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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 75.37
Rent Index: 40.38
Groceries Index: 70.92
Restaurants Index: 69.55
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 58.01
Local Purchasing Power: 155.51

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 A$
12.00
25.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 A$
60.00
120.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 A$
8.00
10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 7.50 A$
5.00
10.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 8.00 A$
6.00
9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.81 A$
3.50
4.10
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 3.18 A$
2.50
4.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2.52 A$
2.00
3.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.93 A$
3.79
7.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.65 A$
1.81
3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.08 A$
0.91
1.36
Eggs (12) 4.72 A$
3.00
6.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.42 A$
3.63
5.90
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.90 A$
4.08
6.35
Apples (1 lb) 1.78 A$
1.36
2.27
Oranges (1 lb) 1.39 A$
0.91
1.81
Tomato (1 lb) 2.00 A$
1.36
2.72
Potato (1 lb) 1.09 A$
0.68
1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.37 A$
2.00
3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.24 A$
1.00
3.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$
13.00
20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.74 A$
3.50
6.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.42 A$
4.00
8.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 23.00 A$
20.00
25.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.76 A$
3.60
5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 133.00 A$
123.20
160.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 A$
3.00
5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.82 A$
2.60
4.02
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 34.50 A$
33.96
50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.20 A$
4.92
5.68
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,500.00 A$
22,000.00
29,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 207.16 A$
148.75
300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.38 A$
0.12
1.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 68.39 A$
60.00
85.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 71.99 A$
50.00
95.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 24.33 A$
15.00
30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 19.00 A$
15.00
22.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 101.79 A$
80.00
120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 60.77 A$
40.00
80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 135.77 A$
110.00
160.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 150.41 A$
120.00
200.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,664.44 A$
1,300.00
2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,335.42 A$
1,100.00
1,520.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,214.82 A$
2,700.00
3,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,050.60 A$
1,600.00
2,600.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 749.85 A$
603.86
836.12
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 622.14 A$
445.93
743.22
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 4,194.20 A$
3,085.00
5,500.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.13
4.75
5.85

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Last update: September, 2015

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100 Comments so far

#PeteInMelbourne on Aug 23, 2015 :
Notes to keep in mind
Melbourne Bus and Train as roads systems are superb compared with most large cities in area. East west is 100km wide and north south even more. Using trains, buses or roads in Sydney is a nightmare in comparison.

Students in CBD+inner city 4km : allow 250-300/week to cover rent and utilities if share, allow another 50 to 70 if you wish to rent alone. Yes rent is much cheaper in the burbs BUT consider extra time taken for public transport. Obviously inner city is bit cheaper and a lot easier environment to study given less noise and distraction.
Students in burbs : allow 180 to 230/week. Just stay near bus or train lines for easy access to shopping, buying food, taking break from study etc.
Some places are RIDICULOUSLY cheap rent by comparison but generally located in an area full of welfare dependents. Some Indian students got mugged..if you flash iphone or dress in levis and nikes...you are saying "PLEASE MUG ME !"
Otherwise, Melbourne is extremely safe. Unless you live or hangout in areas with drunk welfare dependents, it is as safe as Singapore. Non Australian students are allowed to work about 20 hours a week. Your level of SPOKEN English will determine your income to a huge degree. A heavy accent could see you earn around $10/hr in menial jobs. Strong practical young men willing to be construction labourers can earn well over $1000 a week with zero experience other than common sense for safety and work ethic. Cleaning or restaurant type jobs are plenty.

