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Forgot to point out that last year the government tried to reduce the amount of time for loss of pension outside Australia to 6 weeks, however it was defeated in the Senate and and as i said currently stands at 26 weeks
Australian Pensions.. We have just started our Full time residence in Cebu.
Well this is "my" understanding of the pension rules. Firstly we have our pension transacted by a company in Melbourne Australia that for a fee takes care of any involvement with Centerlink. I could give the name but may fall fowl of the LincRules. We Personally don't talk to centerlink at all. I just say "fix it" when a letter arrives.
So "currently" there is the 36 year rule.
If you have lived in Australia for more than 36 years(As i have/had) your pension is fully paid Less suppliments for as long as you are away. (Although I'm told you may have to prove your still breathing at some point)
If less than 36 years there is a pro rata reduction "per year". This reduction happens AFTER 26 weeks. The calculation is on the Centerlink website but you need to be mathematicaly switch on to understand it.As Gus says as soon as you depart Australia an email goes to Centerlink from immigration.
My wife who cannot comply to the 36 year rule will get a pension reduction. We are currently waiting to see financially how much this will be to calculate if its "worth" returning to Australia to reset the clock. We are told on good advise that this is quite common and seen quite regularly at Centerlink offices. somewhat like doing a Balakbayan visa run, (but much more costly).
Also for those who are interested your Medicare card will be null and void after 5 years outside Australia so if a trip to Australia is necessary (or possible) go to the doctor and get a check up to reset your card.
This is my understanding of the CURRENT rules. I've highlighted current as the rules change regularly.
in the time honoured World Cup tradition :
Iran Fans Turn Up Outside Ronaldo's Hotel
50 Iranian fans turned up to the hotel in Saransk, where the Portuguese team are staying, with horns, a drum and vuvuzelas - oh and very loud voices, which they used to chant.
The noisy crowd did manage to get the attention of Ronaldo, who appeared at the window. The Portuguese star was filmed wagging his finger at the fans, like a primary school teacher telling off a rowdy classroom, before putting his hands together under his head - the international sign for 'LADs, please, I'm trying to get some kip'.
If anything, the sight of Ronaldo begging for a bit of sleep spurred the fans on even more, though, and they continued to make a racket.
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It's not a contest and nobody is competing against you, You're still the hottest thing in this planet, no need to show how fierce you are... So, please calm down sun, calm down!!!
The last trip (FEB 2018) we toured Siquijor , Dumaguete , Samal and other wonderful places. Making friends in the Philippines brings the most joy and satisfaction than anything else. I spent several days on a motorcycle (not scooter) and really had a great time. I am lucky because my Philippine family is so wonderful and smart. We are counting the days till we arrive for an extended more permanent stay.