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  1. Amber Snowball

    Power of Attorney for relative in UK

    Definitely want as much on direct debit as possible. It’s not an easy job if you want to do it properly. Strangely the relatives who clear their “loved ones” out using POA seem to have no trouble at all!
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    Power of Attorney for relative in UK

    I don’t have direct experience of this but worked in Australia with patients whose POA were overseas! I think you are going to have to ring the institutions and provide the POA and get them to set it up manually. Is the bank card not still registered to him at his address so put that in rather than yours? As for getting him cash, in Australia you could give the bank an instruction that the person could withdraw x amount each week, maybe his UK bank has something similar? Does he live in his own home? If he is in a supported living or something would you trust the staff to give him money and you transfer the amount to them? Sorry it’s not direct experience and the impaired people I worked with were in Australia so different country, different rules. I am in work on Monday (in the UK) and will ask the district nurses as they might know. In good news the clocks start changing soon so move the time difference closer together if you need to make phone calls! Good luck, it is a tricky job to have if you are not in the country, wherever you or they live.
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    Moving Back to the UK from Australia - Positive Stories

    Yes, I’ve looked into that thanks and have a plan, unless the rules change between now and then. ’Ooop north’, people are pretty chummy! Just my experience again.
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    Moving Back to the UK from Australia - Positive Stories

    Oh yes I was overwhelmed on a number of occasions but it is doable. I had a list a mile long and put a date when each thing was booked/sorted. It really looked like it would never end...... then all of a sudden it was done! Itwas a shock. I suddenly had time on my hands to do other things rather than plan my move! The day the list gets binned because it is finished is a spiritual moment! I’m sure there is nothing wrong with your social skills! I always say “Australians are friendly but not inclusive”. Very happy to chat but never any more than that. They tend to have family around and often large families and their group of friends and see no need to extend that. My experience, my opinion. I met some very nice people whilst there. Good luck with what you decide. As long as you make a decision with your eyes open as it were, so you know where you might be struggling or accept compromise in some way, as most of us have to do, then away you go. I’m working until I’m 67 also, but hoping to use my Aussie super at 60 to allow me to go part time then. Never going to be rich, but then I never have been so won’t miss it! I’m low budget, don’t travel much so just need enough to live on. All the best!
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    Travel insurance - back to UK

    I used Woolworths for my travel insurance. Covered my luggage, flight cancellation etc, but more importantly if I slipped and broke my leg in transit or during transfer in Dubai or Singapore where I would have to pay for healthcare. Also covered my excess on a hire car in the uk. Lots of options out there, I used another company prior to Woolies but can’t remember their name. I wouldn’t travel without it.
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    Moving Back to the UK from Australia - Positive Stories

    I waited until my old dog died before moving back. She wouldn’t have been able to fly, so she remained in a house that was familiar to her but one that I hated until she took her last journey to the vet. Try and engage a bit more with life whilst you are there, it’s easier said than done I know. Maybe start some low level planning for your move, clearing out, tarting the house up for sale, looking at areas in the UK for houses you might like, jobs if you need them. I found I whiled away 2 years like that! Good luck! It’s definitely not perfect here but I feel much more relaxed now I’m back.
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    Moved back to the UK and now depressed

    Woolton is still nice. Leafy and smart!
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    What's Rosebud like??

    That user isn’t on the forum anymore by the looks of it. This thread is 10 years old. Maybe start a new thread. There are a few members around the peninsula might have some contacts that could help you. Otherwise you’ll needa holiday let first off and then realestate.com for current rentals. Rosebud is a holiday area so will get busy during the summer which might limit your options in November and onwards. Good luck with your move! Very exciting!
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    Moved back to the UK and now depressed

    Good for you! As quoll said, you can’t go back. Look for a new adventure! There are some lovely places that you wouldn’t be far from family. You really don’t sound like you are going to settle very well where you are now so better to try somewhere else. That’s the trouble with migration, it opens your eyes! Good luck!
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    Moved back to the UK and now depressed

    I moved back last June after 13 years in Melbourne. I moved to a different part of the UK to where I am from, in Cheshire now and I work in Knowsley. Where I live couldn’t be more different to where I work! Not sure where in Liverpool you are but there are some lovely places not too far away.
  11. I’d agree with the comments above. If it’s on a list and she has the points she can apply. As Marissa says it probably refers to actually getting a job. A lot of my son’s peers did primary teaching and very few have a job. Most are doing relief work at best. It is probably area specific like most things so she might have to live and work somewhere less ‘desirable’ initially.
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    Sunscreen lotions bring it or not from UK ??