Other than accommodation, basics like food and dining out are almost as cheap as USA or SE asia if you are prepared to travel or hunt for supermarket specials. Mobile or cellphone pricing can be cheap as $40 unlimited pre month with 2gb data to over $100 for superb superfast Telstra.
For example : potatoes cost 2.50/kg in supermarkets but 50 cents/kg in most markets for 5kg bag. Imported thai jasmine rice around 1/kg. Supermarket brand bread is only $1 per 600gm loaf. Supermarket brand staples can be half the cost of name brands. A tin of tomatoes thus can range from 60cents to $2 for example.
A large BigMac meal is about the same price as a huge bowl of noodles in a typical Asian eatery.
Meal portions are typically in between USA and northern Europe. A large Vietnamese pho in the Asian shopping strip is 2.5-3 times the size of your standard bowl in Singapore or Malaysia or Thailand. A large pizza takeout at a decent Italian pizzeria is European diameter size but a lot more volume. Think USA topping amount ! American chain pizza are lesser quality and value but cheaper. Pasta is similar. Wine can be as cheap as $4 a bottle but $8 drinkable. Cask wine on special can be down to $10 per 3 litres. Water comes from the mountains and drinkable right out of the tap with no yukky taste! Yes we waste a HUGE amount of drinking water in our country!
Going out to pubs and nicer places is similar per Sydney, London, Paris, NYC or Tokyo etc.
Second hand cars are extremely cheap compared to Europe or asia. 2k could get you a decent ride.
There are online sites for almost anything from cars to second hand clothing ala Craigslist/Ebay etc.
WAGES : Single person anything above 50k is fine. If you share rent, it's plenty enough. Above 65k, you'd consider buying. For couple, 80k rent versus 100k buy. Add 10-15k per child.
Government education is almost free and good enough to get into university. Private education can be astronomical but it brings different benefits aside from ensuring academic success.
Medical is free in medicare clinics and widely available.
If you have good English, are not fussy about a job and are willing to work, Melbourne is a phenomenal city if you consider how much it cost the government to put such infrastructures. Income potential once you know the culture is easy per overtime, second job or part time work etc.
Like anywhere else, the greater income the greater scope.
#Tom Tom Turnaround on Aug 12, 2015 :
Hello to #Suvansh re post on Aug 11, 2015 :
and
#Taylor re post on Aug 07, 2015 :

Hi I'm planning to do masters in business(marketing) or (human research) from Melbourne. Can I get a decent job after my studies and settle down there?

A: I can't see why not - Melbourne is the financial and business capital of Australia
(and too is Sydney I suppose).
You will no doubt need your PR in order and any necessary qualifications to win a well paid job in the corporate or Government world.

Outside of that, there's plenty of jobs in hospitality, health and services sector.. often no formal qualifications required.

#Taylor on Aug 07, 2015 :
Q. I am moving there I would like to just move in a hotel and in the city any hotels that you know that I should look up

A: If you're going to stay sort of long-term'ish, then maybe a serviced apartment might be worth considering.. If you're here alone then have a look on Craigs List and Air BnB as there's loads of people offering rooms to rent at very affordable rates.

Copy and paste this link into your browser and navigate around all the room rentals
https://www.airbnb.com.au/s/Melbourne--Victoria--Australia?room_types[]=Private+room&price_max=40&ss_id=pc9zzhjj
#Suvansh on Aug 11, 2015 :
Hi I'm planning to do masters in business(marketing) or (human research) from Melbourne. Can I get a decent job after my studies and settle down there?
#Taylor on Aug 07, 2015 :
Q. I am moving there I would like to just move in a hotel and in the city any hotels that you know that I should look up
#Tom Tom Turnaround on Jul 30, 2015 :
Hi to Antoine Monroe re post on Jul 29, 2015 :

Q: what are my chances coming from ny as a entry level cook / chef ?

A: I'd say pretty good... Melbourne is a dinning-out type of city .. everyone eats out
and at all ends of the $ dollar scale.

From cheap lunches in the $7 - $12 range to fancy joints in the $70 - $200 range..

So long as you can get the right papers together (working visa etc..) then you should have no problems..

Also, cooks/chefs can make good money by working extra hours, penalty shifts and weekends / public holidays.. So if you are prepared to put the extra hours in then you can be bring in a ton of dough..

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible chefs. To be eligible to apply chefs must meet Victoria's minimum eligibility requirements and address the nomination assessment requirements for the occupation. See the Occupation Lists for more information.

More detailed information about applying for Victorian Government visa nomination is available in the Visas and Immigration section.

Copy and paste the following link into your browser
http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/working-and-employment/occupations/chef#.VbmxGUU84fo
#Antoine Monroe on Jul 29, 2015 :
what are my chances coming from ny as a entry level cook / chef ?
#Tom Tom Turnaround on Jul 26, 2015 :
Hi Jordon, yes housing is very expensive in Melb & Syd but not all housing..

What type of housing isn't appreciating through the roof..

One and two bedroom unrenovated flats in older blocks .. 60s & 70s built blocks.. in good areas
can still be purchased from $240K - $280K and you don't have to live miles/k,'s away from civilization. (add around $100k for a 2 bedroom flat).

In good areas like Murrumbeena (loc 13 km from city) right near the railway station you can pick up places for these amounts..

The Reason:

An over supply of newly built smart apartments that has caused the devaluation of the old 60s/70s
built blocks..

The prices haven't increased over the past 5 years for the older blocks of flats.

