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  1. bluequay

    Bank account in Aus with 189 Grant

    https://www.hsbc.com.au/international/open-an-australian-bank-account/ The HSBC Everyday Global Account
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    Bank account in Aus with 189 Grant

    I opened an account in January and I have no UK HSBC account so they may have dropped that requirement.
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    Bank account in Aus with 189 Grant

    You don't need a $100K to open a HSBC Australian account from the UK, you can do it with $1. They are happy with a UK address and even send your debit card to that address. It takes about 3 days to open the account and 14 days for the debit card to arrive.
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    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    To be honest I would be delighted to find a school in Australia as good as the one my children currently go to. Based on Simon's and others experience we are clearly very fortunate to live in area where all of the schools are excellent, even if they do shake you down most weeks for some extra cash via cakes sales or similar
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    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    I've just read through the thread twice to be sure and there is nothing that negative about Australian schools, nobody has stated they are terrible just that they have the same problems schools all over the world have.
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    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    @Cheery Thistle We are moving to Adelaide as that is my wife's home city. Good luck with your move too. I suspect people won't be falling over themselves to employ a 50+ software developer in Adelaide so If I can secure a job and need to move early, or stay contracting here for a bit longer than we will have make the move in stages. As you say though everybody's situation is different.
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    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    @Cheery Thistle Splitting up the family temporarily is never ideal, but when you have jobs to find, houses to sell and kids to settle into school then sometimes it is necessary. We have discussed all the possible scenarios as we want our kids to start school in Australia at the start of the next school year (Jan 25) so that they can have the best chance of settling in. It would be very fortunate to get the house sale and jobs tied in to that date, so the key is flexibility and there may be a bit of short term pain to get to our final goal
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    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    Rather than pulling the plug, Why doesn't one of you head over there and try and get a job? If you have something tangible to move to it will give you a lot more security.
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    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    @Cheery Thistle I think it's more of a thing in Australia than in the UK the same way health insurance is more common. You can even get a tax deduction for the premiums.
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    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    I have no idea, it might be an idea to speak to a financial advisor about what you could theoretically borrow based on your ages and projected salaries before you make the move. I don't want to put a damper on things but I would also have a good think about how you would feel carrying that kind of debt mentally, as it is very different from the position you are in now.
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    Monthly outgoings (Brisbane area).

    With these figures and your ages, (No offence intended I'm over 50!) I would budget for some kind of income protection plan, as if something happens where one of you can't work then you will struggle to pay the bills.
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    What new child visa goes with our RRVs?

    With your timescales I would speak to a migration agent asap. They will be able to give you a better idea about whether the 101 would likely be granted by September. The migration agent should also be able to give you the details of any bridging visa they would get if you choose to apply onshore, and whether your son will be able to attend school on the bridging visa. They would possibly have to wait until after their visitor visa expired so that could be 3 months without school from your arrival time.
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    820 and/or 835

    How old is your son? Would a Working Holiday Visa be an interim option, so that he can stay and work?
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    Moving home and buying my first house

    This is all sadly very true, most high streets around bristol have deteriorated and even the ones that don't have empty shops have lost their essential services like banks, post offices to be replaced with charity shops and coffee chains! In addition renting is as hard in the UK as it is in Australia at the moment, a friend recently had to move rentals due to his landlord selling up and it was very hard to find somewhere, lots of places subject to bidding wars without even being viewed. The Llandoger Trow is still open though
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    Moving home and buying my first house

    It might be worth trying to open a UK account with HSBC they are pretty good at cross border accounts.
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