How Much Does Living in Australia Cost?

  Australia came out of global recession unscratched.   Thanks to the booming mining industry, the country is now richer than Australian’s could ever imagine 10-20 years ago. In fact, it is now one of the richest in the world.   No wonder skilled Filipinos are knocking at Australia’s doors.   If you are thinking about moving down under, you might want to consider the cost of living in Australia.   Do not try to convert the amount in Peso, unless you want your head to spin.   Household Income   First, Australia’s average income for full-time employees was $75,603 in the last quarter of 2014.   Average income can go up to $80,054 if overtime and bonuses are added on top of the basic pay.   Males annually earn $15,000 more than their female counterparts on the average. While the highest paid workers are in Australia’s capital territory.   Here is a breakdown of salary by state and territory:  
STATE AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE
Capital Territory $88,270
Western Australia $87,001
New South Wales $77,600
Queensland $75,759
Northern Territory $75,603
Victoria $72,623
South Australia $69,800
Tasmania $65,759
  The top 5 occupations with the highest earnings are:  
Business Sector Average Annual Wage
Mining $129,714
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services $93,350
Financial and Insurance Service $89,739
Information Media and Telecommunications $86,913
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services $84,8222
  There was a 2.7% increase in the past 12 months in Australian ordinary full time wages in 2014.   You may check an estimate of how much you get for your specific job here.   Now, let us see how much you need to spend on a weekly or monthly basis.   Apartment and Property Hunting   Accommodations are notoriously high in some areas in the country. Some buy property in the suburbs where prices are a bit more affordable. Others rent apartments in and around the city where they are closer to work or schools.   The average rent per month near a city centre is $1,740.83 for one-bedroom apartments while you need to pay $1,242.89 if you rent outside the city.   If your family needs more room, a three-bedroom apartment costs $2,873.43. You may save around a thousand if you rent in the outskirts of the city.   Food and Other Basic Needs   You would need to spend average of $80 to $200 per week for groceries and eating out. Of course, you can spend less if you cook your own food at home.  
Rice 1K $1.80
Loaf bread 650g $0.85
Potatoes 1K $3.50
Tomato 1K $3.00
Milk 1L $0.37
Cheddar Sliced cheese 250g $3.50
Chicken Parts 500g $2.00
Eggs (6pcs XL, 350g) $2.50
  If you fancy eating out a McDonalds (“Maccas”) meal is around $9.20.   If you are craving for a cup of coffee, a regular cappuccino is $4.06 while a 3-litre bottle of bear is priced at $8.00.   If you feel like celebrating, a restaurant meal can cause $18 to $80.   Clothes and Personal Needs   Clothes are a necessity, especially if you are going to stay in states with cold temperatures.   However, it is another thing that is expensive over here. In fact, 71% of Australian women think that fashion in the country is overpriced.   On a weekly basis, Australians buy an average of $64 for a small family with children below 5 to 14 years old. You would need to spare $23 weekly if you migrate alone and you need to update your wardrobe for your new job (cheers!)  
Items Women Men Children
outer wear $14.16 $24.95 $22.00
undergarment $23.99 $51.99
t-shirts $ 9.00 $10.00 $7.50
pants $18.45 $36.00 $12.46
socks $4.20 $1.88 $4.28
shoes $34.98 $28.00 $14.00
 
For basic toiletries
Shampoo 500mL $2.09
Soap (2 pack, 95g) $2.27
Toothbrush (2 pack) $2.19
Tooth paste (regular, 120g) $3.47
Deodorant (roll on 50mL) $3.47
Skin care
Lotion 75mL $4.40
Facial wash 150mL $8.00
Sunscreen SPF 50+ (100ml) $3.00
Facial moisturizer 250g $3.84
Lip balm stick $4.07
  Medicine and health expenses may cost $77 weekly, again if you are a small family with young children.  
Medicine
Multi vitamins (10 pack) $4.33
Pain reliever (Ibuprofen, 12 pack) $4.02
Antacid (500mg, 24 pack) $9.90
  If you already hold a permanent residency, apply for Australia’s Medicare and/or apply for Health Insurance.   Transportation   To go to and from work and some places around, public transportation costs $10-$50 weekly. A one-way ticket is at $4.00 or you can buy a monthly pass for $130.00.   Locals would not usually advise you to use the cab unless you really need to or you are talking to a cabbie. Taxis flag down costs $4.00.   If you can, buy a car (new or second hand) especially if you live in the suburbs and you work in the city. There is little traffic along the way, but it can be really far. Petrol only cost $1.42 per litre.   Household Utilities and Expenses   Basic household utilities including gas, heating, water and garbage costs $207.92 monthly for an 85m2 apartment.   Gadgets and Appliances   The Internet and other communication devices are now considered a necessity especially if you have families miles away from where you are. Depending on your plan and subscription rate with the telecommunication provider, a 10Mbps unlimited data costs $70.51 (yes it is 10 Mbps, not a typo).   Appliances are better bought here because electricity here runs on a 240-volt and a different plug type.   Mobile phones would generally work, however, your phones battery charger may not.   It is also illegal to connect any equipment (like a modem) to a phone line unless it is approved for use in Australia.   Good news! Sydney ranked 6th in the list of most affordable places to buy gadgets with Tokyo taking the lead.   To check what appliances and gadgets you may bring, you may click here.   Other Expenses   If you are bringing your child with you, a long day care cost $70 – $185 per day while preschool aged children have tuition fees ranging from $45-$80 per day.   The prices may seem to skyrocket but if you think about it, you can get a better pay here.   Besides, Australia houses some of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne ranks number 1for the 5th time. Adelaide ties with Calgary, Canada at number 5 while Sydney and Perth sits on number 7 and 8 respectively.   This means that the living conditions in these places are above satisfactory in areas of safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure and environment.   If you are skilled and you are looking for a place to migrate to, Australia could just be the next place to call home.   ***The salary reflects the average income of Australians in 2014. ***Prices of different services and products may also vary depending on state and provider/store. *** Prices are for readers to get a feel on expenses here in Australia   Special thanks to Thirumurugan P for the main image.
Rica J

I am a mother, a wife and a technology loving Filipina who loves reading hi-fiction books (dragons!) , good stories, dancing, laughter, lying on the grass and eating balut. I am born and raised in the Philippines and now resides in Australia but finds myself in the Philippines for at least 3 months a year. I am part of the Filipino Australian Community and have been living between Australia and the Philippines since 2007.

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