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  1. LouDYorkie

    Movement Records for Citizenship Application

    it was 5 days from sending to receiving
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    Movement Records for Citizenship Application

    You don’t need an agent to obtain movement records. You can submit form 1359 to obtain them-mine arrived within days. https://www.abf.gov.au/form-listing/forms/1359.pdf
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    Divorce after visa grant

    Please carefully consider taking your children somewhere you don’t know you will settle and be happy because as Quoll said, there are many horror stories out there. I know someone who would love to return to Ireland where they have family support and friends, but can’t take their son as their ex said no, and so their time in Australia is not pleasant and they have many more years to go. Realistically it could happen to anyone, but I think the risk would be far greater if the relationship is rocky before moving.
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    Electric Grills

    You could always go for something like this situated near your bbq... Then you can connect it to your gas bottle easily enough and you can cook anything you want.
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    Good current adverts

    I like the squeaky gate olive oil advert .... makes me laugh every time I watch it.
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    Impossible decision

    We moved around a bit when I was young and I never found it easy. I pined for friends right up until I had left the next lot of friends in the next place, who I then pined for too. Had my parents not considered our feelings, teenage moods and what school year we would be reaching in our next destination, I would have, with hindsight, done so many of the things I have tried so hard to do since! I guess what I’m saying is, I was a sullen child who struggled with change. But, my only regret is that my parents didn’t make me live in other places and learn more languages and be part of more cultures even though we had the chance to, and given the opportunity I would be telling my child self to be positive and embrace all of those opportunities. I would say it might be hard to stay until you have citizenship for your family, and your daughter may not appreciate it in the next few years, but it’s even harder for you or your children to start from scratch years down the line. I personally would stick it out!
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    Iocksmith problem advice needed

    Can citizens request a certificate if they were born here? Someone asked me a couple of weeks ago and I wasn’t sure.
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    Holiday plans - where to ?

    Really disappointing to have a trip cancelled but hopefully better all round in the longer term.
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    Holiday plans - where to ?

    Yes, we’ve booked a couple of weeks on North Straddie, a trip out west Queensland and planning one to Cairns! So much to do in Queensland without venturing out of the state!! Im actually enjoying planning them all seeing as they are low cost and beautiful places.
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    Holiday plans - where to ?

    My OH wants to visit the U.K., I’m thinking of stopping with a relative in Oman. Beautiful place, people and food but I didn’t go to Muscat last time - I will next time!
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    Iocksmith problem advice needed

    It’s not necessarily an issue that it’s informal in the U.K., that’s why I suggested a conversation with TAFE in whichever State you intend to move to. It is possible that Recognised Prior Learning based on your experience and knowledge will take you 90% or even 100% of the way to being certified.
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    Stamp Duty

    We were told the same, bought in QLD 6 years ago. I questioned whether an overseas house counted because how they would know and monitor it and we were told that if they discovered it later, they’d say we had fraudulently declared. [emoji15][emoji3525] Needless to say we didn’t claim!
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    Iocksmith problem advice needed

    How you become certified might vary depending on what state you go to. I don’t know if the best starting point is talking to a TAFE? At least they would be able to say whether there are any mandatory certificates you need to complete?
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    UK House but not rented out.....do i pay tax here ?

    From what I understand: They will not pay any tax currently in the U.K. given it is not rented out, it’s only rental income that would be taxable. When/if they sell, there may be Capital Gains tax to pay in one/both jurisdictions as the calculations and criteria are different.
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    Retuning to London with a dog

    Same....I don’t have human children, only fur babies
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    Slow cookers and slow cookery

    I use my slow cooker a lot. Cheap cuts of meat can work very well in there because the fat breaks down over that longer cooking time. If you do cook a cut you know is fatty, you can slowcook them with a base of onion and herbs and spices and stock, then let them cool right down, you can easily remove the majority of the fat as it goes like a harder crust on top. Then heat it up again and thicken to make a lovely gravy [emoji846] I do ribs, lamb shanks, stewing steak, etc although I prefer chicken done on the stovetop or in the oven, haven’t found a way I like in the slow cooker yet. My slow cooker can go on the stove top so I can sear the meat in the same pot I’m slow cooking in to keep all the flavours together. I’ve put some roast joints in the slow cooker and finished in the oven after too. Makes for very tender meat with a nice roast finish.
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    Do you get restaurant food delivered since Covid-19?

