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  1. If you have only a small amount of money in the account then it's unlikely to have any tax implications at all.  

    I would be cautious in case the letter is some kind of scam.   What information do they ask you to supply ?


    9 hours ago, MaroubraAndy said:

    The options we have now are I either go out initially by myself and we cancel the three other seats. I get back to sydney and remember what it was like to live there for 6-8 weeks then if everything feels ok, the wife and kids follow. Or we can the whole thing completely.

    Given your history, I dont think forgetting the whole thing completely will work.  Because you won't be able to.  It will hang over you forever.   You've got to go back and see.

    I'd say it's a good idea for you to go on your own.  Get over there with the objective of finding the family a home to move to.   That will be your first reality check - can you actually afford the beachside lifestyle you're dreaming of?   

    9 hours ago, MaroubraAndy said:

    we oddly seemed to be settling even more into our U.K. life.

    That doesnt surprise me.  I'm guessing that for the first 2 years, you were so busy comparing countries and debating choices that you weren't letting yourself just settle into UK life. Then once the decision was made, you could stop all that analysis and enjoy the UK. Then Covid hit and there was no point in comparing because you couldn't go anyway.

    I'm sure Covid has also made you realise that all that guff about "we're only 24 hours away" is bunkum.   Air travel is predicted to stay expensive, and all the predictions are that we're going to see more pandemics.  I don't think we're going back to the old migrant reality, where my ten-pound-Pom auntie didn't see her family again for 20 years, but we're realising that Australia really is thousands of miles away.

    Also, you're coming up for 3 years there.  When migrants are complaining they can't settle, I often see people say, "give it 2 years".  Looking back at my experience, I'd say it's the 3-year mark where you really start to feel "this is my home": when you think about leaving, you realise that would feel like an uprooting.   So I'd say there's an element of that in it, too.


  3. 11 hours ago, Nyxkat said:

    Yep definitely a scam. There should only be gov.au after the @ if its official government stuff. Scammers often make fake domains that look somewhat official to seem like they are the real thing.

    Not true.  Most government departments are set up with an email address in the format "@departmentname.gov.au".  For instance, dfat.gov.au, centrelink.gov.au, and so on.

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  4. The quickest option is to have a consultation with a good migration agent. You can waste an awful lot of time floundering around on the internet.  Try Suncoast Migration or Go Matilda.

    By the way, don't dismiss the Working Holiday Visa if you are still eligible.  It's not easy to get a skilled visa because competition is very fierce, whereas with a WHV you can be out in Oz as soon as the  borders open.  Many people use it mainly as a holiday and do casual work, but there's nothing to stop you working in your normal occupation, and many do.  Your only restriction is that you can't do more than a six-month contract with any one employer.  

    The WHV would allow you to make contact with Australian employers and potentially get sponsorship, which is something that's very hard to do from overseas.

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  5. 2 hours ago, Skani said:

    .  Darwin can be a huge culture shock - even to people from other parts of Australia.

    Indeed.  One of my friends moved up from Sydney to Darwin with her new husband.   She's a country girl from Grafton so didn't expect to have any trouble settling in.   She cried herself to sleep every night for 6 months.  She's happy now but it was a tough adjustment.

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  6. 2 hours ago, Lavers said:

    .....and then they say that it doesn't actually stop you from getting covid

    True, it's like the flu jab.  It doesn't protect you 100% but if you do get covid, it will be just a mild case and not a hospitalisation job.  That's good enough for me.

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  7. 1 hour ago, Quoll said:

    Me too. My arm was quite sore this time after flu shot on Tuesday. After my son was really rough after his AZ shot (as were all his company) I’m thinking of holding back until I need it and hope for the Pfizer although it’s got it’s own problems. 

    I had a really sore, swollen arm fr a day or two after the flu jab a couple of years ago.  Last year I mentioned it to the doctor because I was concerned I was developing an allergy.   He said no, that happens when an inexperienced nurse jabs you in the wrong place.  He either said the needle must avoid the muscle or not avoid the muscle, but either way, if they do it wrong, it hurts.  Still effective, though.

  8. I wouldn't be put off by the size of Perth.  Although it's big, it doesn't feel like a Manchester or a Birmingham.  People complain about the dreadful traffic but it pales into insignificance compared to British city traffic.

    The difficulty with Perth is trying to work out whether you can afford it, unless you know the suburbs.  There are some truly awful  suburbs in Perth, not because they're rough but because they're soulless dormitories.  A good illustration of how much difference a suburb can make, is to look at @Paul1Perth who lives in paradise, and @bug family who is absolutely miserable at the other end of Perth

    The website homely.com.au can give you some idea of which suburbs are good, use it in conjunction with realestate.com.au to do your research - and also ask here.

