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  1. sualg

    Avalon Beach area to Sydney CBD

    Hey @StephenJones travelling to the CBD from Avalon is a fairly long commute, I live a little south of Avalon and have access to the B1 bus service. This runs ever 10 min at peak and goes direct into the CBD with only 5 stops. I would not drive unless I was leaving at 6am as the route is to congested. The B1 service was due to be extended to Newport but for some bizarre reason the local residents objected and it was knocked on the head. So Avalon to the CBD is certainly an acceptable 1 and a half hour commute each way via bus. I get a lot of work done during that time and I always get a seat
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    Clareville/Newport/Avalon

    Hey, i live I’ve a short distance from Newport and I’m paying $1200 per week for a 4 bed family home, it’s nothing special and it’s not on the beach but it’s well fitted out and comfortable with nice outdoor space, parking for 2 cars , en suite etc
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    School System - State or Private

    We have just put our 5 year old son into the private system. The state system has some fantastic schools just like the U.K.. The government funds private schools to a much greater extent here so the upfront fees are much lower than in the U.K. Their appears to be a huge range of private schools here in Sydney. Speaking to a ex NSW schools inspector the other week these private schools do not fall under the same inspection regime, however you can benchmark using NAPLAN My son has settled in well with much smaller class sizes than the state school . If I had a good state school locally I would of sent him to that. My advise is shop around, don’t discount the private sector as sometimes it’s not that expensive vs state
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    Still searching for a suburb....

    My wife commutes from Narrabeen on the Northern Beaches to SOP. Most days it takes around 55mins each way. So its just within your 1hr timeframe. You get beaches, cafes, lifestyle but all this comes at a price of fairly expensive rental costs vs the west of Sydney. I've been on the northern beaches for over 1.5 years now, its schools are outstanding.
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    What you wish you would have brought...

    My advice is bring everything. I miss my electric blanket !
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    Will UK Samsung hd TV work in West Australia

    My UK Samsung TV that’s over 7 years old is working fine here in Sydney. It’s plugged into the Ariel and the EPG relieves all the channels
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    Tax on money transfer from UK to Australia

    I moved to Sydney in late 2017 and Alan Collett and his team completed both my UK & Australian returns this year. His unique knowledge of both tax systems was extremely beneficial. Can't recommend him enough.
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    Penrith? thoughts

    I live on the beaches and work close to Penrith. The Temperature difference can often be around 8 - 9 degrees Celsius and when it’s 30 degrees on the beaches it’s bloody hot in Penrith. There is no way in hell I would live out west.
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    Best UK mobile for keeping while in Oz

    Hi. ‘I researched this endlessly, in the end I took out a three £25 per month sim only deal which I have had in Aus for 13 months now. They have not cut me off but my usage is marginal. On reading other forums three do not appear to bother if your data use is low and your paying the monthly fee. When I travel out of Australia I use this phone as it has the excellent data roaming option included in my unlimited data package. (This for me justifies some of the expense)My Optus sim and most other Auz telco’s do not appear to offer internroaming data as a package. so you can have a U.K. mobile in Auz but it’s going to cost you money every month, doesn’t appear to be a way around it.
  10. Hi All, I have a lump sum as the result of the sale of my primary residence in the UK prior to moving to Sydney last year. I have kept this in a UK account but now the dust has settled on my move i am noticing that the Australian savings rates are much higher that the UK. As the GBP AUD rate is $1:80 today im thinking about moving a large sum into an Australian savings account. so my questions are:- 1) There was no CGT due on the lump sum as it was from the sale of my primary residence in the UK, If i move the money will i have to pay any tax in Australia (apart from any gains from it earning interest)? 2 )Can anybody see a downside to doing this (apart from currency fluctuation)
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    Auz tax return, what can I claim?

    thanks all for your assistance, very very helpfull, ive engaged an accountant as suggested
  12. So i arrived in Sydney in Oct last year. Im just filling out my tax return and wondered what are the regulations regarding things i can claim back against my tax bill. I work full time as a employee from a single location. 1) ive had to buy a load of new shirts, suits, shoes can i offset any of that against my bill? 2) ive had to buy a laptop can i claim that back? 3) some days i work from home , can i claim a percentage of my broadband 4) anything else i should consider?
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    Where to live in Sydney for beach and commute

    Sorry to be a bit off topic. I wasn’t aware you didn’t have to pay rego if your toll fee is more than $25 per. Mine is over $70. How can you reclaim your rego?
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    Where to live in Sydney for beach and commute

    We live just off the beach at Narrabeen, I commute to St Mary’s in 75mins and my wife to the Olympic Park every day. We have now been doing this since we arrived in Oct last year. I leave at 6;45am for an 8am start. It’s a long commute but no worse than my daily commute in the U.K. i spend a lot of time travelling to and from work but feel its worth it to live right by the beach. There are quite a few of us that do similar trips, so don’t give up on your dream
  15. Hi Guys went to view a property prior to Auction yesterday. The real estate agent asked if I was interested which I said I was and then he said would I like to take a contract. I declined as ive got no idea what he was implying? Also what is the stamp duty situation for a first time buyer? thanks luke
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