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Buying foreign property

Australians buying overseas property

Some signs are appearing that the apparently never-ending financial crisis in Europe is coming to an end - indeed, the UK is currently experiencing a significant turnaround.

Australian Education Survey 2013

How well does Australian schooling rate?

The results of the OECD's first international survey of adult skills shows that Australian adults perform very well compared to other developed countries when it comes to literacy skills, but when it comes to numeracy the performance is only average.

Superannuation for Australian Expats

Superannuation for Australian Expats

Legislation was introduced into the Australian Parliament this week to increase compulsory employer super guarantee (SG) contributions from 9 per cent to 12 per cent. This is to be done in regular stages over the next seven years and the current age limit of 75 for making contributions will also be removed.

Bank Robbery Offshore

Poor AUD Interest Rates for Expat Australians

Offshore Term Deposits - A poor deal for Australian expats and offshore investors

Australian banks consistently offer poor value to Australian expatriates and foreign investors wanting to place cash in Australian dollar term deposits and at call accounts.  The rates in the Australian domestic market continue to provide much better returns on your money, evening having regard to the

It pays to regularly review your mortgage

Review your Australian mortgage while overseas

Current Australian mortgage mortgage interest rates are at 30 year lows. Typically, Australian expatriates once overseas rarely review their mortgage arrangements; usually on the presumption that is just "too much of a hassle" and, particularly if they are on variable mortgages, presume that their mortgage payments will remain competitive.

Health Insurance : Often the biggest obstacle to a worry free retirement overseas

overseas health insurance for retired Australians

We are very much in favour of Australians considering retirement overseas, particularly into some of the lower cost Asian countries. It is not without it's challenges, and it's not for everyone, but in many cases it will provide retirees with an interesting lifestyle unattainable in Australia.

NAPLAN - An introduction

NAPLAN - comparing Australian schools

For returning expatriates with children, finding the "right" school is often their highest priority, influencing both where the family will live and often their parent's employment..

Australia doesn't have an Inheritance Tax, or does it?

Australian Inheritance Tax

Strictly speaking, Australia has no inheritance tax – however, the rules around the application of capital gains tax (CGT) for non-residents differ from those applying to resident Australians where there is an inheritance. As a general rule, capital gains tax (CGT) applies to any change of ownership of a CGT asset, unless the asset was acquired pre CGT (September 1985).

Retiring Overseas on an Australian Age Pension

retiring overseas on an Australian pension

We very much support the idea of Australians spending all or part of their retirement offshore - cost of living differences mean that they can potentially have a much more relaxed and enjoyable lifestyle. It's not for everyone - you need to factor in the impact of prolonged absences from family and lifelong friends - but it is certainly an option that is worthwhile considering.

Expatriate Tax Myths

Australian expatriate tax myths

Australia has a complicated tax system; being an expatriate adds another level of complexity

We have collected some common myths below regarding taxation if you are an Australian expatriate - just to be clear, these statements are (usually*) WRONG.