HOUSES ARE EXPENSIVE because LAND is sought after by investors, developers and cashed up individuals.

Also, the cashed-up arrivals from overseas tend to buy newly built or renovated properties and usually not the style of the older blocks.

OTHER OPTION:

Move 30 + km from the city and buy a house for $300 - $400K and commute into the city every day
(if you work in the city).
#Jordan on Jul 26, 2015 :
I've been following this board for sometime now. So, this is what I don't understand, most people on here are discussing salaries in the range of 40,000 to 80,000 AUD. how can somebody on the salaries afford to purchase a home in Melbourne? Housing cost is between $500,000 $1M for anything decent in a good area. What are the salaries of people that actually purchase houses? I'm coming down there in a month on a salary of 100,000, and I'm doing the math and there doesn't seem to leave much extra left over in the rental market let alone ownership market. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
#Hamilton Wuzor on Jul 26, 2015 :
Dav,

Thank you for your timely response, i really appreciate it.

Please, if possible, do share those weblink's as it would be of great use to me.

Thanks
Hamilton
#café society boy on Jul 26, 2015 :
Hi Mithilesh

Food, restaurants and Café society are the only retail business that always seem to be doing a thriving business.

There are too may clothes shops and big box stores to compete in those other areas..

I think a small café and specialized little restaurants are great businesses.

I personally would stay away from a franchise and just start from scratch and to keep it as simple as you can..

Don't go into large shopping malls/centers because the rents are just too man high ..
#dav on Jul 26, 2015 :
Hamilton,

I posted a long reply with lot's of useful links but for some reason it hasn't shown up.

To summarize.

Melbourne has a lot of Independent film making and production businesses

Funding for independent films is available from a variety of State governments
and other entities such as Screen Aust.

There are a number of online websites where you can find out more information and meet fellow like-minded creative people and gain an insight into the film and digital entertainment industry.

Melbourne is a great city for creative people Film making, TV entertainment, recorded music, live performances. Actors, Singers, Musicians, Voice-overs, 3D graphic modelling, Writers, Composers, Backroom support, Camera Operators, Lighting, Make-up, Costume design/making, props building.. etc etc..

Come to Melbourne and realise your ambition..
#Hamilton Wuzor on Jul 21, 2015 :
Greetings,

I'm a 3D artist and graphic designer planning to relocate to Melbourne to look for work. I would like to know, how is the film industry like down there, and is there wide scope for job opportunities in my field of expertise. I have 5+ years experience in the field of web design, SEO management, 3d animation and graphic design and film production. Please advice.

Thanks and regards.
Hamilton
#mithilesh on Jul 21, 2015 :
hi!! i want to open a coffee shop in melbourne
what amount am i looking at for a good genuine coffee shop such as "league of honest coffee"
#Tom Tom Turnaround on Jul 19, 2015 :
Hi - here are some answers..

How difficult is it to find a job as a secondary maths teacher in Melbourne?

not sure - check the Victoria Government website

Is it better to apply for the job while in London or in Melbourne?

I would say do as much before arriving so that you have some of the pieces already in place
for your new life.

What is the salary like?

I am guessing - but I would say probably between $60K to $100K per year

How are the schools and curriculum like because I will be moving with two children and my husband. My children are in Year 11 and year 2 at the moment.

Check google and lookup Victoria government website for more info..

My husband is open to any job.

That's good because it pays to be flexible and willing to work in areas where perhaps you haven't in the past..

Rgds,
Tom Tom Turnaround
#KANCHAN on Jul 13, 2015 :
Hi,
I am planning of moving to Oz in December from London. How difficult is it to find a job as a secondary maths teacher in Melbourne? Is it better to apply for the job while in London or in Melbourne?
What is the salary like? How are the schools and curriculum like because I will be moving with two children and my husband. My children are in Year 11 and year 2 at the moment. My husband is open to any job.
Please advise.
Kanchan
#Tom Tom Turnaround on Jun 30, 2015 :
I know that people come over on things like Tourist Visas and do some casual part-time work, often it's cash work off the books ... restaurants, kitchens, cleaning etc..

You can make $12 - $18 per hour and if you can rake up enough hours then you can cover your costs of rent, food and transport.

Good place to find affordable rooms to rent is on notice boards inside small cafes and restaurants and also on gumtree.com.au
#Yannie on Jun 27, 2015 :
Hi,

Im planning to study and move in australiathis year. I wanted to ask is it possible that if i have a student visa i could get a part time job?
What would be the jobs available for students like me?
Can i survive in the money i get in my part time job?
Thank you for the response

Yannie
#Tom Tom on Jun 07, 2015 :
To Paulo D'Cruz and Paulo and the questions..

