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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 105.27
Rent Index: 51.84
Groceries Index: 101.47
Restaurants Index: 92.52
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 79.21
Local Purchasing Power: 114.65

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 A$
11.00
20.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 A$
60.00
100.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 8.50 A$
7.50
10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 7.00 A$
5.00
9.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 7.50 A$
6.00
8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.74 A$
3.50
4.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 3.02 A$
2.50
3.50
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2.57 A$
2.00
3.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.40 A$
1.00
2.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.93 A$
2.00
4.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 2.30 A$
2.00
3.00
Eggs (12) 4.21 A$
3.40
5.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 11.40 A$
8.00
17.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 11.93 A$
9.00
15.00
Apples (1kg) 3.89 A$
3.00
5.00
Oranges (1kg) 3.53 A$
3.00
4.00
Tomato (1kg) 4.76 A$
3.99
6.00
Potato (1kg) 3.18 A$
2.00
4.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.31 A$
2.00
3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.44 A$
2.00
3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$
15.00
20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.46 A$
3.50
5.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 4.55 A$
3.30
6.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 19.00 A$
16.00
22.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.65 A$
3.50
5.92
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 129.50 A$
112.00
185.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 A$
3.20
4.50
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.00 A$
1.62
2.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 50.00 A$
33.96
60.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.51 A$
1.45
1.59
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,684.47 A$
25,000.00
35,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 204.95 A$
150.00
300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.90 A$
0.50
1.00
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 62.94 A$
50.00
80.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 74.50 A$
56.00
100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.36 A$
15.00
20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 A$
16.00
19.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 105.73 A$
80.00
140.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 78.13 A$
60.00
100.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 145.03 A$
120.00
170.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 147.76 A$
100.00
200.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,638.46 A$
1,388.80
2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,205.65 A$
1,000.00
1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,071.90 A$
2,600.00
3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,901.81 A$
1,550.00
2,350.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 8,719.19 A$
8,000.00
9,700.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,004.55 A$
4,500.00
7,050.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 4,437.94 A$
3,500.00
5,754.65
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.65
5.00
6.19

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Last update: October, 2014

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100 Comments so far

#Bamboo on Oct 06, 2014 :
Hi to Atti,

You wrote:

Thank you again. :) The more i read about moving to Australia the more questions I have and more confused i get haha! So here is what i ask: easiest way to get there is getting a job before moving ?getting someone to sponsor you right? If that will not happen then what other options would i have? I haven't finished university so i am not a highly skilled person. I applied for several jobs, but i have a feeling it won't help. What else should i do/try? Thank you!

Response:

Atti you may have to do some further research on the Internet about options for working visas and migration opportunities.

I found this website that may be helpful

http://www.movingtoaustralia.com.au/

copy and paste the URL link into your browser and navigate around the various information pages

and also have a look at this one too

http://www.immi.gov.au/immigration/

(copy and paste link into your browser)

All the best,

Bamboo
#Atti on Oct 01, 2014 :
Thank you again. :) The more i read about moving to Australia the more questions I have and more confused i get haha! So here is what i ask: easiest way to get there is getting a job before moving ?getting someone to sponsor you right? If that will not happen then what other options would i have? I haven't finished university so i am not a highly skilled person. I applied for several jobs, but i have a feeling it won't help. What else should i do/try? Thank you!
#Bamboo on Sep 25, 2014 :
Hi Atti,

copy and paste this link into your browser

http://www.migrationexpert.com.au/visa/australian-embassy/hungary

Australian Travel Visas for Citizens of Hungary

Passport Holders from Hungary require a valid Australian Travel Visa to visit for tourism or business.

Australian Work Visas for Citizens of Hungary

18 - 45 year olds from Hungary are able to apply for a Work Visa to Australia. Successful applicants can migrate and work in Australia permanently or temporarily.

More Info from the web...

Australia Tourist Visa Requirements for Hungarian Citizens

Hungarian citizens need a visa to visit Australia. Visa exemption or visa-free access does not apply to Hungary. A visa allows a stay of up to 90 days. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months on the date of entry.

Most countries issue visas through embassies, visa on arrival offices or electronic visa (e-Visa) providers. The cost, processing time, requirements and types of visa issued vary.

It is possible to stay longer than 90 days without leaving the country. You can do it by applying for a visa extension or getting a visa allowing a stay of more than 90 days.

If you plan to exit and re-enter the country numerous times, a multiple-entry visa will simplify matters. You can stay up to 90 days during each visit, and no minimum gap is required between visits.

We advise you not to overstay your visit at all costs. If you cannot avoid an overstay, however, you will most likely be fined an amount that costs more than a visa extension, visa run or new visa. In most cases, you will not be thrown in jail.

Hungarian citizens transiting in Australia should consult with their airlines about the possibility of getting a transit visa, maximum transit time allowed and flight delay policies. If you are flying point to point on a budget airline without a transit visa, you will need a tourist visa to clear immigration upon arrival.

UPDATES

13 Nov 2012

Commencement of Work and Holiday arrangement negotiations with additional countries On 13 November 2012, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship announced the commencement of negotiations for reciprocal capped Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangements with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Poland, and the Slovak Republic.

Copy and paste the following link into your browser

http://www.immi.gov.au/media/statistics/pdf/working-holiday-report-dec12.pdf
#Atti on Sep 21, 2014 :
Hello again so i checked the sites you gave me and i noticed that Hungary is not involved in the Working Holiday Program with Australia, that means i cant even apply? Or even if i do i will be declined?
Thank you again for all the help, and sorry for all the questions.
#Bamboo on Sep 20, 2014 :
Hi to #Atti on Sep 18, 2014 :

You said:
Wow, thank you for all this info, it really helps, one more question tho..haha.

Answer:
That's my pleasure Atti

You said:
Which type of visa would i need , working holiday one or..? And how long does it usually take to get it?

Answer:
First copy and paste this web address in your browser and navigate around the different categories of Visa's available

http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/600.aspx

If you are under 31 years old you can probably qualify for a one year working holiday Visa

This visa is for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year.

You might be able to get this visa if you:

are at least 18 but not yet 31 years of age
do not have a dependent child accompanying you at any time during your stay in Australia
have a passport from an eligible country.

Copy and paste this link into your browser

http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/417.aspx

There are other Visa types available.. have a look around the web site (above) and let me know how you go and if
you have any further questions...

Bamboo
#Atti on Sep 18, 2014 :
Wow, thank you for all this info, it really helps, one more question tho..haha. Which type of visa would i need , working holiday one or..? And how long does it usually take to get it?
#Bamboo on Sep 18, 2014 :
Hi to #Atti on Sep 17, 2014 :

Your message:

Thank you for your answer! I forgot to ask one vital question though.. Moving there just by myself and not having a job at first how much money would be needed to start up? find a job\rent\deposit\etc. etc. Thank you again, and if you could give me any other information please do. Thank you!

Answer:

If you're travelling here by yourself then that makes things a lot easier as you only have yourself to worry about and get organised.

How much money?
Well, you could probably do it for less but I would kind of suggest AU$10,000 (around 5000 to 6000 UK Pounds).

If you have more then that's better, it's good to have a financial cushion so that you are not stressed making ends meet
while you go about settling in a new land.

If you come here without a job or references then you may at first be limited in regard to your accommodation choices
and could find yourself in a cheap rooming house or a pricey city apartment.

If you go to Gumtree.com.au you may be able to pre-arrange a share house rental in advance or otherwise do this once you land here.

Copy and paste this web address in your browser
http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-flatshare-houseshare/melbourne/c18294l3001317

Renting a flat for yourself.

Usually it requires one months rent in advance and a security bond equal to one months rent.

So if you find a flat for $1200 a month, it will cost you $2400 to move into.

Sharing is the cheapest way to go but it all depends on your temperament and ability to co-dwell with others
(who may not live up to your your idea of ideal housemates...)

If you have any other questions please post as I am happy to answer any questions..
#Atti on Sep 17, 2014 :
Thank you for your answer! I forgot to ask one vital question though.. Moving there just by myself and not having a job at first how much money would be needed to start up? find a job\rent\deposit\etc. etc. Thank you again, and if you could give me any other information please do. Thank you!
#Anonymous on Sep 16, 2014 :
Thank you for your answer! I forgot to ask one vital question though.. Moving there just by myself and not having a job at first how much money would be needed to start up? find a job\rent\deposit\etc. etc. Thank you again, and if you could give me any other information please do. Thank you!
#Bamboo on Sep 16, 2014 :
Hi there to #Atti on Sep 15, 2014 :

You wrote"

Hi there. I am a Hungarian citizen currently living in England. Been here for 5 years, but i would like a change..not sure what kind of visa or where to start looking for jobs or any of that. Here in England i work with large format printings/digital printings, i have not finished university(would that be a problem?) Could you give me some guidance and help please? Thank you very much in advance ! Cheers!

Answer:

Well, it's a tough one for me to answer - but suffice to say that a move to Melbourne would probably be a good thing for you because:

1. There are many job opportunities available .. not necessarily in your current field .. but I am sure you would be able to find work.
2. Renting or co-sharing a flat or house is affordable (but not cheap) and there are a lot of apartments for rent.
3, Check out the Aussie Government website(s) on Visa requirements and qualifying for a work or PR status.

The printing business is still a viable industry but is facing a lot of challenges here in the digital information age...
A lot of the large newspaper printing presses have closed down through rationalisation with the shift from an analog world
to a digital media world.

Melbourne is a good place to start your own business ... learn about reporting for GST (Tax) and the difference between a Sole Trader
and a Pty Limited company.

Once you get your head around business record/accounts keeping and tax compliance it's quite straightforward to have a business up and running.

Make google your friend and search for specific information about visa's and work opportunities here in Melbourne.

Good Luck and Welcome to the South Pacific.
#Atti on Sep 15, 2014 :
Hi there. I am a Hungarian citizen currently living in England. Been here for 5 years, but i would like a change..not sure what kind of visa or where to start looking for jobs or any of that. Here in England i work with large format printings/digital printings, i have not finished university(would that be a problem?) Could you give me some guidance and help please? Thank you very much in advance ! Cheers!
#Bamboo on Sep 02, 2014 :
Hi to #Muhammad on Sep 02, 2014 : and #Shruti on Sep 02, 2014

Question: Is 25,000$ enough for PhD student for his study and enjoying his life ??!!

Answer: Yes it is but it will take some compromise. If you share your housing and use public transport you will be alright.
There is plenty of paid work for around $15-$20 per hour available in cafes, restaurants, cleaning, driving, shop assistant,
gardening etc - so you could earn some extra money so that you can live more highly and save money as well.

It's easy to spend money and go through a lot, however, it's also quite easy to save money and live cheaply ..
If you're vegetarian you can eat beautiful and bountiful meals for free at ISKCON in Melbourne (Albert Park)
or cheaply at various restaurants for between $5.50 - $10.

Also if you cook your own meals and eat at home you will save a lot of money.

