Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

13 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Brit holiday rental fraudster on the run in Spain

A female British expat is on the run in southern Spain after she was caught conning English tourists out of thousands of euros. The alleged holiday rentals scammer is now the subject of a manhunt centred on the Costa del Sol after victims of her online fraud complained to local police. Expat conwoman Paula-Louise Neale has been accused of placing fraudulent holiday rental adverts on social media over the past two years. Once potential victims were hooked into the scam, they were told to make their rental payments via Paypal, but once...
11 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Expats alerted to increase in fraudulent bank transfer scams

Criminals are ramping up their bank transfer scamming activities, with expat investors warned to take care when making bank transfers to UK solicitors The UK’s Payments System Regulator has issued a warning over a sophisticated bank transfer payment scam which netted scammers over a million pounds in the first half of this year. Some 19,000 people were affected after being trapped in authorised push payment schemes targeting legal firms’ clients. The scam begins when hackers intercept unencrypted emails between solicitors and...
7 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Expat professionals demanding return to gold plated relocation packages

New research is revealing more and more expat professionals are unhappy with cuts to their relocation packages and are demanding a rerun of the ‘good old days’. In spite of the growing trend in many former favourite locations towards employing local talent, experienced expats are digging their heels in for extensive lifestyle and medical benefits as well as a stronger focus on mental health, well-being and flexible working hours. Over the past several years, Western expats heading for the Gulf States and Asia have found both...
4 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Kuwait real estate association suggest banning expats from rentals

A recent request by Kuwait’s Real Estate Association has drawn strong criticism from real estate experts. Yet another hit at expat professionals living and working in Kuwait comes in the form of a proposal by the emirate’s Real Estate Association that expats should be prohibited from renting private homes. The suggestion was met with strong criticism from real estate agents themselves, with one stating renting out private homes to expats is considered the norm by a good number of Kuwaitis. Apparently, a number of Kuwaiti property...
30 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Female British expat in Dubai facing prison for witnessing fight

A young British expat who’s lived and worked as an account manager in Dubai for three years is now at risk of prison for witnessing a fight between Brits and a drunken Swedish man. Asa Hutchinson was with a group of male friends in the lobby of a Dubai hotel when the men spotted a drunken expat asleep on a sofa and decided to take selfies with him. The Swedish man, aged around 50, woke up during the process and immediately hit out at the group. Asa’s friends backed off, but the Swede called the police, who arrived, arrested them...
30 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Plunging pound angers Brit retirees on frozen pensions

More than half a million UK expat pensioners are suffering from the effect of the plunging pound on their frozen state pensions. UK expats living in EU member states were told in September their state pensions would still be upgraded annually as per the ‘triple lock’ rule. The agreement covers British pensioners remaining in the EU post–Brexit a well as those in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, but no mention was made and no reprieve was given to the half a million and more pensioners living overseas. For several...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Is Saudi Vision 20 30 Saudization gone mad

Saudi Arabia holds an estimated 10 million expats, 100,000 of whom are citizens of Western countries and all of whom are likely to be affected by the new rules. Since the release of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s plan for the future of the kingdom was released, a number of changes have taken place, the majority of which are making life as an expat professional more difficult than ever before. As part of Saudi Vision 2030, new laws have been introduced in an attempt to reduce the kingdom’s dependence on foreign workers. Two...
17 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Oz coastline popular with Brit expats may be hit by massive tsunami

Brit expats warned global warming could trigger a massive tsunami along the east coast of Australia. The east coast of the continent of Australia has always been a major destination for expats, with a good percentage of the hundreds of thousands of Britons in Oz happily settled in Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. A recent study of the effects of global warming on sea levels and weather has revealed the entire region is at risk of a massive tsunami capable of wiping out the coastal communities and killing some...
15 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Hundreds of thousands of expats leaving as Saudization takes shape

Since the beginning of 2017, more than 300,000 expats have left Saudi Arabia as the new Crown Prince’s vision for the kingdom begins to bite. More than a thousand foreign workers are losing or quitting their jobs and leaving the Gulf State every day, whilst the numbers of jobless expatriates now increased to around 66,000 by the end of 2017’s second quarter. July’s introduction of swinging new laws reducing jobs for foreigners as well as imposing a financial levy on workers’ families are both considered as reasons for the...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2017

British expats in Spain lose €20 million after IFA firm collapses

The British boss of a failed pension advisory company has fled to Australia after losing his British expat clients some €20 million by the use of an all too familiar scam format. The 300 Brits who’d invested with Alicante-based Continental Wealth Management are mostly expats living in the popular Spanish resort of Alicante, and are now struggling to retrieve their lost money after the IFA firm closed its doors in September and its CEO Darren Kirby left for Australia with his ill-gotten gains. Those affected, spread across Spain...