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  1. Just wondering...... Not that we are pinning our hopes on getting benefit when we land in Oz... ...but just looking on centrelink website, can anyone tell me: When we arrive in QLD with our permanent resident 175 visas, would we be eligible for newstart benefit or would we be subject to the two year newly arrived residents waiting period? We have no children and would be renting, but we would have a lump sum in the bank. Just wondering out of a matter of interest, as I always thought you couldn't claim benefit for the 1st 2 years. :huh:
  2. For those of you who have migrated with kids, when did you notify the tax credit office and child benefit. Was there any issues with regards to finalizing tax credits before year end? Any advice appreciated :chatterbox:
  3. This is great news and I hope the Government have the bottle to do it. Support is building within the government for a move to take benefits away from claimants convicted of looting in the riots, a measure that has won more than 100,000 signatories on the Directgov website. Those e-petitions which pass this threshold are meant to be considered by the backbench business committee, a cross-party group, for debate in parliament. More ON THIS STORY Cameron starts ‘fight back’ against rioters Court cases give snapshots of rioters Westminster blog Cameron’s prescription FT tech hub PM threat to block rioters from social media Police cuts to stay in wake of riots Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, now backs the proposal, and the prime minister hinted he could also throw his weight behind it. David Cameron told parliament: “We should be looking at additional powers such as this.” The overwhelming support for the petition makes it almost certain that it will be referred to the backbench business committee of MPs that decides which issues of public interest will get time to be debated in the House of Commons.
  4. Hi am new to this site! I am aware that if you are a permanent resident you have to wait 2 years to claim benefits. Does anyone know if this includes Tax credits and child benefit (does Oz even have this?!). Thanks!
  5. newlifeincoming

    benefit of using migration agent

    Hi. This is my first post here and I would just be interested in your thoughts as to what the benefits are of using a migration agent. I am applying for state sponsorship as a nurse and have already applied for the skills assessment so it is just the process of state sponsorship and the visa application. I don't envisage it being a particularly complicated application but I don't want to spend all that money on the visa fee and have it turned down because I missed something or worded something wrong. The lowest quote I've had so far is $1900 which I don't think is probably pretty good but I don't want to spend this money if it is really that simple a process that I would be spending money unnecessarily.
  6. The decision by the government to tackle the benefits culture are starting to hit the vulnerable in society and there has already been several suicides from people who have had their benefits withdrawn who were suffering mental health problems. I think i read that 7,000 benefit claimants per week were being seen and i just think there needs to be some accountability, yes the government need to tackle this, to help reduce the huge national debt, but where will it end.
  7. LYNDAMUMFORD

    Child benefit on 475 visa?

    Can any tell me, we come over on a 475 visa in June and as part of the visa we will not be entitled to any benefits of any kind, rent allowance etc for 2 years living in low population regional area (employed for 12 months) - does this mean we would still be entitled to child benefit from the UK or am I wrong, and we would get child benefit in Australia, or is it that we are not entitled to child benefit from either country, as I had assumed?? Can anyone enlighten me???
  8. Hi All, I have 2 young children, aged 3yrs and 6yrs, so currently receive child benefit each month. If we immigrate to Australia, as planned, then what is the correct thing to do with regards to Child Benefit? I'm assuming that if we no longer intend to live in the country, then I will need to notify the correct parties and have it cancelled?? Or is it something that gets paid regardless, until the children reach 16yrs (or is it 18yrs)?? And family tax credits as well...? I guess that once we are no longer working, it will be safe to assume that these tax credits will also be stopped? How does it all tie up together? Any advise welcome, please. :huh: Thanks.
  9. Hi, I was wondering if any of you know about child benefit on leaving the Uk. We are due to leave beginning of march and i had heard somewhere you may still get child benefit for 8 weeks after leaving the UK. When i rang the child benefit office they said once i had told them we have left i will be assessed to see if we will get the further 8 weeks. Does anyone know how this assessment is made? and has anyone actually received the extra 8 weeks? Thanks Julie:confused:
  10. Is anyone from here going tomorrow to the concert in Brisbane????
  11. rachuk1

    Child Benefit ?