1. Is a salary of 90k sufficient
Yes it's tons of money

2. schooling
You will have to search Victoria Government websites and google for more info

3. costs of schooling
don't know

4. obtain an Australian Permanent Resident Visa
find a lawyer and research the web

5. wife - to work
once you have your PR it will be a lot easier to find "professional" work
otherwise there's plenty of casual jobs around

6 cost / renting 2 or 3 bedroom apartments/houses and rules
most apartments/flats are either 1 or 2 bedrooms, very few are 3 bedroom,
the only rules generally are that the lease holder has a job or has the means to support
paying the rent on time.
You will have to pay one month of rent as a bond and one month of rent in advance and sign a lease, most leases are for 12 month terms.

One bedroom flats/apartments $220 - $300 per week
Two bedroom flats/apartments $320 - $600 per week

If you move in the outer suburbs you will be able to find cheaper.

Try to live walking distance to public transport, particularly the train/MET line

Buy a yearly Myki travel card and benefit from much cheaper daily transport right across Melbourne
(Zones one and two)

Look for good deals for unlimited calls/sms texts plus 2G-5G data per month .. $29 - $45 per month
See if there are any specials for buying a year of mobile use in advance and save more money

AVOID HIGH COSTS TIPS
Heating and Cooling homes is EXPENSIVE

Stay warm by wearing more clothing
Stay cool by using fans instead of aircon

Use public transport instead of private cars (unless you need a car for your income)

Get to know the best places to eat out and the most affordable prices and save money

Indian Food / Sri Lankan Food: Clayton and adjacent suburbs, Victoria
Chinese Food: City, Box Hill and all over Melbourne
Middle Eastern Food: Coburg, Brunswick and all over Melbourne.
Greek Food: Oakleigh, City and other areas.

If you are Indian or Sri Lankan and want to be near your grocery stores, restaurants and community
then these are the choice suburbs I would recommend:

Clayton
Clayton South
Westall
Murrumbeena
Carnegie
Glen Huntly
#Paulo D'Cruz on Jun 06, 2015 :
Hello

I will be relocating to Melbourne and i have a few questions:
1. Is a salary of 90k sufficient to a family of 3 (Myself, Wife & Daughter)?
1.1 What other charges should i be expecting that will de deducted from my monthly salary?
1.2 Can i obtain a home loan to purchase a house with that salary and on a 457 visa?
2. My daughter will need schooling and so far im going to private/catholic schools, as im unsure on the environemtn of public schools, i might change to public once im more comfortable after settling in.
3. What kind of costs for private/catholic schools, should i be looking at?
4. We are relocating forever and we need to obtain an Australian Permanent Resident Visa. Whats the best approach to this?
5. My Wife will be a dependent under me. But we would like to remain within the law and convert her visa with working abilities so she can work on a part-time basis.
6. THANKS A LOT FOR YOUR TIME AND PATIENCE, its truly kind of you to provide this kind of help freely.

Paulo
#Pankaj on Jun 03, 2015 :
I am planning to move to melbourne with my wife and two kids.How much gross salary is sufficient if I need to save AUD$3000 per month after all expenses including child care.Also, are there any rules that family of 4 have to rent 2bhk or 3bhk apartment or its fine if we can manage in 1bhk?
#Tom Tom on May 23, 2015 :
Hi to Prashant, Here are my answers to your questions..

1. The average rent cost per month for a couple (1 BHK)and What is the best place to search economical rental flats nearby Melbourne. (through agents or online)

A: Local real estate agents, web sites like realestate.com.au and domain.com.au and gumtree

2. The current status of Australian job market for internal auditors / accountants.

A: Probably a bit over-crowded with qualified accounts, you may have to be flexible and broad minded and willing to try something else..

3. Any govt. courses for Resume writing / interview skills for immigrants conducted in Melbourne.

A: Not sure about gov courses but there are many websites and blogs that assist with resume writing and interview techniques..

4. What are the basic critical things to do within first few days. (searching a rented house, social security no. etc)

A: Find a place to live, set up a bank account and get a job.