Question:
Hi, I am planning to move to Melbourne with my husband in 2015. My husband is a network engineer and i work for a back office of an Australian bank in India.Please help throwing some light on the Job market for a Netwrok engineer and an Admin Executive.

Answer:
There are jobs for this kind of work but there are more people seeking positions than the number of positions available.
In recent years the Telco's have downsized their workforce and shifted many jobs off to india and the Philippines.

Question:
Should we start applying for positions form India or wait till we move to Melbourne?

Answer:
That's a difficult one to answer - I think most people probably make the move first and hope for the best.
Usually what happens is that you will probably land a job in a different field so that you can start earning money
as fast as you can.

Question:
Also, suggest if we should get our resumes through a technical resume writer here in India or wait till be reach melbourne?

Answer:
Not sure - do some google research about this..

Question:
What is the process of applying for Jobs in Melbourne,through Job portals or references?

Answer:
Probably a bit of both. A lot of jobs are through 3rd party agencies - once again do some google research
to learn more.
#Muhammad on Sep 02, 2014 :
Is 25,000$ enough for PhD student for his study and enjoying his life ??!!
#Shruti on Sep 02, 2014 :
Hi,
I am planning to move to Melbourne with my husband in 2015. My husband is a network engineer and i work for a back office of an Australian bank in India.Please help throwing some light on the Job market for a Netwrok engineer and an Admin Executive.
Should we start appyling for positions form India or wait till we move to Melbourne?
Also, suggest if we should get our resumes through a technical resume writer here in India or wait till be reach melbourne?
What is the process of applying for Jobs in Melbourne,through Job portals or references?
#Bamboo on Aug 30, 2014 :
Hi to #Saransh on Aug 29, 2014 :

Question:
Hi I am Saransh and I m planning for australian PR by mid 2015. I am Computer Science Engineer and have a distance education MBA degree as well and also I have work experience of above 6 years as business development manager and client relationship manager.

I hope to get the subclass 190 visa with state sponsorship. Acoording to some payscale website I found I could get around 75K per annum in and around melbourne Victoria.

So, is it feasible to move with such an offer? Kindly revert.

Answer:
Yes Saransh that's plenty of money and you can live comfortably on this amount as well as save money too.

You could afford to have a car if you wanted to, but I usually recommend people use public transport because it's cheaper
and often less hassle. However, having a car can provide work opportunities so it all depends on your situation.

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

This visa is for points-tested skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government agency.
It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

Requirements (general information found on the internet)

Applicants might be eligible to apply for this visa if they are invited. When we sent you your letter of invitation, you must also have:

nominated an occupation that is on the relevant skilled occupation list
obtained a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
not yet turned 50 years of age
achieved the score specified in your letter of invitation based on the factors in the points test
at least competent English
been nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.

Good luck, you will love life in Melbourne.
#Saransh on Aug 29, 2014 :
Hi I am Saransh and I m planning for australian PR by mid 2015. I am Computer Science Engineer and have a distance education MBA degree as well and also I have work experience of above 6 years as business development manager and client relationship manager. I hope to get the subclass 190 visa with state sponsorship. Acoording to some payscale website I found I could get around 75K per annum in and around melbourne Victoria. So, is it feasible to move with such an offer? Kindly revert.

Thanks
#Bamboo on Aug 29, 2014 :
Hi to m77

Q: I am an Telecom engineer and I have applied Visa application for PR under Skilled Migration-189 category.

As per PR application progress,My Visa wil coming by Year end, just seek help and guidance on which part is it good to migrate in Australia,what is teh cost of living in Melbourne suburbs?

Answer:
Some rentals of property have actually dropped a bit as vacancy rates have risen slightly in some areas.

Rent estimates:

1 bed apt near railway line within 15 km of city $240 - $280 per week
2 bed apt near railway line within 15 km of city $330 - $380 per week

Fancy newly built modern designer apt
1 bed near railway line within 15 km of city $340 - $450 per week
2 bed near railway line within 15 km of city $450 - $500 per week

daily full fare train/bus/tram ticket $7.16 (zone 1)
monthly/28 day full fare train/bus/tram ticket $123.20 (zone 1)

Good areas of Melbourne:
In the south east :Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Oakleigh, Clayton

Inner City: South Yarra, Prahran, Richmond, St Kilda, South Melbourne.

Food:
vegetarian rice and curry and desert: Free at ISKCON in Albert Park
vegetarian rice and curry $7.50 at Om in Elizabeth St and Swanton St Melbourne
vegetarian rice and curry and desert: Donation/Pay As You Feel, Lentil As Anything, Abotsford.
vegetarian rice and curry and desert: Crossways in Swanston St Melbourne $7.50 full price.
vegetarian rice and curry and desert: Gopals in Swanston St Melbourne. $9 - $12

Chinese lunch specials $8 - $12

Fast Food $8.50 - $10.50
#m77 on Aug 27, 2014 :
Hi,
I am an Telecom engineer and I have applied Visa application for PR under Skilled Migration-189 category.

As per PR application progress,My Visa wil coming by Year end, just seek help and guidance on which part is it good to migrate in Australia,what is teh cost of living in Melbourne suburbs.

I am planning to migrate with my Wife and Kid.
#Shampoo on Aug 18, 2014 :
Hi to #T Irish on Aug 18, 2014 :

You asked "Hi there wondering if you can help... Hubby offered job in melbourne salary $60k ... is it worth the long move from Ireland to Aus with family(2+2)? could we survive easily on that salary (kids age 1/13)I would be looking for work after a few months in the finance/accounting section.

Answer: $60K is enough so long as you don't live a high and fancy life. The thing to consider is that there are probably more qualified accountants in the job market than there are positions .. so it's a competitive field. It's a big step to make to move from one western developed economy country to another ... may not really be worth it.

Question: What is the housing/school care and childminding facilities like and also is there an ex pat community that we could mix with?
Answer: Expensive.
#T Irish on Aug 18, 2014 :
Hi there wondering if you can help... Hubby offered job in melbourne salary $60k ... is it worth the long move from Ireland to Aus with family(2+2)? could we survive easily on that salary (kids age 1/13)I would be looking for work after a few months in the finance/accounting section.What is the housing/school care and childminding facilities like and also is there an ex pat community that we could mix with?

Thanks!
#Bamboo on Aug 16, 2014 :
Hi to #Bhooshan on Aug 15, 2014 : and #damish on Aug 13, 2014 :

Q: hi I have recieved a job offer from a company in melbourne of 90k is it enough for me and my wife to survive and also save some money

Answer: $90K is a lot of money - yes you can live well on that amount and save money.

Q: I have completed my bechlor studies in civil engineering and planning for masters in construction and prohect management.1. What are the chances for me to get the field related work.

Answer: Business is often about contacts and relationships - there is huge construction and investment in Melbourne from
offshore investors and developers from China, Malaysia and Singapore.

The amounts of investment is in the billions - it is one of the true growth areas for employment.
The residential apartment towers are being built by predominately Chinese and Malaysian (and Singaporean) companies
and being targeted to buyers in those countries as a way to securely park your wealth.

Q: how much i will have to pay for taxes annualy.4.after cutting all the expenses how much can i save?

Answer: If you make around $90 k to $180 K (good money indeed..) then your tax will probably work out somewhere around 40%
The first $18K is tax free and then it increments depending on which income tax bracket you fall into.

The wealthy often offset their tax obligations with certain types of investment where they can write-off expenditures and losses.
i.e. negative gearing on residential real estate property and share/stock losses incurred when selling...

Q: **i have no field experience at all

Answer: Better start learning..

Q: **i am pure vegetarian

Answer: I love vegetarian food and the vegetarian way of life..

Q: **non alcoholic

Answer: I'm a sometimes drinker and mostly no drinker..
#Bhooshan on Aug 15, 2014 :
hi I have recieved a job offer from a company in melbourne of 90k is it enough for me and my wife to survive and also save some money
#damish on Aug 13, 2014 :
I have completed my bechlor studies in civil engineering and planning for masters in construction and prohect management.1. What are the chances for me to get the field related work.2.after completing my masters how much can i earn yearly related to construction and project management.3.how much i will have to pay for taxes annualy.4.after cutting all the expenses how much can i save?
**i have no field experience at all
**i am pure vegetarian
**non alcoholic
#Odyssey on Aug 04, 2014 :
Hi to Fiza re message on Aug 03, 2014 :

You said...
I am moving to Melbourne from Pakistan on Australian PR. My mother is aged 63 and my wife is aged 30.

QUESTION 1: I would like to know if they can both get some employment there in melbourne. They are both good at speaking english.
Answer: For your wife she should be able to find work but generally it's harder for people over the age of 50 because of
older age discrimination which of course is never mentioned but does exist .. That's not to say your mother won't be able to find work
but it will prove more of a challenge.

QUESTION 2: What are the opportunities/ ideas out there if they work from home?
Answer: Australia is a good place to start your own business whether it's selling physical goods over the internet,
preparing speciality food for restaurants, providing consulting services etc ..

As far as conventional paid work from home, yes there are opportunities but I think self employed and working from home
is probably the most usual scenario.

QUESTION 3: Like in Pakistan we have savings certificates or regular income certificates issued by the government? What are high interest rates, safe investment opportunities there so that one can get a fixed monthly return?
Answer: Interest rates are low at the moment .. a HISA (High Interest Savings Account) will probably give you a bonus interest of 1.3 - 1.4 % above the official interest rate of 2.5 %. So you're probably looking at 3.75 - 4 % range and same for term deposits 3.6 - 3.75 % for 180 day returns.

Question 4: I would most probably be residing somewhere on Punt Road. Is this area safe to reside in?
Answer: I used to live on Punt Rd South Yarra and I really liked it .. there were trams and busses that could take you into the city,
South Yarra Railway station and also you could easily walk into the city via the beautiful botanic gardens and it only took around half an hour.

It can be noisy on Punt Rd but that has it's benefits because people in apartments positioned on Punt Rd their threshold of noise compensates and you can enjoy having music on and other people in the apartment don't really notice as there's always buses, cars, trucks driving along Punt Rd making a noise.

Question 5: Are there airline ticketing jobs readily available in melbourne?
Answer: Not sure .. someone has to do it .. I would suggest looking up the airlines websites and careers opportunities..

Question 6: Can you get into teaching trainer or assistant in a junior school? What is the qualification/certification required ?
Answer: Copy and paste this web address in your browser
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/careers/pages/advacssch.aspx

All the best from Odyssey
#Fiza on Aug 03, 2014 :
I am moving to Melbourne from Pakistan on Australian PR. My mother is aged 63 and my wife is aged 30.

QUESTION 1: I would like to know if they can both get some employment there in melbourne. They are both good at speaking english.

QUESTION 2: What are the opportunities/ ideas out there if they work from home?

QUESTION 3: Like in Pakistan we have savings certificates or regular income certificates issued by the government? What are high interest rates, safe investment opportunities there so that one can get a fixed monthly return?

Question 4: I would most probably be residing somewhere on Punt Road. Is this area safe to reside in?

