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What to Remember About Applying for a Partner Visa in Australia

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What to Remember About Applying for a Partner Visa in Australia

A partner visa can be the right visa to apply for if you’re trying to bring your spouse or domestic partner into Australia to be with you. This type of visa is not like standard visas you might use when traveling, so it’s good to know some details about how it works and who is eligible for such a visa before you apply, and before you decide that you or your partner are not eligible. Note the following. 1. Eligibility A partner visa is given to a domestic partner of someone who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident. This is not a visa given to those who are partners of someone who is in Australia simply on extended business or other such travel. Note that same-sex partnerships are eligible for the partner visa, as are those in a long-term, committed relationship; it’s not only those who are actually married who are eligible for partner visas. There are various ways of proving that you have been in a long-term, committed relationship with someone other than a marriage license, including proof of shared bank accounts or apartment rental agreements. 2. Health requirements There are certain health requirements for anyone entering Australia on a visa, and this applies to those who are granted a partner visa. You may be required to have a recent chest x-ray and other such examinations in order to be qualified for the visa; this may depend on what activities you may be doing when entering Australia. 3. Visa length After being approved for a partner visa, you are given a temporary visa that you can use to stay in the country while a decision is made about giving you a permanent visa. With the temporary visa, you can work in Australia and even apply for their national health program. You can also attend school in Australia but will not be eligible for government funding for your schooling. If you are granted a permanent visa, you can apply for citizenship and even sponsor other relatives to travel to the country on a temporary or permanent visa. The permanent visa also then allows you to apply for social security and other government benefits. Remember that if you have questions about applying for any type of visa in Australia, you would do well to consult with a visa agent from a company like Fisa Pty Ltd. Everyone situation is different, and an agent can advise you on your rights and the process needed to grant you or your partner a visa for entering the...

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Understand The Various Types Of Biological Pest Control

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understand The Various Types Of Biological Pest Control

A large number of homeowners immediately rush for pesticides when they discover a pest infested area of the house. However, this is not the best way to deal with pests. Biological pest control refers to the use of a pest’s natural enemies to eliminate pests or control their population. Biological pest control is preferred to insecticide use for it is not harmful to the environment. Homeowners mindful of the environmental effects of pesticides need understand and embrace the three types of biological pest control. Classical Biological Pest Control (Importation) Importation is a biological pest control method which involves the introduction of a pest’s natural enemy into an area that does not have a pre-existing population of the enemies. Importation is preferred for a number of reasons including the fact that it is inexpensive and long lasting. Typically, the homeowner will only have to bear the cost of collecting, importing and rearing the natural enemy. Once the desired population of natural enemies is attained, there is no additional human input required for continued pest control. A good example of importation in the residential set-up is the adoption of cats in a mice-infested area of the house instead of going for chemical rat poison. Augmentation Augmentation is a biological pest control technique used in areas that have a pre-existing population of natural enemies. However, the pre-existing population is often not sufficient for effective pest control. Augmentation is therefore used to boost the pre-existing population of natural enemies. Introduction of natural enemies is done in two ways depending on the size of the pre-existing population of enemies and the required population for effective pest control. Inoculative introduction of natural enemies is whereby few natural enemies are released into the affected area while inundative introduction is whereby natural enemies are introduced in large numbers at a go. An example of augmentation in practice around the home is the purchase and introduction of lady beetles in an aphid-infested residential garden. Conservation True to its name, conservation seeks to preserve the existing population of natural enemies in a pest infested area. Conservation is the least complex of all biological pest control strategies because the natural enemies are already adapted to their habitat. Homeowners who choose conservation need to ensure that they maintain optimum conditions for the survival of the natural enemy population. An example of pest control through conservation is the creation providing food and creating a shelter for robins in a spider-infested area.   Ditch the pesticides and embrace biological pest control today. If you’re not sure whether your home has pests or not, don’t hesitate to reach out to a local professional building and pest...

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Do Small Accounting Practices Need Social Media?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do Small Accounting Practices Need Social Media?

