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  1. Petals

    Childcare cost increases

    http://www.news.com.au/national/childcare-crisis-as-fees-set-to-soar/story-e6frfkvr-1226211847123 Costs of child care are set to rise now due to the centres having to employ more staff and reduce no of children looked after. I am not affected by this but when I was my children's welfare was foremost in my mind and I think that if childcare comes cheap, then staff also has to be cheap and do I want the most inexperienced people to be looking after the most precious people in the family. I know people have to work, or have to work to have the trappings of modern society, but I guess it comes down to the fact that as with everything, it has to be paid for. Also I believe child care workers are wonderful people and they deserve to have small ratios and more money for the job they do. They also are working for the modern trappings of life and their families. Will you be affected by an increase?
  2. Is there a reason the prices have practically doubled, when we looked at going in april it was £1700 ish for 2 adults 2 kids 1 way. Now im getting £3500 quotes, is this seasonal or am i missing something
  3. Average buyers can't compete with rich, tax-subsidised investors. SYDNEY'S Sunday Telegraph was breathless with joy. ''IT'LL BE WORTH DOUBLE'', its headline screamed..... But it won't happen. Melbourne house prices have trebled since 1997, not because our incomes trebled, but because we paid those prices by a massive increase in debt. In the 20 years to January 2010, household debt to the banks grew 10 times over........ Food for thought....
  4. Hi folks, I know there has been some talk on here about visa fee increases from the 1st July, here is a link from my agents website, confirming this and that it is expected to be as much as $400. Go Matilda - Your Gateway to Australia - News Mandisfam
  5. Hello, If you are going to be applying for a 457 visa, or if you are already a 457 visa holder, then you should be aware of increases to salary levels that will be kicking in on 1 August 2008. A very brief summary: New Minimum Salary Levels (MSL) for new 457 visa applicants: • $77 850 where the English language exemption is claimed • $59 480 for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workers • $43 440 for non-ICT workers • $53 530 for ICT workers under a regional concession • $39 100 for non-ICT workers under a regional concession AND the MSL level for existing sponsored workers already in your employment in Australia, who are paid in accordance with an MSL, will increase by 3.8 per cent! Here is a link to the relevant information and to more details: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/skilled-workers/_pdf/457-min-salary-levels.pdf If anyone needs help with the calculations feel free to contact me. Cheers
  6. Hi All In an act of blatant plagiarism, I have nicked a thread from British Expats, started by George Lombard of Austimmigration in Sydney. The text is below: In a substantial departure from previous practice, DIAC has released details of new fees to apply from 1 July (normally this information is not released until just before the increase applies). The most important point of note is that contributory parent second instalment payments are not being increased, eg for one parent applying for a subclass 143 visa the second instalment will still be A$31555 (plus the Assurance of Support). The major relevant fees and increases are as follows: A$190 becomes A$195 (except 457 applications which increase to A$250) A$1390 becomes A$1420 A$2060 becomes A$2105 If lodging your application around the end of this month, bear in mind that a valid application requires the correct fee to be tendered. Cheers, George Lombard __________________ Migration Agent Registration Number 9681945 george[at]austimmigration[dot]com[dot]au www.austimmigration.com.au PO Box 257 Summer Hill NSW 2130 Additionally the fees for subclass 676 tourist visas will rise from their current $75 per person to $100 per person. With my thanks to George Lombard for providing the information. Best wishes Gill