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Sweat equity pays dividends in trailblazing community project 

The Filipino community makes history with a successful housing co-operative that is fast becoming the template for other communities looking into affordable accomodation in the years to come.

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Health matters in new survey 

A Filipino doctor spearheads research on Filipino-Australian health and is calling for survey participants.

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Consulate launches survey of Filipinos in NSW 

The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney spearheads a new survey that will help the Department of Foreign Affairs gather the latest data on Filipinos overseas - for use in its disaster and emergency preparedness program.

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Philippines climbs migration ranks: report 

Philippines climbs migration ranksPhilippines is the fourth largest source of migrants in Australia, leapfrogging South Africa to earn a spot just behind China, UK and India, a report found.

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Overseas temporary skilled workers are not a cheaper option: DIAC 

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)  announced this month an increase to salary thresholds that apply to the 457 visa program.

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To be or not to be a dual citizen 

To be or not to be a dual citizenNot sure what’s involved in holding both an Australian and Philippine citizenship? Here are some guidelines.

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How do I get my Medicare card or join a private health fund? 

How do I get my Medicare card or join a private health fund?Medicare is the government's health program which provides free treatment in public hospitals and free or subsidised treatment by medical practitioners such as doctors, dentists and so on. Your contribution to the health care system comes from your tax

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I’m trying to get Filipino books, DVDS and CDs but I don’t know where to get them. Can you help me? 

I’m trying to get Filipino books, DVDS and CDs but I don’t know where to get them. Can you help me?There are a couple of Filipino and Asian stores in Australia that sell DVDs, VCDs and videos of Filipino movies and TV shows. It’s worth checking out the ones nearest you to see if they have it. Some even rent them out. But if you want to own a collection then it’s worth ordering them yourself.

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I’d like to get a pet to keep me company. What should I consider before getting one?  

I’d like to get a pet to keep me company. What should I consider before getting one?So what kind of pet are you into? Cat? Dog? Fish? If you’re renting, you need to ask your landlord whether you’re allowed to have pets because most of them don’t allow it (especially dogs). Fish and birds are usually okay but it’s still wise to seek permission. Some home owners aren’t allowed to have four-legged pets if they live in a villa type or townhouse.

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I’ve just arrived from the Philippines. Can you give me some tips on how to rent on a tight budget?  

I’ve just arrived from the Philippines. Can you give me some tips on how to rent on a tight budget?First of all, if you are looking for a job or already have a job, it will save you a lot of money if you choose a place close to work. Public transport in Australia can get very expensive.

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