Question 5: Are there airline ticketing jobs readily available in melbourne?

Question 6: Can you get into teaching trainer or assistant in a junior school? What is the qualification/certification required ?

Best Regards,
Fiza
#Odyssey on Jul 30, 2014 :
Hi to #AMARJIT SINGH GILL re message on Jul 29, 2014 :

I am a student from India.Which location is better for accommodation in melbourne near Lonsdale St in whichm ATMC Campus

I would probably recommend you live not inside the actual city but perhaps choose to live inner city near public transport.

Melbourne has a good public transport system so you want to be walking distance to a train station or a tram stop or maybe a good bus stop.

Apartments in the city are quite expensive to rent whereas an older style walk up flat in Richmond or Brunswick or Prahran won't cost as much.

If you are happy to share then you can halve your rent costs if not more.
#AMARJIT SINGH GILL on Jul 29, 2014 :
I am a student from India.Which location is better for accommodation in melbourne near Lonsdale St in whichm ATMC Campus
#AMARJIT SINGH GILL on Jul 29, 2014 :
I am a student from India.Which location is better for accommodation in melbourne near Lonsdale St in whichm ATMC Campus
#Popeye on Jul 18, 2014 :
Another way to save on public transport costs is to join the Public Transport Users Association
and buy a Yearly 365 day Myki Pass

This will give you unlimited travel for a whole year in the Zone(s) you purchased for.

As an example.

Zone 1 full fare 365 days $1330 (including a $30 membership fee to PTUA) = approx. $3.65 per day

The normal Myki Zone 1 full fare for daily travel Mon-Fri is $7.16
Sat and Sun the normal capped fare is $6.00

The PTUA yearly Myki Pass fares are only for full fare tickets. The offer is not available for concession card holders.

Learn more by copying and pasting this web address into your browser
http://www.ptua.org.au/members/offers/
#HappyTom on Jul 08, 2014 :
Hi To Samseem, Jamie and Anon,

Q: Is $60K enough to live on..
A: Yes that's plenty, don't move into a high-rise fancy apartment because those rents are high,
move into a 60s/70s style older flat and that will save you a lot of money.
It may be a bit further out of the city, but the public transport system is pretty good.

Here are some basic cost of living examples..

One bedroom flat near train line 10-15 km from city in south east Melb. $250 - $280 per week
Two bedroom flat .. $340-400 per week

Transport tickets

Zone 1 (approx 15 km radius of the centre of Melb) $7.16 per day (full fare) unlimited use
Zone 2 (approx 15 km from city going outwards .. $4.96 per day (full fare)

Sat and Sun you can travel unlimited within Zone 1 and 2 for a max fare of $6.00 each day

Food.

People who love Indian food and vegetarian meals are in for a treat ..

$6.50 all you can eat at Om Vegetarian restaurant in the city
1 pm Free Lunch (vegetarian) all you can eat at ISKON Temple in Port Melb.
"Pay as you feel" at Lentils As Anything in Abbotsford .. (all vegetarian)
Gopals (ISKON) Vegetarian (city) Different meal sizes and prices
Crossways vegetarian (ISKON) $7.50 full price (discount for students etc..)
Loads of restaurants all over the place for rice and curry and naan bread, thali etc for between $7-10

CHINESE
Lot's of asian restaurants in the city and suburbs ... many meals $8-$12

COBURG
Middle Eastern Food ..
Very reasonable prices once you know the right places to go to..

HOW TO LIVE REALLY REALLY CHEAPLY

There are quite a lot of young people who are co-dwelling in city apartments, 4 to a room in bunk beds..
If you can handle this sort of high density co-dwelling then your rent becomes very small...

Go to the cheap indian/chinese food outlets for your meals or to the ISKON temple for free quality vegetarian meals

Get very familiar with the public transport system

To get to the ISKON temple (for the free vegetarian feasts) catch the Number 1 Tram from Flinders St outside of Federation Square
and that takes you right to the street where it is located .. a short walk 5-10 minute from the tram stop and you're there.

You don't need a car .. public transport is great and also is the Melbourne Bike Share scheme .. around $52 per year you can use
share bikes all over the city and inner parts of Melbourne.
#Anonymous on Jul 07, 2014 :
hi i am planning to come to Melbourne within the end of this month and i am going to study masters of management from la trobe. my first semester will be at bundoora campus and the next 3 at cbd colinstreets. I want to know what is the average monthly cost including everything from accomodation ,food,rent and transport( of course i ll stay in a shared apartment) and what are the average monthly incomes from part time jobs?? and are the work oppurtunities in professional good after a masters course for a non australian ?
#Sameem on Jul 07, 2014 :
Hi Guys,
I received my PR and am planning to relocate into Australia in this Nov... I am a HVAC Engineer by profession and have 6 years of work ex.

Do you think is it is easy to find a job in Australia in this field or is it going to take a long time? If not, can I get a part time job while Im job hunting? How much money should I bring with me...

Please give my some suggestions...
#Jamie on Jul 05, 2014 :
Hi All,

I really really need help, i'm an Australian permanent resident, i haven't migrated yet. I got an offer in Melbourne salary package $60,000 + Super, is this enough to survive atleast for 1 or 2 years until i can find a better job and progress in my career? The job is as a systems admin

I am coming with my wife so i need to sustain both of us, will this salary be enough to live on plus some savings for annual travel ?

the job is located in CBD and i plan to live within walkin or 5 min tram distance maybe southbank

thanks
#JungleBoy on Jul 01, 2014 :
Know the rules of survival in Melbourne:

Melbourne is a great city and you can enjoy a good quality of life for an achievable cost of living.

However, it is best to understand how to avoid the risk of being robbed, bashed and hospitalised.

Melbourne can be dangerous and you have to develop an instinct on what's safe and what's not.

The city late at night and very early in the morning brings risks .. There are drug and alcohol affected people
with violent tendencies roaming the city and parks, so I recommend you avoid being out late or very early.

If you do venture out late at night or early in the morning - avoid walking through parks or isolated streets and lanes ..
Stay where the majority of city workers commute and in well lit up streets and paths.

Have your fully charged mobile phone with you in case of an emergency and don't flaunt your wealth..
Perhaps have some hidden money and CC cards and keys hidden down your sock or under your clothes, so that if you do get
robbed the crooks only get a little bit and not everything you have on you.

Learn the law of the jungle and develop an instinct and you will be safe and can enjoy life without too many worries..

Driving taxi's at night is risky business.. working in convenience stores in the middle of the night has risks too..

Melbourne is a city with many nationalities and is especially popular with Indian and Chinese immigrants.

Be safe, sensible and be smart and YOU WILL LOVE MELBOURNE
#Popeye on Jun 19, 2014 :
Hi to Navneet Mandhan re msg on on Jun 18, 2014 :

You asked:
hi there...i am planning to come to Melbourne in next Feb 2015 session. she will studying master in Accounting. i have few queries...my qualification is MBA and B. Tech in mechanical engg. is it possible for me to get a good job? my MBA is from UK so will it give me a advantage in finding jobs in Australia.
Second is..after completion of course if my partner clears it, will she be able to fetch a entry level job in accounts or related field?

Answer:
The Answer is yes but it may take a while and you and your wife may first have to work in another field before you land a job in your profession.
The accounting landscape is competitive and maybe a little tight with job offers... but persistence pays.

As for yourself Navneet, you have good qualifications and should be able to find a well paid job but like my other comments, be open to work in an unrelated field to begin with because it may take a while before you can secure an engineering position.

You asked:
i know it depends on the candidate, but i am asking if the candidate is good enough but he is not Aussie will this be problem?

Answer:
No not a problem, Australia is a very mixed country, especially the cities like Melbourne and Sydney. We have people and cultures from
all over the world and Melbourne has a HUGE Indian and Chinese community (as well as from everywhere else around the world).

You asked:
3RD is part time jobs.... As i will be available for full time but my partner will work only part time as she will be concentrating more towards her studies. what are the general fields like retails etc where per hour wages are good?
please help in sorting out my visit...cheers

Answer:
I would guess that casual and part time work is probably easier to obtain than full time work .. Australia pays high wages compared to
UK and USA in the service industries like retail, cleaning, cooking, call centre consultants etc ..

Good luck
#Navneet Mandhan on Jun 18, 2014 :
hi there...i am planning to come to Melbourne in next Feb 2015 session. she will studying master in Accounting. i have few queries...my qualification is MBA and B. Tech in mechanical engg. is it possible for me to get a good job? my MBA is from UK so will it give me a advantage in finding jobs in Australia.
second is..after completion of course if my partner clears it, will she be able to fetch a entry level job in accounts or related field?
i know it depends on the candidate, but i am asking if the candidate is good enough but he is not Aussie will this be problem?
3RD is part time jobs.... As i will be available for full time but my partner will work only part time as she will be concentrating more towards her studies. what are the general fields like retails etc where per hour wages are good?
please help in sorting out my visit...cheers
#Anonymous on Jun 16, 2014 :
Hi to Harsh Patel from India - posted on Jun 14, 2014 :

You asked "how much $ I earn with study.and it's enough for live there and pay my college fee (9000$) so is it possible to living and study expense I earn??????

Answer: Yes you can get by and study and earn money on the side and live ok, but you are best to do it by sharing accommodation
and probably best to live somewhere around or near Clayton in Victoria because there's a strong Indian community and network
which will help you not to be lonely and also you can find part time job opportunities in restaurants, driving taxis, cleaning commercial premises
and various other jobs.

Lot's of cheap and nice Indian restaurants and you can share a house or flat with fellow Indians around the area.

Good public transport access..
#Harsh Patel on Jun 14, 2014 :
I am from India and decided to went to a melbourne for study information technology so my question is...
*how much $ I earn with study.and it's enough for live there and pay my college fee (9000$) so is it possible to living and study expense I earn??????
#annabelle on Jun 09, 2014 :
Barley Corn Backpackers is about $125 a week and close to city and train station. About five minutes by train from the center of the city. You would sleep in a dorm but it is safe and just up the road from Lentil as Anything in Abbotsford where you can get vegetarian food for donation and or helping them out.
#Anonymous on Jun 09, 2014 :
Here's a word of advise.

Food/Drinks - Cafe's

If you go to a fancy shopping centre like Chadstone or Emporium Melbourne you will pay
sometimes upto $3-4 extra per item for food or drinks when compared to going to high street cafes/restaurants.

So be prepared to pay a premium for the pleasure of visiting these centres.

The main reason is the excessive rents the centre landlords charge the retail businesses, many thousands per week in rent..
#Popeye on Jun 06, 2014 :
Here are some real costs of living for Melbourne.

Location: South East Melbourne - approx 14 km from Melbourne CBD

I have calculated the monthly costs for a single person in a 2 bedroom flat that they own

MONTHLY
Electricity $52
Gas $32
Water $75
Internet (ADSL) and landline rental $81
Owners Corp. Fees (i.e. housing association fees) $120
Owners Corp special levies for major works maintenance $130
Post Office Box rental $9
Bank Fees (2 separate accounts) $20
Basic hospital cover $90

Total $609.00

This does not include Transport costs (Myki tickets), does not include food, restaurants, cafes etc..
and does not include mortgage repayments for home loan.

