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    Shipping reccomendations for Aus to UK

    I used them aus to uk, sorry. I think it took about 9 weeks from collection to delivery and the driver helped me at both ends with loading and unloading. Yes a pared down existence at each end! From memory they told me on my quote what the customs charge would be as a minimum depending upon whether customs decided they needed to do more checks etc. You can track your cube whilst it sails across and I contacted them about some query or another and they were very responsive. Mark a space out on your floor for the size of cube you are using and then stack your boxes into it so you know what will fit and if you’ll have some extra space. Best piece of advice I had. Good luck and happy travels! edit: delivery to address is included in the price/quote unless you suddenly want it to go somewhere different or very rural or something.
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    Shipping reccomendations for Aus to UK

    I’ll second this. They were very good.
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    Moving Back to UK - Financial Advice

    Deffo no Australian state pension if outside of Australia. It’s a means tested benefit not a universal right. Different to the uk. Yes super has to remain in Australia until preservation age when you can claim it if you retire then. I think with the car you have to get the speedo changed to mph and something about having certain fog lights I think. Used cars are increasing in price here like in Australia, so not sure if that would make it more or less worthwhile.
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    Moving Back to UK - Financial Advice

    Excellent. in 2018 is was hellish and I only managed to get it done with the help of the thread on here and others finding work arounds. It was a nightmare. If attachments were too big, it didn’t lodge, but didn’t tell you it hadn’t worked, there were 2 email addresses that seemed to be in use and they didn’t necessarily work. It was gradually improving so good news it’s now working properly.
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    Moving Back to UK - Financial Advice

    The TOR form was new 4 years ago and was a total ball ache. I think it has improved so hopefully not too much hassle. I listed a lot of things I didn’t end up taking and it was fine, better to have them on the list and not take them than the other way around!
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    Moving Back to UK - Financial Advice

    Hi, I moved back to the uk in 2018 and didn’t get financial help. I moved at the end of June. I completed my final Australian tax return when it was due indicating it would be my final one. Then paid no tax on my paye in the uk for a few months as I used my annual allowance there and then just fell into the uk system from there. You don’t pay tax on savings or in my case a house sale, only earnings. I cancelled any insurances on my Australian superannuation. You will need to complete a Transfer of Residence form (TOR). Just so you aren’t charged vat on your belongings and this includes any pets so you have to list them. It’s process heavy but just do it bit by bit. There’s lots of info on the site and a few have moved back recently so will help I’m sure.
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    Health visitors?

    I don’t think in the role requires seperate registration like it does in Victoria from memory. I know of a HV who worked as a child and family nurse in Perth, so it’s not impossible. I would think your midwifery knowledge would be an advantage as well. The only thing might be that those roles are probably quite desirable so competition can be tough especially as you won’t have the mystical “Australian experience “. But once you get that first job you will become a member of that club and it gets easier. Good luck!
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    Moving Costs

    I can recommend movecube if, as marissa says you’re moving smaller things. I had a large cube for less than $2000 from memory, that was 2018. Have a look at their website, I thought they were excellent. There are varying wait times for benefits. Universal credit is the new catch all benefit, so you apply for that and you get paid whichever ‘parts’ you are eligible for. I wouldn’t expect to get very much straight off, probably at least 3 months for most things, but not all so check. The gov.uk website will have the details. There are benefit calculator sites as well, where you can put your details in and it will work it all out for you before you actually apply. turn2us or entitledto are a couple of them. Also be aware they aren’t necessarily very quick processing applications either. There are lots of job vacancies in some sectors so depending upon what you do so hopefully you won’t need benefits. DWP are not a fluffy government department by any stretch. Good luck!
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Depends whose figures you choose to look at. From memory the 175000 is anyone where covid was mentioned on a death certificate even if they hadn’t tested positive. 150000 if they died within 28 days of a positive test from any cause. 148000 excess deaths over what would be the expected average for the time period from any cause. Pretty sure that’s right! I’ll try and find the quote somewhere. edit: sorry just kept reading the thread and others have quoted the same!
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    190 Visa EOI

    I can’t say for sure but surely if you withdraw an eoi that’s it, it’s gone. Another question for Paul maybe! All the best with your application.
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    Moving back to the UK – Tie up loose ends

    I have an account with ME bank and they have no problems with my UK mobile number. My biggest issue was I can’t change my medicare address to overseas so I used my son’s address in Oz as they sent a new card recently. ATO and another one on the gov.au website were fine with my uk address but not medicare. GP will need evidence of uk address to register you. Usually a utility bill or council tax bill. The receptionist will tell you what they accept. It’s worth getting a statement of no claims for insurance if you can. Admiral in the uk accept overseas no claims, a couple of others do as well.
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    Is it still worth it

    The only point in your statement I would contest is car rego. My rego in the uk is £170, which is quite an expensive band here. In Australia it was nearly $800 from memory, that’s in Victoria, don’t know if other states vary.
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    Moving from U.K. to Aus

    @paulhand has responded above with some thoughts and I recommend if you are going to speak to an agent consider paul as he gives a lot of time and advice on the forum and is appropriately registered and has a good reputation on this site. sorry I know nothing about visas these days but paul does! good luck with your journey, others may also be along to assist and offer opinions and insights once australia wakes up.
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    Is it still worth it

    I don’t know what area of health you are in but yes treatment of staff in the nhs is largely rubbish. Not to say there aren’t poor employers in Australia as well, I certainly had a few! I’m not in Australia any more but my impression is that their healthcare systems have suffered as well. All these things probably area specific in both countries. I currently have a great employer in the nhs. That said, sponsorship, no children, willing spouse, go for it. Why wouldn’t you? It will give you both a break, always a bit of a bounce. You might love it and look to try and stay or you might decide not for you and leave. Who cares. Life is for living! All the best with it, get on that plane!
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Good news. On the telegraph website today: Fourth Covid vaccines are not currently needed, government scientific advisers have said, amid increasing evidence that the omicron strain is much milder than previous variants. On Friday night, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) announced that booster jabscontinue to provide high levels of protection against severe disease from omicron in older adults, including the most vulnerable. The committee's analysis found that, three months after receiving a third jab, protection against hospitalisation among those aged 65 and over remains at around 90 per cent. Ministers have been exploring the possibility of a fourth jab for several weeks after Israel, considered a global pioneer in Covid vaccination, launched such a programme last month. But Prof Wei Shen Lim, the JCVI's chairman of Covid immunisation, said: "The current data show the booster dose is continuing to provide high levels of protection against severe disease, even for the most vulnerable older age groups.