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My parents are retired and would like to move to Aus on the NZ pension

My parents are retired and rely on the NZ pension but would like to move to Aus to be close to their children (myself, my sister and our small children) how do they do this? It seems they can’t unless they pay extra tax on their pension (Aus side) Then ...

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What are good areas in Brisbane for an Indian family? Also after recommendations of a good primary school within 15 km of city?

Hi all My family and I are planning to move to Brisbane and are looking for primary schools with diverse backgrounds. Please suggest areas where we can rent out depending on state schools. Also share your experiences in finding an area that fits your requirements in Brisbane.

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Utilities providers in Melbourne

I am planning to move out to a new location in Melbourne. I need few suggestion for getting the utilities connected to my new house. I have found http://www.moveinconnect.com.au/ which offers the services that I am looking for. Shall I trust on this website. Would they get me what I ...

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Concerns about the subtropical environment in Australia

Hi, I like in Australia in a economic sense. But just concerned about its subtropic weather, in particular the mosquito-borne diseases (especially Ross River Virus), as well as the termites in houses. Just wonder how serious is it? Could that be a shock after moving?

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Hi we are thinking of moving to Brisbane. I am terrified of spiders. What is the chances of finding spiders in a house and in the yard? Worried that my cats might walk in with a spider sitting on them. Even the sheetweb spiders makes me scream.

And if you find a spider what do you do. I was thinking of running to the nearest neighbour and ask him or her to get rid of it:)

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Finding a rental and job

Hi my husband 2 kids and myself are leaving for Perth on the 20th september. We originally had a place to stay with family but that has fallen through as they have other family coming from South Africa. (We coming from nz. We are NZ citizens.) We are needing a ...

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What steps would one suggest for a family wanting to move from NZ to Australia?

What steps would one suggest for a family wanting to move from NZ to Australia? e.g 1. Find work, 2. Find accommodation, 3. Healthcare, 4. Enrol children in school? How hard or easy are these things to complete? how long does each take? would you suggest one parent go first ...

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Planning move to Australia Next year. Needs some general question answered.

Hi, I am planning to move to Australia sometime next year on work VISA and I and my family(wife and one kid) have NZ permanent resident VISA. Can someone please answer following questions, so that I can decide whether it is the right move or not: 1) Will I get ...

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Working and moving to Oz

Hello, first of all my name is Joe please to meet you all and thanks for any information you can provide. Basically i don't know if I am dreaming or if its a possibility. I am wanting/thinking of working and moving to Australia if I can. The only thing is ...

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I want to bring my son from Thailand to Australia to live. What do I need to do?

My son is 6 yrs old and possesses both Australian Citizenship by descent and a current Australian passport. He has been to Australia previously on a 2 week holiday in 2015.

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What do I need to move a child to Australia who is not my child?

Can you please tell me, my aunty is wanting to care for my 15 year old niece whose mother is no longer in a stable living condition. What would she need documents-wise to allow this to happen?

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How soon can we can we get a mortgage after arriving in QLD? Do we need to wait 6 months ?

Do we need to wait 6 months for 6 months worth of payments from our new jobs. Basically we want to buy ASAP…Should we employ a mortgage broker?

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Advice of moving a family of 5 to Melbourne

Myself, my 2 children aged 4.5 and 9 and my two parents who are retired would like to know what is best way to move us all over there. Do we take some furniture, do we take all of our furniture or buy new at Ikea? My sister lives in ...

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Affordable short term accommodation until you find a rental property

Hi - we are moving to the GC in January. Any suggestions on affordable accommodation. We stayed at Turtle Beach previously but it works out at about $1000.00 a week - if it takes a while to find a rental property this is just going to eat away at our ...

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Life and disability policies

Are these transferable?

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Any tips on building a house in Oz.

I am looking to move to Australia within the next few years from the UK but as a Kiwi. I would be interested to know more about the planning permission/resource consent system in Oz and keen to hear about what kind of beast is it. I am assuming its similar ...

