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jimmyay
08-07-2009, 08:15 PM
My company wanted to transfer me to Australia for 3 months. What should i concern about? Accomodation, food & transport provided by company. Any taxation issues?

Any advice.

chewie
08-07-2009, 08:46 PM
wow..thats great...ur company got vacancy arr....hahaha.... which part of aussie...

Sentinel
08-07-2009, 09:19 PM
My company wanted to transfer me to Australia for 3 months. What should i concern about? Accomodation, food & transport provided by company. Any taxation issues?

Any advice.
3 months only why worry about taxation issues? Just ask them to continue to pay you in Malaysia and the difference for the 3 months as overseas expense reimbursement lor... afterall everything else is paid for.

p.s. H1N1 is at a high in Australia with 28 deaths reported to-date.

wyshin88
08-07-2009, 10:05 PM
My company sometimes send me to Australia for 2 weeks to a few months. Things to look for could be :

-Return Air Ticket to be paid for by your company
(Preferably MAS)
-Acommodation paid for by your company
(Preferably 1 bed room apartment and not to be shared with others)
- Allowance, be sure to ask what is included and what is not, as for me, my company still pay me salary in Malaysia and I get AUD65 per day for meals, that is more than enough for 3 meals + some savings. If where I stay is far from my office, and I need to take train or bus to work, I can claim that. Laundry is usually provided in the apartment itself with washer and dryer.
- Visa 457, ask your company to apply for you before you go there, can apply online. I think that is for stay longer than 3 months if not mistaken.
- Tax issue, not to worry if you are there less than 6 months. If you exceed 6 months in 1 financial year, which starts in July, then you will have to worry about tax.
- Insurance, standard procedure, ask who will pay for your medical bill if you would to get in trouble there.
- Ask what id your scope of work there and who you will report to.
- Passport, make sure it is not expired and have at least 1 year or 6 months of validity.
-Swine flu, just becareful, ppl there don't really care, they just rest at home if they got swine flu.
- Winter now, bring more clothes.
- Change money, don't change it there, ringgit is not sought after there, you can use credit card there, even in taxi, the rate is not bad too.

Thats all I can think of now.

Which part of Aussie are u going to?

Cheers.

fRaNkY
08-07-2009, 11:28 PM
Make sure you are well covered... medically.

Last time i went, I have some travellers cheque (USD), cash, international credit cards and USD from previous trips.

jimmyay
09-07-2009, 08:23 AM
I am going to Adelaide. After the 3 mths, i will be going there on & off. The H1N1 & medical is a issue for me too to look after.
Thanks for the feedback, guys.

gtl
09-07-2009, 11:48 AM
jimmy, danger with H1N1 is there but the symptom is weaker now. may not be too dangerous. sometimes, bcs of cari makan, die die also hv to go!!

Richard Poh
09-07-2009, 12:17 PM
I am going to Adelaide. After the 3 mths, i will be going there on & off. The H1N1 & medical is a issue for me too to look after.
Thanks for the feedback, guys.
If your boss knew you are so green and scare ,I think he/she will sent someone else.

Coro
09-07-2009, 08:45 PM
Jimmyay, I lived in Adelaide for 5 years before coming to Melbourne last year. It's a nice city, clean and peaceful. Don't worry too much about the H1N1 issue. Very few do. Those who died were those who were already rather ill, very few exceptions. I would bet you won't notice anything out of the ordinary in Adelaide. wyshin88 has given very good comments. You can also use your Malaysian ATM card if you activate this facility before coming here. After that, just go to any ATM in Oz and take out money in the normal way. My only advice to you whilst you are in Adelaide City is not to venture the lanes along Hindley Street late at night. That's where you buy drugs and where you may get mugged. Visit the Information Centre at King Williams Street and you will get lots of info on cafes etc etc....Visit the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, the vineyards of South Australia. Take a drive to Stirling in the Adelaide Hills (not far from the city)...Enjoy your stay!

jimmyay
09-07-2009, 11:37 PM
Jimmyay, I lived in Adelaide for 5 years before coming to Melbourne last year. It's a nice city, clean and peaceful. Don't worry too much about the H1N1 issue. Very few do. Those who died were those who were already rather ill, very few exceptions. I would bet you won't notice anything out of the ordinary in Adelaide. wyshin88 has given very good comments. You can also use your Malaysian ATM card if you activate this facility before coming here. After that, just go to any ATM in Oz and take out money in the normal way. My only advice to you whilst you are in Adelaide City is not to venture the lanes along Hindley Street late at night. That's where you buy drugs and where you may get mugged. Visit the Information Centre at King Williams Street and you will get lots of info on cafes etc etc....Visit the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, the vineyards of South Australia. Take a drive to Stirling in the Adelaide Hills (not far from the city)...Enjoy your stay!

Sound good Coro, Btw, How much do i expect to spend on a decent meals everyday? Someone suggest me to check out MCDonald price as a guide. I am planning for my wife to come for vacation too. I will be given a car to use too.

wyshin88
10-07-2009, 12:42 PM
A normal meal in Adelaide :-

Fast food :
McD: AUD$ 6-10
1 Slice of Pizza: AUD$ 3
2 Slices of Pizza:AUD$ 5-6
Take Away Sushi: AUD$5-9

Chinese Restaurant :
Gigantic plate of fried rice or fried noodles (enough for 2 Malaysian stomach) : AUD$8-10
Gigantic Plate of vegetables: AUD$7-8

If you are not too choosy about food, you can get food in any food court or normal (non-fancy) restaurant, a meal will cost roughly AUD$10 per person, and if you and your wife share some food, a decent meal could cost any where between AUD$8-15

Buying groceries in Woolsworth and cooking in your own apartment will be cheaper of course, since you are going to be there for 3 months, it's good to cook sometimes rather than eat out every meal, that way you can also buy some oil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, at least can use for 3 months, you can get all these in groceries store, namely Woolsworth, there is also a China Town that sells alot of asian groceries and a market which sells cheap fresh groceries every Tues/Thurs/Friday and Saturday if not mistaken, which is within the city, you can get there by tram (tram is free if you travel within the city, if you go further, the conductor will sell you the ticket, so no worries).

