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  1. Many of us have left our original country of birth, or even moved between many countries over the course of our lives. Moving to a new country is an incredibly big jump of faith into the unknown. Having to learn a new language, meet new people and create new relationships, none of which is easy and can make you feel isolated. Yet, many of us, myself included, make the jump to move to a new country and take the chance. I would love to know, and am sure many other too, what some of the reasons are why you made the decision to move to Australia, which benefits outweighed those of living in the country you left. Thankyou
  2. Hi, My wife arrives in Australia in July on a 100 permanent resident visa and we hope for her to find work shortly on arrival. After looking on the human services website I noticed that the new start allowance was open to permanent residents and found that it is subject to evidence of unemployment. residency and asset test. This doe seem odd to me considering so many other social benefits are extremely restricted for permanent residents such as access to Uni loans? Does anyone here know if my wife would be able to access new start allowance funding whilst she looks for work on arrival in Australia with a 100 visa provided we met the normal criteria.
  3. Hi there, I'm hoping someone can help me please! I'm currently on a 457 visa but have started the process with my employer to apply for Permanent Residency. I'm married to an Australian Citizen and having our 1st baby in September 2017. I'm not entitled to Paid Parental Leave from the government whilst on a 457 visa and my permanent residency will not be granted before the baby is born. You can however claim paid parental leave up until the child is 52 weeks old. My question is, can I apply for paid parental leave within that 52 week period if my PR visa is granted even though I was on a 457 when the child was born? Any help or advice is much appreciated :-) Nicole
  4. Hello, I am from the Uk and my partner Australian. We have been together for 2 years whilst I was in the country on working holiday visa. We submitted our partner visa a few weeks ago onshore and I have been granted a bridging visa A! While a decision is made! I have just just found out that I am pregnant and am trying to get as much information about my rights to medical care and benefits...any help would be much appreciated. I have already had my medical examination and x-ray for the visa so there is no concern there! I have read that being pregnant makes no difference to the application and will not speed it up which is fine! I currently work full time and have done for the past 5 months and will continue to work until the baby is born! As as I am from the Uk i have a green Medicare card! In the UK there are no costs to have a baby, what is the case with that here? What would I need to pay for and what is covered by my Medicare? Also, what sort of benefits am I entitled to? It is more than likely that I will still be on a bridging visa or the temporary resident (820) visa when the baby is born. Just looking for any advice and information regarding my situation. And any pointers I should look out for Thank you in advance.
  5. Hi, I am currently on a 457 visa with my husband and have been living and working in Oz for over 2 years. We are looking to start a family soon but I've heard there are no family benefits for people on a 457 visa. Does anyone know if I have a baby whilst on a 457 visa and then apply for perm residency, would I be able claim maternity pay for the child if I am not working. Wasn't sure if you could claim after child was born. Also if I become pregnant whilst in process of applying forperm residency, does this effect our application at all? Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks
  6. Hi everyone! thought some family people (especially with young children) might be interested in this comparison! I have recently had my child tax credit/and working tax credit back - telling me I'm now entitled to.......67 pounds a month!!!! I have two children under three, i work (20 hrs) earning minimum wage and my husband is an a contracted electrician - usually working 60 hours a week - earning about 25 grand (after tax) HOWEVER, he is at moment working away (as due to economic crisis there are few jobs local to us) so he has to pay about 120 pounds a wk i just cant believe how much we are being penalised for being married and wanting to be a family! I dont expect the gov to support us, it just annoys me how it doesnt support married couples and/or family units. In contrast after doing a bit of research I've discovered that with my hubbie working full time, me as STAY AT HOME mum and with three kids, we'll be entitled to around $1200 in Australia - because the gov there has a scheme to support families with only one breadwinner, where one parent wants to stay at home!!! WOW! i cannot believe this we're actually not going to be penalised for being a family! i think we need to get on a plane quick, because with rising costs here in the UK we won't be able to survive much longer!!!
  7. Guest

