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$6
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.31
12 eggs, large AU$5.74
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$5.08
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$9
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.22
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.38
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$5.32
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$20
2 liters of Coca-Cola AU$3.28
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.26
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area AU$2,642
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area AU$2,024
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$283
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area AU$1,986
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area AU$1,411
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio AU$264
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) AU$59
40” flat screen TV AU$560
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$189
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$13
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$29
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) AU$103
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$144
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$149
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$26,851
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.47
Monthly ticket public transport AU$139
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$10
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$7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$5.15
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$7
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.25
Tube of toothpaste AU$3.83
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$204
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$102
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.61
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$9
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB AU$583
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.58
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$73
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes AU$31

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.

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 198
2nd Melbourne 176
3rd Darwin 173
4th Brisbane 171
5th Canberra 170
6th Gold Coast 164
7th Cairns 158
8th Adelaide 158
9th Newcastle 157
10th Perth 155
11th Wollongong 152
12th Hobart 151
13th Townsville 139

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?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Australia of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Prices recently added

  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Brisbane costs AU$3.66 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Brisbane costs AU$100 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Brisbane costs AU$1.48 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Brisbane costs AU$25,000 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Brisbane costs AU$199 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Brisbane costs AU$200 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Brisbane costs AU$200 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Brisbane costs AU$120 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Brisbane costs AU$99 (about 14 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Brisbane costs AU$55 (about 14 hours ago)