If you are renting your accommodation the costs would resemble the following:

MONTHLY
Electricity $52
Gas $32
Water $75* (*You may not be liable for the water bill as many landlords have to cover this expense)
Internet (ADSL) and landline rental $81
Rent of 1 bedroom flat $1,200

Bank fees Nil (if you shop around)
No need to rent a PO Box
No owners corp. property maintenance fees or levies applicable when renting a property.

Total $1,524 (or less if you are not having to pay the water bill)

Weekly Myki (Metro train/bus/tram) tickets
Zone 1 = $35.80,
Zone 2 = $24.80,
Zone 1 + 2 = $60.60
#Anonymous on Jun 06, 2014 :
Hi Amit, re your msg on Jun 05, 2014 :
Q:Can anybody guide me on the expenses for 1 month rent included etc and suitable place to live if possible.

Here's some basic costs...
Transport: Myki (Metri/Bus/Tram transit card) $4.96 per day Zone 2, $7.16 per day Zone 1
Curry and rice luncf special $8.50
Curry and rice dinner or more prestigious meal: $10-$13
Rent? What type of accommodation are you planing to stay at.. i.e. share house, short term rental, serviced apartment..
Whereabouts in the east of Melbourne will you be positioned..

what type of lifestyle do you wish to be active in ,,
i.e. nightclubs, bars, clubs, dinning,

Cinema: standard rate $18-$20 or look for frugal Mondays or Tuesdays .. often half price around $8-$10.

Cafe Society:
Coffee $3.50 - $3.80
Slice of cake $6.50
Berry Muffin $4.50
Fast Food burger, chips and drink $8.50 - $9.00
Can of Coke from general store $2.20
Unlimited within Australia mobile pre paid plan $39.90 per month incl 5 GB data, amaysim also check out Lebara mobile

Buy sweets and snacks from supermarkets to save money...
#Amit on Jun 05, 2014 :
Hi,
I am a exchange student for research experience interested in living in eastern Melbourne for 1 month. Can anybody guide me on the expenses for 1 month rent included etc and suitable place to live if possible.
#Anonymous on May 31, 2014 :
Mark (if that's your real name) stop spamming these forums.. If anyone wants a house loan/mortgage I would recommend they go to a reputable Australian bank or financial institution.
#Popeye on May 23, 2014 :
So what does Melbourne have to offer me in my new life......

Jobs in all sorts of industries
Hospitality, health care, nurses, doctors, dentists, opticians, hospital support jobs, cleaners, government services, technology, IT, telecommunications, software development,
entertainment content for TV, Films and the Internet, music industry.
Self employed, house painters, builders, carpenters, electrical wiring, plumbers, gardeners, taxi drivers,
courier drivers, truck drivers, limousine drivers, hair dressers, barbers, kitchen hands, restaurant and cafe work,
writers, advertising, radio/tv jingle production makers, artists, buskers, street performers...

Society:
Cafe's, restaurants from cheap and cheerful to expensive and high brow, art and culture, music and club/bar/event life..
Parks, rivers, bustling city, satellite cities, all nationalities, Indians and Chinese LOVE Melbourne and so do people from
all corners of the world who settle here.

Cost of Living:
Melbourne is more affordable than other cities around Australia.

You might like it where you currently are but you will love it here in Melbourne..
#Popeye on May 21, 2014 :
Hi Alaa Sagaa it's Popeye here, I will have a shot at your questions..

You have a background in the Telco industry. That's good because there are jobs in Internet Support roles for ISPs and Telcos.
There are technical support jobs available in the Telco's here as well
and you can make good money once you achieve a permanent position. $60-120K per year.

Living expenses … for a single person to live independently…

Rent of one bedroom flat $260 per week (pay rent monthly)
Myki Transit ticket for Zone 1 per week rounded to $36
Electricity usage per week $14 per week (bills arrive every 3 months)
Gas usage per week $8 per week (bills arrive every 2 months)
Food.
6 of morning coffee's at cafes (~$3.50 each) $21 per week
5 of take away or eat in budget meals like rice and curry (~$8.60 per meal) etc $43 per week
2 of medium priced meals for one ($12 each) $24 per week
General groceries and supplies $60 per week
Mobile phone (Amaysim unlimited call plan $39.90 per month) $10 per week
#ALAA SAGAA on May 20, 2014 :
Hi Guys ... I am planning to immigrate to AU and I want to ask you a couple of questions
1- I am immigrating alone, so, approximately WHAT IS THE AVERGE LIVING EXPENSES FOR 1 PERSON?

2- I have 3+ experience in telecommunication(call center industry ), is it easy to find a job in AU? and how long will it take ME TO FIND 1 ?

thanks!
#Popeye on May 16, 2014 :
Hi Amit,

I will try to answer part of your enquiry.

Firstly, for those who may not know what a 457 visa is.

The 457 visa is the most commonly used program for Australian or overseas employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers to work in Australia temporarily

1. An indicative monthly spends for a family of 3

You will have the following basic costs of living

Accommodation Rent
Transport/travel
Food
Utilities (Electricity, Gas, Water)

Rental properties near Dandenong in Noble Park

Noble Park is located near Dandenong as is reasonably and
inexpensive are to rent in.

Noble Park North is probably the better side of the suburb.

1 and 2 bedroom Flats/Units $215 - $280 per week

Link:
http://www.realestate.com.au/rent/property-unit+apartment-with-1-bedroom-in-noble+park%2c+vic+3174/list-1?maxBeds=any&includeSurrounding=false&source=refinements

MET (Train, Bus, Tram) Fares
Zone 2 Adult fare $4.96 all day (Mon-Fri)
Sat/Sun Zones 1 & 2 max capped fare $6.00

hildren aged under four years old may travel free on public transport in Victoria.
Link:
http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/metropolitan-myki-fares/

Food: Depends if you cook and eat at home or go out.

Lot's of Indian and South East Asia inexpensive restaurants
located around Dandenong and Clayton as well as other suburbs.

Lunch specials (rice and curry) are typically $7-9

Health Care / Insurance:

Learn more from this link:
http://www.privatehealth.gov.au/healthinsurance/overseas/

Education
Navigate and learn from this link
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/principals/management/studentvisaupd.pdf

Typical costs of Electricity $170 for 3 month period
Gas $60 for 2 month period

(copy and paste links into a new browser window)

Regards, Popeye
#Amit Sharma on May 14, 2014 :
Hello All,

I am planning to join a company in Melbourne on 457 visa. Can you please give me an idea of --

1. An indicative monthly spends for a family of 3 (me, my wife & my son of 3 years) ?

2. Locations which I can prefer for living. My preference will be an inexpensive locality near to Dandenong south (this is where my office is) ?

3. How about medical insurance? Is it compulsory to take some health insurance if I am coming on 457 (for a family of 3)? If yes, what will be its cost & benefits.

4. Fees for my child's education. He will be around 3 years 9 months by the team he reaches Melbourne

Looking forward to a thought provoking analysis & discussion.

Thanks,
Amit
#Popeye on May 11, 2014 :
Hi it's Popeye here, I'll try to answer some questions..

#leo on May 01, 2014 :
#Popeye
thanks ! appreciate your answer…

Hi Leo, my pleasure, if you have any further questions just ask..

#Jimy on Apr 30, 2014 :
… I am offered a PhD position at Victoria University with monthly scholarship of 2500 AUD. Can you give me some information on living cost at Melbourne near Victoria University for a couple?

Hi Jimy, according to my internet search Victoria University is located at Ballarat Rd, Footscray VIC 3011, so I would
recommend looking for a one or two bedroom flat/apartment around Footscray so that your travelling isn't too time consuming.
Go to www.realestate.com and navigate your way to flat/apartment rentals in that area.
I would expect the weekly rent range would be around $240-270 for a one bed, $280-350 for a 2 bed.
Living costs in Melbourne can be expensive if you don't know the tricks to saving money and where to shop.
Once you are grounded and done a bit of homework then you can live quite cheaply.

#Rahul on Apr 28, 2014 :
…..I'm wondering how is the eduction system in Australia and what is the cost of eduction there.

Hi Rahul, that's a hard one for me to answer .. we have a good public school system in Australia mostly
funded by the Government but I think certain things parents have to pay towards.. maybe books, pencils etc..

Best to research it over the internet, try www.vic.gov.au

#pinky on Apr 27, 2014 :
…looking for Pakistani females to share accommodation.

Hi pinky,
My advise would be to search Melbourne websites that are for the local Pakistani community
and you will find like minded people that will be able to offer you more help and information.
#leo on May 01, 2014 :
#Popeye

thanks ! appreciate your answer, you just typed what I wanted to hear, so I guess should start applying for some jobs before I decide to move.
#Jimy on Apr 30, 2014 :
Hi Everyone ... I am going to go Melbourne on late August. I am married with no children ... I am offered a PhD position at Victoria University with monthly scholarship of 2500 AUD. Can you give me some information on living cost at Melbourne near Victoria University for a couple? Tnank you in advance for your helps ...
#Rahul on Apr 28, 2014 :
I'm planning to come to Melboure. I have a 3 years old son who is right now going to Primary school in India. I'm wondering how is the eduction system in Australia and what is the cost of eduction there. Can you please shed some light on this?
#pinky on Apr 27, 2014 :
I am looking to move towards Melbourne and looking for Pakistani females to share accommodation. Please contact me if you are the one via email.
Thanks.
#Popeye on Apr 24, 2014 :
Hi #leo on Apr 23, 2014 :

you wrote:" Hi, I am looking for some advise about Melbourne. I have been living in Far North Queensland near Cairns for the past 5 years and my wife and I want some change. I'm an agronomist and currently work in the area, although for my wife its been very tough due lack of opportunity here (we are Brazilian and she is a journalist but she works as a cleaner). Non skilled jobs is very limited and does not offer much more than 15 to 20 hrs per week. Well my chances of working with my careerer are not great in Melbourne but it is time to give in and think in my wife as well, so is it possible to find full time non skill jobs or they are hard to get it ? what sort of jobs is common to get it ? Cheers !

Meaning of Agronomist:
Agronomy is the science and technology of producing and using plants for food, fuel, fiber, and land reclamation. Agronomy encompasses work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology, meteorology, and soil science.

Hi Leo, there are full time jobs available in Melbourne and it may require you to be flexible with what's on offer.

Melbourne is probably the best city of people looking for employment and to enjoy a lifestyle that is less expensive and offers more variety
than places such as Perth, Darwin and maybe even Sydney.

Accommodation is cheaper in Melbourne than some of the other cities but can also be expensive depending on where you choose to look.

If you're prepared to live in a small flat then $240 (1 bed) - $370 (2 bed) per week is the average rental.
If you are prepared to live further out you can rent a house for similar prices.