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What are the basic requirements for me and my son and partner to move to Australia from the UK?

I am from the United Kingdom and am looking to move to Australia in 2009 for a new life with my son and partner. What do we need to do to move? Could you send me a check list?

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Can my autistic son be enrolled at a mainstream or special school on arrival?

I doubt Australian govt welcomes foriegner (esp. children) with disability in its territory because it is gonna cost them heaps to care for them. So I guess it is free for non-disabled kiwi kids to enrol at Australian school whereas it is not free for the disabled. I ALSO heard ...

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Best place to live around Melbourne? (Possible relocation from UK).

Hello! We may be looking at a possible relocation to Melbourne with my husband's job. We have three young children and I was just wondering where the best places to live were around Melbourne please? His job looks like it could be in Richmond. We'd like to live about 30 ...

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Looking for a house sit that is suitable for kids and pugs over Xmas 2015 -please help!

Hi there, We are a loving family of 5 relocating from NZ just before Xmas this year. We are hoping to find a house sit that is child and pet friendly as we also have 2 pugs we just can't leave behind. They are outside in the day, crated at ...

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My experience moving to Western Australia

Hi there, Having made the move to western australia and circumnavigated there bureaucracy here are a few pointers from my personal experience. WA actually stands for "wait a while". Don't expect things to happen quickly. The wheels of govt turn very slowly! Do not use ANZ as your preferred bank. ...

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How easy is it to organise a house and job from New Zealand?

Looking @ moving with my 2 children aged 14 and 9 from Dunedin to Brisbane. Has anyone applied for houses and jobs before they left NZ?

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Inheritance and bankruptcy

Hi. I'm a kiwi living in Australia. I am bankrupt in NZ. I will be receiving an inheritance shortly. My question is: will I get it? If I don't declare it to the insolvency will they know about it? Thanks

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What are the chances of being able to flat in Australia?

I am planning on moving to Australia early 2018 with my flat mates- one 19 year old female and 4 males ages ranging from 19-24. We all flat together now and are wanting to make the jump over the ditch. Mainly to earn more and also experience living overseas. I ...

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Sydney or Gold Coast?

Hi everyone, I have a bit of a dilemma and need some outside feedback. Question is to move to Sydney or Gold Coast but I need to give you a little background first. My husband has been working in Sydney since November 2016 and we have finally decided to move ...

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What's the best way to go about finding short term furnished accommodation in Perth with 3 children and a dog?

We will be moving to Perth in September and will need short term furnished accomodation for my family with 3 children and a dog whilst my shipment takes 4-8 to come across. What is the best advise please?

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Moving to australia at 16 years old without family living in australia or coming with me

i would like to move to Australia in June when I finish taking my GCSE's, I have no relations in Australia and none of my family come from Australia. I am 16 years old and would be moving on my own. I am very independent and do a lot of ...

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Moving to Australia from NZ

I am planning on moving to QLD from NZ with my children. I am a single parent who works full time. What are my childrens rights for schooling and University (they are all nz born). Here in NZ, australian children have the same rights to free education etc or would ...

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Can my temporary resident (sub class 461) husband be able to a medicare card and car loans?

I am an NZ citizen but my husband isn't. He has a temporary resident visa that allows him to work, live and study for 5 years in Australia. We want to move to Brisbane in the next 3 months. The site has a lot of very helpful information. If anyone ...

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Kiwi Moving to Melbourne

Hi All, I am in the lucky position of being offered a good job over the ditch and I am currently weighing up my options. I'm not one to bounce around, and if I decide to move from Auckland to Melbourne I'd like it to be a good long term ...

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Kiwi married to australian

My partner is kiwi and i am an australian who has lived in nz for a decade now. I am wondering if us being married and moving to australia will be easier for him than if we were not married and moved over?

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What's the easiest way for us to stay in Australia?

Hi so my partner is a nz citizen and I am a UK citizen..we have been in Australia for about 4 months now and wish to stay here for a very long time. We have been together for 5 years and will be getting married shortly. The question is what ...

