Cost of Living in Perth, Australia

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 99.91
Rent Index: 51.19
Groceries Index: 87.66
Restaurants Index: 108.92
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 76.18
Local Purchasing Power: 141.41

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 23.00 A$
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 107.50 A$
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 A$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 9.00 A$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 9.00 A$
Cappuccino (regular) 4.45 A$
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 3.24 A$
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 3.05 A$
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.66 A$
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 3.37 A$
Rice (white), (1kg) 2.98 A$
Eggs (12) 4.54 A$
Local Cheese (1kg) 10.03 A$
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 12.99 A$
Apples (1kg) 4.74 A$
Oranges (1kg) 4.50 A$
Tomato (1kg) 5.35 A$
Potato (1kg) 2.80 A$
Lettuce (1 head) 2.40 A$
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.48 A$
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 A$
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.88 A$
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.96 A$
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 22.00 A$
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.80 A$
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 130.00 A$
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.10 A$
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.00 A$
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 48.50 A$
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.49 A$
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,490.00 A$
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 236.73 A$
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.03 A$
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 76.55 A$
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 79.71 A$
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 24.50 A$
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.75 A$
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 104.46 A$
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 76.11 A$
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 150.00 A$
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 159.00 A$
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,206.17 A$
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,385.57 A$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,208.33 A$
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,317.33 A$
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 7,509.50 A$
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,122.12 A$
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 4,657.95 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.26

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Last update: March, 2015

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100 Comments so far

#Sammy on Feb 04, 2015 :
It really depends on one's life style.I don't like clubbing and shopping so Perth is the best place to live I've been to so far given I have been to all other Australian states but NT, some parts of the US and many Asian countries. Europe has never been on my travel list as I don't fancy architects.

Living like a robot ? That's how I describe my life in Sydney. But here in Perth, hell no, my life is great far from it.

I moved to Perth from Sydney in March 14 because I was sick of Sydney. Sydney was dead boring to me, nothing much to do but clubbing and shopping. Not to mention all the traffic jams and air pollution ... Forget about swimming, the ocean is too cold to swim. Being a CPA accountant, I am fed up with routine activities. I was looking for a life where I have varied activities to do, that's when I decided to move to Perth and it didn't let me down.

My life in Perth is top notch, working 8 hours a day, take me only 15' to go to work (compared to an hour and a half in Sydney), dine out during winter as there are restaurants open 24/7 or going to the beach BBQ with friends during the summer, or just for some cool fresh air or seeing the sunset. We go swimming every other day now that it's summer time. Perth has the so many beaches that can kick out the boredom of repeating activities. They are as nice as Gold Coast beaches but with greater variety. Melbourne is also beautiful but the beaches are not for swimming though, so Perth is an absolute winner for beach lovers.

We go crabbing, fishing, boating or camping at the weekend as you can easily find nice quiet camping spots surrounded by trees with rivers or ocean nearby, with just an hour away from the city. Perth is also beautiful at night with hills looking over the rivers (but hidden, so you really have to explore Perth to find your favorite spots). There is no way I can afford this lifestyle in Sydney as by the time I get home it's already too late.

There are rivers running around the city and suburbs along with all the parks so those people saying Perth is not green perhaps they have never gone out of their house nor the shopping center. Seafood is fantastic, a lot fresher than in Easter states because it's easier for us to go crabbing or fishing every week.

People claiming there is no place to go and nothing to do in Perth probably don't like travelling or even if they do travel, they do as tourists, not as somebody who love travelling and love the nature. Western Australia outbacks have a lot to offer. It's different every direction you go in every seasons. On the other hand, those eastern states, the scenery are quite green and scenic but remain the same over time, which made me bored. Worst part is you can't really do anything but sightseeing in eastern states. Even with sightseeing, there are too many people, simply destroyed my enjoyment of the nature.

Because I travel a lot in Perth, it's easy for me to make friends here, travelers are a lot more friendly than city people.

I am buying a house here. It's great to have a house with backyards which you can hardly find in Sydney.

Perth is plain in winter though, but winter is short here, last for only 2-3 months. As soon as the sun starts to set earlier, I can go enjoy the beach, and the flowers. WA is the state of wild flowers.

Regardless, the cost of living is above the roof, double that in Sydney, but the pay is higher and entertaining cost is so low given all the beaches, rivers, bushes, national parks are almost free to go. With my lifestyle I've the same savings but much more fun in Perth. Absolutely a great place to raise up kids if you care about their enjoying outdoor activities more than sticking their eyes to the iPads. People here are no IT geeks, I haven't touched my laptop ever since landing Perth. There are more things to do than going online. Even typing this comments, I'm at work, having break, looking for info to convince my brother in Sydney to join me in Perth.
###Texan on Jan 21, 2015 :
@###lovingperth, It looks like it is time for you to leave SF !! don't blame it on Immigrants or homeless people, just grow some balls and leave SF!
#3 years in perth on Jan 10, 2015 :
I make about 90K and my wife makes 80k a year. We are both Professional's in our late 20's, we do not have kids and rent a basic apartment in the city. We are both from Europe, in Perth about 3 years. By far, I now have the highest disposable income I have ever had. We easily save 6k every month (not to mention the 9.5% super that is accumulating also) . I understand I do not have a mortgage and we have no kids however comparing to our home countries Perth still offers so much more. I have learned that the average Australian's cost to live is higher than needs be. New cars, meals out every week, flash phones, credit card bills, boozy night out, etc. FACT: If you smart, plan/budget your spendings, live within your means, are willing to WORK HARD, Perth can be a huge money spinners for most.
#Alessia on Dec 27, 2014 :
Thanks for all this comments, i guess its all about learning how to live in a place.
None has mentioned anything about STUDYING in Perth? Any comment?
#shawn on Dec 19, 2014 :
perth resider: I've traveled, i've traveled a lot. All over Europe, lived in Tokyo for 3 years, lived in London for 2 years and Ireland for 1 year.... Perth sux ass dude, no amount of traveling can change that reality.
#perth resider on Dec 14, 2014 :
I understand that Perth has been very difficult to live in since 2003. It has changed for the worse.

I get up in w.a. so I have been dealing with the rude loudmouth violent behavior for years and have learned how to live with it.

Perth will get it's dues when the money dries up. As is currently happening now..

I have spent time overseas in Europe. I have never been to bali and I can easily say that London rents are much higher per wage and living costs than perth rents and living costs.

The only people that say that perth is worse than everywhere else are those that haven't travelled.

