Cost of living in Australia

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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$11
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$5.91
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.26
12 eggs, large AU$5.65
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$5.02
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$9
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.18
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.34
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$5.40
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$19
2 liters of Coca-Cola AU$3.13
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.21
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area AU$2,623
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area AU$2,075
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$248
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area AU$2,016
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area AU$1,439
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio AU$169
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) AU$59
40” flat screen TV AU$554
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$198
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$12
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) AU$102
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) AU$74
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$147
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$152
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$27,124
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.48
Monthly ticket public transport AU$141
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$10
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$17
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) AU$73
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) AU$7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$5.24
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$7
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.11
Tube of toothpaste AU$3.77
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$29
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$56
2 tickets to the movies AU$36
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$216
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$106
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.62
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$9
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB AU$594
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.65
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$70
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes AU$32

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 192
2nd Melbourne 178
3rd Canberra 172
4th Darwin 166
5th Brisbane 165
6th Gold Coast 164
7th Cairns 155
8th Perth 154
9th Newcastle 153
10th Adelaide 150
11th Wollongong 149
12th Hobart 147
13th Townsville 136

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.

Are you moving to Australia? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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Prices recently added

  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Melbourne costs AU$20 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Melbourne costs AU$20 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Melbourne costs AU$15 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Melbourne costs AU$15 (about 16 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Melbourne costs AU$10 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Melbourne costs AU$4.00 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Melbourne costs AU$100 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Melbourne costs AU$50 (about 17 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Melbourne costs AU$30 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Melbourne costs AU$3.00 (about 17 hours ago)