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  1. SPRINTER

    UK State Pension.

    Don't forget it is now frozen at the current rate, we have ours paid into a UK bank and draw it when we need it.
  2. SPRINTER

    What health insurance is best for us.

    I would be interested to know what companies you find, when we arrived we had to have "overseas visitor" health insurance to comply with visa requirements, we found BUPA with good cover at a cost of roughly 12000 AUD for the 2 of us per year, after 1 year the price went up to 22000AUD a year, (no claims or anything during the 1st year) and a lot less cover and only minimum benefit for a lot of problems that could occur. I shopped around and found HBF were prepared to cover us nearer the 12k we were paying, a lot of companies did not want to insure "overseas visitors" even though we are settled here. HBF are now removing some benefits and no doubt the premium will increase at renewal. I think you will find you are not entitled to any medicare benefits and have to pay all bills up front and reclaim a percentage from the insurer, which is not much in some cases.
  3. SPRINTER

    What health insurance is best for us.

    Afraid no decent private health insurance is cheap here, have a look at the comparison sites, even with insurance you will still have to pay quite a bit, and be careful that you are covered for what you may need, there are a lot of exclusions.
  4. SPRINTER

    Property in Mount Barker.

    Why not ask your daughter who lives there to have a look round and see what is available, not much for that sort of money.
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    Keeping UK Bank account

    Just an added thought, if you have credit or debit cards remember to advise them also of the change of address, I forgot with one of ours and wondered why it wouldn't work, when I phoned them they said you have moved and hadn't told us, whoops, updated the address and all working now.
  6. SPRINTER

    Keeping UK Bank account

    We have regular UK accounts, one with NatWest and one with Halifax and had them for many years before we left the UK, We just notified them of the change of address and carried on as normal. It might be different if you want to open a new account whilst living abroad, but you would need to check.
  7. SPRINTER

    Keeping UK Bank account

    We have kept our UK accounts in the various countries we have lived in, just updated the address when we moved, credit and debit cards all continued as normal. Had a call from one of them a few weeks ago to see if we wanted to keep our credit cards as they hadn't been used for a while, when I said Christmas was coming and they would be, no problem was the answer.
  8. SPRINTER

    Converting your driving license

    We are in SA and just went into the local licence office with our old licences, filled in a form, paid a small fee, given a temporary licence and the new one arrived in the post in a few days. Like most things here it seemed a simple process with helpful staff.
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    New build property.

    Actually drove through Mt. Barker yesterday whilst out for a drive, the new estates seem to be on the outskirts of the town and boy are the houses close together, I would suggest you get in touch with the developers and get a list of what is and is not included and the cost of the extras you want, could add up to a fair bit extra. Don't expect the houses to be constructed to European standards.
  10. I think not only is it the premiums charged, we could have had lower cover, but at our age you never know what might happen, it is the fact that you also end up paying a percentage of costs involved as well, such as around half the GP visit fees and quite a large percentage of hospital visit fees, so added to the annual premium it can add up to quite a sum. We are also very limited on the number of health providers that will cover us so not much competition for our business.
  11. Another 405 holder here not interested, actively looking at the pros and cons of returning to the chaos of the UK. Health costs here being one of the main reasons, an increase of 80% in premium from one year to the next is a back door way of reducing our numbers.
  12. SPRINTER

    New house add ons.

    I notice from the first post that all this is subject to visa approval, whilst it is good to do your homework, are you sure the visa will be granted?
  13. SPRINTER

    Australia Cost of Living $200k + Not enough

    Wow, I must get out and spend more, we live very well on half of the required income mentioned, I would have a real job to spend that sort of money.
  14. SPRINTER

    Depositing uk Bank draft

    Just an update on bank accounts, and Alan knows far more than I will ever know, when we moved to Adelaide last year we opened an account with NAB in Adelaide before we arrived, just had to go in when we arrived to validate everything face to face 5 minutes that's all. Glad to see a couple more seniors moving here.
  15. SPRINTER

    Woodwork tools

    I know what boxes were checked because of the way I sealed them, they may have x rayed them but actually opened very few, we also had a sole use container. Depending on what customs they come through they may check all or a %, pot luck really.
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