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  1. You are quite wrong, I did not buy a house. And all money spent on goods and services feeds back into the economy, it does not disappear into the ether never to be seen again.
  2. I have friends on parent visas who are still working well into their 70s and therefore paying tax. There are others like myself who do voluntary work; and although the voluntary workers are not paying tax, they are providing free labour. And of course many others are also providing free childcare for grandchildren, enabling the grandchildren's parents to work longer, earn more and consequently pay more tax. With regard to Medicare, there are very many Aussies in the UK who receive NHS treatment that they may not have paid into, so there must also be some element of 'swings and roundabouts'. Since arriving in Australia, I've bought a new car and hired builders and tradies to build my extension onto the family home, bought new furniture and appliances, totalling around $230,000, as well as all the usual and ongoing things like food and clothing, rego and insurance, holidays, utilities and entertainment, conservatively estimated at $10,000 per annum. So, apart from the $55,000 odd in visa fees etc, am I not also contributing to the economy in other ways? I just know that I've spent a heck of a lot of money in Australia, but I don't know where that fits into the financial calculations of my net cost to the country. Assuming that I continue with my current voluntary work for, say another 10 years, I calculate (using a nominal figure of $30 per hour for my labour) that I will have contributed another $409,500. The trouble with calculating these things is that there are far too many variables.
  3. There are plenty of bulk billing practices in my area. Have you tried searching for bulk billing practices using healthengine.com.au? I'm not sure that a link to it will be allowed on the forum, so I'll send it to you by pm.
  4. I go to a bulk billing practice, so I pay nothing at all. I do have to pay for prescriptions, but that's the only difference from the UK where I got free prescriptions. I do pay for dental and glasses, but I always had to pay for those in the UK anyway, so again no difference. Ambulances are free in Queensland, but I believe you have to pay for those in other states. I decided against private health insurance - I never had it in the UK and so I don't miss it. I use a fantastic medical practice where you can choose which doctor to see according to their particular fields of interest/speciality and book appointments on line - never have to wait - a d blood tests and xrays are done at the same place. It's really impressive, way ahead of anything I ever experienced in an NHS practice.
  5. At the time of my payment request, the only options for payment were either bank cheque or credit card. That was just over a year ago. Maybe things have changed, maybe you can use other methods now (I don't know) but when you get the request for payment you MUST follow the payment instructions on the payment request.
  6. Congratulations on getting this far - nearly there now!
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  8. I really don't believe it will make any difference at all whether you include "the" or leave it out; so long as Department of Home Affairs is there, that should be fine. I got my visa granted very very quickly after the cheque was sent off, despite a Bank Holiday intervening.
  9. Yes, bank cheque and registered post is the way to go. You should get your visa grant very quickly - see my timeline below.
  10. Yes, it looks like she is confusing the two. However, the initial entry/validation date is not within 12 months from date of "issue" (grant), it is within 12 months from Police/medicals. But in any case, the relevant dates to be complied with are clearly stated on the individual visa grant.
  11. @Mrs Depp, I don't know if you can get the initial entry/validation date extended. I think you'll have to contact Perth. Or can you take a quick trip into Aus to validate and then back home again to sort whatever it is that needs to be sorted?
  12. Maybe they've changed the rules since last September? My 143 visa grant was dated 28 September 2017 and quoted : "initial arrival must be made by 1 February 2018". @Alan Collett, do you know if the rules have changed?
  13. No, you can't. You have to enter and validate your visa within 12 months of the medical/Police clearance. The visa grant stipulates the exact latest date to enter/validate.
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