one bad tenant put you off. I've had an investment property for many years and 90% of the time, everything goes well. You've had your bad egg so chances are, your next tenant will be fine. You might want to see whether there's another agent you can place it with - it sounds like that tenant should never have been accepted in the first place, so the agent wasn't doing his job.
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    no jobs for a couple both with trades :-(

    When you say agencies, do you mean temp agencies, or are you applying for permanent jobs? Temp agencies work with 417 applicants all the time, they're their bread and butter. I don't know why you'd even try applying for permanent jobs. No employer is going to hire you through an agency, pay their hefty fee (a month's salary), and then have to pay again in six months. Besides, when agencies fill a permanent job, they offer a guarantee - if the person leaves within three months, they'll replace them free of charge. Someone on a 417 is just too much of a risk. Even applying direct is difficult. If an employer is going through a formal process of advertising, requesting CV's, interviewing, drawing up a short list etc etc, then even if it's for a short contract, they're going to choose someone with longer-term availability, so they have flexibility to extend if they need to. Register with a few temp agencies and say you're willing to do anything. I think you both need to pound the pavements and approach businesses personally, instead of emailing/posting applications. My niece's husband got regular work on building sites, just by rocking up and asking for work. Go into hairdressers and ask. Have you tried approaching Just Cuts - every time I go there, I seem to get a different backpacker cutting my hair.
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    move back to the UK from Australia

    Have you ever been to Tasmania? I have. Hobart is a lovely town - big enough to have everything, but small enough to be friendly, and the housing is very cheap. Yes there's an unemployment problem but there's also a shortage of skilled workers if you have skills to offer. As for being miles from anywhere else - you're already miles from anywhere, so you won't be any worse off. In fact you'll be better off because Tasmania is full of beautiful green countryside, which you'll be able to enjoy because you won't have to hide from the sun so much. I know you really want to go back to the UK, but if that turns out to be impossible, that doesn't mean you should give up. You can still get away from the sun by moving to Melbourne or Tassie, then at least you won't be trapped in the house. As for the pension - if they do put the age up, they will do it gradually and there's a good chance you won't be affected.
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    We moved back 4 years ago

    That's interesting. We're in the same boat - looking at going back for the same reason. It's interesting that you've got to the stage of being "travelled out", as there seem to be considerable taxation obstacles to moving permanently and we've been debating whether to move lock stock and barrel, or leave most of our stuff in storage here for an eventual move back. Did you have a base in the UK and have holidays from there, or did you move around?
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    Learning a new language

    You need a course, definitely. There's no substitute for having other people to converse with. By all means, get some CD's or whatever as additional practice (check out your library), but it's tough trying to learn a language on your own.
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    I would love to move back to the UK, but it is so hard.

    The nub of your problem seems to be that you regretted leaving family behind, and your daughter going back is the last straw. That's an important message to share - but you're ruining it by making sweeping generalisations about how crap Australia is. Prospective migrants are going to read your post, decide you're just a whinger and dismiss it, so your message is lost. Some people are closer to family than others - we didn't find it hard to leave ours behind, as we'd been living at the other end of the UK for years beforehand. I do worry when I see people posting here about the anguish of leaving their family when they migrate - if they're finding it that distressing, they probably shouldn't go, because they're going to regret it. Who knows, if you'd stayed in the UK, one of them might've married an Aussie or a Yank or an Italian, so there's no guarantee your family would be any more "together" than they are now.
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    move back to the UK from Australia

    We've been doing some research on the UV index, because the sun is one of our reasons for wanting to go back too (my husband had a major skin cancer scare and is paranoid about sun exposure now). The UV index tells you how much of the sun's damaging rays are hitting the earth. So you want to avoid places with a high UV index, which is most of Australia, especially in summer. The good news is that Tasmania's UV index is very similar to the UK,so you might want to consider that. If you want to stay on the mainland, then consider Melbourne (I don't know where you are now). http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/tasmania/149570-positives-negatives-living-hobart-tasmania.html
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    Lamb?

    Wouldn't worry me. We waste so much food these days because we've never learned the basic rules about what's safe and what isn't. Cooked meats keep in the fridge for up to a week, that's just a fact. I learned a lot when I went to Africa and had to cope with fridges that didn't work, power cuts, etc etc. Luckily I had some good teachers. Food lasts much longer than most people think it does.
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    Lamb?

    Provided you let it cool then put it straight in the fridge, cooked beef, lamb or pork will keep for about five days and still be perfectly safe.
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    move back to the UK from Australia

    Yes she does. He didn't cheat until the kids were grown up and left home, even the kids told her she should leave him. She actually went to live with my parents for several years but when they passed on, she had to go back to the husband because she didn't have enough money to manage on her own.
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    move back to the UK from Australia

    You're right, Australia has an agreement with many countries but Britain is not one of them. The agreement with the UK lapsed years ago and has never been renewed. So if you go and live in Italy, for instance, you won't have to come back to Australia to claim the pension - you'll be able to claim it just by filling in a form in Italy. I know it's mad, you'd think the UK would be MOST likely to have an agreement, but it's not. The result is that both Australia and Britain have changed the rules on how they treat pensioners from the other country, without consulting each other. Australians in the UK have to come back to Australia to claim the pension. On the other hand, Brits in Australia can claim the British pension, but when the pension goes up, they don't get any of the increases - their pension is stuck forever at what it is on day one.
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    move back to the UK from Australia