    Pension Benefits

    Hi - I found the the company below very helpful in sorting out my pension benefits - it gave me a clear view of my benefits and what I could do One of the options enabled me to draw some income and in the event of my death the remaining fund went to my wife/kids- normal pensions stop when you die Left your pension funds in Good old England- (spread with a number of Ex- Employers) Why not put them into ONE POT and you can then see the options available for you Email dave@cmsfinancialltd.co.uk Thanks
  8. [h=2]We want to have another baby but what about Maternity Pay?[/h] Hi Everyone, We are one step closer to getting to Oz with out 176 Visa coming in any day now. My deliema is that we have one son and would love another baby now but do we wait and have it in Oz or have it now and put off the actual move for a while? Im thinking if we stayed in the UK to have another baby we'd have the maternity pay and also my company maternity pay but it would be more financially difficult in Oz? I know the government provides 16 weeks paid leave at $570 per week and are entitled to 52 weeks leave but want to know what I could expect from employers. Anyone give any advice? what are the options for New Mothers in Oz??
  9. Guest

    child benefits on visa 176

    Hi, we are moving to Perth in June on a 176. we are a family of 5 (3 kids aged 6,4,2) and have been doing some "homework" regarding child benefits, medicals exct. according to the documentation we have received, you qualify for child benefits after 2 years of residence. is there any way of receiving these benefits sooner? thanks Renette
  10. Will I be eligible for benefits like child care allowance, medical care etc from centerlink if I opt for state sponsored visa from Western Australia? Thank You
  11. I'm just wondering what the maternity benefits are over in Australia. We have one child at the moment and plan to have more which may be after we make the move to Oz. :yes: What do you receive in terms of maternity leave and maternity benefits? E.g. how much time can you have off after having a baby, do you get any money from the state for supporting the baby and help with childcare? When we had our son in the UK I was entitled to a full years leave from work with maternity pay for 9 months at £128.23 per week and recieved £20 per week child benefit and when I returned to work I got £7 per week towards childcare costs. At the time my I had only been in my job 2.5 years so wasnt entitled to the maternity pay from my employer but would have been had I fallen pregnant after being with them for two years. Can any one help??? :err:
  12. My wife is 6 months pregnant and we are living and working in Oz. She is on my 457 visa as a spouse and is working for an Australian employer. My understanding is that because I'm on a temporary visa, we won't qualify for any Australian government support. Will we receive any support from the UK government? We both worked for years in the UK before moving out here and have therefore paid plenty in National Insurance over the years. I am still on the books of my UK employer, but have not paid any UK National Insurance for a couple of years as I am paid by our Australian office.
  13. Help someone please !!!!!!!!!!!:confused: I'm trying to fill in my centrelink application and am stuck on the section for payments :- Reportable fringe benefits. Is fringe benefits different to my salary packaging. Nothing is very clear and I have got myself all in a muddle. Is being allowed so much toward my uniforms a fringe benefit or is this just used when it comes to tax forms at the end of the year. I dont have a company car or anything like this. Any help would be much appreciated x Helen
  14. Hello everybody; I have applied for visa sub class 475 to South Australia and i have some questions and i prefer to get the answer from anybody who immigrated under the same visa in Australia: 1. How long does it take to know if the SA agreed to my applications or not? 2. What benefits do i can get from SA Government under this visa (Like, Health Insurance, Children education, Help to find a job and accomodation thanks
  15. Playghirl

