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Cost of Living in Brisbane, Australia

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 112.94
Rent Index: 60.17
Groceries Index: 110.82
Restaurants Index: 101.48
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 87.51
Local Purchasing Power: 89.90

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.00 A$
14.00
23.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 75.00 A$
60.00
100.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 8.95 A$
8.00
10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 6.00 A$
5.00
7.21
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 7.10 A$
6.00
8.50
Cappuccino (regular) 4.21 A$
3.90
4.60
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 3.02 A$
2.50
3.50
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2.50 A$
2.00
3.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.56 A$
1.00
2.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.47 A$
1.56
4.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.54 A$
2.71
4.95
Eggs (12) 4.06 A$
3.00
5.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 8.57 A$
7.00
12.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 10.64 A$
9.00
12.00
Apples (1kg) 4.23 A$
4.00
5.00
Oranges (1kg) 3.73 A$
2.99
5.00
Tomato (1kg) 4.98 A$
4.00
6.00
Potato (1kg) 3.19 A$
2.50
4.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.22 A$
1.98
3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.49 A$
1.80
3.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$
12.00
20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.97 A$
4.00
6.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 6.09 A$
5.00
8.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 19.50 A$
17.00
23.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 A$
4.50
6.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 145.00 A$
100.00
160.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 A$
2.90
4.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 3.50 A$
2.06
5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 46.80 A$
40.00
70.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.55 A$
1.47
1.60
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,560.00 A$
27,000.00
33,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 196.85 A$
150.00
250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.75 A$
0.40
1.00
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 69.62 A$
55.00
86.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 53.93 A$
40.00
70.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.00 A$
10.00
20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 16.00 A$
13.50
18.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 91.20 A$
75.00
110.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 62.01 A$
50.00
80.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 135.04 A$
117.24
160.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 130.88 A$
100.00
150.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,814.48 A$
1,500.00
2,170.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,235.37 A$
1,000.00
1,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,155.83 A$
2,500.00
3,900.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,935.88 A$
1,649.00
2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 5,573.33 A$
4,000.00
7,866.67
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 4,000.00 A$
3,000.00
5,000.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 3,680.32 A$
3,000.00
4,400.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.73
5.00
6.20

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Last update: July, 2014

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49 Comments so far

#Billy on Jun 20, 2014 :
The cost of a transport ticket is for one zone, so it costs $5 even if you only go one stop on the train.
#Alex on Jun 07, 2014 :
What is the cost of land tax in Australia Queensland 2013 for 1 acre in the woods in the mountains (not in town) ???
#Wesley on May 26, 2014 :
I'm living in Brisbane (Coorparoo) right now which is around 10min by car away from the City.
I have to agree with the rent prices above. I'm in a 2 bedroom unit, sharing it with my partner and the rent is $345 per week excluding utilities and the unit is also unfurnished. If you take into consideration the utilities, we are paying around $400 a week.
Australia in general is quite expensive, especially in Brisbane for some reason. Sometimes you will find that food in Sydney or Melbourne is cheaper.

I hope this helps.
#Hazel on May 16, 2014 :
Can anyone tell me what the average rent is for flats in Brisbane
#Anonymous on May 16, 2014 :
Can anyone tell me what a reasonable rent is per month?
#siobhan on Apr 30, 2014 :
Have lived in Caloundra area of Sunshine Coast for 10yrs having emigrated directly from the UK. Couldn't work for the first 4 months as there was no childcare, struggled on one salary with husband commuting to Brisbane (had pre-arranged job) $2,500pa on train fare plus $80 per week on petrol to get to a train station. As a nurse, I still found it difficult to get work as the assumption was someone was at home to look after the children, shift work at hospitals didn't fit around any childcare arrangements (childcare centres etc. ran 7:30-6pm at that time and only for children over 15mths. It is a little more flexible & available now but at the time it took more than half my salary and you have to still pay even if you don't get work that day / week. Most jobs outside the city centres are casual which means 2hrs notice to terminate employment or send you home from a shift early, sometimes just after arriving, no holiday pay or sick pay. I haven't had a pay rise for 5 yrs and the cost of living keep going up. I earn less at 48yrs than I did at 26yrs. Having said all that, I have a lifestyle that I could never have had in the UK that has nothing to do with money, all the free stuff you can do, beach, parks, picnics, free outdoor music concerts, entertaining friends at home, having a backyard pool and no one caring what you do for living, where you buy your clothes or what car you drive. No keeping up with the Jones' or pressure to have the latest & best and I own 2 houses, have 2 mortgages and 2 children, been divorced and re-married. Only think that would make me move is the children re-locating overseas. Employment is hard to fins at the moment. Husband has been here 6yrs and only had 2yrs of full employment as a highly skilled IT developer! Hope all this helps, its always worth following a dream, even if it doesn't work out the way you planned!
#Sinbad on Apr 12, 2014 :
I' afraid that Brisbane is not the magic city that one of the comments suggested .. It's not as bad as Perth or Adelaide or Tas,
but Melbourne is still top of the chart, although I think Brisbane is pretty good in places.

