Australia plans to increase tax on working holiday visa holders

The Australian Federal government has planned to introduce an adjustment to the tax free threshold for non-resident workers. With the commencement originally announced for July 2016, debates between the country’s major political parties has delayed the implementation to January 2017. Higher tax rate on all income The proposed tax will apply to those working in […]

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UK IT jobs on the rise

While it may come as a surprise to many, the first IT jobs data for the period immediately after the UK’s Brexit decision indicates that hirers in the sector are thriving. Figures show that almost 12,000 IT jobs were added to UK recruiter Reed Group’s website in the three weeks following the EU referendum; showing a 14% […]

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How to apply for a business bank account if you’re a contractor

Contractors looking to open a business bank account for their limited company should be warned that it will take some time. Due to the UK’s anti-money laundering regulations, opening this type of account often involves a lot of paperwork and face-to-face meetings. Authentication and regulations can cause delays If you’re hoping to open an account […]

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New Zealand works with INTERPOL to strengthen borders

Everyone crossing the New Zealand border will be checked against INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. Travellers flying to, from or through New Zealand should ensure they have all their travel documentation in order. This security measure will be implemented at the check-in stage of passengers’ journeys. To avoid adding delays to the […]

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Meet the Forexes

You’ve spoken to them on the phone, exchanged countless emails and trusted them to give you the best exchange deal on your hard-earned money. Now it’s time to get to know some of the people who work on 1st Contact’s forex team. Tatym Gradwell: Client Relations Consultant What might someone be surprised to know about […]

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It’s a tough life for Australian passport holders

The Passport Index ranks the Australian passport as the eighth most powerful in the world. Aussies can travel to 151 countries without a visa, but there are a few countries that aren’t so keen on them. From the stubborn to the ridiculous, here is a list of countries that make it extremely difficult for Australian […]

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Tips to save money on airfares

Whether you’re looking to make the most of the last few weeks of summer or if you’re already planning a winter escape, we’ve put together a few tips to help you get the cheapest airfares. Buy flights on the weekends Friday is the most expensive day of the week to buy a plane ticket. Prices […]

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