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Jon the Hat last won the day on November 14 2023

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  1. Jon the Hat

    Contract work for UK company

    Do check your employment contract to make sure you are allowed to take on additional work.
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    Tax on remaining UK work

    Well put Ken, none of the points above are relevant for an overseas contractor.
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    Tax on remaining UK work

    The contractor route is a much better plan. Your employer will probably change their view as well once they realize the implications.
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    Uk to Brisbane area

    Worth noting when you do find somewhere you want, some higher demand schools may require a 12 month lease to allow a child to be enrolled , to avoid people renting a second house to get in. We had to lease a furnished house for 12 months when it only suited us for 6 and then store most of our stuff for the second 6 months. Worth checking before you sign for 6 months.
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    Finding work

    I should say I am in a similar position but 3 years on, kids now 10 and 14 so a little younger when we moved. Yes there were tears and a few bumps along the way but you can make it work if you and your wife are aligned and want to make it work. If only one of you is really keen it will be much much harder. Every little thing you dislike will be her fault etc. It can be very hard. Also note that if you move to Australia, it doesn't work out and one want to return to the UK and other does not, the one who wants to stay has the power as you cannot take your kids out of Australia without both parents' permission.
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    Finding work

    I would budget for 3-6 months to hit the ground, get schools and accommodation sorted and both find jobs. Anything better than that then is upside. How long it takes of course depends on your job level, experience and salary expectations. Plenty of business between Rockingham and Perth including logistics companies. Around the airport seems to be another big hub.
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    Correct year for 9 year old?

    Based on our then 8-year-old moving two years ago, it takes them some time to get used to the new environment and make some friends. You might even choose to try different schools as we did, moving after a year to a school he is happier in. Honestly the last thing you will worry about is which school year they are in at that point.
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    Filling container

    All the other white goods are standard sizes so bring them. If you have a fridge already might as well bring it even if for drinks fridge in the garage or laundry if it doesn't fit in the kitchen. That 400 quid will only buy you one decent appliance to be honest.
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    Residency and split tax confusion!

    That is complex. Yes you will need to complete a self-assessment, and everyone has to submit a return in Australia. I would definitely be getting professional advice and I am an accountant. ON reflection I should have when I moved as it took me ages of research to get the tax split right. You also cannot file the UK self assessment online from overseas without buying software so you might as well use a pro. @Alan Collett is well recommended.
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    Is it wrong(Selfish) to leave elderly parents behind.

    Same here, unfortunately then you have to be in one country when parents get old. You have to be a bit selfish, and I hope like mine your parents always knew you might go back, and will be grateful to have had you for the 15 years.
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    Overseas Based Partner Visa - Sub Class?

    I was pretty proud of it myself
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    Overseas Based Partner Visa - Sub Class?

    I have no doubt he is a fantastic choice - he is certainly extremely helpful on here and deserves a lot of credit for that. For many people using an agent is the right thing to do to help get it right or to just not stress about it for 5-6 months. I just wanted to make the point that is it not always a requirement.
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    Overseas Based Partner Visa - Sub Class?

    The advantage of the online application is there are effectively folders in the portal in which to submit your evidence which I think makes it a lot easier - You can setup the same folders on your PC and get all the scanned docs together. Nothing needs to be certified these days, just good quality scans which you can do on a recent phone easily enough.
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    Overseas Based Partner Visa - Sub Class?

    I have a 100% success rate in a situation similar to the OP - long relationship, from the UK, plenty of evidence. There is plenty of content on the evidence required on the IMMI site, and forum such as this are very helpful. I posted a list of what I provided at one point. I don't doubt the reassurance of using a professional, or the need for the expertise when you have a difficult case or anything borderline around health or criminality for example. If you have a simple case though, there are plenty of people who have successfully done it, and I don't recall reading many who failed.
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    Overseas Based Partner Visa - Sub Class?

    I don't think it is that hard, many people do it without help. What it is time consuming, but then you have to gather the evidence whether you use an agent or not.