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  1. DrDougster

    UK passport renewal in Aus

    Dumb question... We have PR but haven't been out of the country on it yet and our passports expire March/April next year. What's the best plan for renewal? If I do an online renewal and get delivered to my parents in UK will the issue of a new passport while we're here in Aus impact on on our PR visa? Is this a reasonable thing for us to do or do we have to go to an embassy?
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    Adhd and medical

    While there might not be support funding, he may well find superior psychiatric care in Australia in the future should any review in diagnosis or medication be needed. All the best.
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    UK passport renewal in Aus

    Awesome, thank you. I guess I have no faith in Aus post but needs must...
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    Renting property on a temporary visa

    Enough to make me never want to rent again - gathering deposit and stamp duty! These seem contradictory sentences. OP - good luck with it. Take photos of ANY damage, no matter how small, when you move in. Normal wear and tear is an alien concept in Aus, Be prepared to shell out for a "bond clean" when you move out.
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    Renting property on a temporary visa

    Be prepared for estate agencies in Aus to excel at performing well below expectations in nearly all regards. Email responses, telephone calls, negotiation with owners, you name it, they're shit at it!
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    Claiming NHS Pension

    Andy, I seriously owe you a beer. I just managed to get verified on digidentity, log on to myGov and get my NHS pension statement in a .pdf download. All this in-between a cancelled patient and a coffee in my clinic that everyone is scared of coming to today! Cheers Dude!
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    Flights booked - quick Qus

    At the present time, unfortunately you have probably just invested in Etihad with 0% interest. Tumultuous times for flying in at the moment.
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    Claiming NHS Pension

    Ahhh, this is an excellent nugget. I'd not have thought of getting a statement from them - many thanks.
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    Job offer

    I'll second this and my experience of getting a 190 through was very fast. Doors sometimes open when you don't expect them to so keep yourself informed, don't listen to the negative noise from the usual suspects and don't give up if the opportunity looks like it should be a realistic offer and opportunity.
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    PR Application Medicare vs Reciprocal Agreement Medicare

    Yes, it's worth doing straight away.
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    Crohns Disease and Australian Visa

    Can't you just swap to a biosimilar alternative? Previous posters on this topic wouldn't have had that option.
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    House sort out in absentia

    Anyone used a company in UK to go in and sort your house out for rental market? Pack personal stuff, clothes etc into storage, service boiler, bathrooms, clean etc...
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    Emergency Department

    Social responsibility of an err... sociopath.
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    Emergency Department

    And this is why you have long waits in ED. Honestly, you should be ashamed of yourself.
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    Transferring money from oz to uk

    Wise AUD account transfer to Santander UK account instantly now with tiny fee. Finally a great international transfer service which cuts out the heart in mouth "where is my money" time.
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    With Wise accounts set up on app and linked to my UK account I transferred money from Wise account AUD to UK Santander account at great rate in 4 seconds this week...
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    Working in IT in Australia

    Cost, time commitment, unsure if want to move, not got qualifications yet, not got experience yet, not got skills yet, other commitments in UK at the moment, all of these for partner... But, as to the original question of insight into the IT industry, I can't really help mate as it's not in my lane.
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    Working in IT in Australia

    I'd get your ducks in a row and look at what is best for you. I don't agree with the "certainty" that there will be fewer and fewer places. If we've learnt anything over the last year it is that the only certainty is uncertainty. If you have all your qualifications and experience and points look good for an occupation on the list then crack on and apply but don't imagine options will definitely vanish. People on here have been proved very wrong about this assertion in the past. Is your profession one where Australia is going to need fewer of you in the future or where home grown talent will begin to fill the need? Seems unlikely...
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    Criminal record

    Come on, don't leave us hanging...
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    Working in IT in Australia

    Don't worry, if you asked how much a pint of milk costs in Australia the response would likely be "Very expensive, your experience in milk buying won't be recognised here you know and you'll never get a visa. Also, I can't help but wonder why you want milk? You know you can buy almond milk, and, it's litres not pints..."
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    Moving to Darwin

    I think some people are confusing Walkabout Creek with Darwin here.
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    Moving to Darwin

    Wow! What a lot of ridiculous scare mongering about what can be a lovely place to live! Darwin is certainly always hot and can be very humid but that's a given and the weather can be lovely. There are some tropical diseases that are more common than other areas but it's not like you're going to be living in a tent in wetlands for heaven's sake. Mosquitos aren't a big problem. I'd look at a nice house or apartment a bit North of the city in Nightcliff, Rapid Creek area. There's no traffic to speak of so you'll be into the town in 20minutes at "rush hour" anyway. It's a great gateway drug to Australia and a place I'd consider moving back to in later years of life.
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    Medicals/Police Checks Requested- Advice

    Did you then resubmit? I seem to remember needing to push "go" on it again when we had done the medicals.
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    Move cube feedback

    There's a severe lack of Dad holiday boot packing skills here! You could easily have got Marisa's bed and sofa in that 1/3 full cube!