For all of those raving about Melbourne. There is just as much violence just as many bogans and a housing shortage coming their way. Because Melbourne residents like to boast about how good it is so much that all of the people who moved to perth for work went there to live when jobs faded in perth.

Now Melbourne will know the living he'll of foreign investors buying up all the real estate and inflating rental prices because of a shortage of leased housing.

There are over 10 000 homeless people living in perth largely due to Singapore investment and the state governments decision to sell off and wind back public housing.

In scarborough a room in a house can cost upwards of 300 dollars a week in rent.

As a local I would like to say please please please please do not come here to live and exacerbate the problem.
#Mac on Dec 03, 2014 :
I moved to W.A from Melbourne 3 and a half years ago, at the time I had a little money (maybe $10,000) in the bank. being a H/D diesel mechanic. I found work easy and then because I was then earning good money I was able to enjoy everything this great state has to offer. I worked hard, had fun and saved. because of this I was able to buy the small business I worked, for when the boss retired. now I do fairly well for myself. was it easy... NO but it was possible, which is the point I'm making. I don't think I could have done as well back east. a few things to consider: W.A does NOT have a people shortage, we have a skill shortage. so not think because you now have a loader/bogger/truck/etc. ticket that you got doing a 8 day training program that you will get a job easy and earn big money. you need a trade! or degree.
#jay on Nov 20, 2014 :
perth is a hole, what the hell is wrong with people in this place? retardation capital
##lovingperth on Nov 13, 2014 :
You guys don't appreciate what you have in Perth. I'm from San Francisco. I spent July and August 2014 in Perth and just loved it. I've traveled around WA and also spent 3 months on the East Coast of AU about 5 years ago. Perth is fantastic, I would move there if I could. Perth is clean, people have homes, transportation is good, food is great, sport is great, weather is great. SF is declining, it's dirty, many homeless people and we are getting overrun by illegal immigrants. The only problem in Perth is people are horrible, dangerous drivers.
#Blokebloke on Nov 05, 2014 :
Also, google Perth, Curtin University, Professor, 170k turn down job.

When a senior professor in city planning and urban development from the US comes, has a look, turns around and turns down a 170k job because he would be sacrificing quality of live and extreme costs of living you know the city is screwed.
#Shane on Oct 30, 2014 :
Just think of the worst place in the entire universe and multiply that by about a thousand- that's Perth
#Matt S on Oct 28, 2014 :
How to spot a Perthianoid-

Signs & Symptoms:

1) is a loose cannon, resorts straight to aggressiveness, obscene profanity & extreme violence. No build up process, just a massive explosion of excessive aggression and extreme violence.

2) maintains a false sense of patriotism which re-enforces their allegiance to a hillbilly state which cares nothing for them, only for what resources the state can bleed out of them i.e money, election votes etc

3) Is mostly vacant and stupidly docile until such an event occurs which causes them to outburst in a complete violent outrage (usually caused by something which challenges their patriotism or idealistic narrow point of view)

4) is a frequent drug user, very heavy drinker- bordering on alcohol dependency.

5) Goes to Bali 50,000 times per year, Bali feels like home to a Perthianoid who feels safe in a familiar environment due to there being more Perth bogans in Bali than actual Balinese people. This way the Perthianoid gets to experience a holiday without actually leaving the familiarity of the Perth bogan social dynamic.

6) is always talking about their next trip to Bali and how different Bali is from Perth.

7) votes for the Libral party regardless of what their policy, due to familiarity and being brainwashed and indoctrinated since birth to always vote libral- even if they have no policy, vote libral. That's the logic behind a Perthianoid. Mindless.

8) is either over the top violently aggressive or is a complete passivist slob, with no in-between. These personalities fluctuate multiple times daily, similar to Bipolar.

9) has very little ability to exercise logical thinking or rational decision making, mostly due to the massive amounts of Fluoride in the public water supply which has eroded vital brain cells (of which one of the symptoms of Fluoride poisoning is ironically Over Aggressiveness & Irrational Behaviour).

10) has strong narcissistic tendencies, an -"im always right"- attitude of complete ignorance and anyone who's view differs from theirs they will attempt to punish using extreme violence and by screaming obscene profanity in a violent rage. Their ongoing trips to Bali also forms part of their narcissism due to the inexpensiveness of Balinese services such as items made in sweatshops, in Bali they can live like gods and be worshiped whilst exploiting Balinese people without spending much money. Bali is one of the only environments in the world where a Perth bogan feels semi-important. This false sense of importance keeps them returning to Bali multiple times per year.

11) has a belief that the rest of Australia is completely economically dependent on Perth for its economic stability, yet in reality, Australia is rather embarrassed by Perth due to the obscene behaviour exhibited by many Perth people which is frequently broadcasted on News reports interstate and overseas, shocking normal humans beyond disbelief. This false sense of economic burden forms a part of the Perth bogan's narcissistic personality evident amongst Perthianoids. A delusion which implies "i am pulling everyone else's weight, therefore the world owes me".

The Perth bogan species needs to be studied in greater proportions if we are to grasp any further understanding of this Neanderthalic phenomenon. Science has revealed recently that there are several precursor species of the Perth bogan, one example is 'The British Perth bogan' (relocates to Perth from England, thinks Perth represents all of Australia. Never ventures outside of Joondalup).
#topside on Oct 22, 2014 :

You're from Darwin? You'll love perth. It's not as hot but not as cold as sydney or Melbourne. Clear skies 3/4 of the year.

All the negative comments are right unfortunately. Perth is not exactly a bustling hub as some wold have you believe. There's a LOT of old money in Perth.

It's one thing to say 'the average house price in perth is XXXXXXX' wait and see what you actually get for that much....

I was literally at a home open on Sunday where they were trying to flog off a 'character' 2x home built in the 40's falling apart and full of asbestos for 800k on a 350m2 block of land 1 hour from the city in peak. Prices in perth have zero foundaion its all made up and random.

Youth unemployment in mandurah is just over 25% atm it's bad.

Jobs are fairly hard to get too.

There are a lot of low paying jobs.

You'll like mandurah coming from Darwin. It's not too busy and it's 'cheap' relatively speaking.

There's quite a severe housing and jobs crash in progress at the moment. Every office space is empty half the homes have no tenants or they are in the process of leaving.

I'd say stay in Darwin for at least a year. Earn a bit more save then cone to perth.

Just remember 'average price does not equal average quality.'

