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  1. Melbpom

    Advice on returning to UK

    Dear Parley, if it makes your day interpreting my post as racist, then go for it, enjoy yourself. I don't care. Apologies to OP for the direction this thread has taken.
  2. Melbpom

    Advice on returning to UK

    Hi Livvy, I've just returned to the UK after 30 years in Australia and what I really notice is the kindness of people. To give you an example I am a carer for my profoundly disabled son and here absolute strangers say hello to him all the time. In Australia we were invisible. Rarely did anyone offer to help or say hello. I think you will find the same kindness when you move back.
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    Notifying Centrelink we've left

    That's interesting. I got through to the MyGov help line and they never mentioned the secret questions or gave me the option to reset the Sign In Options. They suggested a mobile app instead but that didn't help because code was still sent to old mobile number.
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    UK online share broker

    Being a little tired of 0.1% interest on my savings account I thought I'd get back into share trading. Does anyone know a good online share broker similar to CommSec?
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    Notifying Centrelink we've left

    If you have any dealings with MyGov don't forget to keep your Australian mobile number active because to login to your online account they send a validation code to your mobile. Without this code there is no way to login to anything such as Centrelink, ATO, Medicare etc.
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    Ship things or buy in UK?

    It's not only the time to buy new stuff, it's the time it takes to sell, sort, donate or give stuff away. I totally under estimated the final pack and clean of the rental house. Final week was extremely stressful (lost a few kilos in process). I wish I'd taken more back because shipping was reasonable and it's nice opening boxes to find familiar items. I used Grace who were the cheapest at $4K for a shared container (just over half full) from Melbourne to Midlands. Lleyton Percival were good too for that last minute insurance cover in a panic.
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    Passport help

    Because I selected to pick it up from the Passport Office in an attempt to save time. I was told by the Post Office that it takes an additional 2 days to post and that I had the option to collect from Docklands instead. My query to the APIS was what was the status of the passport given that on the web site it said "Passport Issued" and I had received no notification. But as I've mentioned they can't tell me that and mentioned that I would have to get Power of Attorney even though this had never been raised previously. Getting PoA in this timescale will be impossible.
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    Passport help

    I've just checked the spam/junk folder locally and on the server and there's nothing there. I've had acknowledgement of my application by email so I'm fairly sure that's not the issue. I also just spoken with Australia Post and they directed me back to the passport service to get a tracking number. Nothing left to do but to go into office tomorrow.
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    Passport help

    Hi Marisa, I'm female and therefore the request to speak to son. I don't think a male friend would work because I have already made it very clear that he can't speak and they track the conversation so it would be difficult to explain how he could now speak. This is a bit concerning because I have had no email to say it was being posted out and besides that I asked if I could collect it from the Passport Office at Docklands thinking it would speed the process up if I collected it. I think I will have to go into the city and try to get an answer but thank you for your reply.
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    Passport help

    I'm stuck in a "privacy" loop with the Australian Passport Office and I could use some advice. The situation is I applied for a passport for my adult profoundly disabled son. Prior to filling in the forms I rang the help line and described his special needs and the fact that even taking a photo was an issue due to him not keeping still and facing the camera directly. Anyway submitted an application with my best efforts at photography at the local post office on 2nd March. Then I've been tracking the application progress on line and the current status is "Passport Issued". This is the status since 12th March and has not changed since. So naturally I ring the passport office on Monday 19th and ask what this means and when will the passport be available for collection. But the person I spoke to said that since the passport is for my son that they need to speak to him because of privacy. I explain has no speech so that's just not possible. They said in that case they'd get the passport office to ring me back. So I said well I'm ringing the passport office and they say no, this is the passport office messaging service and there is no means to ring the passport office directly. So by Wednesday I've not received a phone call. I call the help line again and get the same privacy speel and again they said they'd ask the passport office to ring me back. Again no phone call. So my question is does anyone know what "Passport Issued" actually means? Has it been printed? has it been sent out? On the last call the operator suggested checking with Australia Post but without a tracking number that's not possible. I'm planning to go into the city to the passport office but I'm flat out and could do without this right now. We are both flying to the UK next week and at this rate we may have to go with out Australian Passport.
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    Tourist Refund Scheme

    Does anyone have experience using the Tourist Refund Scheme at Melbourne airport? I've done some googling and found that there's a TRS app and then you have to wait in a queue for ages. I'll have my hands full on next trip and wondered if it's possible to fill in a paper form and lodge ìn a post box.
  12. I've just found out my Holden will be subject to a future recall and I need to sell it before returning to the UK (in 3 weeks time). Not happy.
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    Just 4 weeks and we are ready (ish) to head home

    What about heading back this year and have your daughter start 6th form college in the UK? If there is an likelihood of her doing uni in the UK then I would have thought the sooner you return the less likely it will be that you have to pay international fees.
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    Eastern Melbourne Suburbs with train lines into CBD

    You're right, I'd never noticed this before.
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    Eastern Melbourne Suburbs with train lines into CBD

    Easier said than done. I just tried to search Mount Waverley/Chadstone on realestate.com.au and there are very few prices. Everything is up for auction of price on application. Only thing I can suggest for the OP is to look at the list of sold property.