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  • Cost of Living calculator - calculating the cost of living in Australia
    earn Australian Dollars Austrian Schillings Belgian Francs Canadian Dollars Czech Koruna Danish Krone Finnish Marka French Francs German Marks Greek Drachmae Hungarian Forints Icelandic Krona Irish Punts Italian Lire Japanese Yen Korean Republic Won Luxembourg Francs Mexican Peso Dutch Guilders New Zealand Dollars Norwegian Krona Polish Zloty Portuguese Escudos Spanish Pesetas Swedish Kronor Swiss Francs Turkish Lira British Pounds United States Dollars while living in Australia Austria Belgium Canada Czech

    Original URL path: http://www.australia-migration.com.au/page/Cost_of_Living_calculator/95 (2016-02-17)
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  • Income Tax Calculator
    in A Migration Lawyer is available to assist you Register now Income Tax Calculator Australian Immigration and Visa Services Discover Australia Arriving in Australia Arriving in Australia Handy Tools Income Tax Calculator Visit our business section for more information on

    Original URL path: http://www.australia-migration.com.au/page/Income_Tax_Calculator/96 (2016-02-17)
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  • Budget Calculator - Budget Calculator
    insurance Cable TV Internet Access Children s clothes shoes uniforms etc School Expense fees excursions etc Other loans Credit cards Total Personal Expenses Monthly Life Insurance Superannuation Contributions Regular ongoing savings Season tickets transport Subscriptions Clothing Health Costs fund dentist doctor etc Total Car Expenses Monthly Registration Insurance Servicing Repairs Petrol Tolls Total Other Expenses Monthly Holidays Entertainment cinemas videos sport Major Events birthdays anniversaries Other commitments Total Total Monthly

    Original URL path: http://www.australia-migration.com.au/page/Budget_Calculator/97 (2016-02-17)
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  • You are now in Australia - what next ? - next steps to be taken upon arrival in Australia
    Australia Arriving in Australia Arriving in Australia You are now in Australia what next next steps to be taken upon arrival in Australia So the years months and weeks of waiting finally came to an end The plane touched down and you are lock stock and barrel in Australia or almost The furniture is still on it s way but in the meantime you need a place to stay a

    Original URL path: http://www.australia-migration.com.au/page/You_are_now_in_Australia_what_next/125 (2016-02-17)
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  • Australia's Anthem - Advance Australia Fair
    us rejoice For we are young and free We ve golden soil and wealth for toil Our home is girt by sea Our land abounds in nature s gifts Of beauty rich and rare In history s page let every stage Advance Australia Fair In joyful strains then let us sing Advance Australia Fair Beneath our radiant Southern Cross We ll toil with hearts and hands To make this Commonwealth

    Original URL path: http://www.australia-migration.com.au/page/Australias_Anthem/126 (2016-02-17)
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  • Drivers Licence - obtaining a drivers license in Australia
    each attempt The theory test can be practised online However if you fail the practical test you lose your visiting driver privileges straight away You need to obtain a NSW learner licence until you pass the test and until then you are subject to learner restrictions eg you can t drive alone and you are subject to an 80kph speed limit However even if you only pass the practical test a second time you are still not subject to probationary restrictions once you do pass as long as you have held an overseas licence for three years Under NSW regulations you can keep your overseas licence once you obtain a NSW licence whether learner or full but your overseas licence will be endorsed so that it is no longer valid in the State You need proof of address in the State to get an NSW licence This can be quite simple any offical letter addressed to you there should do If you are staying with friends and don t have anything official one of them can sign the form to vouch for you as long as he she holds a NSW licence People on temporary visas in NSW can keep using their overseas licences for longer than three months They can get a NSW licence if they wish but will need to go through the testing process One advantage of continuing to use an overseas licence is that as far as I know you can t get demerit points for things like speeding although you can still be fined and in extreme cases your visiting driver privileges could be taken away Bear in mind that in Australia you generally have to carry your driving licence whether Australian or overseas with you at all times This is different from the practice in the UK New South Wales traffic authority http www rta nsw gov au The RTA is responsible for promoting road safety and traffic management driver licensing and vehicle registration It is also responsible for the maintenance and development of the National Highway and State Road network in NSW It provides funding assistance to Local Councils for Regional Roads and to a limited extent for Local Roads The RTA manages the operations maintenance and enhancement of 17 620km of State Roads including National Highways It also manages 2 971km of Regional Roads and Local Roads in the unincorporated area of NSW where there are no Local Councils The RTA assists Local Councils in managing 18 939km of Regional Roads and to a limited extent Local Roads through funding and other support Victoria http www vicroads vic gov au VicRoads serves the community by managing the Victorian road network and its use as an integral part of the overall transport system VicRoads works to achieve improved access safety and mobility for Victoria s road users This Web site provides information about VicRoads services products and strategies Western Australia http www onlinewa com au enhanced getaround motoring Insurance Buying or Selling a

