Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

19 May at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Saudi to be forced to have private health insurance

Given that health care is one of the most expensive necessities for moving overseas, Saudi Arabia’s setting up of a private health plan for all expats would seem to be a good idea. According to online reports, the Saudi government’s new, compulsory private health plan will be backed by insurers and linked to more than 2,500 hospitals in the kingdom. The majority of Western expats in high-level professional positions either have heath insurance or can afford private care, but the huge number of expats from India, Bangladesh and...
18 May at 6 PM 2016

Expat workers in the Netherlands hit by phone scammers

A reappearance of a telephone scam is now targeting working expats in the Netherlands. Expats working in the Netherlands have fallen foul of a re-jig of a telephone scam involving their work and residency visas. Fraudulent callers pretending to be officials from the Dutch immigration service are demanding money on the basis that expat work and residency visas will be revoked if payment is not made. Frighteningly, the fraudulent callers seem to have obtained their potential victims’ personal and private information, including...
18 May at 6 PM 2016

Getting away from it all in Southwest China

When getting away from it all truly means getting away from it all, the South China Karst region is heaven on earth. The three provinces of Yunnan, Guangxi and Guizhou together make up one of the most spectacular spots on the entire planet. This unique topography features massive limestone crags, rich jungle foliage, rushing waterways and remote, peaceful villages known for their positive effect on health and longevity. Although the region is becoming known to Chinese tourists, it’s virtually unheard of on the expat circuit, with...
16 May at 6 PM 2016

Relocating expats need more help with culture shock

A new report states that professionals country-hopping between assignments need more assistance with relocation stress. The survey involved over 2,700 expat professionals in 160 countries worldwide, with middle-aged family men making up the bulk of the respondents. However, the study showed the majority of expats head overseas alone, leaving their families in stable environments whilst they move between different positions in diverse countries. A major reason as to why most expat professionals are choosing to go it alone was that,...
12 May at 6 PM 2016

EU plans for European personal pension under fire from insurance giants

A trade body serving the insurance and pensions industry has attacked the EU’s plan to introduce a Europe-wide personal pension. The EU’s new personal pension proposal would benefit not only EU citizens but also expats living, working or retiring in EU member states. On offer to consumers would be the same benefits at the same cost, irrespective of their country of residence. Presented as the Pan-European Personal Pension (PEPP) it’s offered by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and would mean pension...
11 May at 6 PM 2016

Oz lifetime contribution cap bad news for expat pensions

Australia’s harsh new law regarding the total amount of lifetime contributions to a pension is set to hit expats hard. Last week’s announcement by the Australian government set out a new, much lower, limit on the ‘after tax’ pension contributions for British expats with Australian pension accounts. The reduced lifetime amount now limits pensioners to A$500,000, the equivalent of £254,000 sterling, and is around 25 per cent of the £1 million allowable on British-based pensions taken in the UK. Previously, UK pensioners...
11 May at 4 PM 2016

Brit expats in OZ forced back to UK over spiralling health costs

Spiralling health insurance costs essential for Australian medical care are forcing retired Britons to return to the UK. Medical insurance is essential for British expat retirees living in Australia, but the ever-rising premium charges are forcing many retirees to give up their dream and return to the UK. One couple living in Albany, Western Australia, have seen their annual premium rise by an incredible 123 per cent over the last 10 years. The couple are living under a temporary rather than permanent resident visa, so are not...
6 May at 6 PM 2016

Saudi Vision 2030 set to shake up the entire Arab region

An extenstive and innovative raft of changes to take place between now and 2030 was announced earlier this week by Saudi Arabia. Saudi’s Vision 2030 plan is intended to lay the foundations for far-reaching changes based on a liberal, social and economic approach, the rewarding of excellence and innovation and the involvement and participation of the Kingdom’s citizens. Surprised observers believe it’s guaranteed to shake up the entire Arab world. A national project for reform and development is at its heart, aimed at...
5 May at 6 PM 2016

White Rolls Royce plays part in Dubai expat luxury car purchase scam

The Dubai car purchase scammer and his VIP Rolls Royce have found yet another victim. Known as a serial car thief, the fraudster’s convincing modus operandi has caught yet another expat looking to sell his luxury car. An unsuspecting foreign executive who offered his 2013 BMW-6 series sedan on a classified ads website is the latest to fall for the clever crook. The fraudster called the car owner pretending to be a bona fide buyer, and arranged to view the BMW immediately. He gave his wife’s immediate need for a car whilst he...
4 May at 6 PM 2016

Expat mums in Oz struggle with high childcare costs

Australia is a long-time favourite for UK expats, but how do they cope with the financial realities and lack of family support? Well over a million Brits have met the challenge of moving half-way across the world in order to achieve a better quality of life, but how do they cope in an unfamiliar country without emotional and sometimes even financial support from the family network? Many expat parents are struggling to manage financially due to the high cost of childcare as well as missing their families’ help at this crucial time....