    Realestate.com.au also has a section where you can compare suburbs and importantly, it gives you median rentals  https://www.realestate.com.au/neighbourhoods?cid=cid:buy:left:homepg:neighbourhoods

    If you have the choice of Adelaide, I would grab it.  It's a much more compact city, so you could realistically live in a more rural area and easily commute into town.  In Perth, you'd have to go much further out (so a longer commute, and you don't want to live rural in Darwin unless you are very intrepid.  Adelaide is also cheaper for rentals.  Check out the Adelaide Hills.

  9. 5 hours ago, robins_jessica said:

    My husband I think is too old to go down the mines (56) and tbh,  he's worked his socks off so I really hope he can avoid the mines (unless of course it would lead to residency ha ha)

    I think you're joking but it's worth repeating - your husband would have absolutely no chance of getting permanent residency, because he is way over the maximum age limit.    By the time you've done your course and graduate visa, you'll be over the age limit too.   There are rare exemptions for senior academics and scientists and some high-income earners, but that's not going to be you. 

    It's tempting to think that once you get to Australia and get settled, other visa opportunities will appear. I mean, once you've made a home there for four or five years, there must be options, they wouldn't force you to leave, would they?  Well, yes they would, and do. 

    It's possible that after your graduate visa, you might get a short employer-sponsored contract, and you might even be able to get that renewed, so you might be able to stretch your Aussie adventure out to ten years or more.  But there is still absolutely no prospect of permanency, and if you stretch it out until your kids are in their late teens, you could screw up their education -- imagine having to move back to the UK in Year 12.  Also, you must be resident in the UK for 3 years before they enter university, otherwise you'll have to pay eye-watering international fees and won't have access to any student loans or other assistance.

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  10. 4 hours ago, robins_jessica said:

    Hi thank you all for your help all very helpful. We've done the research and we know it's going to cost us with the kids education,  we could get free education in WA but the course in more expensive there so I guess it's swings and roundabouts in that respect.

    It's been really helpful re the climate, I knew it was hot and humid there but I've now researched and have read about the build up is that right 🙂 ...?

    We do have alternatives to Darwin, I am still waiting to hear from Adelaide, but I do have an offer from Perth, 


    If you have alternatives to Darwin, take one.  Darwin is a place for the adventurous.   It's a vibrant city these days, but it's a harsh climate, and still a frontier city in many ways.  If you can afford a nice apartment in the posh inner suburbs, go for it--you'll enjoy it and you'll have experiences you'll never forget.  

    But that's the first hurdle.  If you're on a tight budget, that nice city apartment may not be within your means.   Check realestate.com.au for rental prices, and remember that real estate agents use fisheye lenses to make things look bigger, and shamelessly touch up/selectively photograph places to hide flaws.  Do not even consider places that don't have air conditioning.  If you've never experienced humidity outside Europe, you have no concept of what it's like (on the plus side, you'll love to gorgeous, mild, blue-sky dry season).  

    Finally, bugs.  Lots of them.  Mosquito-borne diseases like Murray Valley, Ross River, Kunjin and Barmah Forest viruses, and dengue fever are fairly common.  Some of those diseases are present further south in Australia, but they are much more of a problem in  the NT because there are so many mosquitos and they bite all day as well as evenings.

    There are people who love living in Darwin.   There's a great sense of community, as there often is where people live in a challenging environment.  But do bear in mind that most Australian, offered a transfer to Darwin, wouldn't take the job.  

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  11. 45 minutes ago, paulhand said:

    Assuming that the OP is in Australia, yes, but if they are not and have not yet made a first entry on the visa, then the obligation to notify still exists until that first entry is made. 

    Does that mean the Department could withdraw the visa if they break up before activating the visa?

    @HG1987, Paul is an agent, so take his advice seriously.

  12. I wouldn't touch them with a bargepole.  Not because there's anything wrong with them,but because they look after expats, and you are not an expat.  You are an Australian.  Advice that would work for expats can be totally wrong for someone who has moved to a new country and has no plans to go back.  

    Have a tallk to Vista.  @Andrew from Vista Financial drops into the forums occasionally.

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  13. 25 minutes ago, Paul1Perth said:

    Maybe I'm lucky, it's not that I don't get injured.....

    I think most older people stop doing things way too early, thinking I shouldn't be doing this at my age. Vicious circle then. You get unfit, put weight on and feel even less like doing things.

    Yes, I think you have been lucky.   It's one thing to get injured and recover, but a lot of older people get injuries that result in chronic issues.  My knee cartilages are shot.  I have a friend whose Achilles tendon detached.  Plenty of other examples from friends.  It's enormously frustrating because you are still fit and keen to do stuff, but your body just doesn't work properly any more.  So gradually your fitness goes.  