Maybe try out the gold Coast of regional nsw first.
#susannesarah on Oct 16, 2014 :
Hi, I'm planning on moving to Perth ( mandurah ) next year. But after reading all those comments I'm a little worried. Are you sure it's that expensive? The houses seem insanely cheap to me (please consider I'm currently living in Darwin) so I'm very surprised by all those negative things everyone has to say. I thought except for Adelaide it'd be the cheapest place to live in Australia.
#Skyport 7 on Sep 23, 2014 :
Hi Racq, good and interesting comments..

I am based in Melbourne and apply much the same approach to dinning out and meals - except I am semi/mostly vegetarian...

I have found good Indian restaurants in the south east of Melb where a Veg Thali is $10, Masala Dosa $7.50 and Samosa's $2

Also in the city of Melbourne there are cheap vegetarian restaurants like OM $6.50 with an all you can eat menu,
Crossways $7.50 all you can eat menu and Gopals $9 - $13 (no longer all you can eat).

Also, when cooking at home it pays to know where to buy your fruit and veggies... supermarkets can be costly.. so shopping around
##Racq on Sep 22, 2014 :
Just want to share some views bout the food expenses in Perth. I lived in Malaysia, Singapore, Canada Switzerland, and now Perth. Forget bout Switzerland and Northern Europe which basically not cheap, Perth (and Melbourne too) is the most expensive city to me so far. I understand the cost of living and average salary rate are different, but just let's take a look bout the figure. In Malaysia, I paid $1-3 for a main course (local shops); in Singapore, I paid $2-$5 for a main (local hawker place); in Canada I paid $8 for a main Chinese meal... In Perth, I paid $12-15 just for a Chinese main, excluding $2-4/rice so ended up you gotta pay $14-20.

I love to eat, I love hanging out at the restaurants like I used to do back in all these countries. But when comes to Perth, it easily costs me $100 and above for a 3 course+1-2glasses of wine. Therefore, I started myself from a beginner/very simple "chef" until I think I am pretty bravo right now in cooking. Just google recipe and set my menu over the weekend. However, this is Perth, this is not any Asian country which you can find shops/restaurants easily.

Dining out all the time for sure it is always expensive. Why can't just make yourself a simple breakfast, lunchbox (or dine out), plus cooking your dinner? It doesn't mean it gonna take few hours for it, just leave the meat from the freezer to the fridge, heat-up oven just the moment u get home, baked it while u were in the shower, and viola you can enjoy a good dinner? or spend another 5-20mins to add on a pasta, potato or a salad?

I understand that housing and bills and whatever are expensive, but since we are in this city, we can play around with the figure~ I paid less than $30 at local market with 4big bags of food, with $1 for a giant lettuce~ Last weekend, I host a dinner with 4A2C a 4 course huge portion Chinese food in less than $30, fish, prawn, chicken, tofu+vege, all fresh local seafood but not frozen foreign seafood~ If you divided into 6 person, that only costs $5 per person. Or the day before my husband and I bought 2 pieces of nice salmon (bout half kg @ $14), plus some boiled small potatoes and salad, it only takes 20mins to serve. There is no way I am gonna pay $30-40 just for a small piece of salmon down the restaurant.

Even though it is expensive, but I do still dine out whenever I can which definitely kills my budget. But since I am already here so there is no way I can complaint about, just play with the figure or get a 2nd job are what you can do.

A death city? yeah, if you compared with those 24hours happening big city life. Btw, what do you expect? Party and clubbing 7days a week? If you were into that kind of life then probably you can move out from here. Bogans and crime.... er... no comment as I haven't see anything yet. We lived in the west, this area seems pretty cool and quiet so far.... :)

Oh ya, the only thing I hate most bout Perth is.... Why almost all the travel/airfares deals are either ex-Sydney or Melbourne? LOL~ This is the one I hate most :p

ps: the cheapest outdoor activity: make your own picnic day to the beach, park, or wherever, get friends along and bring their dish~!
#Alex on Sep 16, 2014 :
Live in Perth. 30 years now off and on.
Kids grew up here mostly.
All working, traveling and/or studying at Uni now.
They are true world citizens.
Love it.
Can't beat the lifestyle, people and climate.
This is a great place to live.
Lots of people from all over have made wonderful lives here.
Best advice, come over and have a look. Temper unrealistic expectations and try to understand the challenges of living in the most isolated and beautifully unique modern cities in the world.
#Timbar on Aug 29, 2014 :
From reports I have read - things should start to improve with the cost of living in Perth because the crazy money mining boom
has slowed down and economic fundamentals are slowly going towards reality.

So housing should become more affordable and that's the main cost of staying alive in Perth.

Food and drink you can economise easily by cooking and eating meals at home and taking your lunch to work with you.

Don't waste you money on buying $4 cappuccinos as crumbs make a loaf very quickly

Share your house with others and share the Electricity, Gas and Water bills .. really, even in this expensive town..
you can live quite cheaply if you are willing to put your mind to it and be more flexible.

It's fund and inventive to live cheaply and save money..
#winternight on Aug 15, 2014 :
Oh! The rent index is right. It's cheap. BUT what you don't see is the quality.

A rental in Perth is something with four walls and a roof that does the leak. That's it. I've seen abandoned houses in Detroit in better condition than rentals in Perth.

Have a browse. The 'cheap' rentals are like living in 3rd world conditions.

Take the average rent and multiply it by 1.5 to get an OK place. 2-3 if you want a place you don't have to worry about crime or a 1 hour drive to work.
#Winternight on Aug 15, 2014 :
I'd have to agree with 99% of these comments.

Take eastern states prices x2-x3.
You MUST have an income of 200k to live comfortably in a nice suburb and house. This is NOT exaggeration. Many many people do not realize the standard of living sacrifice. I've lived in both Sydney NY and Houston in the last 2 years and that's just the way it is.
Do NOT be lured to Perth by a 10-20% raise. You need 50-100% rates food insurance petrol all cost that little bit extra.
Crime is a problem due to many propel having nothing now the economy has turned.
The ONLY industries you might get a job in are - retail 40k a year. Or mining and oil and gas but you will only get a job if you have experience 5 yrs+
There are many many empty houses. A lot of people are land banking in Perth. There's almost no community.
You will do and see everything Perth has to offer in 6 months or less. Saving for 5 years to go on holiday to Bali isn't how people should be living...
I have seen a LOT of people come here get a job. Find out the cost of living and rates and taxes absolutely destroy your pay packet. There is a group of elite older generation living west of the city to the coast who seem to get the good deal every budget.
Just be aware - you were warned about moving here. The 'affordable houses' are 1 hour from the city in peak. You will work 6-6, 6 days a week because there's nothing else to do.
Your kids will never become actors, lawyers, doctors, musicians, engineers. That's reserved for the local well off's
They allow lots of immigration for anyone wanting to be a cleaner or a cook or brickie which means there's no starter jobs.
Just do your research listen to these comments and don't waste your live giving to a city that only takes.

