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Starting in Sydney News, Issue #016
September 30, 2010

Discover Lifestyle in Sydney.
Keep up with News about Australia

Starting in Sydney News brings you our latest tips about living in Australia. And a lot of information about things to do in Sydney and its attractions.

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Issue 16

This issue is mainly about money, from costs to banks, to credit cards, to store cards, to taxes.

We all have different attitudes towards money. Sometimes it is a love hate relationship: love because money can buy us what we want, hate because our wants go higher and higher and whatever we have is never enough...

Whether we love it or hate it, money is part of life and the better we manage it the more we have. So, it's good to know about it.

We are sharing our tips about money, Australian credit cads, what features they have, how to apply for them and what other options are available.

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But before talking money...let's celebrate:

  • First, that Tourism Australia is bringing Oprah Winfrey and 300 of her loyal audience to visit Australia. She will broadcast her show from the Opera House, which will be known as Oprah House, during her stay. This is really big for promoting Australia and Sydney to visitors around the world.
  • Second, the 10th anniversary of Sydney Olympics 2000.
  • Remember the Great Games of the Millenium in Sydney? 10 years have passed since then. On September 15, 2010 the volunteers that helped organise everything reunited at the Olympic Park to celebrate. Click to see videos that show bits of the opening and closing ceremonies.

  • Third, the Mooncake Festival in Sydney. The festival is a big Asian celebration of Mid Autumn and harvest. September is not exactly autumn in Australia, but the celebration is on. Chinese and Vietnamese communities held the Mooncake festival in Cabramatta with dragon dances, martial art, performers and...mouthwatering mooncakes.

Now let's get serious and talk about money.

Australian Money

Many people ask how much money they need per week in Australia. The table on this page gives an indication of some average food prices.

One of our readers asked about the cost to start a new life in Australia. While there is no easy answer we tried to group costs into accommodation, food and transport.

Australian Banks

Some information about the major banks, fees and comparison sites where you can see more about banking products.

Credit Cards Austalia

Is it good or bad to have a credit card? It depends on how you use it. Also find some hints on how to apply.

Credit Card Australia

Once you've got the card, think about the way you spend the money and how you can reduce your costs.

Australian Credit Cards Offered by Stores

See how interest free finance works, and what other alternative you have if you want to purchase a bigger item without having to pay interest.

Australian Tax File Number

Speaking of money, credit and finance, we get to incomes and taxes. If you are moving to Australia or are earning any money from there, get a tax file number.

Australian Tax Return

When should you lodge your tax return and how.

That's all for now. We'll be adding more pages about Australia, life in Sydney and tips on how to make the most of it.

To get them visit our website often. And make sure to read the next issue of this newsletter.

Until then, all the best,


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