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  14. 16 minutes ago, Melbpom said:

    Now that you mention it, my gran had underfloor heating and for some reason she never used it. That was years ago so I don't know why, maybe cost or as you say, too difficult to control.

    I knew someone who had it, and hated it. She said she didn't like the way her feet would feel hot and yet the house didn't feel warm

  15. 4 hours ago, Parley said:

    Not sure if it is balance or reaction times. We can't react as quickly when something happens as we get older.

    Lots of factors can contribute - reaction times, inner ear problems, weak muscles - but it was a physiotherapist who explained the balance issue to me and said it's one of those things that's part of aging, but it's also one of the things we can do something about.

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  16. At your age, it's a temporary move.  Even employer-sponsored visas cut off at age 45, except in very rare circumstances.  

    It's the right time to have an adventure, because once the children start secondary school, you would start running into problems with continuity of education.  The only question would be whether you can really afford it, but it sounds like you've done your sums. 

    Your husband could certainly work part-time. Setting up a small business is very easy here, he just needs to get a ABN (Australian Business Number) and off he goes.  There are rules about being licensed for some trades and his UK qualifications wouldn't be recognised for those, but he could advertise himself as a handyman.  

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  17. 6 hours ago, newjez said:

    I'm 55 and still riding my bike with no balance problems. My father is 83, and still riding his bike with no balance problems.

    ...and it's probably the fact that you ride a bike that's keeping your sense of balance at a good level.   It's just a fact of our physiology that our sense of balance declines naturally BUT it can be maintained if we work on it.  When you're cycling, you're using your balance all the time.

  18. 24 minutes ago, ramot said:

    we were chatting about this as a group a while ago, and we reckon we don’t pick our feet up high enough when we are older

    Actually, the reason is balance.  As we age, our sense of balance gradually gets worse.   When a young person trips over something, they momentarily lose their balance, but then they're able to compensate instinctively and right themselves again, without even thinking about it.  An older person trips, momentarily loses their balance, but then can't compensate quickly enough because their sense of balance is off - and over they go.   

    It helps a lot if you keep your leg muscles strong.  It sounds daft, but stamping your feet on the floor while the ads are on will keep the reflexes in your feet functioning.  Also, practice balancing on one leg every day (hold on to something!), alternating legs, for about ten minutes.  If it starts to get easy, try it with your eyes closed.

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  19. What DukeNinja said.  Registration bodies like AHPRA can be rigid when it comes to unusual qualifications.  If it's not on their standard list, they're not interested in investigating whether it's equivalent, and all you get is a straight "no".  No idea whether that applies to your qualification but only AHPRA can tell you for sure.  Good luck.

    I would also say, I hope you haven't chosen nursing just because you think it will get you a visa to Australia. It probably won't. Pre-Covid, there was a glut.  Newly qualified nurses were struggling to find work and some states had stopped issuing visas for nurses, unless you were willing to work in remote, difficult outback locations.  Thanks to Covid there has been a much increased demand and nurses have been getting visas--but that means that there's likely to be a glut again by the time you qualify and work the years of experience necessary to be eligible for a visa.

    It's always hard to predict what professions will be in demand in future years, but I'd suggest checking what occupations are on the list that relate to the environment or ecology or conservation, which your degree would be relevant to.  If you can find an occupation where your degree counts towards the qualification, and you can move straight onto gaining work experience, you 'll reach your goal much more quickly.

    If you haven't had a Working Holiday Visa yet, you might even be able to use that (next year) to gain work experience in Australia


  20. Who knows if it will still be available.  You can be granted up to 12 months and Immigration decides how long to give you.  You can't extend or renew it, so whatever you get is all you'll get. 

  21. 8 hours ago, Ken said:

    There are age restrictions on investing in Super (if that is part of the strategy).

    And you also have to be still working

  22. 1 hour ago, calNgary said:

    Up until getting air con a couple of years ago,we had a wood fire and to be honest nothing can beat it for that cosy affect and heating the whole house, but it can be a PITA gathering wood, cleaning the fire out etc. I must have got lazy as this last couple of years ive found it much easier to click the 'on' button on the air con,lol..

    When we first arrived in Australia we house-sat, and the house had a Coonara wood heater.  Fabulous thing.  I always thought if I ever bought a house, I'd definitely install one.

    You still have to gather wood (but you can get it delivered to your door!).  But the Coonara is a dream to clean, because it burns so efficiently.  It's just a case of emptying a little tray of ash once a week or so (and that was even though we were using it every day because it was a cold winter).  

    The other PITA about a wood fire is having to get it started every day, and that wasn't an issue with the Coonara either.  You just made sure there was a decent pile of embers in it when you were ready for bed, then you closed down the vent.   The embers would die down. Next morning, you could open up the vent again and the embers sprang back into life, and then all you had to do was throw in another log.  

    SO cosy!


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