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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I thought we were talking about someone from the UK coming to Australia and "jumping the queue". I understood that most Brits were vaccinated with AZ.
  2. The one good thing about the outbreaks in NSW, VIC and ACT are that they've frightened hesitant people into getting vaccinated. NSW is way ahead right now, partly because they got extra Pfizer doses due to the severity of their outbreak, but partly because of that fear factor - NSW were getting high numbers of cases about six weeks before Victoria's surge, so people got of their bums earlier! https://www.covid19data.com.au/vaccines I was watching the AFL game in Perth and stunned at the crowds and the way everyone was behaving, hugging and shaking hands etc. Perfectly safe, there is no Covid in WA, but I could hardly believe it was real. But you can see why people think there's no rush to get vaccinated when life is so normal.
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    Sydney property

    It will be interesting to see. Bear in mind that although NSW and Victoria are opening up, it doesn't mean Delta is dying out. They're hoping NSW is over the peak now and numbers will steady or reduce, but I'm not convinced myself. As for Victoria, they're worried about hospitals being overwhelmed. If NSW and Victoria still have thousands of cases by Christmas and have had several hundred deaths, I wonder if he'll be so keen to open up.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    If people have to book the next available appointment (no matter where it is) and that appointment is some time in the future, then it's a queue, because people are waiting one after the other.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    There is still a queue though, simply because there are only so many hours in the day and only so many nurses available to administer doses. People booking now are getting appointments in November. And it doesn't help that apparently anti-vaxxers are making bogus appointments in an attempt to slow the queue down.
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    Aged Parent 804 Visa

    I've never heard of the idea of prejudicing access. However I do know that Immigration looks at how much your future health problems are likely to cost the Australian taxpayer. Two hip replacements would cost the taxpayer at least $60,000, which is way over the threshold. The question is, WHEN do they look at that? If it's not until the full medical, you're safe. You'll probably never have to undergo that, because you'll be dead (the waiting time for the 804 visa is 30 years). You will have to go for an initial medical 12 to 18 months after you submit your application. I don't know if they look at future costs at that time. I suggest you book a one-off consultation with a good agent. That's not as expensive as hiring them to do the full visa and well worth the investment. Try Suncoast Migration or Go Matilda. They can also explain some of the other downsides of the onshore 804 visa.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    They've got loads of Astra Zeneca to spare in Australia too.
  8. I don''t think so. After the 2020 debacle, Victoria had very effective controls in place for 2021, and had already managed to completely wipe out a couple of Delta outbreaks. But eventually more infected people got in over the border, infections got out of control, and the government has been forced to give up on the Zero Covid policy. The same is bound to happen in other states at some point. I don't think anyone is naive enough to think the bubbles will last forever, but I don't blame anyone for wanting their bubble to last as long as possible, until the maximum number of people are vaccinated.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Me too. For me, the problematic thing is that you have to be 'a danger'. Who decides and on what basis?
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    Uk state pension forecast

    Some protest is an under-statement. My parents were both from large families, so I now have several cousins in their 60's in the UK, and they are incandescent about the rise in the pension age. I've tried explaining exactly what you've said - even pointing out that all they have to do is add up their NI contributions over the years, and it's bleeding obvious that it's nowhere near enough to fund their pension for the rest of their life They simply refuse to accept it. "The government shouldn't have promised if it couldn't deliver". I am actually surprised that I'm able to claim the UK pension even though I haven't lived there for over 30 years.
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    Permeant residency & Pet relocation

    Are you in a priority occupation?
  12. That's what is happening with other sporting groups as they move around the country - the players and their families have to stay in a bubble, in a hotel(s) booked specially for them and paid for by the sporting body.
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    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    There is some stupid reason. I forget the details but it's something about the government releasing bandwidth (that may not be the right term for it!) and all the TV channels wanted to grab several for future use. However, the rules are that if you don't use them, you have to hand them back. So they play any old rubbish rather than lose them.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    ..and it's not just people who are "dangerous" that are the problem. It's people whose condition means that they're unable to look after themselves and keep themselves safe. There are elderly parents who are at their wits' end, trying to care for a mentally-ill adult child. We regularly see media reports where a mentally-disturbed person has killed their parents or children or partner or themselves. I recall a woman in the apartment block where I lived, who regularly set her unit on fire. The fire brigade and police would arrive, she'd be admitted to hospital for a few days, then she'd be out again with a packet of pills, which she immediately threw away, and there seemed to be no mechanism to keep an eye on her.
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    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    It's worth remembering that Australia has a third of the population of the UK, and therefore only a third of the advertising revenue to pay for the production of TV programmes. That's the main reason why there's such a heavy reliance on US and UK programmes.
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    How much do you need to retire in Australia in 2021?

    For a long time, there has been a trend for people to drop out of conventional employment. You just have to look at shows like House Hunters International or read some of the blogs out there: thousands of people, giving up their jobs in their forties to find a "better life balance" in a cheaper country. They may have enough to live on, from savings, work-from-home jobs, blogging, influencing or whatever--but most of them are just earning enough to live comfortably. They're not putting money away for retirement. If they're Brits or Australians or Europeans, they're presumably relying on the state to provide a pension when they get too old, but that's a naive assumption in this day and age. You can't help feeling there's going to be a crisis of elderly poverty when they get to old age.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Agreed. There is an old mental health facility in Glebe in Sydney. It's vast with gorgeous grounds, right on the harbour. It could have been a wonderful sanctuary for the mentally ill, if run properly. Care in the community has been presented as more humane than locking people up, but it isn't. It's abandoning people to sink or swim on their own.
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    Australian TV - the best and the worst?

