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On ‎9‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 1:00 PM, Salerno said:

Yes, mentioned that previously in a round about way. Reality is, we have no privacy nowadays.

C'link always had the ability to check movements, but it required manual processing.  These days it's automated.  They've just improved the timeliness and probably eliminated some of the human error factor.  No real change in your privacy.

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I'm going to return to do the 2 years to re-establish residency, and hopefully soon, I've been searching everything I can find but I'm somewhat lost as to a step by step process. Some specific points I can't find answers to:

 

- Should I / do I have to advise Centrelink in advance of my intention to return and re-establish residency? If yes should I contact Centrelink in Hobart? Or...

 

- What do I need to prepare to take with me to Australia?

 

- Once in Australia where do I lodge my application?

 

- Once in Australia can I lodge my application by e-mail?

 

 

- Is there a different application form for citizens who have gone back recently to re-establish residency?

 

- Is there an interview which I must attend as part of the process? Any tips? Any bewares?

 

- I've read that approval (or denial) is mostly within a couple of weeks, on the other hand I just read a Centrelink website which says around six months. Can some members who have been through the process please share their experiences on this point.

 

- I can't find any specifics about rent etc., assistance whilst doing the 2 years. Can some members who have been through this please share their experiences on this point. Are there other allowances? 

 

- Is there a medical examination as part of the processing of my application. 

 

Any additional advise, tips whatever much appreciated. Thanks.

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9 hours ago, scorecard said:

I'm going to return to do the 2 years to re-establish residency, and hopefully soon, I've been searching everything I can find but I'm somewhat lost as to a step by step process. Some specific points I can't find answers to:

 

- Should I / do I have to advise Centrelink in advance of my intention to return and re-establish residency? If yes should I contact Centrelink in Hobart? Or... NO

 

- What do I need to prepare to take with me to Australia? (Too many variables here, however, if your birth certificate, etc, etc.. is in Thailand take it with you.)

 

- Once in Australia where do I lodge my application? (ANY centrelink office can help you)

 

- Once in Australia can I lodge my application by e-mail? (Best answer is NO, but entirely possible soon BUT you can do online - see here:- https://www.yourlifechoices.com.au/age-pension/pension-eligibility/how-to-apply-for-an-age-pension )

 

 

- Is there a different application form for citizens who have gone back recently to re-establish residency? NO

 

- Is there an interview which I must attend as part of the process? Any tips? Any bewares? (YES - you will be called - just tell the truth).

 

- I've read that approval (or denial) is mostly within a couple of weeks, on the other hand I just read a Centrelink website which says around six months. Can some members who have been through the process please share their experiences on this point. (I Will leave this to the Forum - It took me 28 Days)

 

- I can't find any specifics about rent etc., assistance whilst doing the 2 years. Can some members who have been through this please share their experiences on this point. Are there other allowances? Search here: (https://www.yourlifechoices.com.au) - HERE https://www.yourlifechoices.com.au/age-pension/pension-payment-rates/rent-assistance-20-march-2019

 

- Is there a medical examination as part of the processing of my application. NO

 

Any additional advise, tips whatever much appreciated. Thanks. (You can apply 13 weeks prior to pension age)

Hi Mate,

I can answer most of your questions, however, there is no SINGLE answer to ANY question except perhaps the last one - NO medical required whatsoever.

 

See my answers in the quote above - BE PREPARED for other members to have had different experiences.

 

 

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16 minutes ago, BB1958 said:

Hi Mate,

I can answer most of your questions, however, there is no SINGLE answer to ANY question except perhaps the last one - NO medical required whatsoever.

 

See my answers in the quote above - BE PREPARED for other members to have had different experiences.

 

 

 

As an addendum:

 

Rent in OZ (Entirely depends where your "ties" are) - For me PERTH WA.

 

Someone I know does Homestay $125.00 per week, ALL UP - private room, Air conditioned, INCLUDES 3 meals a day cooked for you, ALL utilities, NBN internet - unlimited. They ONLY do travellers, max stay 28 DAYS.  