Coro, please correct me if some of the comment I made is not correct, since you lived in Adelaide for 5 years and I only been there for 3 weeks
:p

wyshin88
10-07-2009, 12:46 PM
And also what Coro said about Hindley street is true, there's where all the pubs and drunken aussie are at night, especially Friday night, just avoid that street and anyone that sit on the street at night trying to talk to you, their intention is not good, usually will ask for money, just ignore them, they tend to target Asian because we are new there and easier to bully I suppose. Other than that, is a great place :)

Coro
10-07-2009, 12:48 PM
Pub foods are sumptious and relatively cheap. Fish and chips, chicken pamigiana, etc are around $15. In restaurants, all main dishes are generally between $23 and $28. Indian is cheap, each dish around $12 - $15.

Burgers are around $5 - $7 each with minimum chips around $3 at Fish and Chips shops. Quarter chicken are around the same price and similarly lasange and other pastas. Chinese is probably the cheapest but they taste different from the Malaysian variety. Above is a guide, in AUD.

Sentinel
10-07-2009, 02:05 PM
Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney are the places where I can have a AUD10 breakfast and skip lunch because the breakfast is such huge portion. Two slices of their very thick and soft white toasted bread, some bacons, scrambled egg, veggies & greens and a free big cuppa latte. Its so big portion that even after walking 2 km to the office, still full during lunch....

Coro
11-07-2009, 04:00 PM
The "Laksa House" stall in the food court of Central Market in Chinatown has a reasonable laksa. All other Asian food quite ordinary, in my opinion. If you are desperate for good Malaysian food, visit the Casuarina Restaurant at the Marion Shopping Centre (quite large), corner of Sturt Road and Diagonal Road in Marion (suburb). They have a very good laksa, nasi lemak, char keoy teow and roti canai. The owners are James (from Singapore) and Gerald (originally from Miri).

jimmyay
14-07-2009, 06:31 PM
The "Laksa House" stall in the food court of Central Market in Chinatown has a reasonable laksa. All other Asian food quite ordinary, in my opinion. If you are desperate for good Malaysian food, visit the Casuarina Restaurant at the Marion Shopping Centre (quite large), corner of Sturt Road and Diagonal Road in Marion (suburb). They have a very good laksa, nasi lemak, char keoy teow and roti canai. The owners are James (from Singapore) and Gerald (originally from Miri).


This is indeed useful. Thanks.

jimmyay
21-07-2009, 07:07 PM
My company sometimes send me to Australia for 2 weeks to a few months. Things to look for could be :

-Return Air Ticket to be paid for by your company
(Preferably MAS)
-Acommodation paid for by your company
(Preferably 1 bed room apartment and not to be shared with others)
- Allowance, be sure to ask what is included and what is not, as for me, my company still pay me salary in Malaysia and I get AUD65 per day for meals, that is more than enough for 3 meals + some savings. If where I stay is far from my office, and I need to take train or bus to work, I can claim that. Laundry is usually provided in the apartment itself with washer and dryer.

Cheers.

AUD65 sound very good. Now my company only providing AUD30 only. If that is the case,i can afford McD for my meal only.

Naka
21-07-2009, 07:23 PM
AUD65 sound very good. Now my company only providing AUD30 only. If that is the case,i can afford McD for my meal only.

At A$30 a day or A$210 a week for foods---that's plenty--that is if you do your own cooking.

jimmyay
21-07-2009, 07:34 PM
At A$30 a day or A$210 a week for foods---that's plenty--that is if you do your own cooking.

Wow!! Is this a lot? I will be staying in hotel which i am not sure have cooking facility. So cooking is not an option now.

My daily meals in KL normally range from Breakfast(RM5), Lunch (RM10-RM15) & Dinner (RM15-RM25).

Naka
21-07-2009, 09:16 PM
Wow!! Is this a lot? I will be staying in hotel which i am not sure have cooking facility. So cooking is not an option now.

My daily meals in KL normally range from Breakfast(RM5), Lunch (RM10-RM15) & Dinner (RM15-RM25).


A young couple from Ipoh was transferred to work in Western Australia 2 years ago for a year & he was paid A$40.00 per day for him/wife for foods. He told me he could make a saving from the $40.00

Also, there was a survey few years back saying that AUD$200 per week is plenty for foods for a family of 4 ie, father/mother/2kids here in Western Australia.

Assuming that the Survey is out of date, then $210.00 per week is not too far off.

FYI, cost of living in Adeliade is a lot lot cheaper than WA.

Coro
21-07-2009, 10:03 PM
One way to gauge requirements is the aged pension. Currently it is AUD 285 per week for singles and AUD 570 per week for couples. I believe this will be raised by $30 for singles and $10 for couples from September. There has been many articles that this is not enough and personally, as a self-funded retiree, I think that is really tough to survive on. However, if one does not have to pay utility bills like electricity, gas, phone etc, then it's okay.

If one does not cook and has to eat out, AUD 60 per day is not a lot