5. How and where to search for odd jobs.

A: gumtree.com.au plus word of mouth and local restaurants, shops & cafes often have positions .. also there are usually jobs available in driving taxis, courier driving, security guards, gardeners, house/business cleaning, furniture and household removals etc..
#Prashnat on May 12, 2015 :
hi, my name is Prashant Barad. Me and my wife are chartered accountants and are currently working as an internal auditor in a leading Indian Banks. We are planning to relocate to Australia preferably Melbourne in August 2015. Can you please guide on following points:
1. The average rent cost per month for a couple (1 BHK)and What is the best place to search economical rental flats nearby Melbourne. (through agents or online)
2. The current status of Australian job market for internal auditors / accountants.
3. Any govt. courses for Resume writing / interview skills for immigrants conducted in Melbourne.
4. What are the basic critical things to do within first few days. (searching a rented house, social security no. etc)
5. How and where to search for odd jobs.
#Arun on Mar 28, 2015 :
This post is in reference to #Dinesh (14 Jan) & #Sujith (08 Jan)....

Guys, I'm sailing same boat as yours, Since I have Australian PR and tentatively planning to migrate during Sep 2015 and probably to Melbourne. I did see your posts and was interested to know the basic questions like Monthly expense in Melbourne, Jobs for Software Engineer...

This details would certainly help in better planning.

Advanced thanks.
#Numbers Stations on Mar 12, 2015 :
Pre- paid mobiles in Australia are around $30 per month with unlimited calls and sms within Australia and 1-2 GB of data allowance.

The next price point is $35 - $45 with a larger data allowance

The key is to shop around - also be prepared to be on a 3G second tier telco capacity .. but never the less it works fine.. that's my experience..
#Daniel on Feb 21, 2015 :
The prepaid mobile phone cost is out of whack. 1 minute of prepaid mobile phone definitely does not cost $0.97. Most telcos charge around 10-15 cents a minute these days for prepaid mobile.
#Frugal Freddie on Feb 10, 2015 :
Electricity is Australia is expensive $0.27 per kWh plus a service connection fee of $1.17 per day (approx figures).

Avoid using electric room heaters, hot water heaters, air conditioners, clothes dryers, dish washing machines..

All of these can make your quarterly bill go as high as $400 - $600 for 3 months duration in a one bedroom flat...

By being careful and considerate you should be able to bring your electricity bill down to around $150 - $170
per 3 months (if you have electric hot water...) and even less if you have gas hot water.

You can't save on the connection to the premises fee which is $1.17 per day (approx) - but you can save on the usage
part of the bill by fitting low consuming LED light globes, washing dishes by hand in the sink, use fans instead of aircon's,
wash your clothes in cold water instead of hot water, and here's the biggest tip if you have an electric hot water system ..

TURN THE POWER OFF at the switchboard or power socket on your electric hot water system as they keep burning through power
even when no one is at home ... keeps showers short and don't fill up baths... (or put $2 into a money box everytime you have a shower...)
#snoopy on Feb 07, 2015 :
Of course there are many ways to live cheaply in Melbourne ..

If you want to live in a house but don't have much cash, then move around 25 - 40 km out from the city area and housing drops
to about one third or one quarter the cost of being close to the city.

You can share you housing and that will drop your expenses by a huge amount.

Really, the main cost of living is housing, whether renting or buying..

Food doesn't have to be expensive, especially if you cook at home.

If you want to save money - don't buy a car... but make sure you live walking distance to a railway station.

Public Transport
Transport using the public transport system (MET) isn't expensive compared to other countries and you can save a fortune by buying a yearly
Myki card - that way you can have unlimited travel within zone 1 and zone 2 for a whole year for the cost of a cup of coffee and a biscuit
(full fare for one year $1395 = $3.83 per day)

Copy and paste this web address into your browser
http://www.ptua.org.au/members/offers/
#Sam Samson on Jan 28, 2015 :
Hi everyone, the first thing I realised once I moved to Melbourne is that you do need to be open to work doing pretty well anything..
If you're too picky and choosy then you will be left on the curb... and you won't be doing yourself any favours...

You might have an engineering degree or an accounting degree but that's not necessarily where the jobs are... so you need to take a reality check
and start making money doing whatever you can..

Working in shops can make good money as hourly rate for casual workers varies between $25 - $55 an hour depending if it's a normal day or a public holiday, Sunday etc... (In the US you'd be making around $7 an hour doing the same thing..)

Restaurant and Kitchen work.. if you're new and moved over from India or Asia then casual work in restaurants shouldn't be hard to find.. also there are lot's of cleaning jobs available..

Driving taxi's, courier drivers, van and truck drivers... lot's of work available...