    Yes, nothing stellar but an easy watch. I'm looking forward to the new series, "Fires" on the ABC. Currently watching The Newsreader which is good too. Lots of stuff on ABC iview and SBS On Demand.
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    Costs

    @Debz414, sadly, it is going to be very difficult. Basically, the Australian government has done the research and found that elderly parents cost them millions in medical bills and aged care, so they really don't want to let you in. It's politically difficult to get rid of parent visas, so they're on a go-slow instead. So, you could apply for a Contributory Parents Visa today, and you will be waiting at least 12 years before Australia even looks at your application. And that's in spite of the fact that the visa costs tens of thousands of dollars. You could apply for a Non-Contributory visa, which is much cheaper, but you will be waiting about 30 years. Your only option, if you're not prepared to wait that long, is to wait until the borders open, then come to Australia as if you're coming on holiday. Then once you're here, apply onshore for one of those visas. You'll then be given a bridging visa and will be allowed to stay until the application is looked at - which is several years, as previously stated. If that sounds too good to be true, it's because it is. You'll be living in limbo, not a legal permanent resident of Australia but not a legal resident of the UK either (which means, among other things, that you can't access the NHS any more if you go back for a visit). Your UK pension is frozen but you can't get any pension or aged care support from Australia. You're a prisoner in Australia, having to apply for permission every time you want to go overseas. If you want to buy a home, you'll be treated as a foreign investor, have to apply for special permission, and pay a hefty surcharge ($50,000 or more) on the purchase price. Essentially, it can be done, but you will need deep pockets. And there is always the risk that, if you're still alive when they finally look at your application, you will fail the medical that is compulsory at that point - and then you'll be forced to go back to the UK in your very old age and start from scratch. It's not for the faint-hearted, so be sure to do your research. Once the borders open you could easily visit every year for several months at a time, for much less cost. That is probably the most realistic option.
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    Student Visa

    OK, then you must use one of these agents for University of Adelaide: https://international.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/find-a-university-of-adelaide-agent and for UNISA, you must use one of these: https://international.unisa.edu.au/how-to-apply/find-an-education-agent/
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    Considering Parents visa - its daunting!

    Good to hear. But my first point stands: do not underestimate the likelihood that your parents might not be able to migrate at all, no matter how determined you are. Don't think it would never happen: if you were an Aussie living in the UK, wanting to bring your parents over, you couldn't. It's impossible, there isn't a visa any more (unless the parent is destitute and frail). New Zealand closed its doors to parent visas for a while, too (though they are open again now). Even if parent visas continue, the onshore option may not. Since the waiting time for parent visas blew out, more and more parents are taking the onshore option. Their medical care under reciprocal agreements is costing the Australian taxpayer thousands of dollars. Only one member of parliament has raised this issue so far, but I wonder how long it will be before the government takes action? It will be very easy to stop: the ability to place a "No Further Stay" condition on tourist and visitor visas already exists, and would stop the onshore route. Finally, the government has previously tried to delete the 804 visa altogether, and their research shows that the fee for the 864 visa should be approximately three times higher than at present, to cover the cost to the taxpayer. Although none of these things may come to pass, it would be foolish to close your eyes to the risks. You want your parents to have a happy retirement. I hope they will think very, very carefully about how they would feel if their "'temporary" move to the UK turns out to be permanent, because there is a fairly good chance it could.
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    Considering Parents visa - its daunting!

    Well, perhaps they love their own life in France, with their own belongings, their own friends and their own lifestyle? Would they really have decided to make the move if Covid hadn't happened and you'd been able to have your usual holidays? In their shoes, I would not even consider moving back to the UK just to get the reciprocal Medicare. Wouldn't it be awful to give up their life there, relocate to the UK where they don't really want to be, then find that the rules have changed and they don't have the option to migrate anyway? Don't get me wrong, a lot of grandparents move to Australia and are delighted they did, but I also have friends (I'm approaching 70) who wish they hadn't made the move, much though they love their grandkids. It's a painful process to give up your own home and treasured possessions, and it's even more difficult if you have to live in someone else's home in Australia (even if it is your child's home and you love them!). It's difficult to be a lodger if you've been used to having ownership of your own place for decades. Not to mention the loss of a social life (it can be difficult to make new friends at that age).
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    Considering Parents visa - its daunting!

    I'd suggest not worrying about it too much, then. A great deal can change between now and 2023, and they may find the options have narrowed considerably by the time 2023 rolls around.
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    Considering Parents visa - its daunting!

    I took a look at one of your earlier posts which mentioned your parents lived in France. Is that still the case? If it is, then they're not eligible for reciprocal Medicare. It's not citizenship that determines eligibility, it's country of residence. There is no agreement with France, so they'd get nothing. Assuming they are eligible, what it covers is debatable. Officially, if you're on reciprocal Medicare, if a procedure isn't urgent, it's not covered - you're meant to fly back to your home country to get it done. Unofficially, people on reciprocal Medicare get procedures done all the time. However, I think it's very likely that won't continue to be the case in future. Just look at the NHS - there were always rules about treating overseas visitors but nobody bothered much ten years ago. Today, there are strict rules which are applied much more diligently. Since you're looking at a very long timeframe, I wouldn't be banking on the reciprocal scheme continuing to be so lenient for the long haul.
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    Things you miss about Oz?

    No, that's not the reason. Apartments in Melbourne CBD and Sydney CBD are normally occupied by (a) overseas students, (b) tourists (AirBnB), and (c) retired people. Obviously, since the overseas students and tourists have almost completely disappeared, there's a massive glut, and that's what has brought prices down. Young professionals - the ones currently moving out to the country, rather than just to the suburbs - typically live in the inner ring of suburbs around the CBD, which are the trendy burbs.
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