Brisbane is probably cheaper than Melbourne for rents and house prices and there is Fortitude Valley which is a cool little area. The suburb lies immediately northeast of the Brisbane central business district, that is where the entertainment, fun and adventure is.

Cheap but tasty restaurant.

Go to Govinda's located 99 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City, the menu is pure vegetarian and cooked fresh daily.
#eu on Mar 30, 2014 :
#Anonymous on Jan 28, 2014

India's a shithole, that's why.
#Great city on Mar 30, 2014 :
Brisbane is a beautiful city with a wonderful young vibrancy about it. It continues to rapidly evolve as a mature world city. It leaves all other capital cities in Australia for dead.
#Alastair on Mar 02, 2014 :
We (couple) are considering the move to Brisbane and I am looking for realistic monthly costs of running a home there. We know roughly what the mortgage would be but am looking for typical costs per month for the following (based on a new-build, 4 bedroom home):

Insurance
- House
- Car (2 x cars. 1 medium sized SUV, 1 sports coupe)
- Life
- Medical
TV Licence/Subscription
Council Tax
Gas
Electric
Phone
Broadband

Any help is much appreciated!
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#Alicia on Feb 03, 2014 :
We are a family of 4 (and 1 dog) and have thought about it seriously over the last 3 yrs or so to move to Australia from the US. We don't have college degrees but I am in school working full time and my husband is a police officer where we live and in prior military. I guess my questions are about visas, permanent visas, SOL requirements. We just want to make sure this move wouldn't jeopardize our retirement and kids education etc. Also, best city/town to raise kids under 12 yrs. Thanks!
#albert on Feb 03, 2014 :
Hi.can anybody tell me what is the salary for a bakerman night shift in brisbane i am planing too imm. to brisbane but i dont know what can i ern per month thx
#Anonymous on Jan 28, 2014 :
iam wondering why people from as far as india come to Australia.You will miss your family , homeland and all the nice food in india.
#Steve on Jan 21, 2014 :
Hi All,
I am an Aussie citizen and have moved 2.5 hrs north or Brisbane to a regional centre called Gympie. I am a teacher and make about 80k gross in Australian Dollars. I have a wife and 2 teenage girls. It costs our family about $1000 per week to live. They used to call Australia the 'Lucky Country' and perhaps in some ways it still is. - An island continent, no wars on our borders etc but much of the gloss has worn of because of the rising cost of living - But this is pretty much the same everywhere from those that I've talked to. I can tell you that living away from the major cities can be a much cheaper alternative in terms of rent or buying property. Eg, We rent 36 acres of land just outside of Gympie. We have horses, ducks, 2 cows, our own chickens, 200 mango trees and a range of other fruit and nut trees. This costs us $400 per week and we have no neighbours we can see and sit high on a hill with lovely views. I commute to work in Gympie, which is a very pleasant 30min drive with NO traffic. We are 40minutes away from world class beaches which are NOT crowded. You can rent a large 4bedroom home closer to Gympie for around $300 per week on a big block of land. To buy you'd be looking at about 300k for the same place which is at least 1/3 cheaper in Brisbane. I had to go the emergency dept at Gympie Hospital and only waited about 10mins before being seen. While the township is small compared to Brisbane, it has all you need. All in all, anywhere north or Brisbane is cheaper and has better lifestyle, except for tourist meccas like Noosa. Hope this helps some people! Last comment - I would say this is pretty much true for other capital cities. Go north or south of Sydney for a better quality of life, if you can source employment. I have lived in Melbourne and it's great if you love temperatures that go from one extreme to the other in as little as 15mins. Eg. 37C to 17 in 15mins. If you love warm weather and clear skies, stay to the east side of Oz. Yes, Tassie is cheap and has weather like England (lived there too) but jobs are hard to find unless you can make a living as a tree huggin hippie. Forget Cairns - too expensive and touristy and the humidity will kill you. Best of luck everyone
#MIB on Oct 06, 2013 :
Well, looks like the stats backs my decision to move to Brisbane this week...while the jobs are there, I'll take the shot at it.
#Anonymous on Sep 12, 2013 :
I am a graphic designer/art director having 20 years experience in gulf countries, now planning to go brisbane australia. how much salary I can expect? how is living cost?
#Kim on Aug 26, 2013 :
I would like to know what a class one,two,three teacher would earn a month in Brisbane. Are teaching jobs easily available. I am a single mother with 3 children 2 would be going to study and the youngest going to class 8. would i make ends meet on a teachers salary in brisbane?
#AUSSIEnotOZZIE on Aug 24, 2013 :
AUSSIE! Not 'ozzie'
#G.Vijai rao on Jul 18, 2013 :
please let me know whether it possible to pull on in city like Brisbane within A$40kper year for two people i.e. wife and husband. How long it will take to get Permanent Resident for a person who fullfills the basiic requirements for applying for PR What are the job prospects for a person visiting Brisbane on dependent visa?
#cheap accommodation brisbane on Jul 16, 2013 :
Wonderful post..Cheap hotels available in Brisbane..I am planning to go for Brisbane...
Thanks for sharing this..
#John on Jun 26, 2013 :
Cost of living in brisbane with 2 kids is approx Min 4000 to 4500 AU$ P.m.
#mehdi parsi on Jun 11, 2013 :
hi there,
I am a chemical engineer with 2 years experience , got a TR visa(476) and plan to move to Australlia. would you advice me whether this visa is valid enough to get a related job or the companies are not willing to offer jobs to TR visa?please tell me how the companies look at my visa?
#shiela on Jun 03, 2013 :
hi! can anybody tell me please if a 5600 AUD salary which is still subject for a 30% tax with additional deduction for the food and transportation expenses (1 person only) is still good enough and if I can still save?
#Bobby Garrett on May 23, 2013 :
Hey #jamal, there are a lot of jobs despite some bad press. Mining is a big part of Queensland. People normally base themselves in Brisbane and then fly up to the North where all the mines are. Everything is relative, you can find good cheap food and accommodation if you look for it. On average Australia is pretty expensive but wages are a little more too. It's a good place to live.
#Liane on Apr 26, 2013 :
Cost of living in Australia has increased over the years in some areas decreased in others. All the cheap imports from China means electronics and white goods are cheaper, clothes also mostly. Electricity has skyrocketed, real estate I personally think is overpriced which effects rental prices. However on the plus side in most cities the air is clean, there is not too much traffic congestion compared to some of the cities in the world, there is easy access to nature and great beaches from major population centres and it is fairly laid back. If you are on a professional wage you can live a very pleasant life. If you are on a low wage it is tough - but that is true most places. The person who said there is nothing to do and nowhere to go in Brisbane is crazy. Compared to where? London? And then says he is moving to Hobart. Having lived across both cities (now in Hobart) there is a whole lot less going on in Hobart. However there are always things to do in most places if you just look. Real estate is certainly cheaper in Hobart but the economy is down the toilet so good luck getting work here. I have travelled quite a bit. Australia is far from perfect but in the overall scheme of things it is a great place to live.
#Icesprings on Apr 20, 2013 :
#Brett
Thanks for the info. Well seems like a ditch... i took the offer.Quick question.. Does education come at a price for TR on 457 visa. I cannot get a clear answer from the web.. Just checking on Public/private schools.

