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09 Nov 2012

MSC Ravenna

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I’m amazed about how much information can be found on internet. I know it’s the 21 st century just get over it but the other week for example after finding out the vessel name on the ship taking our consignment down to Melbourne Igoogled the name found both a pic of the ship and lots of other information which was pretty cool. I could see that the last known location was outside Sri Lanka’s coast

MSC Ravenna the Liberian registered 366 m long and 51 meter wide containership built in 2011 taking our belongings down under. Top speeed 14.1 knots/average speed 13.9 knots

Less cool was finding out when in contact with the local freight forwarder here in Melbourne that the shipment is delayed and new ETA into dock in Melbourne is now 25th of November. Then the approximate 10 days to clear customs have to be added on top of that before we actually have our stuff here. It’s taking a freaking long time if you ask me, I just want my stuff to come NOW! Yes, I’m getting unpatient, who wouldn’t.

I moved to Australia July 25, our consignment was picked up from Gothenburg August 24 and driven to the UK. It was loaded onto a ship a month later on September 28 and it has now been on the water 42 days and there is then apparently another 16 to go. 🙁

08 Nov 2012

Drivers license & Medicare

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It feels like there has been so much going on lately but it really hasn’t. Still there has been little time left over for blogging the last week. I guess it has to do with the weather getting better and us spending more time outside and less time inside. Also I sit in front of the computer all day at work so I don’t particular want to do it at night too. Plus with me doing four boot camp sessions a week there really isn’t much time left over in the day after dinner has been cooked and eaten. The little time left over I rather spend with Simon than in front of the computer blogging so you just have to be happy with the updates you get. 🙂  But I can happily announce that I’ve already received both my Victorian drivers license and my Medicare card. Both of them arrived in the end of last week so it took around a week for both of them.

27 Oct 2012


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Det rullar pĂ„ nu med att organisera allt praktiskt. Jag fick Ă€ntligen mitt bankkonto ordnat och mitt bankkort i posten nu i veckan. SĂ„ nu kan min lön Ă€ntligen gĂ„ direkt in pĂ„ mitt konto istĂ€llet för pĂ„ Simons. KĂ€nns sĂ„ skönt att fĂ„ bli lite sjĂ€lvstĂ€ndig igen. 🙂 IgĂ„r ordnade jag ju mitt australiensiska körkort och idag har jag lĂ€mnat in min ansökan till Medicare.

Medicare Àr den statliga delen av det australiensiska sjukförsÀkringssystemet, ungefÀr motsvarande svenska landstinget, som ger gratis (eller i vissa fall subventionerad) grundlÀggande sjukvÄrd till alla australiensiska medborgare. Dessutom subventionerer Medicare Àven kostnader för receptbelagd medicin. AkutsjukvÄrd, tandlÀkarbesök, optikerbesök etc omfattas inte av Medicare och inte heller besök pÄ nÄgot av alla privatsjukhus som finns i Australien. DÀrför Àr det viktigt att du som resenÀr Àven har en bra reseförsÀkring nÀr du kommer till Australien och om du Àr bosatt hÀr Àr det bra att komplettera din Medicare med en privat sjukvÄrdsförsÀkring för att tÀcka en del av dessa kostnader.

Som turist har du inte rÀtt att registrera dig hos Medicare om du inte tillhör ett av de 10 lÀnderna som Australien har ett ömsesidigt hÀlsovÄrdsavtal med (Reciprocal Health Care Agreement). Sverige Àr ett av de lÀnderna vilket gör att jag dÀrmed har rÀtt till Medicare och allt jag behövde göra för att registrera mig var att fylla i en ansökan och gÄ till mitt nÀrmaste Medicare kontor med mitt pass och mitt visum och lÀmna in ansökan. Om ca 3 veckor kommer mitt Medicarekort pÄ posten.

26 Oct 2012


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I must admit getting my Australian drivers license was both less stressful and a hell of a lot cheaper than me or Simon getting our Swedish ones. Application handed in and approved on the spot and for $170 they gave me a licence valid for the next 10 years. My actual license will be in the mail in 5-10 working days. Sweet!


25 Oct 2012

Vic license & ID point system

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I finally have an appointment at Vic Roads to get my Victorian drivers license sorted tomorrow. I’m not really obliged to get a Victorian license since I’m only here on a temporary visa and I can continue to drive on my Swedish license provided that it’s accompanied by an approved translation. But given that my Swedish license doesn’t work as an approved form of identification (since it’s all in Swedish and noone understands what it says) and I have to carry my passport around I thought it would be a good idea.

