Private International Medical Insurance or Travel Insurance?

By |2017-09-16T09:20:17+10:00September 16th, 2017|Australian immigration, Business Travellers, Duty of Care, Expatriates, Global Mobility Professional, Health Insurance, Mobility, News, Policy, Safety, Strategy, Travel|

Medical health insurance costs money and like every major financial decision, it deserves careful thought. So what are the pros and cons of having international medical insurance? First, the cons. You have to pay for it. And you might never make a claim. But that’s about it. The list of pros is much longer: no worrying about [...]

The Four Biggest Tests For A Mobility Manager

By |2017-01-19T20:22:44+11:00October 26th, 2016|Accommodation, Benchmarking, Destination Information, Duty of Care, Expatriates, Global Mobility Training, Home Search, Mobility, Pets, Policy, Relocation, Removals, Risk, Safety|

By Jess Tatham-Thompson Cultural Training Consultant, International Consultants Centre With over 25 years of experience in Global mobility and Assignment Management we like to think that we have seen it all.  Yet one of the parts of our work that we love the most is that you never know what each day will bring, there [...]

Relocating During Periods of Unrest

By |2017-01-19T20:22:45+11:00September 2nd, 2016|Business Travellers, Destination Information, Duty of Care, Expatriates, Mobility, Policy, Relocation, Risk, Safety|

  By Julie Granek Cultural Training Consultant, International Consultants Centre As a cultural training consultant, I recently facilitated a pre-departure briefing for a family relocating to France. At this time, they advised to exercise normal safety precautions. Within days, a cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice. This scenario is becoming increasingly common [...]

How long can I suspend my private health insurance when leaving Australia?

By |2017-01-19T20:22:45+11:00August 19th, 2016|Duty of Care, Expatriates, Health Insurance, Mobility, Relocation, Risk, Safety, Travel, Uncategorized|

Australia’s health system is simple but full of twists and turns and incorrect actions could be costly. This is especially so with suspension of membership whilst travelling. Private health fund membership may be suspended when travelling overseas for work or leisure and you can suspend private health fund cover for the following period of time: [...]

Travel Safety – Are traditional approaches still enough?

By |2017-01-19T20:22:49+11:00May 20th, 2016|Business Travellers, Safety|

As Australian companies continue to expand into places like Africa, South-East Asia and the Middle-East, business travellers are being sent to a variety of unfamiliar and challenging environments, often within short timeframes and with less preparation than traditional long-term expatriates. So how can organisations meet their duty of care towards this growing number of employees? [...]

Lump Sum Expatriate Payments – a ‘Self-Service’ blessing or curse?

By |2017-01-19T20:22:51+11:00May 13th, 2016|Allowances, Compliance, Mobility, Policy, Remuneration|

A growing trend in expatriate mobility is a ‘lump sum payment’ approach to address the plethora of costs and burdens that international assignees face. Essentially a company makes a cash payment to the expatriate in lieu of the company organising and paying for relocation services on the employee’s behalf. In theory this practice sounds inviting [...]