Expat Australia News

Latest 10 news items tagged Australia

6 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Expat parents in the Czech Republic will need to get new official ID cards for their kids

Expat parents in the Czech Republic will need to get official ID cards for their kids from the age of six. Once the relevant law is passed, the cards will be mandatory, and are expected to be useful for proving age on public transport or when children are travelling with a parent with a different surname. At some time in the future, the personal ID number on the cards is to be replaced by electronically readable data, as the government feels the present system can be seen as an invasion of personal privacy. The current ID cards...
4 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Real estate scammer caught targeting new expat arrivals in Amsterdam

New expat arrivals in the Netherlands are being warned to check out the credentials of real estate agents when searching for accommodation. The warning comes as one scam artist is remanded in custody on charges of ripping off 13 victims for a total sum of around €100,000 in order to finance his gambling addiction debts. In a procedural court hearing held last Wednesday, the fraudster admitted he’d scammed some 42 people by means of deposits and pre-payments for rental accommodation not actually for rent. No-one suspected his...
1 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Spanish government to pay out colossal compensation for gota fria destruction

The true cost of Spain’s devastating gota fria storms is now calculated to total at least €379 million, but claims are still being received. Spain’s Consorcio de Compensacion de Seguros has released its estimates of householder compensation for the massive damage and destruction caused by this summer’s devastating weather phenomenon known as the gota fria. At present, some 600,000 claims have been received, with more still coming in and expected to raise the total cost to at least €422 million. Tens of thousands of homes...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expats urged to guard against fraudulent text messages

In this internet age, texting is a big part of most peoples’ daily lives, whether they’re living in their country of birth or overseas as an expat. There’s no doubt that texts are an aid to businesses as well as for those keeping in touch with their friends and families at home and away. Unfortunately, not all texts messages are what they seem, as they’re also a convenient tool for fraudsters looking to part the unwary from their money. One absolute favourite is a text seemingly from the UK’s HM Revenue and Customs informing...
22 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Wealthy Hong Kong expats looking to emigrate to Oz

In spite of reports suggesting expat bankers in Hong Kong are in it for the long-haul, realtors are seeing a rush to invest in Australian property. Both expat professionals and Hong Kong’s wealthy elite are now hedging their bets on the outcome of the seemingly endless weekend protests. Although it seems no-one actually wants to leave, those with enough folding money are quietly investing in Australian property as a hedge against a full Chinese military takeover of one of the world’s most important financial hubs. From expat...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Saudi Arabia’s relaxation of regulations has a sting in its tail for expats

Following Saudi Arabia’s easing up of some regulations affecting expats, it’s now cracking down on so-called public misbehaviour offences. ‘Give a little, take a little’ seems to be the new Saudi attitude towards foreign visitors and its expat community, with the introduction of new laws against public behaviour. Ten new rules are now in the statute books, with fines of up to $1,333 to be levied on non-compliance. Starting with physical or verbal acts of violence or any other acts which cause fear, damage or threats to public...
16 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat professionals desperate to leave the UK can’t find suitable jobs

Brits desperate to move overseas are being held back by a lack of suitable jobs. A recent survey result has identified the reason why Britons desperate to move abroad to avoid the after-effects of Brexit cannot find jobs – it’s the fault of international employers. Whether or not this reason is entirely accurate, overseas companies should be urged to consider creating more jobs for expatriate professionals from the UK. Over 50 per cent of Britons searching for a better quality of life overseas are seriously considering a move,...
3 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Is expat suicide becoming endemic in Thailand?

Thailand is seeing an inexplicable increase in expat suicides. For several decades, the chaos on Thailand’s roads and the resultant expat deaths made headlines in both the Thai and English language media. Nowadays, although road accidents are still worth a mention on and offline, a new, inexplicable cause of death for expat males seems to be suicide, even in cases where it’s not obvious. A quick trawl of last month’s online English news websites and a few forums reveals five such possibly self-inflicted deaths over the past...
1 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Would-be Brit expats urged to check their destinations for frozen pensions

Would-be British expat retirees are being urged to check their favoured destination as to whether it’s subject to frozen UK pensions. As Brexit day approaches yet again, many Brits are finalising their plans to leave the UK to its own devices and settle down for a comfortable retirement elsewhere in the world. Many will be relying on the British state pension for their everyday needs, even although it’s now considered ungenerous at best. In the rush to leave, it’s possible a good few haven’t taken into account the harsh fact...
27 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Saudi Arabia to woo tourists with relaxed dress codes for females

In an attempt to attract more tourists and expat visitors, Saudi Arabia is now relaxing its strict female dress code policy. As part of a push to make the Kingdom a major tourist destination, the Saudi government is preparing to launch a new visa regime aimed at 49 world countries as well as relaxing its former strict female dress codes. Up until now, the issuance of visas has mostly been restricted to expatriate workers, businessmen, members of the Moslem clergy and pilgrims. The aim of the changes is to encourage foreign investment...