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  1. Just had a look at this form. I'm curious, who do you get to witness? I'm thinking best place is an Australian Embassy. BTW enjoy that super cash! :)
  2. Haha, yes the eye test is frightening. Woman sitting on the other side of the counter asked me to read the bottom line (there are 3). Must have got at least one wrong. Asked to read the middle and must have guessed right :) There is one more line on top and not sure if you read that one ok then you pass. If that is the case I think I’d be ok. There is some eye test standard and rta has it written somewhere but not sure if it’s the top line. Anyway thanks, good to know you can apply once from Thailand :)
  3. Fair enough collecting data these being free to use sites but if I can turn off data collection or block it then that’s my choice. It’s not hard. All of the data collecting afaik can be turned off your Google account but can break stuff. I turned off the voice recording and my Google Mini stopped working. I turned it off because the Google Mini was next to our TV and the TV occasionally sets it off (thinks it heard Hey Google from the TV). When that happens it can record our conversation and store on Google. Will turn recording back on but move the Mini away from the TV :)
  4. You can use a VPN on your mobile too. I use one at work while on their wifi but can leave it on all the time. Also, on a PC to cover Microsoft have a look at Spybot Anti-Beacon. A few clicks and your done
  5. Do you want the good news or the reeeally good news? Just been for the NSW car licence renewal and the good news is it was half price (A$90) as I have had no demerit points in 5 years. The really good news is I passed the eye test after the woman said "ohh your squinting a lot" hahaha. Middle line was a bit of a blur but must have guessed it correctly. Yay BTW if you have a condition on your licence "glasses" and get pulled over not wearing them it's around a A$450 fine. Next time in 5 years, a good chance I'll need them Edit: 5 years ago (and every previous) I waited a bit and got the licence on the spot. This time I got a temporary paper licence and the plastic one is sent to your home address within 5 days.
  6. Over 45 it’s every 5 years for eye test. Yes 10 for photo. I always get the max 5 year licence so it’s a check every time for me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Over 45 it’s every 5 years. I always get the max 5 year licence so it’s a check every time for me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Yes, just checked and I can’t do online. Need an eye test. Damn! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Ahh maybe just NSW behind the times. I have the renewal in front of me and no online option. Have to show up for a photo and eye test. You can get a 1, 3, 5, 10 year expiry but with the 10 must be under 44 [emoji20] Edit: ohh I need my glasses! ...a small box saying “you may be eligible to renew online”. Will try. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Thant is good you can do it online. I think Australians need a photo and eye test. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Thanks Suradit, was thinking a reason to go visit the relos in Australia every 2 years plus good not having the 800K in a Thai bank. Although, I have read at the Australian Embassy just a signature on a statutary declaration with no evidence of the 65K/month income. So my second point of showing 800K baht is a pointless! :)
  12. Just a thought, if you need a police check everytime you apply for this visa, I wonder if you can apply outside of Australia otherwise that holiday in Oz might be extended up to 5 weeks or more.
  13. Ahh makes sence thanks. Seems for me a good way to stay long term is to apply in Australian and get 2 years in Thailand. Every 2 years return for a holiday in Australian for a week or two and apply for another visa. Good things, money left in Australia (800K) and just the AUD$275 visa fee. Also, sounds like I can leave and return as many time if I like. Nice :) I understand if you do an extension based on retirement in Thailand that extension does not allow mulitple exits without some other requirement (not sure what). Cheers.
  14. Good info thanks! Just wondering how you get 2 years out of this extension please? Before end of 12 months you leave by airport or border and when you return it’s extended again? How’s that work? Cheers Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Ahh Soi Dog Foundation. I recently asked them about volunteering and even seems perfectly fine on a 30 day visa exemption "Great to hear that you are thinking of coming to volunteer. Most people who come to Thailand and as part of their trip want to volunteer at Soi Dog, do so on a tourist visa, which is perfectly legitimate. I am attaching the volunteer guidelines for you reference - just let me know if you have any other questions".