Cost of living in Australia

Summary of cost of living in Australia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: AU$6,144
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: AU$3,335
  • Cost of living in Australia is more expensive than in 81% of countries in the World (19 out of 96)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$17
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) AU$12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$5.88
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.26
12 eggs, large AU$5.43
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$4.92
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.27
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.26
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$5.75
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$19
2 liters of coca-cola AU$2.91
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.20
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area AU$2,551
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area AU$2,080
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$179
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area AU$1,973
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area AU$1,400
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio AU$169
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) AU$57
40” flat screen tv AU$552
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$199
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$12
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$31
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) AU$99
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) AU$72
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$152
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$154
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$26,135
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.48
Monthly ticket public transport AU$149
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$9
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$16
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) AU$70
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) AU$6
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$4.83
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$5.73
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.16
Tube of toothpaste AU$3.68
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$29
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$54
2 tickets to the movies AU$36
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$199
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$104
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$16
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.72
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$9
Ipad wi-fi 128gb AU$634
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.43
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$72
1 package of marlboro cigarettes AU$34

Map of Cost of Living in Australia

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This map shows only the top cities in Australia. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Australia

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Sydney 178
2nd Melbourne 167
3rd Canberra 163
4th Brisbane 161
5th Gold Coast 160
6th Darwin 154
7th Cairns 152
8th Perth 151
9th Hobart 149
10th Adelaide 146
11th Newcastle 146
12th Wollongong 144
13th Townsville 130

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Prices recently added

  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Sydney costs AU$2.85 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Weekly rent - 85m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Melbourne costs AU$860 (1 day ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Perth costs AU$200 (2 days ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Perth costs AU$110 (2 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Perth costs AU$95 (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Perth costs AU$4.50 (2 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Perth costs AU$20 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Perth costs AU$48 (2 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Perth costs AU$35 (2 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Perth costs AU$3.00 (2 days ago)