Thanks for your time.
#Nicole on Apr 17, 2013 :
Is a utility bill really $250 per month? Could anyone advise what it would cost for a single person with a small child? Many thanks!
#Nick on Apr 13, 2013 :
I'm planning to get a skilled migrant visa to migrate to Aus, but I need to know how much minimum security do I need to apply for a house loan. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance
#rose on Apr 04, 2013 :
my fiance and I are hoping to move to australia at the end of this year. he was born there and is such a citizen but he hasnt lived there for over 20 years. how easy would it for us to get jobs as well as how expensive is rent and cost of living in general.
#Kanga on Apr 01, 2013 :
01 Apr 2013
Mates,
It's all about Ozzie ingenuity. The cost of food can be minimal, caus it's abundant. I use rat traps to catch snakes almost everyday. Skin them quickly and they make the best kebabs! Also, me spider traps give good delicacies. Mate, the bigguns, mostly the Huntsman spiders, when cooked up on the barbie taste like prawns or crabs. Then the roos are everywhere on the roadside! They're just lying there for the pickin. I usually dress them out on the spot to feed the other critters. Best to recycle. Then I'm off the me butcher's to have me load of sausies ground up. No charge caus ya let yur butcher have half. Cheap as mate! Fair dinkum!
Happy 1st of April.
Kanga


#Phil on Apr 01, 2013 :
Hi Mick,
Re: Generous Social Security System. The Ozzie social security system only applies to Oz citizens, or with Permanent Residence status. Not for immigrants on working visa. No disability or unemployment benefit during periods of hardship, we need to pay extra for private disability/unemployment insurance, and working immigrants still incur the same level of high taxes. However, I agree with Ozzie system because it prevents exploitation from beneficiaries.
#Brett on Mar 10, 2013 :
Responding to Ice Springs,

You most definantly can survive off of 140K in Brisbane. I live in Brisbane with 4 kid son much less, or though it is hard work. I feel though you will be dissapointed in Brisbane as a city as a whole. It is a city without life. There is nothing to do and nowhere to go. It is boring and well quite frinakly when considering this it is way overpriced. The Education system is good yet falling by the way side since recent public sector job cuts, but you can forget public hospitals (unless its and emergency and your about to die, then there great). The private hospital though are great. We often go to the Wesley in Auchenflower and it never is busy.