Buying a house: Well, Melbourne is up there with the most expensive house prices in the world .. so once again to snap up
a house under $500K you will have to go out into the outer suburbs.

remember to browse the selections in seek.com.au and look for employment agencies in Melbourne on google

Many jobs are got through word of mouth and people you meet or know .. so network away (but don't be too pushy...)

Melbourne is the destination for the creatives, writers, composers, musicians, artists, computer software developers,
TV/Film/Internet content creators etc ..

Also we have lot's of opportunities in the health care sector and the Government will sponsor training for nursing,
aged care and other health care roles.

Government jobs - there are always jobs available in different Government departments - search and learn more on the internet.

Self Employed. Lot's of work for tradies, contractors, gardeners, electricians, plumbers, builders..

Melbourne is a good location to set up your own business - register for an ABN, incorporate a Pty Ltd company or operate as a sole trafer
and start the wheels of business turning.
#leo on Apr 23, 2014 :
Hi,
I am looking for some advise about Melbourne. I have been living in Far North Queensland near Cairns for the past 5 years and my wife and I want some change. I'm an agronomist and currently work in the area, although for my wife its been very tough due lack of opportunity here (we are Brazilian and she is a journalist but she works as a cleaner). Non skilled jobs is very limited and does not offer much more than 15 to 20 hrs per week. Well my chances of working with my careerer are not great in Melbourne but it is time to give in and think in my wife as well, so is it possible to find full time non skill jobs or they are hard to get it ? what sort of jobs is common to get it ? Cheers !
#Popeye on Apr 23, 2014 :
Hi Jhon Woo on Apr 21, 2014 :
I'm planning to move forward to look for a job in Australia.

That's a good move

Can anyone here provide me website that i can look for a job so that i can prepare in advance before moving to Australia.

Yes, go to this web site
http://www.seek.com.au/

Also search the internet for job agencies for employment in Melbourne (and other cities)
#Jhon Woo on Apr 21, 2014 :
I'm planning to move forward to look for a job in Australia.
Can anyone here provide me website that i can look for a job so that i can prepare in advance before moving to Australia.

thanks.
#Popeye on Apr 12, 2014 :
Are you thinking of moving to Australia and not sure which state or city to move to.

My experience tells me that Melbourne is the best place to be in Australia because it has everything ..

It's cheaper than Sydney and in my view it's way better.

We have our own Little Greece (Oakleigh), Little India/Sri Lanka (Clayton/Noble Park/Dandenong), Little China (Mount Waverly/Glen Waverley and City), Little Israel (Caulfield), Little Middle East (Coburg), Little Italy (Carlton), Little Africa (Footscray) and various other Little Countries within a suburb.

Melbourne has a great and often crowed public transport system and it's not expensive compared to some other countries.

You can eat cheaply here once you know where to go and if you have bags of money you can live like a king too.

Cost of Housing:
HOUSING ... the days of cheap rents and purchase prices are largely over in the inner east, south east and north.
In good areas within a 10-15 km radius of Melbourne you will find well positioned houses selling for $800,000 - $1,500,000

Cheap Housing: Yes it is available in many outer areas of Melbourne.
Places like Cragieburn, Tarneit, Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook, Mill Park, Epping, Lara..

Remember, some of the cheaper suburbs of Melbourne can be hot spots for crime and assaults because of high unemployment,
dysfunctional adults/youth, drug/alcohol abuse and so on.. So research your suburb first before taking the plunge.

You can rent a new single storey 3 bedroom house for around $250-$300 per week and buy for around $300K - $350K

If you want to live in a country town in Victoria (like Traralgon) you can rent 3 bedroom houses for around $250 per week
but once your out of Melbourne there aren't many jobs. It's ok if you're self employed and running an internet business
or are a professional gardener or builder/tradie etc..

In a snap shot tell me in a few words about the other cities in Australia.

Perth: Horribly and massively expensive, way too hot in summer, boring city, narrow minded, too many rough people and bogans.
A city for the established and the wealthy and those employed in the mining industry.

Adelaide: Too hot in summer, city is too small to offer a wide mix of experiences, not a draw card location .. in Melbourne
nobody ever mentions Adelaide unless they say they escaped the place.

Tasmania: No jobs, lovely countryside, mono-cultural.

Sydney: Brash, exciting, dangerous, expensive, flash...

Brisbane: I was quite pleasantly surprised by Brisbane, it's a lot more diverse than I would have imagined.
Still, not quite a match on Melbourne but better than Perth and Adelaide.

Gold Coast: Trashy, Flash and past it's glory days ... a lot of dimwits everywhere but at the same time it can be fun
and good for a holiday..

Darwin: The last outpost .. Like Perth it's expensive and nearly everything is over priced .. but at the same time it's the last outpost
and the place to go if you want to start all over again with a new life... a lot of shady types end up in Darwin .. (or so I've read...).
Look out for the troppo season .. Many of the population drink enough beer to sink the Titanic.

ACT/Adelaide: Everyone works for the Government.
#BingBong on Apr 11, 2014 :
Hi to everyone who is interested in coming to Melbourne.

I will provide a little bit of a recap on what to expect with the costs of living and other things.

Q: If I go out for a breakfast, how much would I expect to pay?
A: Typically a cafe style breakfast with coffee would set you back $17 - $23

Q: How much is a coffee and a piece of cake in a cafe?
A: Coffee $4.00 and cake $6.50 = $10.50, Muffins are around $4.00 - $4.50
You will be able to find places that sell coffee for around $3.50 once you know where to look..

Q: What about prices for restaurant meals?
A: Probably around $30 to $40 for most places and up to $60 at more fancy establishments (wine extra).

Q: I'm on a budget, are there cheaper options for nice food at restaurants?
A: Yes there is, OM in the city have vegetarian rice, curry and naan (all you can eat) $6.50
Lentil As Anything vegetarian restaurantin the Abbotsford Convent grounds is "pay as you feel/donation".
Hare Krishna restaurant Crossways in Swanston St Melbourne, all you can eat vegetarian lunch for $7.50

Q: How much does it cost to use the metro?
A: Trains, Trams and Busses all use a common ticketing system called MYKI,
Melbourne has two zones. Zone 1 is approx 15 km radius of the city and Zone 2 is beyond that distance.
Zone 1 all day full fare is $7.16, Zone 2 all day full fare is $4.96 (Monday to Friday)
Weekends the fares are capped at $6.00 for a full day of travelling (Sat and Sun).
Travel on trains between approx 05:15 and 07:00 hours Mon - Fri is Free (The Early Bird Free Fare) (Trams and Busses are not included in the
early bird free fare).

Q: How much is a good mobile/cell phone plan that includes data?
A: Amaysim have the unlimited prepaid that includes 4GB of data for $39.90 per month
(unlimited calls within Australia).

Q: How much is ADSL Broadband for home?
A: I pay $80 which includes line rental.

Q: What is the cost of rents in Melbourne?
A: One bedroom 60s/70s style flat $260 - $290 per week in good area, 2 Bed $300 - $400 per week
Newly built 2 bedroom apartment $450 - $700 per week.

Q: Do you have to be rich to afford a house in Melbourne?
A: In good areas yes, the cost of a stand alone 3 or 4 bedroom house that is close to schools, public transport and shops
will set you back $800,000 - $1,300,000

Q: Can I buy a house further out for less?
A: Yes, you can buy a house in the outer suburbs in the new housing estates like Cragieburn, Tarneit, Point Cook, Hoppers Crossing
for between $300,000 - $600,000

Q: I want to live closer to the city, how much is an apartment to buy?
A: Within 15 km of city a (older style) 1 bedroom $300K - $350K, 2 bedroom $350K-$475K
A new 2 bedroom apartment $550K - $750K

Q: Is Melbourne a safe place?
A: Yes and no, you need to be smart and sensible and avoid the hot spots and troublesome areas.
The city at night and very early in the morning, especially weekends can be potentially dangerous.
Drugs and alcohol affected and crazed people are around, so learn what to avoid and have a mental escape route
mapped out in your head if you're out late at night especially. Also be careful and cautious any other time because
things happen ... But overall, I would say Melbourne is safe so long as you follow your instincts.

If you have any other question please post them here and I will try and answer them to the best of my abilities.
#BingBong on Apr 11, 2014 :
Hi Esra GC (see on Apr 09, 2014)

Hi,
We will be transfer there due my husband's job but i wonder about safety and crime.

-If you rate btwn 1(dangerous)to 10 (safest) how would u rate there?
I would say it's quite safe so long as you adopt sensible and cautious behaviours and practises.
Late night and very early in the morning around the city, particularly weekends can be risky,
Avoid areas where the nightclub crowds are because drinking and drugs often lead to violence.
If you live in a good suburb and generally are at home at night then I would say Melbourne is quite safe.

-What about people's attitude towards to foreigners ? (we all can speak English fluently)
Melbourne is populated by foreigners - so there's no problem there .. We have people from everywhere
living here and speaking all sorts of languages.

There is a high population of Chinese, Malaysian, Vietnamese, The Philippines, Indian and to a lesser degree
Pakistanis, Sri Lankans and other south east asians living here. Also many Europeans, Middle Eastern, etc..

I come across very few Canadians, Americans, South Americans or recent British arrivals .. although I believe there
are many people here from England I think they may reside in the outer suburbs.

-Any suggestion for private schools ? (for our 9yrs old boy)
Not really, use the internet to find more info.

-Any suggestions for good neigbour,including outside of the city?
That's very important, the low rent outer suburbs often are the ones to avoid because of drugs, crime and
behaviour issues.

I would say the better suburbs ten to be within a 15-20 km radius of the city.
Personally I would favour the south east but really there are many nice areas in the east and north of Melbourne.

We are Northern Italian family with 9yrs old boy.
We will be transfer there because of my husband's job.

If you're Italian you will find Melbourne very much to your liking because there is a large Italian population
here and many restaurants with Italian cuisine.
#Esra GC on Apr 09, 2014 :
Hi,
We will be transfer there due my husband's job but i wonder about safety and crime.

-If you rate btwn 1(dangerous)to 10 (safest) how would u rate there?
-What about people's attitude towards to foreigners ? (we all can speak English fluently)
-Any suggestion for private schools ? (for our 9yrs old boy)
-Any suggestions for good neigbour,including outside of the city?

Thanks in advance,
#Essie on Apr 09, 2014 :
Hi,
We are Northern Italian family with 9yrs old boy.
We will be transfer there because of my husband's job.
What i wonder is crime and safety.
-Is it safe there,if you can rate it from 1(very low) to 10 (very safe)how would you rate Melbourne?
-How about the people attitude towards foreigners? (We also lived in U.S,we all speak English well).

-What about private school? any suggestion?
-And any suggestion for good neighbour,including outside of the city?

Thanks in advance,
#BingBong on Apr 09, 2014 :
Hi Patrick (see post on Apr 08, 2014 :)

Im young western European , from Portugal,
looking forward to move in this city or to Sydney,

Q: I wonder if it is easy to get a job in the area of network engineering / cisco or telecom or IT in general
A: It's a competitive area, you may be able to get a job with a major Telco or corporate player ..
sometimes you may have to do something else before the right job comes along..

