This is a very helpful article. I would be interested to hear Andrews views on our situation. We have lived in Australia for 3 years, 2 of those as temporary residents, and 1 year as permanent residents, on a contributory Parent Visa. We are now back in the UK, and I have always said that I would not move to Australia to be poor, due to the exchange rate and living on UK pensions which are frozen if we move to Aus.
From the information supplied by Andrew, it appears that if we come back to Aus. and live there for another 7 years we would be entitled to an Australian pension providing our income was below a certain threshold. Is this correct? as it could make a difference to our decision. I would add that I am now 69 so hopefully have a good few years left to enjoy life!.