Public Transport
The public transport sector is a very area to work and pays really well plus you get unlimited free public transport in Victoria,
it's best if you already know someone who's working there... as there aren't many advertised jobs published.. so it's a matter of who you know...

Telecommunications and Internet providers
There's jobs in the testing and diagnostics areas in these telco's and the pay is $60,000 to $120,000

Government jobs and Large Organisations
Fire, Police, Ambulance, Hospitals, Public Transport, Roads, Banking, Insurance, Money/Stocks traders, Utilities (Electricity and Gas) companies,
These all pay handsome remuneration's and many have secure tenures..

If you're in the building trade there's lot's of work and the pay is sensational..
Brickies, roofies, tilers, electricians, plumbers, windows, painters, landscapers, architects,

Tradies make very good money and there's a shortage in Australia

Over the past 20 years house prices have increased between 600 to 1200 per cent...

In good areas - new or renovated properties..
Apartments (Flats)/Condo's (2 bed) cost approx. $600K - $800K
Houses cost approx. $900K - $1.8M
Large mansions in good areas: $8M to $25M

It's probably cheaper to rent than purchase... Australians are obsessed and fixated with property ownership and
property investment...
#CoCo on Jan 23, 2015 :
Hello Mr Dinesh, this is a reply to your message on on Jan 14, 2015 :
Hi,
My name is Dinesh and I am planning to move to Melbourne, Australia in the month of July 2015.

good choice

I hold a PR Visa which entitles me to work in any state. I am a professional Landscape Architect with 16 years of Experience in infra firms, working with PARSONS, Middle East and Louis Berger too.

sounds promising

I tried searching jobs on net where I see the salary in range of 60000 till 90000 AUD per annum. Is the range OK .

Yes that's plenty to live well

I would like to know how much is the tax percentage

The first 18K is no tax and then it's incremental

I need to pay and where could I find good education for my kids (boy in grade 6 and daughter in playgroup) .Which schools do I need to target and what about the fees...

more google research required by you

Is everything covers My wife is also Electronics Engineer . She is self maintained entrepreneur, and run a florist boutique shop.

sounds like you will have a nice double income

My question is how much is the expenses involve in initial settlement say for a year.

There is, rent for a year for a one bedder in a good area $15,000
Food, power/gas/water and public transport - somewhere around $13,000 - $15,000

So have around $30K as a back up so you don't end up in a fix

Could anyone suggest me if some companies can directly hire me.

you will need to do your own google research

Also how much time will it take to get he Permanent Citizenship.

It's a points based system plus you have the ELTS to pass

I look forward for suggestions from colleagues in the same profession as Landscape Architects to brief me what softwares / planting knowlegge/ books should I read to have good knowledge about the VICTORIA State.

Start doing more specific research about these career choices and the demand for these positions in Victoria.

Also, be flexible and willing to work outside these fields because sometimes you can't always get what you want immediately..

I welcome all suggestions and experiences that people have gone through for settling having just the INDIAN DEGREES.

What courses I need to do. Target to open consultancy-design studio if I could not hand on better job with time...

Look up Victoria Government web site that assists and provides information to new immigrants settling in Victoria.

Awaiting your valuable responses..

Thanks in advance..

Warm Regards
Dinesh

My pleasure Dinesh, all the best, CoCo
#Dinesh on Jan 14, 2015 :
Hi,
My name is Dinesh and I am planning to move to Melbourne, Australia in the month of July 2015. I hold a PR Visa which entitles me to work in any state. I am a professional Landscape Architect with 16 years of Experience in infra firms, working with PARSONS, Middle East and Louis Berger too. I tried searching jobs on net where I see the salary in range of 60000 till 90000 AUD per annum. Is the range OK .I would like to know how much is the tax percentage I need to pay and where could I find good education for my kids (boy in grade 6 and daughter in playgroup) .Which schools do I need to target and what about the fees...Is everything covers My wife is also Electronics Engineer . She is self maintained entrepreneur, and run a florist boutique shop.

My question is how much is the expenses involve in initial settlement say for a year. Could anyone suggest me if some companies can directly hire me. Also how much time will it take to get he Permanent Citizenship. I look forward for suggestions from colleagues in the same profession as Landscape Architects to brief me what softwares / planting knowlegge/ books should I read to have good knowledge about the VICTORIA State. I welcome all suggestions and experiences that people have gone through for settling having just the INDIAN DEGREES. What courses I need to do. Target to open consultancy-design studio if I could not hand on better job with time...

