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  1. matt796

    Finance in older age

    Hi. Since moving here it has become apparent that pensions like those some of us were lucky enough to be in were accessible at 55 and were index linked and paid a monthly amount in addition to a lump sum. I was surprised that doesn't exist here and wondered how people manage as they get older? Is it a case of working longer to ensure there is sufficient in their super funds? It has raised some serious questions about staying in Oz long term. Any advice would be appreciated. Many thanks
  2. matt796

    Finance in older age

    Thanks for the information. The pension changes came into effect in 2015. Prior to that I was required to do 30 years and receive it but the government made a number of changes which means retirement age and accessing it if you leave has changed.
  3. matt796

    Finance in older age

    I need to return within the next 2 years unfortunately or it's frozen until my UK state pension age.
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    Finance in older age

    I paid into my UK public sector pension for 16.5 years but the rules changed around 2015 for mine so the only way to get it at 55 is to continue in that job until 55. So if I returned to the UK and my old job (which I can) I'll get it at 55. If I remain here in Oz it will be frozen and paid at my UK state pension age (68 for me). I need to back pay my NI contributions from 2018 and continue that to get my UK state pension. It's a toss up of returning to the UK and being able to more or less retire at 55 or staying in Oz but having to work beyond 60. Obviously I'd rather retire earlier. I took the job and pension for granted in the UK & now realise how good it was!
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    Finance in older age

    Im still in one if i go back to my old job in the UK. Perhaps that's the only option. I will get my partial UK public sector pension at 68 and I'll keep my NI contributions up so that we receive our UK government pensions. It's unfortunate that the UK seems a lot easier to live in later life, especially with the health care etc being covered completely.
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    Centrelink

    Hi We input our anticipated income into centrelink last year. The only subsidy we get is the child care one. As the end of the financial year approaches we have realised that one of our earnings is a bit higher and we completely forgot to add our foreign income. We plan to amend centrelink (albeit it is late in the financial year) and do our tax returns as normal. Is this a major issue or will centrelink just write to us and ask us to repay anything extra that we now owe them? Many thanks
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    Centrelink

    Thanks AJ. I didn't know that about the 5%. We have both changed jobs as well and one of us had a slight increase and the other a decrease - but as casual has more than we initially thought. We are just about to do next year's estimate now so at least we won't forget this time! Cheers
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    Centrelink

    It was just an oversight as we did the income last July and it was a couple months later we started to get the foreign income. Completely forgot to add it at that stage until now as we got all of our paper work ready in anticipation of the doing our tax returns. One salary is casual as well and the hours fluctuate week to week. Find it all very bureaucratic to be honest - at least we will remember for next year! Cheers
  9. Hi We arrive next month and everything is in place in terms of flights and jobs. We have temporary accommodation booked in the guise of hotels etc. The one question I have is I'd like to purchase a car reasonably quickly. Has anyone have experience of registering a car at a hotel or work address if they hadn't sourced a long term rental at that point? Many thanks
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    SkillSelect

    I would ask my agent if it was relevant to them but I opened a skillselect a year before they did for us and did our application. I can't recall the password and the security question answers don' appear to work so my assumption was it is expiring in a month hence an email from them. It has nothing to do with the agent's creation of a skillselect they did a year later for us. Thanks for the replies.
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    SkillSelect

    Hi I opened a skillselect 23 months ago and then ended up not applying or submitting anything. Since then in 2017 I used a MARA agent who opened another I assume and I was granted a 190 (we leave the UK in March). I have received an email from skillselect 23 months to the day I set it up and can't recall the log in and the security questions relate to an old passport. I'm assuming it is to say I have a month before the account is closed? If so does it effect anything? Many thanks
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    Tax File Number

    Hi I have been asked for my Australian TFN on some new starter paperwork for a job offer.....I am still in the UK though. Do I need to apply for it once I arrive or can I apply for it from the UK? Thank you
  13. Hi As our plan is to let our UK property out has anyone had any experience in obtaining permission to let from First Direct when in the UK? Thank you
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    Letting UK home out

    Thanks everyone.
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    Letting UK home out

    Hi Anyone recently rented their UK homes out? Any confusion with the tax returns or are letting agents witholding basic tax rate etc? Any advice greatly appreciated
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    Visa landing question

    Hi We have recently been granted our 190 visas and I have been asked to travel to Australia to undertake a job interview and testing. As the dependant applicant (my wife is the main applicant) can I travel on my own for my first entry etc Many thanks
  17. We weren't asked for anything other than police checks and meds. 3 month from lodgement to grant.
  18. matt796

    Visa landing question

    The answer from a well respected MARA agent on this site is that you can land independently. Also from DIBP:- "If you have NIL conditions on your visa then applicants can make first entry in any order." This should clarify my initial questions. Thanks again.
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    Visa landing question

    Hi The grant letter makes no mention of it and visa conditions are shown as NIL
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    Canberra Advice

    Hi We had our 190 visas granted....now just have to move to the ACT!
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    Canberra Advice

    Hi My partner and I have been looking at Australia for the past 2 years and doing plenty of research. I have been offered a couple of jobs and the latest is in Canberra as a Hair Stylist. The offer is a 457 visa and then regional sponsorship after 3 months which if honoured by the employer will be fine. We have two children - one in primary school and the youngest only 14 months old. Any advice on living and working in the ACT please? Also my partner here in the UK is a Police Officer so any advice on jobs for him as AFP only recruit Australian citizens. Many thanks
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    Visa landing question

    Agent has said main applicant to land before or at same time. However, another said that's not right??
  23. matt796

    Visa landing question

    Thanks for the replies. The main applicant (my wife) and our two children will all be relocating at the beginning of 2018 (we have until July 2018 to activate). My wife has work but I am trying to also secure work before we all move and have this opportunity but must do the testing in Oz.
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    190 (offshore) June 2017 submissions

    Yes as my post above
  25. Hi. We lodged our application with DIBP at the very end of June and just wondered as and when anyone lodging around a similar time to let me know when they get a CO etc etc. Just be good to see how they are processing applications for 190s at the moment. Cheers
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