    Thank you. Will bring them with me then. Sometimes the unbranded ones seems to work better and some of my other favourites. I tend to look for spf50 but good to know spf30 is the better one. Thanks again x If you use spf 50 without issue carry on. My information might be out of date! I don’t want you getting burnt!
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    Sunscreen lotions bring it or not from UK ??

    If you have particular onesyou like bring them. I only use Piz Buin as others seem to give me a sort of prickly heat rash! You can’t buy that in Australia so I got people to send some. Just be aware you need a decent spf. SPF30 should do it. Any higher just tends to increase the chemicals rather than the protection, or that certainly was the case.
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    6 month stay each year

    Good for you! Glad it is falling into place. Yes I think your past experience is invaluable and also makes you self sufficient in terms of a social group, not so reliant on family. After such an arduous visa process it must be a relief!
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    143 parent visa

    If you have a look at the parent visa thread on here I think they are still processing mid - late 2015.......
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    6 month stay each year

    I think being more of a seasoned traveller helps as you know opportunities can come knocking and people move on, as you have yourself. It might also be the difference between you as the parent saying we will move to be closer and understanding the risk and the child saying move to be with me, as in that case the parent might expect to keep family close as they have been asked to move, if that makes sense????? Don’t have an answer, so many factors involved that differ for everyone. But food for thought for those that haven’t considered what they will do if their family move on. Are you settling in well yourself @Fisher1?
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    6 month stay each year

    They probably give very little thought as a rule. Why would they, they are moving to be with family, I don’t think I would imagine that the family would then leave me after all that money and effort. It must be awful. Obviously I’m wiser now! I feel for you. I hope your husband is getting good care and is comfortable and you have some support. Good luck with whatever you decide, it’s often hard to know what the right decision is. Sending a hug! I can’t find the emoji!
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    6 month stay each year

    A lady bought the plot of ground across from me in Geelong. She had gone to Australia to be closer to her daughter. Built her unit, landscaped the garden , all settled, her daughter promptly upped and moved to Queensland. She said she wasn’t going to keep following her daughter having made this move so sold the unit and went back to the UK. God knows how much that whole debacle cost!
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    6 month stay each year

    Years ago my mum did just that whilst waiting for me to be able to sponsor her 143 and then whilst awaiting the 143 grant, the waiting time was much shorter then....so she did this for about 3 or 4 years. She basically followed the sun doing the summer in each country. This worked just fine in the short term. I think over time it would become exhausting especially as you age, unless you are one of the lucky ones that gets younger!
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    Can my daughter from the UK be put in my visa

    Ok. That makes more sense. It was just tha language being used that was foxing me!
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    Can my daughter from the UK be put in my visa

    That’s what I assumed. Still hadn’t considered they could be added at a later date. Learnt something today! Worth getting out of bed.
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    Doctors and PR

    Raul above is an agent, maybe try him!
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    Can my daughter from the UK be put in my visa

    This is very interesting! I had never considered that you could add people to a visa so long after the grant. I’m assuming your visa is 6years old? Good luck! I think it would be very helpful for others if you let us know how you get on.
  24. 100 points are for identification. So each type of id document like a passport, bank card or drivers licence has a number of points attached to them. Most people in Australia would have 100 points of ID in their wallet. If you google Australia 100 points for id you should be able to get an official list up. They will accept some overseas documents as well, but the sooner you can get a medicare card, bank card etc the better. Sorry I can’t post a link, my baby iPad doesn’t like it!
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    Renting in Adelaide With No References.

    It’s a different language isn’t it?! You’ll see it for all sorts of things. Police checks springs to mind. But once you are settled you can usually produce 100 points quite easily. Everyone has to do it and we all did when we first arrived and managed, so you should be fine.
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