    Benefits questions

    Hello I am a returning Aussie, have been gone nearly 20 years!! I was just keen to know what are the benefits you receive in Australia and how long must you be out of work //returned to Australia to receive them? I am a teacher but am woried about if there is a gap between finding employment etc. I have two small babies would I get any support for them? Horrible question but thougt I would explore it. Husband obviously would not qualify for benefits.
  16. The UK's first female Asian peer has used a debate in the Lords to criticise Pakistani and Bangladeshi families for having too many children. Baroness Flather suggested people in some minority communities had a large number of children in order to be able to claim more benefits. The peer, born in Lahore before the partition of India, said the issue did not apply to families of Indian origin.The cross-bencher said benefit cuts could help to discourage extra births. Baroness Flather, speaking during a debate on the government's welfare changes, said: "The minority communities in this country, particularly the Pakistanis and the Bangladeshis have a very large number of children and the attraction is the large number of benefits that follow the child. "Nobody likes to accept that, nobody likes to talk about it because it is supposed to be very politically incorrect." The 67-year-old said that immigrant families must stop having lots of children "as a means of improving the amount of money they receive or getting a bigger house." Indians 'different' The former Tory peer also claimed Indian families had a different mentality to Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in the UK. "Indians have fallen into the pattern here," she told peers. "They do not have large families because they are like the Jews of old. They want their children to be educated. "This is the other problem - there is no emphasis on education in the Pakistani and Bangladeshi families." Baroness Flather called for a gradual reduction in benefits in order to discourage large families and suggested payments should be reduced after a couple's first two children. She said: "I really feel that for the first two children there should be a full raft of benefits, for the third child three-quarters and for the fourth child a half." Baroness Flather's comments were not well-received by Labour work and pensions spokesman Lord McKenzie. Concluding the argument for the opposition, he told the Lords: "I had not expected the treatise on the family sizes of the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities and hope I don't again." Welfare reform minister Lord Freud, replying to the debate, did not refer to Lady Flather's comments. The Welfare Reform Bill is the biggest shake-up of the benefits system for 60 years. A universal payment to replace income-related work-based benefits, such as child tax credit, is planned, as are stricter rules for people losing their benefits if they refuse a job.
  17. Guest

    Uk child benefits

    Do I need to tell Child benefits that we are leaving the country?
  18. Guest

    Getting started - Can you help?

    Hi, my family and I are planning to emigrate next year. We currently rent in the UK and have a small amount of savings in order to do the move. Due to the high costs of renting in the UK, and a not very well paid job, I will probably only be able to save up enough between now and moving to support ourselves for a few weeks or so whilst jobhunting once we're over. I am planning to find work as soon as I can, I'm a maintainance man here in the UK, but have lots of other skills, so not too worried that I won't find work. However, if it takes a while to find work, is there a benefits system that we could utilise like the working tax credits, housing benefits, child benefits etc, like there is here? We have contacted centrelink but have no response yet... My wife is an Australian citizen and lived there for her teenage years, and our children aged 3 to 10 are citizens by descent. But because I'm not a citizen and will probably be on a working visa would we be eligible for any benefits should the need arise? Hope you can give me some advice, thanks for your time.
  19. Hi there, My family and I are moving to northern Brisbane on Wednesday (woop!) and I've been looking into school options for my soon-to-be 5 year old. She will be starting Prep in January. Having got my head around the Ozzie schooling system and got to grips with myschool website, I'm still a bit confused about the core differences between state and Catholic schools. Obviously, Catholic schools offer a religious education, but is this the only difference? I can't seem to see a real difference in performance of the kids? Maybe the difference is more obvious from Yr 7 upwards? I'd be really grateful if anyone can point out the benefits of Catholic school above state schools, as if there is a real benefit, we would be happy to pay the smallish fees for our little one? We are Christians, but not Catholics, so would ideally like a form of religious education for her, but not necessarily a strict Catholic one? Very confused, as I feel as if I'm missing something obvious! :twitcy:
  20. From The Australian: REGIONAL job figures counter widespread fears that the mining boom would generate a "two-speed" economy, showing that 70 per cent of the nation now has an unemployment rate of 6 per cent or less. The boom is spreading benefits nationally, reducing the jobless rates, leaving fewer pockets of high unemployment......
  21. THE AUSTRALIAN THE HEART OF THE NATION Big benefits from immigration Without more migrants our economy will underperform JULIA Gillard understands we have a labour shortage, which is why she announced an expansion of the 457 visa program yesterday, to supply more temporary skilled migrants for the Queensland reconstruction program. Good but not good enough. Our labour shortage is national, not regional, long term not transitory, and it will damage the whole economy if we are not careful. This is exactly the reverse of what the anti-immigration lobby argues. We do not run a risk of migrants taking jobs away from Australians. Rather, as Access Economics argues, we need more migrants to meet existing and imminent demands for labour. We are already underperforming on exports, with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics reporting increased mineral and energy earnings coming from higher prices rather than larger volumes. While the value of coal exports will rise by 32 per cent this year, shipments will grow by only half that. Given demand in Asia, we could be doing better if we had the workers. And we could have them if both sides of politics had not connived to avoid a rational debate over immigration during the election. The conservatives promised to cut immigration when they thought it necessary, but were hazy on the details. The Prime Minister assured us she wanted a "sustainable" population. They were both appealing to a grab bag of popular prejudice on migration. Some people fear foreigners will take their jobs. Green zealots believe humans are a blight on the landscape. Others confuse immigration and border protection and some think our cities are too crowded, blaming migrants whenever they are stuck in traffic. What they all ignore is immigrants are part of the solution to our problems. More migrants, especially ones with job-generating skills, expand the economy, helping to pay for improved infrastructure. Demographer Peter McDonald points out migrants contributed strongly to the increase of one million employed people between 2004 and 2008. Not only did they create demand for goods and services themselves, their presence increased overall output. It is time the government and opposition made this reality the basis for a debate on immigration, rather than lazily appealing to ill-informed fears. Kevin Rudd spoke out for the manifest benefits of a "big Australia" last year and, while he did not make his case very well, he had substance on his side. back Copyright
  22. MattFranklin

