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Posts posted by Marisawright

  1. 4 minutes ago, Parley said:

    Marissa you know you and all over 50s can get vaccinated on Monday onwards so lets not mislead people.

    Get your vaccine on Monday morning at Jeff's Shed if you are in a tearing hurry. No appointment needed.

    Did you even bother to read the rest of my post?  I said "currently".   Next week is not currently.

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  2. 24 minutes ago, HappyHeart said:

    I wonder where you live? Most suburbs at least have a tavern? 

    Do you mean in Perth?   One of the things that surprises a lot of Brits in Sydney is that many suburbs (outside the inner trendy areas) don't have a single pub.  Sydney is mainly a restaurant/café culture, rather than a pub culture, so even some very lively suburbs don't have a pub.   Then there are the dormitory suburbs, which often have nothing but a kebab shop and a Chinese restaurant.  They're a huge contrast to the vibrant areas of Sydney.    I don't know what Perth is like but it sounds as though bugfamily is in one of those dormitory-type burbs.

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  3. 2 hours ago, Tulip1 said:

    So you chose to type a very distant date it would finish rather then the date the government has stated 

    @Tulip1, I didn't quote that date, Nemesis did.  It's a fact, though, that if they continue to vaccinate at the present rate, that's how long it would take.  Are you aware that currently in Australia, only people over 70 and frontline workers are even allowed to get vaccinated?

    They are opening up to people over 50 from 3rd May in Victoria and a bit later in NSW, not sure about the other states. But I tried to book with my GP and they're not taking bookings for over 50's yet, even though it's only a week away.  Problem is they have no idea when they can hope to get supplies or how much they'll get.

    After doing so spectacularly well keeping Covid out of the country, Australia is doing a rotten job of the vaccine rollout.

    I have read one epidemiologist saying the main issue is that mass vaccination hubs at hospitals or public buildings is the most efficient way to get everyone vaccinated, BUT that would've meant handing the vaccine rollout over to the state governments to implement.  The Federal government wanted to be the good guys and get all the credit (they even branded the vaccine rollout press releases with the Liberal Party logo), and the only medical facilities they manage are the GP's, so that's how they had to distribute the vaccine.  

    GP's are highly experienced at vaccinations so that sounds good in principle.  However, it has meant sending small deliveries to hundreds of doctors, instead of sending large shipments to central locations - and the distribution has been a total mess.   There are vaccines in the country but they're not getting to the doctors who are crying out for them.

    After the initial outcry, the Feds have agreed to let the states build mass Hubs now too - which must be bad news for doctors who spent thousands upgrading their fridges and facilities to cater for the numbers, but at least it will speed things up.

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  4. 15 minutes ago, FirstWorldProblems said:

    I find this just incredible. 

    why do you think it’s this way?

    There are numerous reports of GP surgeries which have invested money to gear up for 2,000 vaccines a week and they're only receiving a delivery of 50.

    I think this is another reason for the slow response by individuals.  When the vaccine rollout was first announced, GP's were being swamped with calls to the point where systems crashed.  Then we all started hearing about GP's ready to vaccinate but with no supply.  I think people can't be bothered trying to book again until supply is more certain.   

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  5. 1 hour ago, louwilkins said:

    Thanks, I'm a nurse. 

    I've seen agents saying this is the perfect time for nurses and doctors to try for a visa because it will get much harder after Covid has died down.  No idea if that's still the case  but might be worth getting an agent like @paulhand or @Raul Senise to do a basic check of your situation and advise if you have to do anything special


    38 minutes ago, welljock said:

    So far they're not really offering it to people but leaving it up to individuals to find out if they are entitled to get it and then it book it in themselves. You really need to look for the info rather than being told about it. 

    That's been my feeling too.  I think they thought it being on the news would be enough.

    I saw a government coronavirus spokeswoman on TV the other day, being asked why they didn't run a proper public awareness campaign.  She replied that they had distributed lots of material all over Australia.  I have to say, apart from the news, I've seen nothing.  People who avoid the news (and I know a few elderly people who do on the grounds it's too depressing), would have no idea.   I was at the doctor's today and there weren't even any posters there.  

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  7. Just now, Parley said:

    Where on earth did you get that date from ? That is ridiculous. It will be by end 2021 and probably a lot earlier.

    To be fair, I think that date was mentioned by critics as the likely date IF they keep going at the current glacial pace. But they are promising to ramp up.

    The official government date (which they tend to avoid mentioning) is mid 2022 I think.

