Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

27 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Nutmeg may offer expats its new pension scheme

After launching an online pension, investment manager Nutmeg has said it may consider offering it to expats living in certain jurisdictions. At present, the new initiative is only targeting UK-based people, but the firm has admitted it is open to the idea of making it available to expats in popular locations such as Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Luxembourg among other countries as well as the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. However, anyone living in the US will not be considered because of the Foreign Account...
26 Feb at 4 PM 2015

Saudi Arabia approves Chile as domestic helper source

Domestic helpers from Chile will now be allowed to apply for work in Saudi Arabia, announced the country’s Labour Ministry. The workers from the South American country will have seven different roles to choose from – four for men and three for women. The jobs males will be able to apply for are drivers, nurses, housekeepers and helpers, while females can take on work as nurses, housekeepers and nannies. Chile is the first country from Latin America to be added to the 14-strong list, which includes seven from Asia (the...
25 Feb at 3 PM 2015

Expats see rise in pension income but it remains lower than a decade ago

Retired Brits overseas are currently feeling the benefits from the pound’s strengthening, but two-thirds are not as well off as they were 10 years ago. Pension payment firm Equiniti, which deals with more than 60,000 retired Brits abroad, said that expats are currently enjoying a boost in income due to the rise of the pound, but most remain worse off than they were in the mid-noughties. The majority of the 60,000 retirees that Equinity manages pension payments for are in the Eurozone, where even though the British currency has...
23 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Police in Saudi Arabia detain more than 300 expatriate workers

Saudi Arabian police arrested 330 illegal foreign workers on Wednesday following a number of raids in districts across the capital Riyadh. A police spokesman said the next day that among the districts involved in the operations were Deerah and Batha. Thirty beggars - most of whom were from Yemen - and 40 Ethiopian women were among those detained. Others arrested included foreigners without residency permits, expats working when they were not permitted to, vendors hawking in public places and absconders. During the raids, police...
12 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Japanese expat in Australia killed in shark attack

A Japanese expat living in Australia has died after being attacked by a shark of the coast of New South Wales. The 41-year-old man, who has yet to be named, was surfing in the water near the town of Ballina on Monday when the attack occurred. Witnesses were able to pull him to shore but their efforts to save him were in vain because of the amount of blood loss he had suffered. Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said that they were told he was surfing with a group of up to four men, while two were close to him when the shark struck....
9 Feb at 4 PM 2015

Ecuador again scores highly in expat index

Ecuador has been named the best place to live and work as an expat, according to a recent InterNations survey. The report, The World Through Expat Eyes, quizzed more than 14,000 people on why they relocated, how life abroad was and how happy they were, and found that the South American country came out on top ahead of Luxembourg and Mexico respectively. InterNations took 61 one popular countries among expats into account, rating them on a number of factors including ease of settling in, overall quality of life, how welcoming they...
8 Feb at 2 PM 2015

Expats make up 78% of Saudi workforce

Saudi Arabia’s 11 million-strong workforce consists of 78 per cent foreign workers and just 22 per cent locals, according to recent data. Economic analyst Ihsan Buhulaiga explained that many Saudis work in public sector positions because of the careers on offer and the various privileges associated with such jobs, while others take on temporary jobs with private firms while applying for government jobs. Despite the figures, the kingdom’s unemployment rate is falling, with 651,300 out of work at the end of 2014 compared to...
6 Feb at 12 PM 2015

Bangladesh to send 500,000 maids to Saudi

The government of Bangladesh has announced that it is set to send half a million qualified housemaids to Saudi Arabia once the two countries have finalised an expatriate recruitment agreement. A source from the Ministry of Labour in Saudi Arabia said that a delegate will travel to the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to finalise the agreement, link Bangladeshi companies with Saudi recruitment firms and decide the date the recruitment will commence. The Bangladeshi Consul General Shahid Al-Kareem said that his government had done all it...
3 Feb at 9 AM 2015

Indian expat in Australia uses Bollywood excuse to avoid stalking conviction

An Indian expat in Australia avoided being convicted of stalking women by saying that love stories from Bollywood movies led to him acting the way he did. Sandesh Baliga, who lives in the island state of Tasmania, was accused of excessively approaching and stalking women, but managed to escape conviction by blaming his country’s film industry. A judge in the city of Hobart took the cultural background of the 32-year-old into consideration when making his ruling and, instead, placed him on a restraining order. Balina, who is in...
2 Feb at 2 PM 2015

GCC to ban criminal expats from entering region

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) wants to establish a database to ensure it can block expats with criminal records from entering the region. The six-country block wants the proposed joint database initiative to provide accurate information on foreign workers seeking employment in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain or Kuwait, and if they are found to have criminal records, ban them from entering any of the states. According to a report by Arab News, the database will contain details of the would be workers...