Long story short. You can afford to live in Brisbane, but I wouldn't. I am planing of moving out. Probably to Hobart Tasmania. A City where I can still afford to live in the middle of and be close to everything.

Brett.
#IceSprings on Feb 24, 2013 :
Hi.. I am toying with the idea of taking an offer in AUS. Currently in Canada. My pkge offered is 140K. I googled a bit and found that above 80K the tax is around 30%.. net home would be 96K.. We are a family of 3 (kid is 6 yrs). Would it make wise to move from Canada (Edmonton) to Brisbane. Health care here sucks and so does education. These two raise the eyebrow and put my mind in a dilemma as to whats best. Can someone guide me. Your help is much much appreciated!
#Ram on Feb 07, 2013 :
can anybody let me know, what's visa 457, which type of visa is this in Australia, is it ok to work with this visa, if its ok to work with this visa,

what would be ideal salary before tax to survive for family of 3.
Thanks in advance
#Woody on Feb 01, 2013 :
Hi Mike, If 50K is uk money then go for it. You might regret it if you don't do it now. The cost of living in NZ and OZ is high, we lived there for 1 year. But the lifestyle is better. We have friends in OZ, they have been there for 7 years, they came to UK last year for a long holiday and enjoy their life back in OZ better. They will not be returning to the UK, despite all their family being in the UK. They are a family of 4.
#Mike on Jan 28, 2013 :
Hi, got a job offer with 50K pa salary, currently living in NZ with wife and two kids, not sure if one income in enough specially when we won't get any support from govt. Need to accept or reject the offer urgently, any idea would help
#yashwanth on Jan 23, 2013 :
Any one say exactly how many people can share a triple bed room apartment in brisbane ...coz im planning to come for my masters
#brucechiu on Dec 18, 2012 :
Re Gimmy: u could save a good fortune if u are not a shopaholic.
Share-apartment price just depends on no of people sharing
#Gimmy on Dec 04, 2012 :
@ nick Thanks Bro.
#nick on Nov 29, 2012 :
@Gimmy
Hi Gimmy, I ve been in a similar situation, got a scholarship at UQ, and yes you can survive but not save. ZERO unlucky, you have to be careful with your money, and is better if you get a temporary job. I had to get a temporary job because was really difficult to afford all the expenses... Besides if you want to have some student life remember that in Australia beer and alcol are really expensive 15$ for a six-pack beer in the shop and at least 8$ for a pint at the bar. good luck :-)
#Angel on Nov 11, 2012 :
I live in Europe, Slovenia and the prices are almost all the same, except buying apartments and rents, but here minimum salary is 600 EUR, avarage 1000 EUR (after tax).
#tony on Nov 03, 2012 :
The values are averages, a low quality carton of coles home brand milk is not an average, nor is home brand bread, and not everyone lives near an Aldi. the site shows the averages, however in the right column there is a green bar that shows a generalised bar of the minimun, average and maximum values.
#Gimmy on Sep 21, 2012 :
I got a Phd Schoalrship (AUD 2000 per month)from UQ- Brisbane, could you please let me know me, whether can I make some savings per month? if yes mow much. If I live with a student shared apartment near UQ.
#Gilberto on Sep 15, 2012 :
I was also almost decided to submit the immigration request, but after seeing this, need to make some more calculations...
#Trev on Aug 22, 2012 :
Johnfromoz is right, but again - why buy stuff from Coles and Woolworths when it's cheaper at Aldi? Just been shopping today and bought, among other stuff, bottled water: 1.5 litre @ just 69c. Who pays $2.78 ??
#Johnfromoz on Jun 25, 2012 :
Looks like a lot of people don't shop at Coles or Woolworths that they don't know that a loaf of bread costs there just $1. Same as milk.
#Mick on May 07, 2012 :
Depending on experience, civil engineers in Australia get paid very well. $100k+. It is true, the cost of living is very high but we are also a VERY highly taxed country that pays for free public hospitals and a generous social security system.
#jamal on Apr 06, 2012 :
I was planning to migrate to Australia some day, but when I check the above prices
, living there seems out of my reach. of course, it might not be a true judgment, because I'm not aware of a civil engineer's income in there!

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