    Original URL path: http://www.australia-migration.com.au/page/Drivers_Licence/127 (2016-02-17)
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  • Doctors & Medicine - medicare
    administered by State or Territory health departments The Health Insurance Commission HIC administers the Medicare program which includes enrolments and benefit payments Contribution to the health care system is made through taxes and the Medicare levy which is based on taxable income Who is eligible for Medicare People who reside in Australia and hold Australian citizenship have been issued with a permanent visa hold New Zealand citizenship or have applied for a permanent visa other requirements apply The Commonwealth Government has signed Reciprocal Health Care Agreements with some countries Under these arrangements residents of these countries are entitled to restricted access to health cover while visiting Australia Migrants Medicare covers all visits to GP s and public hospital costs for PR visa holders In addition to Medicare we recommend that all applicants enrol within their first 14 days as of arrival to avoid any excess charges with a private medical insurance company for full medical cover It is not expensive and mostly offers 100 cover for any medical claim TR holders should also do this it is just slightly more expensive than the rates for PR holders Medical costs are high in Australia and the government pays 30 of your insurance premium PR holders Download the Welcome kit for full information on Medicare and what it offers Private Doctors of Australia Private Doctors of Australia Ltd PDA is the only free market medical organisation in Australia Established in 1968 as the General Practitioners Society in Australia GPSA PDA has been the only medical body to consistently oppose the involvement of government and or corporate control in the practise of medicine With increasing specialist membership the name was changed to PDA in 1985 PDA is not aligned with any political party having supported or opposed initiatives from both sides of Australian

    Original URL path: http://www.australia-migration.com.au/page/Doctors_and_Medicine/128 (2016-02-17)
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  • Tax ruling for Migrants - taxes
    principles contained in this Ruling Definitions 16 For the purposes of this Ruling Resident or resident of Australia is defined in subsection 6 1 as follows a person other than a company who resides in Australia and includes a person a whose domicile is in Australia unless the Commissioner is satisfied that his permanent place of abode is outside Australia b who has actually been in Australia continuously or intermittently during more than one half of the year of income unless the Commissioner is satisfied that his usual place of abode is outside Australia and that he does not intend to take up residence in Australia or c who is an eligible employee for the purpose of the Superannuation Act 1976 or is the spouse or a child under 16 years of age of such a person Non resident is defined in subsection 6 1 as a person who is not a resident of Australia Place of abode refers to the physical surroundings in which a person lives It is ordinarily a dwelling place Explanations Business Migration Program and Business Skills Category 17 The objective of the Business Migration Program was to attract successful business people to settle permanently in Australia and contribute their expertise and capital to specified types of business ventures The BMP was abolished in 1991 applications under the Program being received until November 1991 and replaced by the Business Skills Category in February 1992 The BSC provides for the permanent settlement of people with business skills who will use those skills to actively participate in certain new or existing businesses in Australia 18 Issues regarding the residency status of business migrants for taxation purposes under the BSC will be similar to those which arose under the BMP Residency tests 19 A person who comes to Australia is a resident of Australia if any of the following tests contained in the definition of resident in subsection 6 1 applies a He or she resides in Australia according to the ordinary meaning of that word i e the ordinary concepts test b He or she has acquired an Australian domicile unless the Commissioner is satisfied that the person s permanent place of abode is outside Australia i e the domicile test c He or she is actually in Australia for more than one half of the year unless the Commissioner is satisfied that the person s usual place of abode is outside Australia and that the person does not intend to take up residence in Australia i e the 183 days test d The Commonwealth Superannuation Fund test is satisfied 20 The statutory tests of residency are alternative to the ordinary meaning of the word resides FC of T v Applegate 79 ATC 4307 at 4314 1979 9 ATR 899 at 907 In other words a person may be found to be a resident of Australia under the extended definition of resident even though he or she does not reside in Australia within the ordinary meaning of the word Statutory tests of residency 21 The test relating to the Commonwealth Superannuation Fund mainly concerns persons who generally reside in Australia but who leave Australia temporarily and are not actually living in Australia during the year of income It is not covered by this Ruling This Ruling focuses on the application of the other three tests of residency to persons who come to Australia under the BMP and the BSC a Residency according to ordinary concepts 22 Under the Business Migration Program business migrants had to satisfy the Minister of Immigration Local Government and Ethnic Affairs of their intention to live permanently in Australia The question of intention was clearly a subjective one However the migration law did not require an applicant to intend to live permanently in Australia from the time of first arrival in Australia Similarly under the Business Skills Category there is no requirement that a business migrant settles in Australia immediately after arrival However BSC migrants are required to satisfy the Minister of their genuine and realistic commitment to establish a business in Australia 23 The immigration authorities recognise that for some time an applicant may be required to attend to business interests in the country of origin Furthermore from an immigration point of view there is no requirement under either BMP or BSC that a specified period of time be spent in Australia nor is the applicant required to commence living in Australia permanently by a specified date However under BSC the Minister may cancel a visa and entry permit within 3 years if the business migrant does not become an active participant in a business or does not make genuine efforts to do so 24 The fact that a successful BMP or BSC applicant is given permanent resident status on arrival in Australia for immigration purposes is not conclusive evidence that the person is an Australian resident for taxation purposes 25 A strong inference may be drawn from the fact that a successful BMP or BSC applicant migrates to Australia especially given the terms and conditions of the programs that the applicant intends to take up residence in Australia However such an inference is not conclusive of whether the applicant is a resident of Australia for taxation purposes under ordinary concepts It is possible for instance that a person who has been granted entry into Australia under BMP or BSC may decide to postpone final settlement in Australia for a number of years This can be done by utilising the re entry facility built into the migrant visa and aimed at allowing freedom of return to Australia for 3 years from first entry In this situation the person might not depending on a consideration of all the factors identified in paragraph 6 be a resident of Australia for taxation purposes according to ordinary concepts 26 In some cases business migrants may be able to obtain a 5 year return visa by demonstrating that they have established a certain type of business in Australia

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