 

It is just an example - if you look hard enough you will find them too - It will consume half your Centrelink "NEWSTART" allowance. However, if you do not have other bills (Or smoke/drink), you can live quite comfortably on $130 per week "Pocket money. 

 

AS you are over 60 (Born 1945?) (63 for some younger than you) you can apply for a seniors card NOW :-  

 

https://www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au - Plenty of extras here. Free transport, Free drivers Lic, Bulk Billed Medicare, Free Ambulance cover.. etc., etc.,

 

 

 

 

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Seniors Card (over60’s) also works great in Sydney. Travel anywhere, anytime between Newcastle (north), Goulburn (south) & the Blue Mountains (west) for $2.50 a day. Includes Syd Harbour ferries and Metro mono rails. Doesn’t include Syd Airports train stations but does include Syd Airports buses.

 

 

 

 

 

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34 minutes ago, Nemises said:

Seniors Card (over60’s) also works great in Sydney. Travel anywhere, anytime between Newcastle (north), Goulburn (south) & the Blue Mountains (west) for $2.50 a day. Includes Syd Harbour ferries and Metro mono rails. Doesn’t include Syd Airports train stations but does include Syd Airports buses.

 

 

 

 

 

I got my seniors card last time I was back, It's excellent and saves me heaps of I go back and do a work stint.

I have 6 more years before the pension I have been keeping a home address (my daughter's), I Will go back one year before and work the last year then when I apply I will have a full years history of work plus a fixed address for the past years.

They might make me stay one more year for portability but who know I might be ok?.

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I got my seniors card last time I was back, It's excellent and saves me heaps of I go back and do a work stint.

I have 6 more years before the pension I have been keeping a home address (my daughter's), I Will go back one year before and work the last year then when I apply I will have a full years history of work plus a fixed address for the past years.

They might make me stay one more year for portability but who know I might be ok?.

 

Even if over 60 and “retired” there’s still restrictions on the maximum amount of hours of paid work that you’re allowed to do to qualify for/keep the Seniors Card. It (the max. allowable hours) varies from State to State.

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36 minutes ago, nev said:

I got my seniors card last time I was back, It's excellent and saves me heaps of I go back and do a work stint.

I have 6 more years before the pension I have been keeping a home address (my daughter's), I Will go back one year before and work the last year then when I apply I will have a full years history of work plus a fixed address for the past years.

They might make me stay one more year for portability but who know I might be ok?.

For portability your  2 years starts from the date of your succesfull pension application

 

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2 minutes ago, norbra said:

For portability your  2 years starts from the date of your succesfull pension application

As I understand it, the two years "probation" is only for those that have obviously come back from overseas to claim the pension. It is portable from day 1 for those that "live" in Australia therefore, possibility nev may well be OK.

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Thanks to all for all the valuable information. A couple more questions please:

 

1. When portability is achieved (after the 2 year re-establish residency item), does the pensioner receive only the 'common rate' or is 'Pension supplement' also received?

 

2. The application form - assets and income test -  for cash in banks what proof is needed? on this point is there any different requirement in regard to cash in bank in Thailand or in Australia?

 

And what about when the cash in the bank (in Thailand) is in a joint name (example myself and my adult Thai son)? 

 

3.  Proof of identity - Is a copy of my current Australian passport sufficient.  And I also a recent endorsement on a copy of my passport, endorsed by an Australian guy living in Thailand  plus a copy of his passport, would this help? The Australian guy is older but still works (with a Thai Work Permit and his occupation in included in the professions that can make such endorsements.

 

I do have a copy of my certificate of birth (74 years ago, yes they did record births back in ancient history), but the birth certificate is not signed by an issuing authority or similar.

 

4. Proof of the date that I moved to Thailand. Can this be an approximate date or do I need to find old passports to show a departure (from Australia) stamp? 

 

Thanks.

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