    We have tried to get more takeaways. Any restaurants we used to eat at regularly have been our first choice of takeaway and they have not disappointed. Many Chinese dishes do not travel well but my OH picks ours up from 20 minutes away and it is amazing still. Others who deliver are very conscientious and don’t let it get cold on the way over. It’s not quite the same as eating it in the restaurant but we support them as we want them to keep trading.
  18. The chat room thing could be explained away as a mistake. We’ve all forgotten to include someone in something at some time. So without evidence it was intentional and that the group chats primary function is work related (eg. Sending rosters, asking who can fill shifts etc), this cannot be used as evidence of anything. With respect to Jobkeeper, as Bulya said-it is one in all in. So they are doing the wrong thing. If I were you, I would email them (or some other written method) and ask them to review their decision not to register you for job keeper. See what reply you get. If they don’t review their decision or give you a satisfactory answer and you choose to report them, I can’t say what they may do about your visa, but anything you say to them should be in writing so you have evidence to back up your side of the story should anything come of it.
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    Moving in Queensland

    Do you have to be in a regional area for the visa you have in progress? That would narrow the search a little?
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    HELP! Advice needed for career (Perth)

    Try this website as a starting point: https://ablis.business.gov.au/service/wa/electricians-licence/32545 You may need to go to TAFE (to do an electrical fitting course) but also seek to have your qualifications recognised under RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) as this can vastly reduce the number of modules you need to complete at TAFE, they may even decide you don’t need to do any at all to get a WA licence depending on your proven skill set.
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    Anzac Day and the Virus

    I’m watching too. Hell of an effort with the WA symphony orchestra all playing from home with Birds of Tokyo! Very odd Anzac Day compared to previous years but all of my neighbours were out twice this morning which was good to see.
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    Whiskey Decanters

    You can bring 2.25 litres in per person (over 18) But it has to travel with you and you would have to meet the requirement of each countries airports you travel through. All unaccompanied alcohol is subject to duty which is not cheap. You should be able to work out the cost though to help you decide. Also bear in mind that a container can get to 50 degrees -it might not bode well for some things!
  23. We were emigrating with my OH’s employer, everything paid for by them. They worked in the U.K. for the company but we were told that as strictly speaking the Australia company was a separate entity, that my OH should resign from the U.K. and sign a contract with Au. They did this, then 2 weeks into the notice period, which was also two weeks after all our home contents had been taken away in a container (leaving us with an empty house and two suitcases), my OH got a phone call to say “go home, stop working, we’ve gone into administration”. So we waited until the evening to speak to Australia and they said they were still operating but it may happen to them in the next week or so. So we already had flights booked, our contents were at sea, we’d rented out our home and now we were advised it might be safer to cancel and that someone could ‘try’ a company credit card to get us our belongings shipped back otherwise we would have to pay for them to be returned to us!! (How I regretted that big container at that point!) But we were stubborn and said we were coming anyway unless the business in Au had actually gone into administration and we had almost nightly calls to see what was going on. No news was good news in my view and my OH’s Au boss would tell us each time he has successfully used the company credit card to purchase fuel-in other words, it was still active! When we arrived, we were told they couldn’t arrange the promised accommodation so had to find our own, and to hold off flying to HQ as was originally planned whilst they ‘sorted a few things out’. Turns out we’d been very lucky, whilst we made our way over (and had a two day stopover in the Middle East), a buyer had been found for the Au business and my OH was already listed as an employee-hurrah! More turmoil after but nothing quite so surreal!!
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    Job Keeper Scheme discussion.

    Hi Cal, I also saw that CentreLink have revised their eligibility criteria for Jobseekers, waiving the the 4 year waiting period amongst other things. It was on their website: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19/changes-claims-and-your-obligations-due-coronavirus-covid-19