    My husband and I moved here in May with our 3 boys 10, 13 and 15. my kids and i have Australian passports as I was born here and moved to the UK when i was 5. can any one tell me if Australia has child benefit or anything similar like we did in the UK? also, are dentists covered with the Medicare card? thanks in advance :biggrin:
  12. Hello all, My civil partner is Aussie by birth and we intend on moving to Melbourne in the next year or so. He would be my sponsor for my Partner Visa. However, our self employed work as performers has almost dried up. These last 6 months has seen us work just 5 days in total. So money is very tight, and therefore we're thinking of claiming some UK benefits, such as Housing Benefit, Job Seekers and Council Tax. But reading Form 47, we need to declare if we're CURRENTLY claiming benefits. (Question 34, I think) Reading between the lines, we don't want to come across as potential high users of the Australian social security system. Neither of us have claimed benefits before and it would be just a short term claim, finishing before the visa application. We have no plans on claiming anything when we get there. The savings we have are allocated towards the costs of moving and setting up down under. Basically, should we claim to keep us afloat? Does DIAC have access to what people have claimed (NI records)?? Any help/advice regarding our dilemma would be most appreciated!! Cheers in advance;)
  13. I'm an Australian "citizen" ie naturalized australian, am currently receiving centerlink benefits and have recently married my english girlfriend here in sydney , I now have to inform centerlink and fill in a huge form called MOD P , this asks for information on her income /.assets etc , She has her own home in the UK & UK state pension, does anyone know if will drastically affect my centerlink benefit , and also is the centerlink application on my behalf linked into the application for the spouse visa whcih we are applying for ?
  14. My husband's work are seconding him for a year to Melbourne to work in their Australian office. I am also heading out with our 2 1/2 year old daughter and are expecting our 2nd one in July. The visa he will hold is a 457. I've contacted HM& Customs and have been told that, as it is a temporary move, we'd be entitled to Child benefit for only 8 weeks after we leave. However, our visa does not make us eligible for the equivalent benefit in Oz. Please don't get me wrong, I'm not expecting government handouts, but we will both be paying taxes and NI in the UK for the whole year (i've got a number of A/L weeks and mat leave and my husband has to pay it for the first year through the UK section of his work) and he will also be paying full Australian taxes. It just seems that we are falling between a huge gap. Am I missing something?
  15. Guest

    Child Benefit - how much?

    Hi does anyone know approx how much child benefit is in Oz? I have 3 children. Do they do any kind of tax credits? Thanks for your help in advance! Zeta
  16. Guest

    child benefit in Oz?

    Hi, we're moving to Melbourne in Feb 2010 on my husbands 457 visa. Move and contract is just for one year. I'm assuming that UK child benefit and tax credits will stop temporarily (until we move back), but wondering if there is an equivalent that we will be eligible for in Oz. Added "complication" is that we're expecting 2nd baby in July and unsure whether they will be entitled to anything. Thanks.
  17. Guest

    Child benefit in Oz

    All, Contary to the info we received via various grapevines...in SA if you have a perm res visa you can claim their equivallent of CHB AND ..if you are a single income family some more too. The website for SA is www.familyassist.gov.au.onlineservices. Sorry not sure if this applies to the other states but certainly worth checking it all out. There is also help with costs of childcare. I wish we'd known ...I'm not sure if they'll back date it for us yet.
  18. It took them nearly 9 months to sort out claim initially and now we have left after two letters each and phone calls they still have paid us! Now I have to try call them again to get the money taken back which will probably take ages and cause all sorts of problems given that I am still using my UK bank account. Sorry just had to whinge. Warning to all others... bombard with letters and calls telling them you are leaving as they are bloody useless. A X
  19. Guest

