Australia is among the richest countries in the world. The standard of living in Australia is significantly higher compared to other countries, as well. With recent increases in rents and consumer prices, Melbourne, Perth, and Darwin are now among the most expensive cities to live in.
If you have recently arrived in Australia, the prices of commodities might shock you. I couldn’t help but gasp when I first went grocery shopping. Of course the prices are directly proportional to my salary, but I couldn’t help but convert the prices to pesos. Can you imagine shelling out more than Php 85* for a half-liter bottle of water?
Higher Cost of Living in Australia
According to Numbeo, the prices of consumer goods and services in Australia are 130.66** percent higher than in the Philippines. Rents in Australia are 460.40 percent more expensive, as well. However, it is important to take note that the average monthly income in Australia is more than 800 percent higher than in the Philippines. As long as you spend within your means, you’ll still be able to send money to the Philippines and put some into your savings.
Whether you’re planning to migrate or have recently moved to Australia, we came up with this price comparison to help you plan your budget.
Rent per Month
Rents in Australia are expensive. Most Pinoys in Australia find allotting a considerable amount of their income to their rents. A one-bedroom apartment in the Philippines would normally cost between Php 5,000 to Php 10,000 to rent. In Australia, a one-bedroom apartment would set you back between Php 40,000 to Php 55,000. Many Filipinos opt to share their flat to be able to lessen their expenses.
Rent Comparison Between Australia and the Philippines
Electricity is more expensive in Australia than in the Philippines. Utility bills would also include heating, which we normally don’t pay in the Philippines. To be able to save money, check out some of our Tipid Tips here.
Utility Bills Comparison Between Australia and the Philippines
Groceries, fresh produce, and meat are also more expensive in Australia. Than only product that is more affordable in Australia is milk. (I was pleasantly surprised by this because I love milk!) I advise buying in bulk whenever the products you regularly use go on sale.
Grocery Comparison Between Australia and the Philippines
In the Philippines, I would usually go out to eat whenever I’m too lazy to cook—a meal in a decent restaurant would only cost me less than Php 200. If I’m feeling frugal, a burger at McDonalds would cost me less than Php 100. When I came to Australia, I flushed the idea of ‘eating out’ out of my system. Not only was I able to send more money home, I was also eating healthier!
Price of Eating Out Comparison Between Australia and the Philippines
Transport fares in Australia are higher, too. However, Australian cities are built for walking. I would only take public transport or my car when I’m travelling long distance. Train is the cheapest form of public transportation here. You could take buses, but that would cost you no less than Php 120 per ride.
Transportation Comparison Between Australia and the Philippines
Clothing and Shoes
Clothes and shoes are also expensive in Australia. I don’t do retail therapy, unless I’m feeling overly depressed. There are second-hand shops where you could buy items in good condition at more reasonable prices. Some Filipinos suggest buying online.
Clothing and Shoes Comparison Between Australia and the Philippines