    Ask my sister (who lives in the UK). She worked for one year before getting married, she had her first baby a year later and was a stay-at-home mum, and never made any contributions. She is now stuck with her husband (who has cheated on her twice) because she's not entitled to enough of a pension to survive on her own.
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    move back to the UK from Australia

    Who told you that? It doesn't matter where you come from - if you've worked in Australia for at least ten years, you are entitled to the Aussie pension. The only people who are "made" to claim the British pension are people who retire here, or who haven't worked the ten years. It doesn't matter whether you feel British or Australian - the British pension is based on what you contributed during your working life. You didn't work in Britain so you made no contributions, therefore you'll get no aged pension from the British government. Use this calculator, it's easy: https://www.gov.uk/browse/working/state-pension You did make contributions (through your tax) in Australia, therefore you are entitled to the Australian aged pension. The only problem is you'll have to come back and stay for a year to collect it, when you're old enough to claim it - which you may not be able to do, if you're only a permanent resident and allow your residency to expire. You'll lose your Australian disability pension soon after you leave Australia so I suggest you contact the UK authorities to find out if you'll get any payments over there. I suggest the first thing you need to do is get Aussie citizenship. That way you can come back to Australia any time if you need to (for instance, to claim the pension). You don't have to surrender your British passport, it's just for convenience. http://dspoverseas.proboards.com/
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    Advice on Education/Qualifications?

    If music is important to you, then I'd suggest staying in the UK because the opportunities for further study are much, much better. In the longer term, the career opportunities in music in Australia are far, far less than in the UK, by a country mile. I'm a dancer and I know several musicians who have emigrated here. They were all shocked how incredibly tough it is to make a living from music here compared to the UK or Europe. Most of them have had to get a part-time job at least, to help support themselves. For one thing, Australia has only a third of the population of the UK, so the audience is much smaller. Also, it's so cheap and easy for British musicians to travel around Europe to get work - whereas it's expensive to go anywhere from Australia.
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    Can't decide darwin or Adelaide ?

    For a single woman, I'd pick Adelaide every time. Darwin is a young, vibrant city in many ways, but it's also still a frontier town with frontier (read antiquated sexist) attitudes. Adelaide is a lot more civilised.
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    Is the grass greener elsewhere?

    Because Australians all speak much the same, people make the mistake of assuming they are all the same - but there are definitely big differences between different parts of the country. Perth seems to be one of those cities you either love or hate. I know people in both camps! It's too much like a country town for me. My niece (who adores Sydney) got a chance of a temporary transfer to Oz but the job was in Perth - she went for a visit, hated it and stayed in the UK. I'd say, if Perth isn't working then don't delay, move today. At least once you're in NSW or Victoria, it will be much easier to move around if you don't pick the right spot at first. Victoria is greener than NSW, I'd say - but the area inland from Coffs is called New England for a reason, all rolling farmland. Coffs is a nice town if you're sure you can find work.
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    chosen what we want to do... now what?

    How long are you planning to go travelling for and when? When I got PR (a long time ago) there were restrictions on how soon you could leave (I seem to recall I had to get special permission if I wanted to leave the country in the first year). Also, of course, the Resident Return Visa always has a time limit - stay overseas too long and you lose your PR status, probably never to be reinstated.
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    Decision time

    The question is, how do you see the future in Sydney? I'm like you but much further down the track - I've been in Sydney over 30 years now. And I'm considering moving back for exactly the same reason as you! I don't have property in the UK, but I'd like to head into retirement with a decent nest egg, and that is never going to happen in Sydney. All our money is in our home, and there's no way we can downsize - it's only a two bed townhouse. So my immediate reaction to your dilemma was, it would be a shame to sell your lovely cottage, come back to Sydney and take on an enormous mortgage, and then in 30 years (when you're still paying the damn thing off), you're thinking wistfully of the mortgage-free life you could have had. Especially if, as people keep threatening, there is eventually a big correction in the Sydney market and your house is worth less than you bought it for!
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    move back to the UK from Australia

    First, British pension - it sounds like you left the UK before you'd paid any NI contributions, so you won't be entitled to any British pension at all. You will be eligible for the full Australian pension - but you won't be able to claim it from the UK. You'll have to come back to Australia to claim it, then live here for a full 12 months (if you leave earlier, they cancel it again).
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    website builder

    I strongly, strongly, strongly recommend against Wix.com, unless it's just an informational site for a bricks-and-mortar business and you're not worried about attracting search engine traffic. Wix sites tend to be slow-loading which makes them less likely to be included in Google search results. The other drawback is that once you've built a website on Wix, you can never move it - because there's no way to export the content and move it to another service. So if Wix starts putting up its prices, or having a lot of downtime, you're stuck. The free version of Wix used to display a lot of ads - is that not the case now? I wouldn't have thought that was desirable for a business site. It doesn't do ecommerce anyway, so not suitable for the OP. http://www.sitebuilderreport.com/reviews/wix/our-review
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    website builder

    $500 includes the shopping cart setup. It really depends how many products you have - I'd include 20 or 30 products in that price, but if you had 500, I'd let you do the rest! I always set up websites so you can take it over and change things yourself in the future, without having to be technically-minded. Yes it does include the website name but not the hosting. The hosting cost would vary depending on your needs, and it's an annual cost.
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