Like Mozzy says any amounts on your person over $10000 in any currency must be declared http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=4443,
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We're not rich but like you Pete we will be debt free!!!!!!! I think we've lost half our money having to drop the house...which is so bloody typical!!!!!!!!!!
So after flights etc we HOPE to have £10k.
Infact how much actual cash should we go with, before accessing bank accounts etc for 5 of us??
yep leanne and mark we think thats what we are thinking taking.you get help with benefits wen you arrive i belive so good luck hey xxx
I think we'll go middle ground £800 LOL!!
Depends on your visa what your entitled too doesn't it? and what you earn!, we think Mark will have a job to go to so we should be absolutely sorted!!:D.
I for one have NO PLANS of getting the same trap with money like we have here, cant afford it??...Can't have it then can we!!! (Please everyone remind me of that wen i start buying things.................No actually tell Mark, he's much worse than me!!!)
Benefits are not awarded as arbitrarily as they are in the UK.
If you are permanent residency, you get the equivalent of Child Allowance. If you are not on PR, you get nothing.
You cannot claim the equivalent of Jobseekers Allowance/ Unemployment Benefit but you can get a contribution paid towards your rent.
As for bank accounts and cash, please make a phone call while in the UK to make sure your cash is in your account before you leave. We didn't, got here, went to activate our account and they didn't have our money. It took 2 days to find out where it was and another 8 days to actually get it. I cannot tell you how stressed I was...I'm sure you can imagine. Luckily, we came over with about $4000 which we thought could be used to pay for furniture, put deposit on car, and a rental during the first week. All of that had to wait until the rest of our money arrived which was almost 2 weeks after we got here. Hideous!
I know exactly how stressed you were. We are currently in NZ and we didnt transfer our funds before we left the uk as we were told it wouldnt be a problem to do it from here, plus the rate wasnt good at the time. WRONG! Barclays in UK ignored two requests to transfer the money, we couldnt find a phone number to access in the uk and we were in a holiday stay with only mobile phone to use. I got through to the branch eventually and they said 'how did you get this number' and put the phone down on me! With about three days to go til we had to go unconditional, and with a lot of help from ANZ we bought the house with a Barclays Connect Visa Card! They didnt charge us for it so in the end we gained but it was very nerve-wracking. Definitely learnt our lesson and will not do the same again, although I think lines of communication are better between NZ and OZ!
Mariane and Cliff
We too are going to have around £12000 to take with us! I've survived on less in the past, and will be enjoying the natural side of the life, and not the lavish side....but who cares...Im finally in OZ!!
We have sent up internet banking with WestPac so we can track any trnasfers we make.... been great to see it earning interest over there!
Dan and Steph
If you wanna a beer....PM me
Daniel, 31 and Stephanie, 30, Arrived 30th April 2008 and LOVING IT!!!
We won't have the safety net of being able to claim anything for at least two years as we are going on th sir 475 temp visa which is why we're trying to take as much as we can . However I think I've read on here you can apply for perm residency after 1 year.
The info about transferring money Libby is very useful as we were thinking of leaving some in a uk bank account might rethink that one
Hey we are in your club mate..... we will be arriving with suitcases and each other!!! (well and a container full of furniture and stuff! probably on the slowest cheapest boat available )
We have stressed about money however we have none here so we may as well be in sunny Oz skint! Hubbie has a job at the RAH so I guess that puts us in a good position!