    Child Benefit

    Wasn't sure where to post this but can someone please tell me: if I have a state sponsored visa am i entitled to child benefit? The only reason I ask is that I have been told that if you are eligible for child benefit you are entitled to help with nursery fees if working. I have a horrible feeling that due to being on a state sponsored visa which is for 3 years I won't be entitled to anything......... Advice required. Thanks Dawn
  20. I thought it might be a good idea to share with you the story behind our storage arrangements in Brisbane. As some of you may have read we were in the odd situation of leaving our goods behind in Brisbane while we return to Britain to sell our house. So I have really had some fun in different ways with the relocation side of things. I say this because when all is said and done, each person’s possessions are I imagine the most important thing you have outside of family and friends, so we need to take care of them all. Sorry this is such a long post, but it’s difficult to keep it short. Here goes!! Well for months leading up to our temporary return to the UK, I had been going through hell in my mind trying to work out what was best to do. Shipping everything back to Britain when our intention was to come back to Brisbane A.S.A.P seemed a no brainer to me. Yet what could I do? I thought about looking into self storage arrangements but they didn’t seem too great, then there was our car which we had bought new just over a year ago when we arrived, what could I do with that. I found in Australia second hand cars for sale almost everywhere you look and I mean real large Car lots with all sorts of makes and models. I stood little chance of finding a nice second hand car dealer who would give me a fat cash price for my car if I sold it, so there was the prospects of a large loss on that. So I had to start somewhere and decided to get some quotes for shipping our goods back first and see where that lead. Now lets role back a year. We used CROWN for our move out to Oz. The service in Wales was absolutely phenomenal. Three guys, helpful, on time, worked non stop for 2 days and did a great job, even helping shift things we weren’t taking. Faultless. Brisbane was a different story. Man arrived with young lad, man gave me the orders told me what I should do and offloaded all our goods. Dumped them in the house some in the right rooms others just dumped wherever. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This guy from Crown told me he had another packing job to go to which was much bigger than ours and that he didn’t have time to hang around. I guess I should have done something there and then like call their Brisbane office. But I was a bit pushed and had a lot to get on with as we were just moving in that day and phones were being connected, and new items being delivered. In the end I managed to get him to agree to put our bed together so that we had a bed to sleep on that night, and I was just glad to see the back of this guy, a Kiwi (his words). Nothing was unpacked and very little was right about the house that day. :nah: Well over the next few days I got everything sorted out and put things together myself, as my wife had started working. I called Crown not only to report the situation to them but more so to get the 100 or so empty boxes in my garage removed. The lady at Crown was apologetic and said She would get the manager to call me. He did, but offered nothing other than a time for the boxes to be collected. All along I was noting all this knowing full well that one way or another I would get back at Crown as we still had a second load to ship to Brisbane or had to ship our goods home if we didn’t stay. So lets go forward almost a year, to me seeking quotes for shipping home. I made an appointment with Crown and they sent their Brisbane Sales/Move Coordinator around to the house to do a survey. He was aware of our problems from last year on arrival as the girl in the office with whom I made the appointment had told him. I had also contacted their marketing manager in Britain and repeated my complaint about a year ago. So the guy from Crown listened and explained to me he was aware what had happened, could only apologise for what happened but assured me the guy had long since gone as he had proved to be unreliable and they had received a lot of complaints about his non work ethic. Basically he had been fired a long time ago. It emerged that Crown do Sub contract their work in Brisbane and I think all around Australia. This left me very concerned. Firstly I was unsure whether to believe the rep or not, had the guy who did our delivery last year really been sacked or was he still there. Secondly what if I got some crappy sub contractor again who didn’t do the job well. I was already peeeeeed off about having to ship everything back, a bad job would only make things more annoying. So a few E-mails went back and forth and I told Crown I was unsure about things in view of the problems encountered previously and that I would call them if I needed them. About 10 days later I was still seeking quotes and my phone rang. It was the Area Manager of Crown. I won’t name him as I feel that would be unfair to name anyone here. However from that moment, an amazing turnaround occurred. This man took control of it all, and when I went through the problems of our delivery, he was fully aware of what had gone on, emphasised that I should not have put up with it on the day, and above all assured me that he would personally supervise the whole move for me and even offered to come out to our house and discuss it with me if I wanted. He then went on to ask me if I was probably coming back to Brisbane why was I shipping it all back. ? I asked him