  8. 25 minutes ago, Nemesis said:

    Maybe because for some people their entire families are abroad. Some people, especially those getting older, or with life-limiting medical conditions, may have no relatives - or even close friends - here, and knowing that they could be spending the rest of their lives here, never having the chance to see any of their family again, could easily make people willing to make use of any loophole they can find. 

    With the current date for Australia to vaccinate the majority of people being July/August 2023, and the government saying that even with vaccinations they are reluctant to open the border, I can certainly see why some feel they will do anything to be with their loved ones again. 

    If they choose to move permanently to live with their loved ones, they will not be denied

  9. 57 minutes ago, DrDougster said:

    .....don't imagine options will definitely vanish. People on here have been proved very wrong about this assertion in the past.

    Examples?  Nurses have got a reprieve due to Covid but that's only temporary. I can't think of any others and I think I've been here longer than you have.

  10. I doubt there is much you can do to get qualified before you arrive.  However, that won't stop you working, because you can still work as an apprentice or assistant.  I know that means lower wages, of course.  You'll need your High Risk Work Permit and the requirements vary from state to state.

  11. 26 minutes ago, DrDougster said:

    Is your profession one where Australia is going to need fewer of you in the future or where home grown talent will begin to fill the need? Seems unlikely...

    Who'd have thought, ten years ago, that accountants and auditors would be taken off the list?  Nurses ?  They were all slated for removal pre-Covid. 

    Another poster (in the same industry) has said his only option will be a 491. If that is the case, it means Australia already doesn't want his profession unless he's willing to live in a regional area.  That might change in the future, or it might not. Why gamble if you don't have to?

  12. 28 minutes ago, Blue Flu said:

    It just adds to the consideration of it being worthwhile transporting one's life to the other side of the world or not. That's an increasingly hard thing to justify, I suspect. Clearly very massive changes from those that emigrated in earlier periods for sure.

    Agreed.   When I migrated over 30 years ago, it was a no-brainer because there were four strong reasons to move for almost everyone:  cheaper housing, good job opportunities, better salaries, lifestyle.  

    Nowadays, SOME people will still find those four elements to be true:  e.g. a doctor from the South of England moving to Brisbane.   However, an accountant moving from Stranraer to Sydney would find that none of them was true - not even lifestyle, because they'd find themselves marooned in a faceless outer suburb, far from the beach. 

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  13. 5 hours ago, andrewfx said:

    Yes, aware how long the process takes. Luckily we are not in a great hurry or urgently looking to migrate. I am only 26 so have plenty of time before the cut off, but am aware you get more points for being under 30 i think it is 🙂 

    The point is, it's not your choice, as Jon the Hat says.  Don't assume things will be the same in three years' time as it is now.  For instance, two years ago, you could've got a 189 visa with only 75 points. Now, you'll need at least 95 points to stand any chance of even being considered.   People are saying it will be 100 points soon.   They keep raising the bar higher and higher, because they can:  there are always far more people applying than there are places.  It's exactly the same as applying for a job:  you can have all the skills and experience they've asked for, but there might still be someone better than you who gets the job.

    If you're still not sure what you'd like to do, then by all means take your time. But if you've decided you want to migrate and it's just a question of when, I'd seriously urge you to get started asap. Like I said, if a miracle happened and you got a visa tomorrow, you wouldn't have to make the move for another 5 years, so you don't have to feel rushed.  

    Good luck.

  14. 29 minutes ago, Wanderer Returns said:

    Would I be right in thinking that if left your super invested and drawdown after reaching preservation age, then you will never pay any tax as long as you stay resident in Australia? 

    Yes, super is tax-free in Australia.

    30 minutes ago, Wanderer Returns said:

    Whereas if you withdraw it all as cash and reinvested it elsewhere, then you'd have to pay tax on any income earned in your country of residence.Hence, unless you're absolutely certain that you're going to leave Australia and never come back, you'd be very unwise to cash in all your super.

    Yes, BUT the difficulty is that if you do decide you're never going back, and you want to take a lump sum, you'll be faced with losing over a third of it to the Inland Revenue. 

    You'd be left with only one option, which would be to convert your super to a pension.   It would still be taxable as normal income in the UK but not as bad as the lump sum.

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  15. 56 minutes ago, Parley said:

    Do you have to do that if you just sell your home in Australia and move back to the UK ?

    This will be the same won't it. In Australia if you are retired and over your preservation age you can withdraw all your Super without restriction. Then it is just your money.