    Concessional Benefits

    Hi all, does anyone know if it is possible to salary package the cost of obtaining visa's and financial advice as part of my relocation costs concessional benefits? I've covered all those mentioned in the guidelines including rental, flights, food, costs of selling house, costs of connecting services etc. Since I paid for the visa out of my own pocket rather than the company paying for it, it would seem to be a murky area. Can anyone point to any guidelines that might help? Matt
  23. MattFranklin

    Concessional Benefits

    Hi all, does anyone know if it is possible to salary package the cost of obtaining visa's and financial advice as part of my relocation costs concessional benefits? I've covered all those mentioned in the guidelines including rental, flights, food, costs of selling house, costs of connecting services etc. Since I paid for the visa out of my own pocket rather than the company paying for it, it would seem to be a murky area. Can anyone point to any guidelines that might help? Matt
  24. My wife and I moved to Melbourne almost 1 year ago and we would like to start a family. However, we are unsure about what maternity benefits we would be entitled, if any. I know that my wife will not get paid maternity leave but will be entitled to up to 12 months of unpaid leave. We are aware that there is a proposal to bring in 18 weeks paid maternity leave as standard at the minimum pay level, something like 500 per week. We understand that this is likely to come into affect sometime in 2011. What we don't know is: - are we entitled to this because we are not residents? - are we entitled to the government's 5-6,000 baby bonus (now paid in installments)? - are there other benefits which we are not entitled to because we are non-residents? Has anyone any experience with this issue? If so, what would you recommend? Is it worth applying for residency and will this mean giving up the LAFHA? Thanks in advance! J
  25. My family and I (husband and three children) lived in Australia for 17 years and became Australian citizens in 1982. We returned to UK a number of years ago in order to travel Europe and that side of the world. We stayed longer than expected but intend to return towards the end of the year. Unfortunately, my 60 year old husband had a brain haemorrhage 20 months ago which resulted in a severe stroke. He is now confined to a wheelchair and is aphasic. In the UK he receives Disability Living Allowance of £67 per week plus his mobility car. I receive my UK pension which is only £80 as they reduced it because of the 17 years spent in Australia. I have not as yet applied for my Australian pension. I wondered if someone on this site receives a disability allowance or could someone tell me which government department I approach to enquire about disability allowances and whether my husband would be eligible. I have made enquiries about his medication and have been informed by the PBS that they are on the subsidised list. My daughter returned to Australia two years ago and my two sons, daughter in law and grandchildren are returning in the next six months, so all our family will be over in Oz again. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!