When it comes to some types of business (or nonprofit) enterprises, marketing via social media simply makes sense. The medium offers an effective and easy way to interact with existing clients and even to attract more. This is rather logical when it’s a cinema that needs to keep patrons updated when it comes to special events, or a restaurant that frequently offers a new menu. What about some other industries where “special events” do not often occur? What about accounting? Certainly in this day and age it’s necessary to have some sort of online presence, but does social media bring any tangible benefits for your accounting company and your clients? Learn from Your Competitors Larger accounting practices will probably have a dedicated marketing department, possibly with several team members whose sole responsibility is the management of the company’s various social media profiles. When you run a small practice or are a sole trader, the responsibility becomes yours. These larger competitors are a good place to start. Look at their social media output. Read their blogs and updates and then look at it in relation to your own business. Does their social media do anything to inform their existing client base of pertinent developments? Could it be effective when it comes to attracting new clients? Consistency Is Key The trick is to not overstretch yourself. Social media takes time, even if you’re updating a blog or sending microblogs, or simply adding a small amount of content to a page. Don’t treat it like a new toy that you will soon become bored with, and start as you mean to go on. Update and send notifications with consistency. If you only wish to update three times a week, then do so, and keep doing so. Special Deals and Marketing Even accounting practices have the occasional special, particularly towards the end of the financial year. You might wish to offer a discount via social media only (perhaps in exchange for a free subscription to a monthly email newsletter). This allows you to collect data that can be used at a later stage if you should ever decide to refocus your online marketing. Once you activate social media accounts in your company name, you need to remember that clients (both existing and potential) will view it as a viable way of contacting you. As such, you need to check the messaging facilities on these profiles on a very regular basis–as much as you check your email. Going Entirely Online There’s also the other option. There are some sole-trader accountants who have utilised social media and gone entirely online, removing the need for a physical practice. They use accounting programs that allow their clients to share necessary information with them in real time, at any time. Communication that is primarily via social media also allows clients to communicate with their accountant on their terms, whether it’s via an online messaging system or videoconference. The drawback to this reliance on social media in an accounting practice is that you would often need to available at odd hours. So while you might not want to rely entirely on social media, it can have its benefits. These benefits exist in industries where they might not be immediately evident, such as...

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How to Soundproof a Ceiling

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Soundproof a Ceiling

Noise from neighbours can be a big inconvenience if you have not installed adequate soundproofing. Noise can travel through the walls, the doors, windows and the ceiling. This article discusses some ways through which you can soundproof your ceiling so that minimal noise gets through to your room. Apply Drywall Strips and Green Glue Sound can enter your room through the ceiling joists (timber or metal supporting the ceiling). You can reduce the amount of sound getting through the joists by getting strips of drywall and then placing them on the joists using green glue. Green glue has sound attenuation properties, so it will help to keep sound from being transmitted through the joists. Apply Insulation on Recessed Lights Recessed lights reduce the thickness of your ceiling. Thin materials vibrate more than thick materials, so it is easier for sound to travel through that thin part of the ceiling. You can make it harder for sound to get through the recessed lights by applying insulation around them. For instance, you can install fibreglass batts (specially made fibreglass insulation material). That material will counter the negative effect of the thin ceiling since it will act as a sound barrier. Caulk the Perimeter Your ceiling may have been made with only one layer of drywall. A single layer of drywall may not be adequate to limit the amount of sound coming through to your room. You can increase the insulation capacity of that drywall by using acoustic caulk on the perimeter of the drywall. Why the perimeter? The perimeter forms the weakest point (sound-wise) since two materials (the ceiling and wall) meet, and gaps may exist between them. The caulk will prevent sound from travelling through those gaps. Add More Drywall The measure above (caulking the perimeter) may not achieve the soundproofing results you want simply because sound may still be getting in through the thin layer of drywall. In this case, the best way to keep unwanted sound out of your room is to add a second layer of drywall onto the ceiling. Use green glue to attach the additional layer of drywall onto the existing one. This will increase the thickness of the ceiling and make it harder for sound waves to travel through that ceiling. Contact acoustical consultants to discuss the most effective way to soundproof your ceiling and other components of your room (such as the floor). This expert help will produce better results in a cost effective...

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