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  1. Hi There, We like in Kent, but my husband has just been offered a job in Melbourne. We have a three year-old daughter who has special needs (physical and learning disabilities). She has an English statement of special educational needs and was going to start attending a specialist school this September. I would appreciate any advice on education, medical care, social care help etc. for children with disabilities in Australia. Many thanks
  2. Hi folks! I wonder, how much money is being paid in taxes in OZ? According to my brief investigation (mostly from the internet), I've concentrated it in the list below.However it seems a bit strange to me and I'll explain why.. According to my knowledge (again - internet and people who I speak to in OZ), the standard of living is very high in OZ. And by saying that I mean the quality and availability of employment, poverty rate, hours of work required to purchase necessities, number of vacation days per year, affordable (or free) access to quality healthcare, quality and availability of education, cost of goods and services, economic and political stability and more... Considering the above, the taxes not seem to be very high comparing to the taxes in Scandinavian countries for example, which also offer a very high standard of living but the taxes there are much higher. Partly due to high social security payments (which as far as I understand does not even exist in OZ??). Could someone review the below list and correct me if I miss anything? If the below is correct, I'd be interested to find an explanation for this difference. So the first and the most significant - Personal Income Tax. Which is described pretty simple in the below table: [TABLE=width: 500] [TR] [TD]Taxable income[/TD] [TD]Tax on this income[/TD] [TD]Effective tax rate[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]0-6K$[/TD] [TD]-[/TD] [TD]0%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]6K$-37K$[/TD] [TD]15c for each $1 over $6,000[/TD] [TD]0 – 12.6%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]37K$-80K$[/TD] [TD]$4,650 plus 30c for each $1 over $37,000[/TD] [TD]12.6 – 21.9%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]80K$-180K$[/TD] [TD]$17,550 plus 37c for each $1 over $80,000[/TD] [TD]21.9 – 30.3%[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]180K$ and over[/TD] [TD]$54,550 plus 45c for each $1 over $180,000[/TD] [TD]30.3 – less than 45%[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Capital gains tax - this one is obviously irrelevant for those who does not have any investments into capital assets. Goods and Services Taxes - Regular VAT (value added tax), which is 10% of most supplied goods and services. Property Taxes and Excise Taxes - those are the taxes for certain property (usually commercial and hence seems to irrelevant?) and taxes for goods like cigarettes, alcohol, fuel etc... Now that seems to be just it. So if we take, for example, a salary of 60K$ a year, the overall tax will be 4,650+0.3*(60,000-37,000)=11550$, which is just below 20%! Then if I add here the VAT, the overall tax will build up to ~30%, as far as I see it.. Which again - is not much.. Will be happy to get some replies here. Thanks! Eugene
  3. britsabroad

    The road to Sydney

    Hi everyone, Looking to move to Sydney as soon as possible. 2 daughters already resident there and a brother in Brisbane (12 years). Visited Australia many times of recent and a seasoned globe-trotter. My background and experience is in telecoms network management, IT, avionics (ex-military). I have recently trained in mobile telecoms. I am hoping to get a job in australia related to the NBN or mobile LTE upgrade or GSM-R. My wife has a background in junior education, social services and child therapy. Looking for any advice or tips on sponsorship (myself, wife or both) or applying for a visa.