Oh and the racism. .. wow. Extreme. You actually get spat at. Called n or c. Get told to go back to where you came from. Amazing. It's 2014...

If your rich (20 million) have a high income - 200k+ and rising or your famous and white. You will LOVE WA. If you're not... prepare to be a slave to supporting and servicing them.
#Odyssey on Aug 01, 2014 :
The huge cash wealth that's entering Australia (often via Hong Kong) is largely from very wealthy Malaysian, Singaporean and Chinese families.

Yes they can afford any property at almost any price .. sometimes over a million dollars over the reserve.

Residential Property in capital cities around Australia is considered a good and safe way to park and hold your wealth and
preserve your wealth in these uncertain times.

For many it doesn't matter that so many of these properties are empty and remain off the rental market - many of the high-rise towers
in cities in Australia are owned outright by foreign buyers and have no one living in them and the owners are happy with this because their intention
is about property banking and not part of the rental investment rationale.
#Don on Jul 28, 2014 :
Most Chinese nations from China are pretty "cash" rich I would say. They buy houses using cash only. And then they will buy and run businesses.
#TamTam on Jul 16, 2014 :
The Asian-isation of Western Australia?

Whereas 69.1% of the Australian population was born in Australia this figure falls to 62.3% for Western Australia. As for Perth, 40.8% of the metropolitan population were born outside Australia. Comparable figures for Melbourne and Sydney were 37.4% and 40.7% respectively. In simple demographic terms, then, Perth is more multicultural than Melbourne and Sydney.

However a close look at the top three countries of origin across Perth, Melbourne and Sydney shows that in Perth the list is dominated by people from the UK (11.3%); New Zealand (3.0%) and South Africa (1.7%).

Slightly more than one in four British migrants who live in the Perth metropolitan region, for example, can be found in the adjoining outer local government areas of Joondalup and Wanneroo.

The UK population is the largest overseas born group in both Melbourne and Sydney but they only account for 4.1% of the metropolitan population in both regions in 2011.

The Chinese and Indian communities are comparatively larger in Sydney (3.4% and 2.0%) and Melbourne (2.3% and 2.7%) than in Perth (0.9% and 1.6%).

However, Perth’s Chinese population grew by 210% between 2001 and 2011. This is compared to 154% in Melbourne, 81% in Sydney and 123% nationally.

Some of the other fastest growing overseas born populations in Perth included: the Philippines (209%), Korea (177%), India (129%) South Africa (117%) and Thailand (116%). All of this is a clear sign that the so-called “Asian century” is gathering demographic and economic momentum in Perth/WA.
#Alisia on Jul 09, 2014 :
We are contemplating to move to Perth from SA - is there other south africans here ??
#SunnySam on Jul 08, 2014 :
That's why Melbourne is the magnet .. more inbound migration comes to Melbourne than any other Australian city.

Melbourne is diverse, exciting, beautiful, colourful, multi-cultural, lot's of Indian and Chinese low price restaurants,
cheaper housing options, great city, café society, coffee lane culture, art, musicians, writers, internet content and technology makers..

You may like it in Perth but you will Love iT in Melbourne...
#Don on Jul 08, 2014 :
Perth isn't looking very well these few years. Job vacancy has been greatly reduced. Job prospect is pretty bad as well, virtually flat.
Cost of living is sky high as well. I have been living there for 6 years and I can easily feel the cost has been increased to at least 25% from the day I touched down. The urban sprawl also affect the high cost of living as govt requires more money to build the infra-structure and amenities. It's totally not sustainable for the next 10 to 20 years.
Crime rate is pretty high consider Perth is a small city and only 1.5 mil people. Car thief and break-in are the most popular crime activities.
To live comfortably, you will need dual income at least 150K per annum otherwise you don't dream about it.
#ZigZag on Jul 03, 2014 :
Here's something good to know..

Govindas Vegetarian Restaurant in Northbridge Perth

194 William St, Northbridge, (Perth), Western Australia 6000

Mon – Fri
Dine-in/Take-away from 11:30 AM to 02:30 PM
Budget take-away from 03:30 PM to 07:30 PM

We would like everyone to come and try our delicious vegetarian feast at a low cost as usual.
Also please bring along friends and family for the feast.
#ZigZag on Jul 03, 2014 :
Hi Flo, firstly good luck on your soon to be new life in Perth WA

I am based in Melbourne and haven't spent any time in WA so I only really know what I read and see on the news..

Everyone says it's damn expensive and a little tedious / boring .. but really it comes down to what you make of it..

Please post your thoughts and observations once you've landed and let us know what you think...

The main things I' heard are:

1. housing is really expensive (to rent and to own)
2. Going out for food/meals is really expensive (except for the usual fast food joints...)
3. Going to clubs/bars - drinks are really expensive

Everything else is probably much the same as Sydney and Melbourne I would imagine.

Mind you, Melbourne and Sydney aren't exactly cheap either ... most of Australian cities are rated
as the most expensive places in the world to live ...

But hey, it could be a great adventure for you - Life in the Wild West !!!
#Flo on Jul 02, 2014 :
Heck, I am about to book my ticket from Melbourne to Perth, (go west young son!) as it's really hard to get work here & now you have all scared me. Is it really THAT BAD?? I have a contact to put me up whilst I look for work (accounts stuff) & would hope it wouldn't take too long to get something. Am I dreaming? Is it really boring & $9 for a coffee??!

Comments please!
#Aly on Jun 28, 2014 :
Love it or hate it, living in Perth or anywhere in WA is great. That's if you don't have to eat or drink, and fresh air and water is all you require to live. If you need anything more than that, then you'd better be earning at least $200,000 per year, because if you don't, then join the 95% of the population who have to pay the exorbitant prices charged here...all because the rich 5% dictate it. Those of you new to WA, just remember to multiply the cost of everything by 3x what you'd pay in the Eastern states, and you'll be right.
#Anonymous on Jun 20, 2014 :
Sharon you made some really insightful points from your own experience. Australia is an expensive country and
Perth is an expensive city, maybe more so than Sydney and Melbourne.

