Get there quickly
For a while Mum has wanted to write about Kinsure, a type of travel insurance that covers emergency travel and accommodation if you urgently need to visit a family member in another country due to sickness or injury. I was going to call the article, “Kinsure, not sure” as I thought it had a good ring to it and I’m not sure whether I’d use this type of insurance.
Whilst I’ve been pondering the possibilities of writing … Read more
Good news? Bad news? No news?
Over the past 24 hours there has been wide discussion and debate regarding a 2012 – 2013 Budget announcement and the Australian government’s proposed LAFHA reform. Mum hopes to set the record straight…
Update on LAFHA Reform
On Tuesday 8th May, in a joint media release with the Hon David Bradbury Assistant Treasurer and Minister Assisting for Deregulation, the Australian government announced further reforms to the Living Away from Home Allowance. One of … Read more
A few weeks ago we wrote about Opening a bank account in Australia – which bank and when to open an account. Mum explained that it’s easy to open an account from your country of origin and pick up your cards once we arrive in Aus. Of the “big four” banks in Australia we recommended the Commonwealth Bank Australia and can provide assistance in opening an account: read about our call back service here.
Whilst you’re … Read more
Request a call back
Relocating to Australia is expensive and no end of people will tell you that the cost of living down under is high. All this talk of money and budgeting means that you need to find the right bank and products to manage your finances during and after your move to Australia.
What did we do?
When planning our relocation to Australia we discussed opening an Australian bank account whilst we were in the UK, with a … Read more
Now we’ve decided to buy a property in Australia we’re starting to care about things that didn’t interest us before such as the GBP to AUD exchange rate and how to move funds from the UK to Australia.
If we sell our property in the UK in order to purchase a home in Sydney we will need to transfer a lump sum from the UK to Aus. These days you wouldn’t go to your High Street bank to make … Read more
Make it stretch
Mum regularly contributes to expat and relocation forums. Questions regarding the cost of living and monthly expenses in Australia are extremely common. We regularly read discussions regarding the minimum salary required to live in Australia’s most popular cities; in particular Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
What income do families need to live in Australia?
At Mum’s gone 2 Aus we have already published a number of articles relating to the cost of living in Australia and monthly … Read more
Consultant or not?
We started Mum’s gone 2 Aus five months after relocating to Australia. One of the reasons we started the blog was because we found our first months here very overwhelming, and before and after our arrival we spent a huge amount of time searching the Internet for information that just wasn’t there.
At the time, we didn’t know much about the services of relocation consultants. Using a relocation consultant didn’t occur to us when planning our move … Read more