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    Medicare and insurance

    You need it to get the visa and until you have medicare cover. It is then ambiguous depending on your country of citizenship but my understanding is that from a UK point of view living in Aus with medicare is largely comparable to having NHS cover in the UK. If you need treatment then you'll get it: if you want treatment then you probably won't. Private hospital cover means you aren't subject to MSL on your tax return. It seems to be a bit of a racket to be honest and you need to click through lots of government sites before you get to the still slightly ambiguous truth. I am perhaps slightly lucky to work at a hospital just around the corner so have some confidence to do it this way. If anyone has some concrete evidence that a UK citizen with reciprocal medicare cover needs extra health insurance then I'm all ears!
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    Medicare and insurance

    So I reckon I owe you a beer or two! The person I spoke to on the 'phone at BUPA was clueless. They told me we need overseas visitor health cover with a 457 despite me saying that we are from the UK and have a medicare card with reciprocal cover. Combined with their "offer" on private hospital cover the bargain was $420/month... No OVHC and cover from HBF to avoid the MSL = $62.80... Easily enough saving to pay a tax accountant!
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    UK appliances

    The answer to this is always "yes they work fine". However, for some reason a techy person may be able to explain, my Mac certainly doesn't charge properly here.
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    Best site for transferring funds...

    Transferwise is excellent.
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    Moving To Darwin

    We've just moved here with a 1yr old. It will depend a lot on where you work. Some nice suburbs in North part of town near Casuarina Square which is a great shopping centre. Lots of childcare options too as the university and hospital are out this way. We got a friend to look around an apartment for us and send up to date photos. She collected an ikea order for us and dropped it in the apartment and we've moved straight into a great place on the foreshore at Nightcliff. We happened to go through Thrive property NT. Belinda was good. They have a property in Lyons which is very nice looking - we happened to drive by it the other day: https://m.realestate.com.au/property-house-nt-lyons-423959614 Moving directly in was very useful for us and has worked out brilliantly. I can have a look at somewhere if you like/I can fit it in. Do it! It's a beautiful place to live at this time of year...
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    Don't lots of people take thiamine in Darwin because they're smashing the booze! ?
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    Travelling light

    Can't speak highly enough of Westpac. Personal service and what seems like a very good transfer rate - fee free 1% off real rate for £6K starter cash so $10407 today. We went for moving straight into the apartment!!! Don't fret - a friend looked around it and said we should definitely go for it and we haggled a bit. Said friend is collecting an Ikea order for us and dropping it off. I've arranged the electricity to be put on the day before we get there and the internet connection is being turned on too. Cancelled internet, tv etc here. I've cancelled all my professional memberships, changed house insurance, got car covers. Cleaner is going to do a couple of hrs every fortnight to keep an eye on things. What am I missing?
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    Visa medical - Sarcoidosis

    I wouldn't take that advice from GP! Wait to see resp consultant on Weds. Every chance that you could still be "a" on medical but wait for the resp opinion. Sarcoid comes in all manner of severity of disease so impossible to comment further. (Resp consultant.)
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    Travelling light

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    457 visa application Timeline for Years 2017/2018

    Submitted 20th Feb 2018 Self Acknowledged 22nd Feb Further info requested 26th Feb- applied for an extension to the 28 days on 20th March. Prioritised and granted 26th April
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    Dual Sim phones

    Thank you to everyone - going to buy a 5T
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    Travelling light

    Might go for buying second hand and selling if we leave early. We've always owned our cars.
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    Dual Sim phones

    Interesting. Are the security guards at Samsung the real "Guardians of the Galaxies"?
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    Dual Sim phones

    Anyone got any advice for a dual sim phone to keep UK number and have an Aus one?
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    Travelling light

    The phones thing is a another minefield. At the moment we both have iPhone 6s that our little treasure has smashed. I'll have a work phone and we very rarely call anyone outside of Whatsapp or facetime. I wonder if the best "other phone" would be a dual sim for my wife so she has her UK number and an Aus number. Is it best to buy the power adaptors here? I think I'll ship the Neo to keep me sane.