    The OP might be selling a home too and just taking a large amount of money back. Home plus Super, maybe a couple million but should be no tax issues.

    The OP was specifically asking about superannuation.  If you withdraw your lump sum while still legally resident in Australia, there's no restriction, it's just your money and you can do whatever you like with it, including sending it anywhere in the world.

    Withdraw your lump sum after you've arrived in the UK, and the Inland Revenue will take a very large slice.

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  16. 5 minutes ago, Parley said:

    A Canadian woman in her 50s has died after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine and developing a blood clot in her brain.

    I'm waiting for Pfizer myself. What is the hurry ? We have no covid in the community. I doubt we will have major outbreaks again. The odd small manageable situation like in WA will happen from time to time.

    We have no covid because the borders are closed.  They will start reopening at some point.  Look at Victoria, talking about starting to accept students and key workers again soon.  Then there will be more breakouts from quarantine and remember, Melbourne's big outbreak started with ONE family.    

    If there was another "escape" in Melbourne today, where few people are wearing masks or bothering to socially distance, it would spread like wildfire.  Then all those people who waited for Pfizer thinking "there's no rush", will be swamping the vaccination centres and struggling to get an appointment.  And remember, you need two doses 90 days apart.

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  17. On 26/04/2021 at 17:11, Rallyman said:

    That’s very confusing as even when I supplied all my documentation, city and guilds, craft and advanced craft , Hnd they still insisted I did the short course run by Master builders in association with Taffe in order to get a contractors licence , said at the time just a money grab. 
    Australia does like its red tape 

    Rallyman, you're talking about getting LICENSED, and you are right - most trades need to do the Australian course to get their licence. Other posts on this thread are talking about getting a qualification that meets the requirements for the visa.

    As you know, they are two different things.  You need to have certain qualifications to get the visa, but that doesn't mean those qualifications are actually recognised by employers or licensing boards once you get here, for the reasons Ken gives.

  18. 3 minutes ago, LuluJayne1991 said:

    It’s definitely the same place. I’m wondering if it could be through the ‘restaurant/cafe manager’ skill and they embellished her role a little? Who knows. If I ever have a proper catch up with her, I’ll have to find out and report back. 

    There are special provisions right now due to Covid, whereby people on a WHV have been allowed to stay on for an extended period to fill roles (not permanently).   

  19. @LondonGuy2013, you've got a battle on your hands. Even supposing your Mum and her partner can pass the "balance of family" test, the waiting time for a Contributory Parent Visa (the fastest option) is 10 years, so she'll be 82 by the time she can move over.

    It is possible to arrive on a tourist visa and apply for a parent visa while she's here.   Then she would be allowed to stay until her case comes up, even if that date is ten years away.  The big downside is that in the meantime, she'll be in a kind of limbo - no longer a British resident so no longer eligible for NHS treatment etc, but not a legal resident of Australia either.  Her pension will be frozen from the day she arrives, but she'll get no benefits or support from the Australian government.

    If all that sounds harsh, consider that if you were an Australian wanting to bring your parent to the UK, you'd have no options unless they were so frail she was completely unable to look after herself.

  20. @robins_jessica, one more thing to look into:  child care.   It's very expensive in Australia and I don't think you'd be eligible for any assistance. 

    I can't help wondering, is this a qualification that will be fully recognized in the UK when you return, and be of enough benefit to compensate for the loss of three years' income plus the costs involved? 

    People do undertake what you're planning, but usually with a view to obtaining permanency at the end.  Since that's out of the question for you, it just becomes an extremely expensive adventure, which will drain most of your savings.  If you feel confident of dealing with the wilds of Darwin, have you looked into getting a teaching job in a developing country instead?  Such contracts pay relocation costs and sometimes even provide accommodation, plus a bonus on completion.  When we were in Africa, there were many teachers there with children. There are also opportunities in international schools around the globe, as well as exchange programs with Australian schools and others.  

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  21. Vickyplum is correct.   There is solid reasoning behind it.

    They don't give two hoots if people leave the country.   All they're really worried about is letting people in.

    So, if your usual home is overseas and you don't have a visa to live in Oz, you can go and welcome, because the chances of you coming back are low.

    But if your usual home is in Australia, it's more than likely you WILL come back at some point, and then you'll need an airline seat and a quarantine place and that's a problem. That's why you need to prove you're not intending to return for a long time/ever, OR show very strong compassionate grounds.