Another reason for it being a good idea is because of the Australian ID point system.  Most legal transactions require some form of identification, applying for our appartment for example did. In some cases, at least 100 points of ID is required. Certain documents will get you a fictive number of points, the more reliable the ID the more points you will get. A driver’s license is a form of secondary document and will give you 40 points. A primary document such as a passport will give you 70 points. But back to the driver’s license.

Sweden is, as I’ve written about earlier (HERE), considered to be a recognised country meaning that Australia approve of our drivers license testing standards. Therefore we (the Swedes) don’t have to take any tests, all we have to do is to make an appointment with Vic Roads, go there and apply for a Victorian license. And that’s exactly what I’m doing tomorrow! The downside to the story is that all Vic Roads’ offices only are open during regular work hours so I have to take half a day off work to be able to make the appointment.

12 Oct 2012

Recension Stora Australienmanualen

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För ett par mĂ„nader sedan kom jag i kontakt med Anders som driver sajten Swedes i Australia. Swedes in Australia Ă€r tĂ€nkt att hjĂ€lpa andra Australien-intresserade svenskar att förstĂ„ hur det funkar att resa och bo i Australien, samt att göra det lĂ€ttare för oss Australiensvenskar att hitta och lĂ€ra kĂ€nna varandra. Anders har bott mĂ„nga Ă„r i Australien och han har samlat all sin ovĂ€derliga kunskap i en omfattande guidebok – Stora Australienmanualen. NĂ€r jag hittat lite ledig tid har jag Ă€gnat mig Ă„t att lĂ€sa igenom  manualen och Ă€ntligen kommer hĂ€r en recension av innehĂ„llet.

Allt om visum, biljetter, boende och jobb för resenÀrer och emigranter till Australien.

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28 Sep 2012

Packed and loaded

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Our stuff was loaded onto the boat on Wednesday and has now finally left the UK. ETA Melbourne 18th of November. I can’t wait and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed nothing is broken, missing or damaged in any way when it arrives.

05 Sep 2012


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Today it arrived!

04 Sep 2012

Getting a Tax File Number

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It has now been 22 days since I applied for my Tax File Number and there is still no sign of it. It’s frustrating and annoying at the same time. I mean it can’t be that hard to create it, can it? I had no clue what a Tax File Number even was or why I needed one so I assume there are more people out there that don’t know either. So let me enlighten you with this little guide. 🙂

What is a Tax File Number (TFN)?

Your TFN is a unique number the government give you to help them manage tax and other government services. Since Australia don’t have personal identification numbers like Sweden it’s the Australian Tax Office’s (Australiensiska Skatteverket) way of identifying you.

Why do I need a TFN?

It’s not compulsary to quote your Tax File Number to anyone but as I discovered quickly when I recieved my first pay there are advantages to doing tell your employer for example. If you don’t have one you pay more tax than necessary and you may not be able to get government benefits you are entitled to receive. Since I don’t have a TFN yet I was charged the maximum tax rate 46.5% on my first pay. I would have been able to claim back the money in the end of the financial year (which is in July I think) but since I sort of need the money within a resonable future given that the move here been pretty expensive I asked my work to hold my pay until I have my TFN. Then I’ll be charged just over 20% tax instead of the outrageous 46.5%.

We’v also been advised that I can’t open a bank account without a TFN and I’m also pretty sure you can’t join a super fund (in Swedish pensionssparande) without one.

How do I apply?

It’s free to get a TFN and the easiest way to apply is online. Go to the following website and follow the instructions.

How long does the process take?

You should receive your TFN no more than 28 days after the application is lodged and registered.The TFN will be sent to the postal address on your application. And this is exactly what I’m waiting on right now. It should arrive this week but with my luck I’m sure I’ll have to chase it up on Monday. 🙂

26 Aug 2012

Ahead of schedule

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Our stuff was scheduled to be picked up by MoveCorp on Monday. On Thursday my brother just remembered he actually will be in Barcelona over the weekend and won’t be able to open up the apartment for the driver. Fail! I contacted MoveCorp in an attempt to possibly change the date but as expected that wasn’t possible. Luckily one of Anders’ friends was kind enough to help out and offer to open up the apartment. At that stage I was still a bit worried about the fact that it was a 19 meter long road-train that was going to come. Where would it be able to park? Read more