The crazy real estate prices and the high cost of eating out is a fairly new phenomenon that didn't exist
15 years ago ..

A lot of wealthy people with truck loads of cash (how they got it is speculative and a mystery)
and have no problem buying up loads of real estate and businesses at the drop of a hat and that's causing
real concerns for everyday working people who make their living in normal jobs...

Something crooked is happening and it's ruining this country and causing a massive wealth divide.

This divide never used to exist in the 70s and 80s and maybe not even in the 90s

Still, London is crazy with the super wealthy taking over it's city and same with New York.
#SHARON on Jun 19, 2014 :
Perth is beauiful.We are a large family who moved to Australia independently from the UK to offer our children a better future. It has proved to be very hard ,we came with money but could not buy because my husband was only on contract now two years later the cost of living has swallowed almost everthing as we have had to rent and it is like starting all over again. We have made the right decision to be here yet at the same time worry that Australia will make the same mistakes as the UK a concern held by a true Australian decent elder citizen when we had to camp two years ago due to the rental market!!!!!!!! Completely different story two years later.Alot of money has been made by those moving here ,buying goods renting and then leaving due to a great deal of propaganda .This is a beautiful country ,PLEASE STOP BEING SO GREEDY and allow decent law abiding citizens to live and also have the opportunity to enjoy life by being able to occasionally go out with their family. The radio the other day spoke of Wa becoming a rust city/country. lOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING .DESPITE BEING A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE i WOULD STRONGLY ADVISE OTHERS NOT TO UP ROOT AND COME HERE unless they were extremely wealthy. WE WORKED HARD AND THOUGHT AUSTRALIA HAD VERY HIGH STANDARDS ALSO WHEN IT CAME TO THEIR POINT SYSTEM TO BE ALLOWED TO LIVE HERE but this also does not seem to be the case.From A HARD WORKING FAMILY.THANKYOU.
#Alex on Jun 15, 2014 :
Perth is a very disorganized city with an amazing unbalance in salaries, yet with similar expenses for everyone. This brings up great differences in classes and poverty shockingly shows in the street. The city relies heavily on the mining industry, which is volatile. Some engineers can make close to $200,000 per year, flying to the mines weekly.
I have lived here 3 years for the money - but socially and culturally Perth is dead. The city is also being developed by the least forward thinking people on the planet - things are built to last a few years, and then they have to be rebuilt because they don't serve their purpose anymore.
Family life is great but expensive. If you live here alone you'll be bored to death - unless your intention is just to get drunk, which most people seem to be very good at here.
#www on May 31, 2014 :
people , slow down
you are being so tough on perth. calm down
whenever the city is expenive ,poverity for sure will be of high rate and crime also.
#Anonymous on May 25, 2014 :
Perth is a fantastic fun filled sunny paradise where you can enjoy the following..

cup of coffee at a sidewalk restaurant $9.00
cheese and tomato toasted sandwich at beachside cafe $16.50
cheap takeaway or sit in basic meal at fast food joint $14.50 per person
can of Coke from a general store $3.40
rent a 2 bedroom unit within 15 km of city $760 per week
bananas $8.00 per kilo
strawberries $9.00 per 250 grams
#Anonymous on May 23, 2014 :
Spare yourself the disappointment that Perth offers and re-schedule your flight to Melbourne because you will love it in Melbourne.
#The Doktor on May 22, 2014 :
When moving to Perth I would strongly suggest that you go with sufficient money to see you through for 6 - 12 months while you find a suitable home to rent and look for a job and settle down.

Do not take on any loans or borrow money from people - personal debt is bad except when take to obtain a mortgage on a house and even then
you must not over stretch yourself.

If you do take out a loan, only do it through a reputable bank - but like I said .. try to limit debt to a manageable mortgage for property should you decide to buy.

Having said that, it is likely we will see house prices fall in many areas around Perth while the economy starts to cool off after the mining boom
subsides... so tread carefully..
#Anonymous on May 18, 2014 :
Sounds perfect......... any local sponsors to get me there asap?
#Jjo on May 18, 2014 :
Perth people fork out money for the fat-rolls on on Barnet's and Buswell's knecks and their alcohol and drug road rages. Thats why poverty, crime, drug use, alcoholism are so out of control in this shit hole. No one can afford to eat let alone live. Except for the bloated stomachs of the pollies. Someone, somewhere, somwhow is going to snap one day and shoot those sob's point blank, Barnett first, then Buswell, then Scaffidi. And that person will be a hero in my book.
#Kelly on May 11, 2014 :
I wanna know where these people go in Freo to be offered drugs so readily! Obviously I go to the wrong parts haha
#Scaredy Cat on May 11, 2014 :
Dam, I moved to Perth because of a job offer and I was horrified at the morbid state of human life there.

You walk down the street and people spit and curse at you just because they don't like anyone and have this pent up
angor and agression. Alcohol abuse everywhere .... drunks and idiots everywhere.. go to a restaurant, get second rate food
but pay Mayfair prices and then get spat at as you leave .. that's Perth.

It's hot as hell and rednecks go around bashing up foreigners as their night time sport .. (and daytime too..)

You park your car outside McDonalds to buy an over priced under cooked Big Mac and return to your car only to find
someone's smashed in the back of it and done a runner.. or the window's been smashed and someone's snatched your
wallet, backpack, sunglasses and CD's.

You're at the beach and in the water, when you return to where you had your towel you discover your mobile phone has been stolen
and your shorts and T-shirt are missing too .. and you have to walk into town with just your swimming briefs on .. while you get abused and
spat at by the locals..

Man I couldn't wait to leave this hot bed of dysfunctional behaviour and it's dam dangerous too ..
#perth sux on May 09, 2014 :
Perth is terrible-worst city in the world. corrupt state government which bleeds people dry. bogan capital, racist blacks everywhere, if you a white person and walking in the street you will get spat on by a black. Nuke it, wasteland full of wackos. even the state's o called leaders are wackos. wild west on crack is righht.
#Swetv on May 08, 2014 :
watching cashed-up bogans desperately attempting to defend their shit hole of a town is always funny and initiates much entertainment
#Dominic H on May 08, 2014 :
Comments on here are so funny because yes they all true! Perth is crap hahahaA
#Sphinkta Victa on May 07, 2014 :
to mstarty

You forgot 2 add a few things to your list lmao..
-Crashes their car into your house
-People all look the same
-Serve thyself first an d everyone else can get stuffed mentality

Awesome post m8 . Pissn myself laughing on May 07, 2014 :
#get lucky

So let me get this straight; your whole logic is that unless you love perth, you have no right to express an opinion on a public forum. Is that correct?