Q: and what is the average salary for this kind of jobs in Melbourne or Sydney?
A: If you're with a big Telco or corporate player then it's likely to be between $70K - $110K
If you're with a smaller player it may be $50K-$65K

If you have the scope of working shift work and over time then you this could increase by another (approx) $30K

When you first arrive you may have to do a totally different job to begin with and may earn $40K-$55K
until you win a better job.
#Patrick on Apr 08, 2014 :
Im young western European , from Portugal,
looking forward to move in this city or to Sydney,I wonder if it is easy to get a job in the area of network engineering / cisco or telecom or IT in general,and what is the average salary for this kind of jobs in Melbourne or Sydney?
#BingBong on Apr 08, 2014 :
Hi Ashish, I will try and answer your questions.

Q: I want to know how to survive the first few months of Job search.
A: Internet sites, word of mouth, make contact in cheap/budget restaurants where other people from your country go
as often opportunities come about through getting to know some people.

Also there are websites for jobs and for cash jobs look in window displays in grocery stores etc..

Q: Cheapest way to live, Hostel, or renting or what?
A: Share a house with people, rent a room. Lot's of people want to share flats and houses.

Q: Cheapest Veg food, quickly and readily available?
A: Vegetarian restaurants are around and inexpensive.
Lentil As Anything where you donate/pay as you feel.
OMM in the city is only around $6 for a simple rice and curry and all you can eat.

Q: Where to go for internet and surfing,?
A: Most suburbs have internet cafes, all libraries offer Free Internet access.
City Library in Flinders Lane, Melbourne has free Internet and easy to become a member.

Q: what job sites to look at? / Any consultant you can recommend?
Lot's of cash jobs that pay a little, $8 - $20 per hour from cleaning, cooking, car washing, driving etc
Professional jobs and call centre jobs can be very lucrative if with a big company and you work shifts and do overtime
can make over $100K if you're lucky.

Q: what internet plan and sim to buy?
A: Amaysim have an unlimited (Australia wide calls) mobile plan for $39.90 per month which includes 4 GB of internet data.

Q: Any other things that you can tell me based on ur experience?
A: Once you know the best neighbourhoods for your cultural and interests and know where you can get good value food
you will be right. You will be able to buy a nice lunch of rice and curry from all sorts of places for $6-$8 or less if you go to
pay as you feel / donate places plus there's the Harre Krishnas for cheap/free meals.

Trains/Busses/Trams all use a common MET Myki ticket
See some of the previous postings for prices etc .. public transport in Melbourne is very good, can be crowded at peak times.

Free trains from approx 5.15 am to 7 am Monday to Friday (Early Bird Free Fare)

thanks
ashish

My pleasure, BingBong
#Ashish on Apr 08, 2014 :
hi,
Thanks for creating this site, I wanted to know about the inital days in Melbourne. I applied for PR and will get it soon, I want to know how to survive the first few months of Job search,

Cheapest way to live, Hostel, or renting or what?
Cheapest Veg food, quickly and readily available?
Where to go for internet and surfing,?
what job sites to look at?
Any consultant you can recommend?
what internet plan and sim to buy?
Any other things that you can tell me based on ur experience?

thanks
ashish
#Nick on Apr 03, 2014 :
I got a PR visa and ll be moving to Australia. i am a civil engineer can anyone leme kw the job market for civil engineers in australia and good place to settel.
#Damatha on Mar 20, 2014 :
Looking at the prices for Melbourne made me realise that if you shop around you can save a lot of money.

White bread doesn't have to cost $2.97, home brand white bread is only $1 a loaf, quality light rye or other
whole breads can be purchased from Aldi for $2.89 a loaf.

Cappuccino well it may average out at $3.73 for a cup but in many places it's now over $4.00, maybe $4.20 - $4.60

Eating out. I went to Clayton today and had a nice vegetarian Sri Lankan rice and curry for only $6.90
so you can save money by knowing where to go.

Remember, if you have loads of money you can live like a king, if you're nearly broke you can still get by but you
got to learn where to go and be a little street smart.

Know the art of saving money and then you'll be right.

Also, you can find cheaper housing such as flats by looking around... be careful of the area as the cheaper housing estates
can be hot spots for trouble.

Lots of cash jobs paying $10 to $12 per hour if you're prepared to work in a shop or cleaner or kitchen.
#Ahmad Hassan on Mar 17, 2014 :
It's Ahmad,
I'm going to Melbourne city in Australia in this July session at Fed Uni.
I'm from Pakistan, anyone has planed to be there and looking for settlement of initial issues over there, can catch me at my Email address ahmadhassancmas@gmail.com. I need a person specially from pakistan as companion.
#Atish on Mar 11, 2014 :
I am a Mechanical Engineer.I want to migrate to Australia with my spouse & kid.My wife is a teaching professional of English language. Can anyone help me in gathering some information on how to start the process for migration & also getting a well paid job.
#Sambo on Mar 09, 2014 :
Hi Santosh from india,

I am coming to melboure and please provide me the details

1)how the jobs offers will be there and what would be the starting salary overe there or its very hard to get job over there<
A: There are all sorts of jobs available from cleaning and restaurant work to hospital and aged care and call centre work.
You would expect a starting salary of between $40,000 for low skilled work to $60,000 - $100,000 for more skilled work.

If you work penalty shifts and overtime you can nearly double your base income.

2)How would be the cost of leaving,as i am staying with my family and i need to pay university fee also with the salary
)Expeneses on monthly basis like Food,Accomdation,Medical,Transport and others.

A: Eating out at restaurants is quite expensive .. probably double many other western countries.
If you buy your fruit and vegetables from small shops or markets and cook your own meals at home you will SAVE A LOT OF MONEY.

Avocados are $3.49 each, Mushrooms are $11 per kg. Tomatoes $3-6 per kg, green beans $5-$9 per kg, apples ~ $5 per kg
Soy Milk $1.20 - $3.0 per litre, Vegetarian sausages (8 of) in tin $4.60, Baked beans $0.70 - $2.0, Break $1.00 - $6.00 a loaf.

Please provide me the details so that i can survive there by doing job.

Don't spend money when going out as things are expensive .. take your own food and drink with you when in the city or travelling.

There are a couple of good low price places like OM in Melbourne for Veg Indian food, Lentil As Anything in Abbotsford (pay as you feel)

Go to Clayton for Indian food - Masala Dosa $7.50, Vegie Thali Rice $10.00, some places may be a little more expensive.
#santosh kumar on Mar 06, 2014 :
Hi All

My name is santosh and i am from india,and in india i am working for Mahindra retail and worked for aditya birla group and other retail Job As assistant store manager and i completed B.Com
I am coming to melboure and please provide me the details
1)how the jobs offers will be there and what would be the starting salary overe there or its very hard to get job over there<
2)How would be the cost of leaving,as i am staying with my family and i need to pay university fee also with the salary
)Expeneses on monthly basis like Food,Accomdation,Medical,Transport and others.

Please provide me the details so that i can survive there by doing job

Regards
Santosh
#Dinesh on Feb 20, 2014 :
Hi Uday, I'll try and answer your questions.

How much can I rent a house of 2 BHK furnished?(please tell me the cheapest one)

Most houses and flats/apartments don't usually come furnished .. you can pick up cheap and even free furniture
around Melbourne if you need to. So it doesn't cost much to furnish a place.

2 bedroom old style flat $350 - $400 per week in good area within 15 km of city
3 bedroom house in outer suburb in the west or northern suburbs $280 - $350 per week

How is public transport?(can I have rates of them)

There are 2 zones (Monday to Friday rates)
Zone 1 (city and approx 15 km radius of Melbourne) $7.16 per day unlimited use
Zone 2 (approx 15 km from city going further out, approx 30~45 km of Melbourne) $4.96 per day unlimited use
These tickets include all modes Train, Bus and Tram.
Full fare rates quoted.

after 6 pm till approx 12 midnight you pay a 2 hour fare and it covers you for the whole night,

2 hour fares are half the rates listed above.

Saturday/Sunday rates
$6.00 flat rate which includes Zones 1 & 2 unlimited use over the weekend.

If I am offered a salary of 5k p.m. how much taxes do I need to pay & do I get the tax claim benefit at end of the year?

Your employee will deduct the taxes for you and will also contribute to your superannuation.

$5K per month is enough to live well.

How much is the internet connection for and which one is the best?

Including line rental I would say ADSL with unlimited plan or near-unlimited plan is around $80 per month

I guess I am going to be placed in Melbourne.

Melbourne is wonderful and lot's of Indian restaurants and places of interest.

Read the other guides/posts and suggestions about safety and choosing where you live and what you do carefully..
#Uday on Feb 19, 2014 :
Hello Everyone,
I have been offered a job from an retail company in Australia.I am from India.
I just needed to know few things before I arrive there.
How much can I rent a house of 2 BHK furnished?(please tell me the cheapest one)
How is public transport?(can I have rates of them)
If I am offered a salary of 5k p.m. how much taxes do I need to pay & do I get the tax claim benefit at end of the year?
How much is the internet connection for and which one is the best?

I guess I am going to be placed in Melbourne.
Thanks & Regards,
Uday
#Tom Tom on Feb 02, 2014 :
Hi Hira,

You will be fine in Melbourne and there are plenty of jobs* to help fund your life in Australia.

Many of the sub continent people take jobs in the following categories.

Cleaning
Cooking
Waiting
Driving Taxi
Delivery Van / parcels
Telco Call Centres

If you have the qualifications you could try
Accounting
Working in a Bank
Working in a Hospital

Lot's of jobs in health care

Many people from India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka/Nepal live in the south east of Melbourne
in suburbs like Clayton, Westall, Noble Park, Dandenong, Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale.

Rent prices.
1 bedroom flat $250 - $280 per week
2 bedroom flat $330 - $380 per week

modern 2 bedroom recently built apartment $550 - $700 per week

See other posts for public transport around Melbourne

Also read about safety and what to avoid.

Driving taxis at night can be risky.. walking around the city late at night or very early in the morning
can also be risky.

For basic casual labour you can get off the books work for around $15 - $20 per hour in restaurants, cleaning etc ..

Other on-book work will pay better plus you will get extra rates for weekend work etc..
#Hira on Jan 31, 2014 :
Hi there!!

I am planning to do my Masters in Strategic HRM from university of wollongong july session 2014, please guide me as i am coming from pakistan, and i don't have any one in austrailia? would it be safe for me to live alone and bear my expenses too? how would i be able to earn and get a job during my studies? and after my study would my degree worth it to get a better career job opportunities in austrailia as i really want to settle down there. not happy in my country :( please anyone guide me
#Ahnad on Jan 23, 2014 :
Hi Martin from Bulgaria, $45K is enough to live on and enjoy life if you are a single person.

If you have dependents then you can still do it, but it will be harder..

It's not rich money but it's enough to get you a flat/house and pay for transport
- food and living expenses and some spare money leftover.