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I lived in Australia back in 2001. Will my tax number and Medicare number still be valid, or do I apply again?

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Renting in Sydney without Employment

If you move over to Sydney without a job lined up (alot of employment agencies want to meet with you before they refer you to employers) how do you go about renting a property? I hear that rental agencies would like documentation of 3 months employment. Also what kind of ...

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Government assistance for Kiwis in Australia

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Moving from Nz to Brisbne with two kids. Is it a good idea to move with no savings and sell everything and start afresh?

We have been in Nz originally from SA for 10yrs and have really struggled to make ends meet here. We are now looking at trying to start afresh in Brisbane but are not sure whether to sell everything we have here (as our finances are limited)and buy second hand goods ...

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furniture packages for kiwis moving to australia

I currently run a small buisness at which I sell new and used furniture - everything required in a household from beds to whiteware. I am trying to gauge interest in putting furniture packages together for kiwi families moving to Australia? I myself moved here 2 years ago and decided ...

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Moving to Australia with my two young children - can I get any government assistance?

I have two children 5yrs and 1yr old. I'm a single mother who is looking at moving to Aussie to settle down and find work over there. The father of my children was born in Australia but is living in NZ (not sure if that has any relevance) but would ...

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What's a good way of getting hold of cheap/second hand furniture in Melbourne? (i.e. like Trade Me)

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Does the Australian government give NZ citizens a house rent free to live in while you wait for them to get you a job?

Is it like NZ where the government helps with housing and finding a job for you?

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What is the reality of living in Australia?

The media is saying dire things about Australia's economy 'going soft' and are portraying the country as being on the rocks! If what is written in The Age is to be believed, Victoria seems especially hard-hit. What is the reality for those of us who are getting ready to move ...

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Are my parents eligible for the pension, medicare, and concession card?

My parents are NZ citizens living there for the last 10 years , my mum was about 55, and dad was 65, when they migrated to nz. now they want to come to Australia as they have 4 children living here. Are they eligible to get the pension in Australia? ...

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New Zealand senior citizens moving to Australia with a South African pension.

My parents are New Zealand citizens on a South African pension and will not be working in Australia if we move there. Can anyone offer any info/advice on whether they will face any surprise costs or taxes? General advice about settling in is also welcome. I don't want this move ...

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How do I get a Post Office Box in Melbourne?

Hi, My family is moving from Auckland to Melbourne but we won't have a permanent address in the first few weeks in Australia. Can we apply for a Post Office Box in Melbourne while we are still in NZ so that we can redirect our mail from NZ to an ...

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Moving to Sydney

Am planning on moving to Sydney from Christchurch later on this year, Am looking for any tips about the move, Things you wished you had known before moving, Or just anything useful that you have found Many thanks

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I'm moving to Australia, but I will have child support in NZ to pay.

What are the procedures I should take, forms I should fill out. What do the IRD need to know. Any other advice for an honest bloke who only works to pay his child support and can barely survive off the wage he is earning to support himself?

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Moving to Brisbane with 3 small dogs in January 2012

We have just accepted an offer on our house. We are looking for a short term rental that will accept 3 small dogs {Bishons} and 2 cats, we also have a 12yr old girl. Ive been looking for short term furniture hire while our stuff gets shipped over without much ...

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How much money do I need to move to Australia?

Myself and my partner are looking at moving to Australia in Feb 2011. We have no idea how much we will need when we get there. We think we will both be able to get jobs within 2 months.

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How much money would you suggest bringing over?

My partner & I are moving to Brisbane early 2013. We were just wondering how much money we would need to bring over though? We do not have any family or friends there so would need to pay for accomodation & find a job asap... Any suggestions would be great. ...

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Guide to Bus, Trams & Trains in Melbourne

Hi Guys, I thought i'd share a few costs of transportation here in Melbourne I travel by Train then Tram to get to work each day Cost per week is $51 this covers a zone 2 weekly ticket, (Price going up next year 2012) Please note: this covers all transportation ...