A classic example of the species known as : Agressive Perth Bogan.

How to spot a Perth bogan:
> loose cannon, resorts straight to aggressive, obscene profanity. No build up process, just a massive explosion of aggression and violence.
> False sense of patriotism. Vilifies their allegiance to a state which cares nothing for them, only for what resources the state can bleed out of them i.e money, election votes etc
> Mostly vacant and stupidly docile 99% of the time until such an event occurs which causes them to outburst in a complete violent outrage (usually caused by something which challenges their patriotism or idealistic narrow point of view)
> Frequent drug user, very heavy drinker- bordering on alcohol dependency.
> Goes to Bali 50,000 times per year, Bali feels like home to a Perthianoid who feels safe in a familiar environment due to their being more Perth bogans in Bali than actual Balinese people. This way the Perthianoid gets to experience a holiday without actually leaving the familiarity of the Perth social dynamic.
> Always talking about their next trip to Bali and how different Bali is from Perth.
> Votes for the Libral party regardless of what their policy states due to familiarity and being brainwashed and indoctrinated since birth to always vote libral- even if they have no policy, vote libral. Thats the logic behind a Perthianoid.
> is either over the top violently aggressive or is a complete passivist slob, no in-between. These personalities fluctuate multiple times daily, similar to Bipolar.
> very little ability exercise logical thinking or rational decission making, mostly due to the massive amounts of Fluoride in the public water supply which has eroded vital brain cells (of which one of the symptoms of Fluoride poisoning is ironically Over Aggressiveness & Irrational Behaviour).
> Strong narcissistic tendencies, an -im always right- attitude of complete ignorance and anyone who's view differs from theirs they will attempt to punish using violence and by screaming obscene profanity in a violent rage. Their ongoing trips to Bali also forms part of their narcissism due to the inexpensiveness of Balinese services and items made in sweatshops, in Bali they can live like gods and be worshipped while exploiting Balinese people without spending much money.
> a belief that the rest of Australia is completely dependent on Perth for its economic stability, yet in reality, Australia is rather embarrassed by Perth due to the obscene behaviour of many Perth people which is frequently broadcasted on the News interstate and overseas, shocking normal humans beyond disbelief. This false sense of economic burden forms part of the narcissistic personality evident amongst Perthianoids. A delusion which thinks "i am pulling everyone else's weight, therefore the world owes me"

The Perth species of the Humanoid needs to be studied in greater proportions if we are to grasp any further understanding of this Neanderthalic phenomenon of the Perthianoid.
#NYOB on May 06, 2014 :
Literally having an aneurism from laughing reading the comments. All funny because they're all so true lmao. The WA Police commissioner's son runs his own illegal clandestine pharmaceutical empire in downtown suburbia next to little primary school kiddies, then one day his little meth lab goes KABOOM and almost nukes us all out of existence... And he's still the WA Police comissioner.

The WA Transport Minister goes on a drunken crash bandicoot, destroying innocent peoples motor vehicles parked on the street, almost catapulting his car into various suburban homes which could have killed many people in the process, and then he attempts to justify this behaviour by jumping on the mental health bandwagon. This is all after coming back from a luxury holiday in fire island using taxpayer funds.. And he's still the WA Transport Minister.

Perth people are so cognitively challenged that they simply accept all of this as *normal*
LMAO disdaining in my pants.
#JM on May 06, 2014 :
The place is a hole filled with government corruption, drug and alcohol addiction, violence, aggression, racism towards whites, ignorance & blasphemy. But you've got to see it to believe it. Its good for a laugh, but i definitly wouldn't live there. Much nicer people in Australia elsewhere such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide. Perth seems content with it's own style of a strange ficticious reality that its created for its self. Like i said, good for a laugh but a very unhealthy place to live long term. Financially unsustainable and mostly insane social dynamics. Has a major methamphetamine and alcohol issue which is probably a major contributor to the aggression, violence and lack of basic common sense evident amongst the perth population.
#Em on May 02, 2014 :
I love living in Perth - a beautiful city with plenty to do. Don't let the overly negative comments scare you off.
#CoCo The Clown on May 01, 2014 :
Think of it like this ..

Melbourne is kind of like London, Los Angeles, New York, Medellin, Cali, Zurich, Berlin, Tokyo.

Perth is kind of like The Sarah Desert, Cape Town, Some of the soulless places in the middle east .. flashy mansions
with no joy and way too much heat ..

Perth is fine for the cashed-up bogans (chavs) who just wanna drink beer and site bored out of their pea sized brains
in their over sized energy consuming houses.

ooh, aren't I naughty with these musings... it was slightly tongue in cheek !! :)
#Get Lucky on May 01, 2014 :
and move your ass to Melbourne - it's where the creative thinkers and doers hang ..
musicians, writers, artists, web designers, internet content creators, app developers, social media add-on creators,
film/tv media content makers.

Melbourne is the place for food, coffee, cafe society, cheap restaurants, expensive restaurants, pay what you feel/donate restaurants,
vegetarian choices, fantastic cultural diversities and amazing places to seek and find adventures of all kinds...

Don't sit in your Mac Mansion in Perth becoming a dried up prawn - get where the fun and excitement is and that's Melbourne.

Melbourne is the place for all kinds of groovy people no matter whether you like him or her or this or that you may like it where you are
now but you will LOVE IT IN MELBOURNE.
#Joseph M on Apr 30, 2014 :
And Perth people are the biggest self promoters (Mark below is a classic example) they flash around the things they've got like a 'science degree' like its part if their personality. News flash for anyone with a Degree in being brainwashed; in NSW and in Melbourne (aka: reality) you can have PhDs emanating from your Sphincter and still not be able to get a job for the simple fact that you're an idiot. I'm from Sydney originally and now work in Melbourne and I can tell you that Perth has earned its self the reputation of Zombie City.
#Joseph M on Apr 30, 2014 :
Pretty simple really, it's not a good place to be unless you've got a good few million in the bank and you're a ruthless sociopath. Case closed.
The state elections here are rolling with a loaded dice (everybody knows it but they don't talk about it). And most, not all, Perth folk have a huge chip on their shoulder about something. Employers completely screw their workers and get away with it, it's acceptable behaviour right from the small fish through to government; take Busswell for example: now us tax payers are copping the bill for his drunken role in 'Grand Theft Auto- Subiaco Edition'. The place is a backward, whitewash city/town with an insular touch. If you're a cold hearted, shallow, drunken, cashed up pig, this is the place for you.
#ChrisCross on Apr 30, 2014 :
I have been in Perth now for around 2 years, and while there's a lot of extreme comments on this thread, overall I would say the negative sentiment is about right. My 2 cents on the subject are:

Perth is, and always has been, a boom-and-bust city, actually more a small town that has rapidly grown into a city and suffered (is suffering) from the consequences. The gap between rich and poor, the extremes being Cashed Up Bogans and Aboriginal and/or the homeless is blatantly evident. As a born & bred Perth resident explained; since the mining boom the worst of Australia have come to Perth to make obscene amounts of money moving rocks. I believe the figure of 1000 people arriving per week was quoted, so you can imagine the impact on housing, transport, schools etc. I think Perth over the next few years will really suffer from the winding down of the mining boom, as there is nothing really to transition to, given the lack of non-mining investment and jobs.

In general, people either love or hate Perth, and the degree of love and hate is frequently proportional to their net wealth. It certainly can appear a very superficial, shallow place. Aggression, intolerance and racial abuse are pervasive - not just abuse by white people towards Aboriginals, as the opposite is often seen. The people of WA in general feel aggrieved that their state economically supports those 'over east', via unfair GST allocation (forgetting the increased share of mining royalties). Meanwhile, the state government invests in expensive Perth-centric vanity projects such as Elizabeth Quay, rather than the provision of adequate infrastructure and services promised to its residents, e.g. rail transport to the airport and the satellite town of Ellenbrook.

The City is certainly one of socioeconomic contrasts; divided both horizontally and vertically by the railway lines; a North-South urban sprawl constrained between the Ocean and the Scarp. In the North West quarter the affluent suburbs contrast markedly with the poor ones along the infamous Armadale line to the South East. (Yes, I have lived in Armadale, and yes it does deserve its reputation).

Suburbs within an easy commute of the CBD, or to the N/W of the Freeway command eye-watering prices. I know Australia is expensive, that's a given, but a starting price of 450k for a 1 bed dogbox close to the CBD, or 750+ for a 1970s 3bed in an average Northern suburb (that you'd actually want to live in)...there is no in-fill development, no affordable housing. $80k median pre-tax salary and $500k for a cheap & nasty new build on an identikit estate 50km from the city; basically the best part of $1000 per sqm of hot, sandy desert....and the ants, and the flies. Oh, the flies!

Don't get me started on the price of beer! I think the cheapest in a pub was $8, around $10.50 is about the average I will pay if it's not on special, and the dearest I ever had was $15. Everything is expensive - food, drink, clothes, cars...all have the Perth Tax added, because a) someone who earns $150k + on a minesite doesn't care, b) it's such a long way from the rest of civilization, c) people continue to pay the inflated asking price.

There are some decent areas to explore, such a Margaret River to the South, but yes the isolation does get to you after a while. On the subject of travel; the standard of driving is shocking, I mean really terrible, but I suppose you get used to it and go with the flow. I think WA has the worst record of road deaths in Aus, from memory, which doesn't surprise me.

Despite all of the above points of doom, gloom, petulance and death, the beaches on the Indian Ocean are lovely, the view of the City from the Swan foreshore is lovely, the people (in general) are reasonably non life-threatening. Culture can be found if you know where to look, the climate is good, as long as you don't mind it predominantly on the hot side.

For me personally, it's getting almost time to move on to new adventures and to explore the 'real' Australia. I've lived in 4 different Perth suburbs in 2 years, had some fantastic times sharing beer and tales with other random assorted blow-ins, and I've had some bad times - 1 racial assault, 1 physical assault, 1 break-in & 1 car smash, so I suppose, all things considered, we're about even.
#Mick on Apr 20, 2014 :
thats the idea behind a public forum, the spelling does not have to be (and is not expected to be) perfect. I do not applaud you for attempting to deviate people's attention towards matters of little to no importance such as misspellings, instead of the obvious problems we are now facing as a society. You and Lisa Scaffidi would get along like a homeless person on fire, i mean like a house on fire. You could both get blind drunk together and discuss your plans to spend more taxpayer funds on inconsequential rubbish like a NY Statue of Liberty in the Swan River. After that, you could both drive home to Subiaco blind drunk and crash into your neighbor's home. But don't worry, you will still have Scaffidi and Barnett's full support and will retain your position in public trust in spite of being charged with 10 separate criminal offences. Then, after all of this, you can both go on a chair sniffing rampage across WA and increase your public trust and public support. Sound Good?
#Mick on Apr 20, 2014 :
#Sambo on Apr 18, 2014 :
I don't live in Perth and here's why.

1. Everything is expensive and over priced
2. House prices and rentals are over the top - more so than Melbourne and Sydney
3. It's just too damn hot in summer
4. It's a small city and it is reported to have a lot of people who are rough, uncultured, rude and tons of bogans roaming the streets
5. It's boring, people just sit around and dream of a better life (mind you, that happens everywhere...)
6. It's had it's time, it used to be relaxed and cheap - now everyone's fighting to keep up with the Jones.

My advise, get your act together and give yourself a better life someplace else (unless you really like it of course...).
#Caro49 on Apr 14, 2014 :
Well, I am about to visit Perth from the UK and I notice that all these negative comments are written by those who are unable to spell properly!!! In fact, they appear to be written by those not having had a proper education. Mark I applaud your positivity and wish you and your family all the very best - you will go far as you sound has though you have a positive, hardworking attitude.
#Steve on Apr 09, 2014 :
I disagree jerry, from your perspective in regards to being sent here yes, they are negative comments which are valid. However, the comments indicate that people are waking up and not just hypnotising themselves into a false sense that everything here is normal. Things here are very far from normal; our state elections are rigged as no person with any sanity would ever vote for the current idiot, unless of coarse the entire state is completely and utterly insane which is probably also true. I'm very sorry for your situation Jerry, possibly request a transfer to Melbourne or Sydney, these places are actually livable financially, the people are not all hostile aggressive yokels, the drinking water isn't riddled with brain destroying carcenagens (probably the source of the problem in Perth) and the Mayor & Premier of these locations are not entirely motivated by self interests. Much healthier places to be in my opinion, both physically and psychologically. Best of luck, and may god be with you on your journey through hell (Perth). ;-)
#Jerry on Apr 09, 2014 :
Wow all the comments are negative!,
Feeling fucked now as we got skilled migration to Perth. Stuck there for 2 yrs.
#Joebloggs on Mar 10, 2014 :
Wow. I feel quite depressed after reading all the negative feedback about my new home. I've been here 4 months with my wife and kids and whilst I agree it is expensive it is also a very pretty city with lots to offer. I earn less than the average wage and we live on a single income due to the high cost of child care meaning it not worth my wife going out to work. Every big city is expensive and has it's share if violence so nothing unique to Perth. Cost of living not great but worth it to live in a beautiful city.
Drivers are dreadful, indigenous people can be idiots but then so are most people on occasions.
Lovely city and happy to call it home! Thank you Perth. Wish I'd made the move from the UK years ago.
And here starts the abuse...
#Michael Solecki on Mar 07, 2014 :
the mayor, Lisa .M. Scaffidi just spent a whole heap of taxpayer money on an investigation into the legitimacy of perth street beggars. Great to see our tax dollars being filtered into inconsequential issues of little to no importance. The woman has the mental capacity of a walnut, and should be dismissed immediately for compromising public trust and the irresponsible/reckless spending of taxpayer money.