You would have to be careful not to throw it around otherwise it will be spent in no time ..

Follow the advise on how to live cheaply in the other posts and you will be fine.

If you're not a crook, druggie, bad violent guy .. then I would recommend you move to good suburbs and pay a bit more in rent.

The cheapest areas are cheap for a reason .. you're likely to be robbed, bashed and then end up in intensive care as there are some dangerous
and nasty dudes out there,

Australia is a great country and Melbourne is my favourite city .. but it can be dark and dangerous as alcohol and drug fuelled random violence
is common .. especially if you're in the city late at night.. so be careful and cautious.
#Anonymous on Jan 21, 2014 :
Hi there,

I'm from Bulgaria and currently considering moving abroad. One of my top destinations is Australia and I was wondering if someone could advise me if call centre operation salary (about 45k) would be enough for make a living and eventually saving some money?

Any information would be more than welcome :) You can contact me on dechev86@gmail.com.

Best Regards,
Martin
#tips for newbies on Jan 15, 2014 :
This post is really meant for Indian, Sri Lankans, Asians and others who are looking to come to Melbourne.

You don't need a lot of money to get by ..

Asians: Chinese tend to come to the East and South East .. areas such as
Doncaster, Bulleen, Templestow, Mt Waverley, Glen Waverley, Box Hill, Burwood etc..

Middle Eastern tend to come to the northern suburbs- Coburg, Broadmeadows, Mill Park etc as well as some
Western suburbs.

Greeks - Oakleigh plus all over Melb

Europeans (general) - all over Melbourne ...

Indian and Sri Lankan - come to the south east of Melbourne
Areas like Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Oakleigh, Clayton, Westall

Don't think I would recommend beyond Westall as it gets a bit rough .. although Noble Park North is both inexpensive and safe.

CHEAP Budget Living

SHARE your accommodation ..either move in and rent a room from a friend (who's already here) or someone you trust or
put a deposit (bond) down on a flat or house and have a few of you move in and share all the costs and expenses.

SHARING ACCOMMODATION is the key to affordability and saving money

Now I know it's not always easy when it comes to sharing a home with other people, so for that reason you have to be very careful
with choosing your housemates and everyone in the house has o be honest and reliable and do their bit in running the home.

Once you're here - follow these steps...
Don't Gamble (no matter how tempting)
Don't rush out and buy a car (on credit)
Don't get yourself a motorbike
Don't waste all your money on bars/clubs/dining out ..
Don't mix with crooks, druggie or alcoholic people as they will ruin your life as well as their own

Try not to use credit and learn to live within your means ..
Getting a credit card is good for your credit rating but don't accrue debt

All the other advise listed in the other posts applies .. avoid the city late at night, very early in the morning .. it can be dangerous ..
The roads can be dangerous too .. always be careful when crossing a road or driving on the roads because a lot a fatal accidents
occur because drivers are too busy playing on their mobile phones and not concentrating on the road, or drunk/drug affected drivers
and mad reckless drivers.

Melbourne can be a great place once you work out how things operate ..
See the information about public transport in the other posts ..
Try to find a place close to a railway station so that getting around is easy..
#Sammy on Jan 13, 2014 :
There is other work available too.

Lot's of cleaning jobs that pay $15 - $20 an hour

Cooking/Chefs and washing dishes in restaurants and takeaway outlets

Driving taxi's

Bus driver ..

Van driver for parcel deliveries

Ute driver for courier deliveries

Gardening - a lot of gardeners get jobs by word of mouth and it's all cash..

Hair dressing / Barber

Lot's of jobs in the cash economy

City entertainment busker

Club DJ - lot's of gigs for EDM DJ's

Waiter in a bar

Cafe barrista

Selling utilities (Elect/Gas and phone plans) door to door

Newspaper and advertising pamphlets neighbourhood distribution

Some factory work available.. (blinds, furniture, kitchen/bathroom fittings etc..)

Computer IT support for regular people

There are a lot of unofficial cash (under the counter) jobs available working for small businesses who don't
have the budget to pay full penalty pay rates ..
#what about jobs on Jan 13, 2014 :
There has been a huge trend in recent years to offshore technology/iT jobs to the Philippines and India. This has caused a surplus of
skilled iT and call centre people to enter the job market.

Retail has also seen staff laid-off mainly because of the upswing in consumers purchasing good over the Internet.

The Internet has changed everything ..

So what are the safe jobs...

Probably Health
Aged Care
Nursing
Doctors
Dentists
Eye Specialists

The Health and Aged Care is probably one of the safest areas to work as it can't be digitised and provided over the internet.

Government departments.
This is a bit broad but jobs in Government departments are well paid and usually quite secure.

Public Transport.
Working for the MET
Train/Tram drivers
Station attendants
PSO's / ticket inspectors

Police force

Teaching and Education

Having said all of this .. Australia is still largely a country of shopkeepers, cafe owners, taxi drivers and self employed
builders/contractors.

So if you have the drive and ambition, set up your own business, register a business name and get yourself an ABN for GST reporting and
go into business for yourself.

This is a capitalist country and some businesses do well and others go bust .. but by doing nothing you'll never know..
#City Lights on Jan 13, 2014 :
Whether you're from Europe or Asia, The Middle East or North/South America - Melbourne is good because it really
is a mix of peoples and culture. Brunswick and Coburg have a strong middle eastern culture with food, shops and people.
Go to Clayton and Dandenong and you will find a strong Indian and Sri Lankan culture with lots of restaurants and shops.
Oakleigh is very Greek with lots of cafes for Greek style coffee and cakes.

There's all the cultures .. Asian food and culture is everywhere and you can find a real mix pretty well wherever you go.

This is a capitalist city in a capitalist country so everything seems to have a price .. but that's business and that's capitalism.

The main thing you'll discover about Australia is that commercial landlords can be very greedy and demanding on shopkeepers
and this plus the high wages and penalty rates causes our prices to be above what most other developed countries would charge for
similar goods and services.

Happiness is found when you have a human-to-human connection and you have individual opportunities to make a better life for yourself.

Everyone needs hope and opportunity no matter which country or city you're living in.

Melbourne can provide the setting but naturally the human connection is up to you just as it is anywhere else.

You can live really cheaply here if you follow some of the steps as mentioned in the previous posts and don't go mad
spending all your in the clubs/bars/restaurants and motor car showrooms :)

If you are already well healed and have cash to spend then Melbourne can be your little paradise !

From luxurious city apartments to gothic mansions in Canterbury, Toorak and Brighton .. you can enjoy the spoils of capitalism
at it's finest.

For the folk on more of a budget - there are many ways to make you dollars go further ..

Enjoy life and remember that happiness comes from inside within .. so brighten up your attitude and embrace your life.
#Young, Free and Single on Jan 11, 2014 :
The trick to save money is easy ..

Don't go out and use "pay for" entertainment
Don't go to pubs/bars/clubs (ok, then limit it and drink very slowly ! )
Don't go to restaurants if it can be avoided.

Learn to make stir fry's and you'll find your home cooked food is much nicer than going out for it
and is a quarter of the price of eating out (or even less..).

You can have a great time for almost free by preparing your meals at home
and taking your food/drinks with you when you're out and about at the beach, in the parks and gardens, up on top of the mountain,
down by the lake, even in the city you can have an urban picnic.

Life can be lot's of fun without costing you more than a few bucks.

If you are happy to co-dwell in a flat or share house - you will save a HUGE amount as rent is probably the biggest expense
you'll encounter. Sleep 2 to a room and you'll save even more ...

Use Public Transport .. who needs the hassle and expense of a car .. not you .. public transport in easy and cheap ..
maybe a third of the cost of train travel in the UK when comparing Melbourne/London fares.
Be smart and read up on Myki and make Myki your friend.

MOBILE PHONE
Buy a basic internet enabled semi smart phone for around $90 and then sign up for a pre paid account
such as ALDI Mobile for $35 per month.

Don't pay off an expensive smart phone and don't go onto the ripoff phone plan caps ...

INTERNET at Home
If you can avoid it then do so .. use your mobile or internet cafe's
You can always tether your laptop to your phone to access the web.
#Nicky on Jan 11, 2014 :
Publis Transport in Melbourne is great - but first learn how it works..

Train, Tram and Bus fares in Melbourne. Greater Melbourne is divided into 2 main Zones.

Zone 1 covers the city and around a 15 km radius of the city approx.
Zone 2 is outer/greater Melbourne covering approx 15 - 40 km from Melbourne.

Zone 1 daily fare $7.16
Zone 2 daily fare $4.96
Zone 1 & 2 daily fare $12.12

(Full Fare prices quoted)

WEEKEND Daily Cap is $6.00 per day on Sat / Sun and can be used for Zones 1 & 2 unlimited transport each day.

This is using the Myki system and includes all modes of transport i.e. Train, Bus and Tram.
If you're new to Myki a Myki card costs $6 .00 and then you load up your funds depending on your transport requirement.

Public Transport: Take the time to get familiar with it and how Myki works .. I have found the Melbourne public transport
system really good and can plan all my travel around Melbourne quite easily by using the MET web site and by knowing the
system reasonably well.

It gets a lot of criticism but really most of the problems I believe are peoples lack of understanding of how it works
or people trying to fare evade.. my advise don't try to fare evade as it's not worth the hassle, risks of fines and anxiety.

Learn the Myki system and you will love it too ..

Early morning train travel where you reach your destination before 7 am is Free. (The Early bird fare).

Travel after 6 pm Mon - Fri you pay just for a 2 hour ticket for the whole night (6pm - 1am approx)
A 2 hour ticket is approx half that of a daily fare - see prices above.

Learn more by visiting the MET website
http://ptv.vic.gov.au/
#Advise for free on Jan 06, 2014 :
I'll see if I can answer some of the questions from Michaellee;

Q: Christian church in Melbourne- who can direct me to a nice studio -or a christian
Home family willing to rent me a room in they're home... was hoping to find a room near Melbourne university or nearby...
or will consider any housing oppty.
A: Probably best to lookup websites for groups or organisations that offer such contacts and supportive information.

Q: Am single-seeking a wife..not just a girlfriend...
A: I wouldn't suggest an internet dating site - wait till you settle here and then you will meet people
and hopefully the right person will come into your life.

Q:Also wondering if its ok legal to sleep overnight on a boat in a Aussie boat marina...
A: No, this is not legal, short term over night stays on proper vessels in marinas 24-48 hours is probably ok
at some marinas (not all) but longer stays would be stopped by the marina security/management.
Melbourne does not have a culture of "living aboard Melbourne" or houseboat living.

Q:Or is it ok survival-able to sleep in Truck bed camper shell vehicle say something like a 2007 Ford Ranger.
Would I be stopped bothered if I deciced to bed down inside a car to sleep...legal or illegal...

A: This is also know as "Urban Camping" and is illegal in most areas and also dangerous from threats of
robberies, muggings and violent prone people.
Some urban camping does exist in areas around Fitzroy in inner Melbourne but it is still not supported, maybe partly tolerated.