Awaiting your valuable responses..

Thanks in advance..

Warm Regards
Dinesh
#Bamboo on Jan 13, 2015 :
Hi Sujit,

How much will it cost to live @ Melbourne

MONTHLY Calculations

TRANSPORT - MET Transport (trains/Bus/Tram)
30 day Zone 1 & 2 Myki Pass $ 138.60
This gives you unlimited travel across both zones 1 & 2 using all modes of public transport for 30 days.

Eating Out:
ISKCON Temple - free vegetarian meals lunch time 1 pm and dinner time 6 pm
located 197 Danks Street, Albert Park

Om vegetarian restaurants Melbourne
$6.50

Crossways vegetarian restaurant Melbourne
$7.50 full price or $5.50 concession/students

Various Indian/Sri Lankan/Chinese/Asian restaurants around Melbourne
$8.50 to $11.00 rice and curry

Masala Dosa $7 - $8

Lentil As Anything vegetarian restaurant located in Abotsford - pay by donation (typically $5 - $10)

RENT / Accomodation

one bedroom flat $220 - $260 per week
Monthly $950 - $1200

Save money by sharing accomodation

Electricity and Gas approximates

Gas $30 - $40 per month (billed every 2 months)
Electricity $50 per month (billed every 3 months)

Avoid using heaters and air conditioners as they can quadruple your bills and send you broke

Mobile Phone
Best value is Lebara pre paid (using the Vodafone network). $29.90 per month
or pre pay 12 months $300
unlimited calls*, unlimited texts*, 2 GB data per month
(* Inside Australia only)
#Sujit on Jan 08, 2015 :
Hi,

My name is Sujit and I am planning to move to Melbourne, Australia in the month of Feb 2015. I hold a Victoria state nominated PR Visa. I am a software developer (web development) having 7+ years of exp. Tried getting job from here in India, but no luck so far :(

My question is how is the software industry scene in Melbourne at the moment?
When I come down there, how much do I need to survive per month until I get a job?

Best Regards,
Sujit
#Bamboo on Jan 05, 2015 :
If you choose carefully then the cost of living can be kept within modest means if you pay attention to
how you operate your everyday life.

***2015 ENERGY PRICE INCREASE*** Just announced.. Gas and Electricity prices have risen in 2015 by approx. 25 %
The connection to the premises charge is now around $1.05 per day for each utility and then you have usage costs
on top of that ... You can't control the connection to the premises charge (it's unjustified and a ripoff... the CPI inflation rate is 2.5 %
yet these price increases have risen by ten times this rate... very unfair).

The new MET (trains/Busses/Trams) tickets fare prices have come in and now it's a lot cheaper for those living
further out of Melbourne.

1. Live near a railway station
2. Don't buy a car - use public transport
3. If you're a regular user of public transport purchase 28-31 day Myki Pass - or even consider a 365 day Myki Pass.
This way you can save on your public transport expenses.
4. Know where to eat out where you get the best value... Also learn to cook at home...
5. Don't consume loads of energy (Gas and Electricity) - prices have increased in 2015 by around 25%
6. Buy your fruit and veggies from markets ... the supermarkets are a complete overpriced ripoff for fruit and veggies.

Melbourne and Australia as a whole is an expensive place to live in compared to many other places, however the world has changed so much
over the past 20 years that good clean and modern cities with strong economies are in high demand and you have to pay a premium to live in them. The advantage with a city like Melbourne is that there are still lot's of jobs for people who are keen to work and are open and flexible to give
anything a go.

You can't always go straight into the career of your choice .. so be prepared to try something different... The key is to start earning money and to set up a home for yourself.
#Jeeva on Dec 26, 2014 :
Hello Friends,

I would like to live and work in Australia, so next year I am planning to move to Australia with PR visa. My problem is that I am worried about finding a job.

I am a Web and Graphic Designer cum Artist with over 8 years’ experience, when I arrive there according to my shortage list title? Do you think it will be easy to find a job and room? And if it is possible what is the expected pay for such a job in VIC or Sydney or Melbourne.

And one more thing, which is the best place to live and work with comfortably in Australia? Please suggest...

I will highly appreciate any answer I can get from you.

Thanks,
Jeeva
#Ahmed on Dec 24, 2014 :
Hello Guys,

I am planning to move to Aussi next year with my family on a skilled worker visa. My problem is that I am worried about finding a job in VIC. I am an English teacher and I am supposed to teach non native speakers when I arrive there according to my shortage list title. I can teach IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, IGCSE and many similar courses along with normal General English courses. Do you think it will be easy to find a job? and if it is possible what is the expected pay for such a job in VIC.

