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Living overseas you might have missed some of the day to day changes in policy and the business landscape that are effecting your friends and family back home.

Health

January

  • Young people can stay under their parents’ health insurance until the age of 31 from this year as more are expected to stay in education and live at home longer > https://bit.ly/38IsTeS
  • The federal government’s authorised rise in private health insurance premiums will leave families an extra $126 a year on average out of pocket > https://bit.ly/3smEQi2
  • Enrolling in Medicare > https://bit.ly/38ECoLN 
  • Medicare to cover breakthrough devices > https://bit.ly/2MRHP1x 

February

  • Millenial’s guide to private health insurance in Australia > https://bit.ly/36Yz3WM
  • The government is considering changes to Australia’s Prostheses List, a database of more than 11,000 medical devices that dictates what health insurers have to fork out if a member receives a treatment such as a joint replacement, pacemaker or stent. > https://bit.ly/3rEMXoW
  • Australia secures an additional 10 million doses of the Pfizer Vaccine > https://bit.ly/2Z5Sn08 

March

Child Care

January

  • Education Department documents show daycare fees are projected to rise 4.1 per cent a year for the next four years, far outstripping inflation. Labor predicts all the savings from the new system will be wiped out within a year, despite $9 billion in annual subsidies > https://bit.ly/2N3bZ24

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Superannuation

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  • Malcolm Turnbull backs superannuation increase as research shows it will lift wages > https://bit.ly/3lps5jL
  • Top four superannuation mistakes Australians are making according to finance expert > https://bit.ly/2OBOE8Y
  • New federal scheme to allow domestic violence survivors to access superannuation for crisis response > https://ab.co/3bT2XP3
  • ‘Will make things worse’: Domestic violence superannuation policy under review after backlash > https://bit.ly/3eLiEd4 
School

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University

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Tax

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Opportunity/Grants

January

  • Listed medical device makers Cochlear and ResMed are preparing to pump more money into research, in a bid to expand their footprints in key markets, one year on from the start of the coronavirus pandemic > https://bit.ly/38GyHoX
  • Queensland Government launches $100 million small business grant program > https://bit.ly/2Kgwc3s
  • Popular Australian venues receive Fed Govt live music funding > https://bit.ly/3oLFGTd
  • A guide to all the grants available to your small business organised by industry > https://bit.ly/3bCOJ56

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Migration

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Jobs

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Policy

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Elections

January

  • Enrolling to vote overseas > https://bit.ly/3bJdJYJ
  • Election may impact housing market’s positive outlook – REIA > https://bit.ly/3ifv4th
  • Upcoming Elections:
    • Next Federal Election – On or before 21 May 2022
    • Simultaneous half-Senate and House of Representatives:
      • Earliest Date: 7 August 2021
      • Latest Date: 21 May
    • House of Representatives – On or before 3 September 2022
    • WA – 13 March 2021
    • TAS – Mid 2022 
    • SA – 19 March 2022
    • VIC – 26 November 2022
    • NSW – 23 March 2023

February

  • WA election looming and mental health services emerge as key issue > https://ab.co/3a6JHwy 
  • Zak Kirkup claims underdog status as polls put him well behind Mark McGowan > https://bit.ly/3cZz3K3 
  • Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup blocks media from questioning candidate ahead of WA election > https://ab.co/2Z5hHTL 
  • WA election Liberal candidate Andrea Tokaji withdraws after ‘dangerous’ 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory beliefs revealed > https://ab.co/3aa5K5D 
  • Facing crisis’ on two fronts, McGowan asks Governor to issue writs for WA election > https://bit.ly/36YYU0D 

March

  • WA election: Record number of women set to claim seat in Parliament following landslide > https://ab.co/3txwmEt
  • Labor’s landslide victory win shows Liberal Party on brink of extinction in WA > https://ab.co/3tualGA
  • WA election leaves Daylight Saving, Legalise Cannabis parties on verge of joining Parliament
Housing

February

  • More than 30 organisations have written letters to the federal, state and territory governments to ensure that Australian Housing is future proofed to provide mandatory accessibility standards > https://ab.co/2MWrlWr 
  • Housing in regional Queensland scarce due to interstate migration, remote work and returning Aussies > https://ab.co/3aRB5cl 
  • Australian government’s housing policy continues to ignore low income earners > https://bit.ly/3a94Kid 

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