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Where to live in Australia?

Hi, me and my brother are 21 from the UK, come summer were moving to Australia for a year. We are both personal trainers but will pretty much do any job out there for the year providing there is a good gym for us to work out in and we ...

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Importing a television from New Zealand to Australia?

Hi, I'm wondering whether it is worthwhile taking your plasma hd tv to Australia?

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Need advice on moving to Australia. Do my children get any benefits seeing their father is Australian? I'm a Kiwi.

Hi there, My partner of 9 yrs was born in Australia but is a NZ permanent resident. He now wants to go back after 23 years and we want to follow on after he has sorted out work and a place to stay. Destination Melbourne. We need some good advice ...

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What is the likelihood I'll qualify for permanent residency in Australia and be able to buy a business and a house in Perth? How much will I need to do this?

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Can my ex stop me from moving to Australia if we have a son together?

He has no contact with our son and does not pay child support so how can he stop me?

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Health checks on arrival into Australia?

I'm planning on moving over to Australia to work and live permanently, but will need to find work before definitely settling in. My question is, on arrival to australia, will I have to have some sort of physical check up and all that stuff if I tick 'permanent' for reason ...

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What if I've moved over to Australia but I have debts and bills in New Zealand?

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Can I move to Australia at 16 without my parent's permission?

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What is a good area to live in Perth? Need a cheap place to buy food, clothing, etc to get started.

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I am a Kiwi and also an Australian Citizen by descent. I'm a single parent of one child planning to move to Australia. I have never lived there before. Will I qualify for Australian benefits straight away or will I still have the two-year stand-down period?

I intend to work full time, but would like know the benefits or assistance available (if any) whether I'm working full-time, part-time or not at all as a single parent.

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Moving back to Australia after 22 years with a Kiwi wife and two children aged 16 and 12.

Hi, my family and I would like to move from NZ to Rockhampton, where I come from and still have family. I have lived in New Zealand for 22 years. I am 51 and my wife is 53. We both take percription meds but are healthy. I came here as ...

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Where is the best place to live in Brisbane?

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Moving on a tight budget - doable?

Hi - We have a job offer but it doesn't include relocation. We would be able to scrape together between 6-8K AUD to move a family of 6 ( 2 adults, 4 kids). Is that enough to get by until the first pay?

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I'm a 12-year-old kid from NZ. Will it be easy for me to move ?

I'm a 12-year-old kid from NZ. Will it be easy for me to move to Australia??

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How much money do you need to move to Australia?

Is there a minimum amount of funds you need behind you before you move from NZ to Australia? And do you need proof of it?

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Need suggestions about moving to/living in Adelaide

Hi, I am seriously considering the move to Australia and feel that Adelaide would be a good place to start for my wife and two kids (5 & 2). We are currently living in rural south island and think that Adelaide would be a better place for us to get ...

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Where there any household items you were not allowed to take into Australia?

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How much money will I need to move to Australia?

I am 18 and really want/need to move over to Aussie. I already have a place to live hopefully. I want to move over at the end of November and just want to know - do I need much money to take with me??

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How much money should I take to get me started in Australia?

I am single, young and want to make the move...how much will I (approx) need to get set up over there? (preferably Perth).

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Living costs and finding work in Melbourne

Hey everyone I've been reading through all the questions and have found the information really useful. I'm looking at moving to Melbourne in the next few months to work and have a few questions: 1. How much does it cost on average for rent? I've going by myself, but don't ...

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What is the best way to get a reliable car after you move from NZ?

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How do we get from Melbourne to Ballarat with no car?

We're selling our car here in NZ and would like to move to Ballarat... We're not sure how to get there though! Do we fly to Melbourne and get a smaller flight through to Ballarat? Or do we fly to Melbourne and walk or taxi? Or Option D none of ...

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What is a good way of getting a mobile phone in Australia?

Looking for a cheap, user friendly way of getting a new phone without having to sign up for 2 years... What is everyone doing for phones in Australia?

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