Melbourne is not a safe city for sleeping in cars/trucks/parks or under bridges. Don't Do It - too dangerous.

If you come to Melbourne you will need some cash to back you up otherwise it could turn nasty ..

I would really recommend bringing with you a minimum of something like AUD$10,000 as you will need to find a roof over your head
and be able to cover everyday/everynight financial expenses while you find employment and get things together.

Remember to protect yourself by being cautious and sensible - it's a jungle out there .. especially at night.

Don't walk around in the city or anywhere late at night (or very early in the morning, especially weekends)
Don't walk through parks or dimly lit areas late at night

Try to avoid late night night club / bar culture because too many people end up damaged by it one way or another.

Try to find a good area to live in with stable friendly honest people.

Avoid trouble, don't hook-up with anyone/everyone you meet .. be selective because too many get hurt by becoming friends with
the wrong people.

Melbourne is a great city but you need to equip yourself with the right survival instincts.
#mlee on Jan 06, 2014 :
Am open to obey trust God to make a life-changing move out of the US

Is anyone involved in a Christian church in Melbourne- who can direct me to a nice studio -or a christian. Home family willing to rent me a room in they're home...
Was hoping to find a room near Melbourne university or nearby...or will consider any housing oppty.

Not sure what job to take-I would need some labor or cashier -or Homecare work...or I can do Airport cleaning or Home care assisting familys with elderly...
I have no official school degree-

Am considering Teaching English there in Melbourne -but don't yet have a certificate.

Anyone know of a specific website of Tesol certificate I could do..so the Aussie visa people will allow me to stay in Australia...

Seeking to make a difference in Melbourne as well as survive and find a way to make it...

Am single-seeking a wife..not just a girlfriend...
Believe the LORD..so am trying to follow his way...

Got any direction or info
Also wondering if its ok legal to sleep overnight on a boat in a Aussie boat marina...
Or is it ok survival-able to sleep in Truck bed camper shell vehicle say something like a 2007 Ford Ranger.
Would I be stopped bothered if I deciced to bed down inside a car to sleep...legal or illegal...Maybe local police are nice to allow it-or maybe it is overlooked allowed...Or am I going to find trouble sleeping in the street...?

Any thoughts comments you have would greatly help figure out how to survive there in Melbourne...

Michaellee7777@yahoo.com
#South East on Jan 05, 2014 :
Melbourne is a great place to live and in my view it beats all the other capitals in Australia because of it's cultural diversity, job opportunities, parks/gardens/beaches/mountains, good sized city with lots of choices, many places for walking and enjoying the great outdoors. Be smart and be sensible .. Although Melbourne is a great place, there a dangers that you have to be aware of. As in any big city there are issues with violence, drugs and crime. The city can be a risky place late at night and very early in the morning, especially over the weekends so don't go wandering around in these hours as you're likely to be robbed and then bashed and end up in intensive care. Don't hang around outside the night club hot spots late at night as they too can bring trouble. Be careful when travelling late at night on the trains and don't flaunt your high value possessions. To survive and enjoy Melbourne you have to be aware not only of the good elements but also the dangers that exist around every corner. As one of the earlier posts said, choose your area carefully as well as your friends and whatever you do steer clear of troublesome people and areas known for problems. If you are going to be driving taxis for a living be aware that late night brings out the drunks, drug affected and violent and robbers ..I wouldn't recommend driving Taxis at night. Actually any job where you're in contact with the public late at night brings with it certain risks .. i.e. convenient stores, pizza deliveries, taxi driving etc.
#West on Jan 05, 2014 :
#David what do you know about the west? Have you been to Frankston and Narre Warren?
#David on Jan 05, 2014 :
The other thing I forgot to ad is the importance of choosing the right area to live in. Now, I'm in the south east and my view might be a bit biased but I would suggest NOT to move into the cheapest suburbs or out west for the reasons that these areas are usually where the trouble is with crime and dysfunctional and potentially violent youth and unemployed people. Also don't move too far out in the suburbs .. I would say stick within a 15 km radius of the city and lean more towards the east, south east and north of the city. Avoid outer suburbs housing estates and areas where there is a lot of cheap housing, high unemployment and violence/crime. Pick your area carefully. Also, be careful when when choosing your friends and people you hang out with as all of this will rub off on you and can affect your prospects with building a life in Melbourne.
#David W on Jan 05, 2014 :
As of Jan 2014 I will give some price guides to living in Melbourne. I live in Murrumbeena which is around a 25 minute train journey from the city. To rent a 60s style one bedroom flat close to the railway station is around $260 per week, a 60s style 2 bedroom flat probably around $400 per week, a modern recently built 2 bedroom apartment in the same area would probably rent for $550 - $600 per week. Train travel - the Saturday/Sunday daily cap was $3.50 and has now risen to $6.00 as of Jan 1, 2014. That's right, it's nearly doubled in cost for weekend travel on the trains. Having said that, train travel using the Myki system is probably half the cost of train travel in the UK. I think public transport is actually quite good .. I have got by without a car for nearly 10 years and do fine, plus it saves a lot of money. HOW TO SAVE MONEY... I saved up quite a bit and I did this by limiting my lifestyle .. 1. Live without a car, 2. Avoid pubs/clubs, 3. Avoid fancy restaurants, 4. Cook at home, 5. Don't subscribe to Pay TV, 6. Don't payoff a smart phone. You can live quite cheaply if you choose to do so and don't throw money away at restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas, cars. RENT is the biggest expense to most people and/or purchasing a property if you have the money (either a good deposit for a mortgage or can buy outright...). PRICES FOR HOUSING: 1 bedroom 60s style flat un-renovated $280K, 2 bedroom 60s style flat un-renovated $440K, 2 bedroom new recently built apartment $600K, 3 bedroom 60s/70s house close to railway station $900K. (These prices are for areas like MUrrumbeena, Chadstone, Hughesdale, Carnegie in the south east .. approx ~ 14 km from city). Going out for a coffee $3.50 - $6.00 depending on the size and the venue, slice of cake $6.50, Berry Muffin $4.20: If you buy your sweets from the supermarkets and have coffee at home you will save a lot of money. When I was working I saved up a good amount that is currently sitting in the bank as I'm deciding what to do with it, the share market is very high and previously when I've invested in share it's been when it's high and then followed by a fall .. so timing is imperative. I purchased my flat in this area in 1995 and paid $78K for a 2 bed 60s style flat .. had I known prices would rise to such a degree I would have bought something a bit more substantial .. that's life .. So to summarise .. You CAN live CHEAPLY if you put your mind to it and avoid the spending traps that so many fall into. 1. Do without a car, 2. Prepare and eat meals at home, 3. Enjoy cheap/free entertainment, 4. Take a sandwich to work and a supermarket muffin and instant coffee, 5. Live close to Public Transport. Doing all of this will make life in Melbourne quite affordable and enjoyable.
#Quooston on Dec 25, 2013 :
Been in Melbourne for 4 years after living in London and before that JHB. I don't like it here. It's way too expensive for what you get in general. The "quality of life" does not make up for it either. The beaches are rubbish and the weather too variable all year round to enjoy. It's a bit wacky and "cultural" etc, but beyond that, a black hole really. Don't bother.
#J.W.HOWARD on Nov 11, 2013 :
THE ALP [LABOR GOVERNMENT] RUINED THIS CITY/COUNTRY, THEY SHOULD ALL BE LINED UP AGAINST THER WALL AND SHOT FOR ITS CRIMES...
#Rahul on Oct 05, 2013 :
If i do mba in hr from western sydney university or from victoria university in melbourne then how much could be my approximate starting salary after mba. Can anyone giveme any guess for this......???????
#Anonymous on Sep 26, 2013 :
for single, you only need a room. if you live in eastern suburb, like Glen Waverley. Only cost around $140 per week. It's very convenient, got all the transport(trains, buses...). There are a lot of shops and shopping center around train station. plenty job opportunity.
#Steven Mooney on Sep 26, 2013 :
I've lived in Melbourne for 7 years from Italy as an arborist (crazy fuckers that climb trees with chainsaws near high voltage power lines for the Council and private contracting firms)
I've earned up to AU$90/hr and there were very few Aussies willing to do the work - I'm originally Italian/Irish and first generation to this country. I left school to busk and travel Europe when I was 15 and though I'm now 31 I never finished grade 9 (Italian terza media) but enrolled and achieved a Bachelor of Liberal Arts while I was working. Melbourne is a crazy city - there's currently a flood of European, Indian and Asian immigrants. Europeans tend towards the farming jobs to achieve their two-year Visa, Indians and some Asians tend to get straight into work and drop off the immigration radar, wealthier Asians tend to come here cashed up and enroll in Degrees. Seriously speaking a room will cost you ~$150 within half an hour of the City. Twice that if not more within the City (I know people paying ~$175 for a four bed shared room - on your own the same would cost $700)
At that point you're best off with a studio apartment in Richmond or Brunswick for $500/wk on your own with security and spa/pool etc....
Eating out varies - when I first moved here before I worked I was officially "homeless" so I'd busk and in a day make over $150 easy - you can go down to the Hare Krishnas on Swanston St and get fed all you can eat any day for a fiver - vegan/vegetarian food between 12-2pm. You can also spend $150k across the river at the Casino across the river in a single hand of black jack if that's your kick. Melbourne is fascinating. Marvelous, awesome city. And I've been on the road 16 years, been to more countries than my fingers and toes twice over. Avoid King St district on the weekend unless you're trained in martial arts, wear a uniform or looking for a fight. Brunswick is awesome, the Russel St area is full of little alleyways and cafes you'll spend a lifetime exploring, Johnson St district if you're into live music and getting laid, if you're gay or open minded head to St Kilda or follow High St from the city to Saint's Road - Thornbury. The city is constantly revisiting itself - you'll never be bored here.
Honestly speaking I wouldn't have been here for seven years on and off if the place wasn't what it is. Melbourne welcomes you with open arms. It craves you. It wants you to explore it, and in discovering it you find more of yourself. Have no fear - but remember you're in Oz where the taint of political correctness is alive and kicking so just be careful whose toes you tread on. It's both volatile and seductive while fascinating and violent. Whatever you want, whether it be to settle down or travel through, peek your beak or steady your course of study....in Melbourne you'll find your place - in time.
Does any of that make sense?
#Jaber on Sep 18, 2013 :
I'm going to Aust, Melbourne on vacation for happy year. I did booking for everything's, just need to someone helpful n friendly to make me feel well there n ill pay for him
#Anonymous on Sep 01, 2013 :
Go to nestoria.com.au any prices are in that website.
#josh on Aug 23, 2013 :
depends on the job, hospitality maybe about $16p.h.
retail about $20 p.h.
professional about $25p.h.

These are all starting wages... roughly speaking
#sohail on Aug 20, 2013 :
Hi i am coming for my further studies in Australia so if will do part time job with continue my study so i will pay my expenses of cost of live in Australia it is possible? and how much i will earn per hour ?

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