what did he suggest I do, and he said We can help in terms of storage if you wanted to look at that option. So we did and within a few days he had produced revised quotes for storage as well as shipment. What was so good was the time he spent in both E-mails and phone calls to offer help and advice and any support he could give. He totally changed my opinion of Crown at Brisbane and the proof was in the pudding on the day when the move went so smoothly and we had 2 guys there that were superb in all that they did. We even had a quality control man call to the house on the day to see that everything was going well and we were happy with all arrangements. We are paying around $32.00 per week for storage, however on top of that there’s a monthly insurance charge that you need to set up. There is a few other charges including a lump sum handling charge from your home to store, bear in mind that the goods are all Internationally packed and ready to ship to the UK if that should prove necessary. But all in all I am very pleased with the arrangements we have been able to set up and with the way Crown assisted us with everything. I was also amazed, they did not ask me for a penny in terms of payment until I had actually returned to the UK. Why I don’t know, maybe they overlooked it or something, but I didn’t receive my invoice until this week (22nd July). Absolutely faultless. I also managed to put my car into storage with RACQ in Brisbane. This allows for the car to be started and driven within their compound for 20 minutes each month and this is at a cost of $176.00 per month. So I hope this story is of some help to anyone considering who to use for their move to Australia and to Queensland inparticular. I am told Crown are not the cheapest, maybe that’s true. However I can safely say from experience now of having dealt with them in detail, that they are a very professional and experienced company who will treat your valuable possessions with care and respect. Personally I wouldn’t look anywhere else now. Just learn from my mistakes and maybe go down this track. Seek a written assurance on how your goods will be handled on the day both sides of the journey. Make contact with the receiving office (destination office) even before your goods have been packed in your home. Ask for the names of the manager and E-mail him or her and tell them what you expect. In the event that on the day you are unhappy and it can not be resolved with the guy’s at your home doing the move, call a halt to proceedings whilst you contact their manager. No one wants to be unreasonable but if you have paid for a particular service do not be put off the attitude of one individual. Be the boss. When the Survey rep is doing your survey and compiles your quote, do not be persuaded to purchase add ons to the policy like replacement sets and pairs and mildew cover and all that. Go into this in detail with the rep and ask yourself is it really necessary? Just look at how the goods are packed, do you really need that extra cover? Finally check out the insurance costs. A lump sum policy can prove more expensive than a detailed list at your estimated itemised value. In addition, to using the insurance offered by the relocation company (whoever they are) also get a quote for a marine policy from your local insurance broker or as we did Letton Percival in Liverpool. Don’t be put off by all the talk that their policy isn’t the same as that actually offered by Relocation Companies. It is.!! Infact it’s underwritten by the same Lloyds underwriters – end of story and your paying almost 50% less. But that said, some people believe that if they pay a lot more it’s bound to be better. I think we know that’s not always true is it. Hope someone benefits from this. Cheers, REDDERS :SLEEP: P.S I also asked Anglo Pacific for a quote. for the record, Anglos Pacific work in partnership with O.S.S in Australia. The lady from O.S.S came to our house and did a really excellent survey at our home. She then E-mailed me a copy and it was very detailed and comprehensive. She thanked me for our enquiry and advised me She had forwarded it on to their Partners ANGLO PACIFIC in Britain who would then get in touch with me with a full detailed quote. The lady did her job perfectly correctly however I never got any follow up from Anglo Pacific. - What a shambles and what a waste of that lady's time and effort.
  21. Hi, Just wondering if anyone can tell me about the child benefit system in Australia. Is it income related or the same as in the UK. We will be going out on $60,000 as a salary and we have oen child who is one. Does anyone have any idea if we will get anything. Any info gratefully received. Thanks
  22. HI We are going on a 175 to QLD and will need to put our two children into full time nursery. Likely costs around $2000 a month. Because of our earnings it is unlikely we will get any childcare benefit but from what i have read we could still claim childcare tax rebate at 50% is this right? Cheers Bex x
  23. Guest

    457's - Benefit to Australia

    Hi All, Has anyone here had an experience and/or an encounter with the new 457 policy requirement recently introduced as a result of the global economic turmoil? Namely the whole issue surrounding 'benefit to Australia'. I'd be interested to hear your stories if there are any?
  24. grahammanchester

    child benefit

    hi My wife & I are presently on a 457 visa. We have a 2/12 old baby, are we able to apply for the baby bonus or Child Care Tax Rebate? cheers Graham:jimlad:
  25. Hi all Just a query. When are you meant to stop claiming uk child benefit? I'm guessing its as soon as we leave for Australia? Any advice greatly recieved. Thanks
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