I will highly appreciate any answer I can get from you.
#Jamie on Dec 20, 2014 :
Hi guys, thought I'll help out. It seems a huge number of people located overseas with plans to move to Melbourne are being offered a 60K salary.

To answer your questions yes indeed 60K is good enough for a single or couple (one person working) to live on comfortably in Melbourne. However u will have to cut down on luxuries like regular dining out and regular vacations and overseas trips.

I know in Numbeo the average salary is stated as $4400 after tax, but thats more like the figure BEFORE tax. If you do a quick research you will find that based on official Government figures and independent bodies the average salary AFTER tax in melbourne and Australia is approx $3500-$3900.
#SEO Guy on Nov 18, 2014 :
Hi,

I'm a SEO Specialist and currently working as SEO Manager in the Philippine for AU & UK Based Digital Marketing Agency. I'm planning to work in AU next year, however the problem is, I don't have working visa.

If I apply for tourist visa and try to seek for a job, how much would I need to live in Melbourne for 3 months stay?

And I try to apply thru seek.com.au, however most of the employer preferred for currently AU applicants. My question is, are these companies providing working visas if in case they hire applicants with tourist visa?

I also don't know how in demand is the SEO jobs in AU, hope you can provide me some insight about this industry.

Thanks,

SEO Guy
#Bamboo on Nov 08, 2014 :
Hi there, it's Bamboo here..

November 2014

The Australian dollar is down ..

AUS$1 = approx USA USD$0.86, Britain GBP 0.54, India INR 53, Sri Lanka LKR 113, New Zealand NZD$1.11, Europe EUR 0.69:

Melbourne public transport fares set to rise by around 5.5% as of January 1, 2015

Current 2014 prices (Full Fares quoted) Metro Melbourne
(for use on Train/Bus/Tram)

Myki Money / Myki Pass

$7.16 Zone 1, daily all day ticket
$35.80 Zone 1, weekly 7-day
$132.00 Zone 1, monthly 30-day
$1430.00 Zone 1, yearly 365 days (also available at the discounted price of $1330.00 from The Public Transport Users Association Melbourne.

Concession (half price) fares are available to unemployed, students and pensioners.

RENT A FLAT - south east Melbourne

1 bedroom flat $220 - $290 per week
2 bedroom flat $290 - $380 per week

Rent a newly built fancy 2 bedroom apartment/townhouse $500 - $600 per week

FAST FOOD

McDonalds / Hungry Jacks / KFC etc
$9 - $11 for a meal deal

Indian rice and curry
$6.50 - $13 depending on where you go

Sri Lankan Egg/Plain Hoppers $8.90

Chinese take away $9 - $13

ISKON Temple vegetarian meal - $ FREE
Gopals vegetarian restaurant $9 - $13
Crossways vegetarian meal $7.50
Om Vegetarian meal $6.50
Masala Dosa $7.50 - $9
Vege Thali $10 - $13
Samosa $2 - $3 ea
Lentils as anything - $ Pay as you feel (donate $5 - $15)

Cafe cappuccino $3.50 - $3.90
Cafe slice of quality cafe $6.50 - $7.50
Cafe berry muffin $4.00 - $5.00

Nice restaurants

Entree $14.50 - $15.50
Main course $22 - $40
Desert $14.50 - $25
Icecream $6.50 - $7.00 per scop

full 3 course meal followed by coffee and cake $70 - $110 per person

Melbourne has a good public transport network, so choose where to live by it's proximity to a railway station.

Living without a car is easy if you do this and will save a ton of loot.

Learn the rules of the jungle on how to save money, where to shop, which supermarkets have better prices,
where to buy fruit and vegetables from ... How to be safe.. avoid the risk of being robbed, bashed and hospitalised ..

Melbourne is a great place to live but you need to have your wits about you and know where danger lurks... don't risk
being set on by thugs and drug induced types .. play your cards right and everything will work out fine...

Don't get involved with shady types, crooks or messed-up people as they'll just make your life a misery ..
better to be alone than with the wrong crowd...

Welcome to town - you'll love it here...
#sadiya on Nov 03, 2014 :
Hi I am sadiya from India I had a visit visa for 6 month signal entry in Australia
Shall can I do job in small show rooms or vegetable market or any place
My qualification is a BA in English and one more think how much I gated for our dollars ?
Can give me answer place?
#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.

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