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Questions tagged [australia]

For questions that relate to the laws, practices, and products of Australia.

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Is the average wage a reliable measure for how much the average person earns?

This web site (http://www.livingin-australia.com/salaries-australia/) claims that the average australian wage is 68k per year. I've had a look at some other resources too and they all seem to use this ...
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Should the price of fuel in Australia at this point be so high?

Checking the government websites (Australia) regarding the fuel prices and what influences them: International benchmark prices Taxes Other costs and margins Additionally there is this strange ...
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If banks offer a fixed rate lower than the variable rate, is that an indication interest rates may head down?

This is one of the major banks in Australia: http://www.anz.com/aus/RateFee/InterestRates/Rates.asp At present time, the variable rate is 7.80% but the fixed rate is 6.99% for one year. And it seems ...
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What are the tax implications of buying US stocks from Australia?

I am thinking about buying some blue-chip US shares. My rationale being that the Australian dollar is currently buying a lot of US dollars, so this is a way to directly invest in some large US ...
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Tax obligations on foreign term deposits

I have dual U.S./Australian citizenship and reside permanently in U.S. I am expecting an inheritance from a relative's estate in Australia. If I open an account with an Australian bank and invest in ...
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Does it make sense to switch from a 30 year 6.99% loan to a 6.89% loan (Australia)

I have recently bought an apartment and have an outstanding loan for $200K. I looked around but the bank I presently bank with somewhat surprisingly offered me the best rate at 6.99% (discounted off ...
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What's a cheap legal way of disposing of old CRT TVs in Australia? [closed]

I am in Australia and have an 81cm TV that has had better days - it works but the sound takes a few minutes after turning on to work, it's missing a remote control, etc. I would like to get rid of ...
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Can used books bought off Amazon be claimed as a tax deduction in Australia?

I recently bought some used books on Amazon. The books are directly related to what I do for a living. In Australia, I know that if you have the receipt for books like that, you could claim it as a ...
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What implications does having the highest household debt to disposable income ratio have on Australia?

I hear that Australia has the highest household debt to disposable income ratio in the world. What does that mean? What implication does that have for the economy, for the stock market and for the ...
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I'm moving to another country. Where should I keep my money?

I've been working in the US for a number of years, and am shortly to return to Australia. My cash is in an online bank based in the US. Would you recommend I move it to an Australian bank, or leave ...
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In the U.S., what is the easiest way to buy Australian government bonds?

The NY Times says: He cited the example of buying a one-year Australian government bond, yielding 5.25 percent. He said he believed that the American dollar was going to lose value and the ...
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Could someone please provide an example of a portfolio similiar to the GFP or Couch potato, but for Australia?

So I've been reading about MPT and came across the GFP and couch potato sites posted in this link, in any-experience-with-the-gone-fishin-portfolio and wanted to know of anything similiar to the GFP ...
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If I go to a seminar held overseas, may I claim my flights on my tax return?

i am an IT contractor and I would like to go to a seminar overseas. I'm paying for this by myself, however, I believe it is related to what I do and could be classed as an educational expense. The ...
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Best way to buy Japanese yen for travel?

Going to Japan in about a week, and I'm looking for ways to buy Japanese yen. In Australia, it's pretty nuts. If you exchange money from them, they'll charge you 5-6% above the mid rate of the ...
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When the Reserve Bank determines the interest rates, do they take the house prices into account?

My knowledge of how interest rates work (please correct me if I'm wrong) is that it is set by the Central Bank of a country. They're supposed to be apolitical and independent and their decision ...
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What actions can I take against a bank for lack of customer service?

I currently have a mortgage with a bank. Two months ago, they had an offer to fix our home loan interest rate for a year. We accepted this offer, we signed a document and they signed it too. In ...
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Should you check to make sure your employer is paying you the correct superannuation amount? [Australia]

Most people just assume their super is correct and is put in and I bet most people don't even check, but how do you really know if it's being paid? Is there heaps of checks and balances that ...
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Have house price growth exceeded rent yield in Australia in the last five years (2005 onwards)?

I started renting possibly about five years ago. I'm not sure if the rent price has gone up or down. I'm actually paying more then than I was now, but the place I am living in now is in the suburbs ...
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Is the Australian property market currently (late 2010) in a bubble?

I've been told that the Australian property market is more than 45% over valued, I've also heard arguments that there are justifications for this such as: increased rate of immigration, shortage of ...
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Source for information about Australia and U.S. real estate market rent-to-price ratios?

Would like to make a comparison between the two markets, in particular during the global financial crisis.
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Which international credit card would fit my requirements?

I am currently looking at getting a credit card for myself. However, as per this question, I would like to get a credit card from an international bank / credit provider so that when I move countries ...
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Will bonds (including international bonds) be able to offer more than 7% annual return?

I am presently getting a 6% return on my savings in a high-interest account, calculated daily, paid monthly. I regard stocks as too risky for my 4 year savings plan but am interested in bonds as they ...
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Working abroad in Australia, what is involved financially and administratively?

I've always dreamed of making it down to Australia to work, intentionally for the long term but would probably go for 1 year as a "trial" (or at least force myself to go that long) What would the ...