Meanwhile, mental health problems and actual homelessness are out of control, families are living out of their cars due to not being able to afford rent. All while these idiots in power are throwing OUR MONEY into inconsequential matters such as the above mentioned, giant green plastic cactuses, a financially unviable shark culling project thought up by that other peanut in spite of the fact that there is a 99.2% less expensive and HUMANE way of producing an even more effective result (electronic wave shark repellents are available for large areas such as beaches, and they are SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN as being 100% effective).

Its time for the people of Perth to demand that these whack jobs in power who have truly lost all touch with reality step down from their positions for breach of public trust.
#David Cambel on Mar 07, 2014 :
Yes it's so nice to see our ignorant criminally insane government and lord mayer *invest* millions of taxpayer dollars into a giant green deformed penis/cactus thingy in place of matters of actual importance. I didn't vote for that sociopath so don't blame me for the state of this god forsaken city.
#Elizabeth on Mar 07, 2014 :
Lmfao mr grumble :-D you such a troll hahaha but so very tru about freakin uni, just a trap to financially enslave people to a student loan only to be brainwashed with some 200 year old idealism. Individual creative expressionism or the acknowledgment of infinite possibility is never encouraged or allowed at uni, yet this is the true measure if ones intelligence. Someone announces a uni degree I think to myself 'great another walking human archive of 200 year old idealism'. What a backward society we live in, Unfortunately Perth is at the extreme end of that backward scale. Little people, with little minds, living in a little world, who go no further than Channel 7 to seek truth. And yes, what the hell is that disgusting green thing in Forrest Chase? It does actually look like a giant mutated penis you're right lmfao. Although I think it's supposed to be a cactus, Perth people consider this monstrosity a work of art, it's not hard to see the level of lack regarding the cognitive factor of Perth people. I'm one of the lucky ones, I'm not here permanently, only working here temporarily thank god, what a hole this place is
#Mr. Grumble on Mar 07, 2014 :
No Mark, you're wrong. Your 'hard sience degree' has proven what? That you have the ability to be a sheep. University degrees prove that a person has the ability to regurgitate propaganda, and if you regurgitate enough of that propaganda then you get given a piece of paper to prove that you can regurgitate propaganda well (aka: a degree). Perth people are sheep, they follow the pack, never admitting that there may be a major problem in 'their' city; they relly on mainstream media to give them their dose of worldly information aka: their little bubble. Mark= typical Narcissistic Perthian Sheep; has to announce his 'hard degree' so we can worship his 'intelligence' (brainwashed zombiness) without allowing it to be too obvious, after all he is just a 'simple ol country boy' god bless him. You're wrong Mark, Wrong wrong wrong. I am right. Everyone knows I am right. You are bad Mark, very bad. Because you are wrong; you are bad. Bad bad bad. And i dont mean like 'Michael Jackson Bad' either, I mean like 'that big green bio mutated plastic penis in Forrest Chase that is supposed to be a multi million dollar work of art' Bad. Bad Bad Bad Mark. Wrong. Wrong. Plastic green bio mutated penis.
#Mark on Mar 06, 2014 :
Hi everyone, I'm Mark. I have a problem. I like living in Perth and think it's a pretty good place.

I've lived in Perth since I came here from the country to go to university to get a hard degree in pure science. I come from a working class background, my father drove trucks. The only leg up I remember getting was when I learn't to ride a horse at the state school I attended.

I've lived here for some time. I've raised two kids here, both of whom are now on the cusp of making their own way in the world. I've worked in a variety of jobs, including a stint in London. I like to travel and see how the rest of the world lives. Nevertheless, I still like the rock I live under.

Am I wearing the proverbial rose coloured glasses? I think not. My original post pointed out that Perth is not without it's problems. It would be silly to suggest otherwise. However, contrary to what seems to be suggested in this less and less interesting forum, the overwhelming majority of people I know go about their daily lives in Perth without the gut wrenching angst and disaffection that seems popular amongst other posters.

I've never been spat on. Last time I looked I was still living in the real world.
#Tremil on Mar 06, 2014 :

Nope, I left Perth 12 months ago and went back to NSW for all of the reasons mentioned by others on this thread.
And I can assure you that I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO PERTH!!! Unless forced to at gunpoint.
I am now living amongst sain people and enjoying my life NSW.

No more having to see big brawls in the streets, no more being spat on by indigenous folk, and no more being robbed by crack addicts and alcoholics.
I'm much happier here in NSW thanks.
#Mate on Mar 06, 2014 :
My family has lived in Perth for 25 years and have witnessed many changes , house prices cost of living social problems etc etc
Things don't seem to be as good in Perth as they were , but isn't that the same where ever you live . The main thing is your health and keeping a positive attitude .at the end of the day nobody gets anything handed to them , you have to get up and work for it no matter what colour or race.
If you have come here from another state or over seas and not happy then it is easy to return , but before you do ask yoursel why you came here in the first place
Then go back for a holiday and I can assure you it won't be long before your back in Perth .
#Leah on Mar 06, 2014 :
There are pockets of nice houses but move 1 street over and all of a sudden it turns into a living hell.

Its pure luck that you don't get a house with public housing next door. The best way to avoid it is to take a drive to the house you want to rent/buy.

From the comments a vast majority agree that Perth is not a nice place to move to or live in. Its great for work if you can find it. Sorry to say the index, the comments, type Perth housing... into google and look what auto fill shows you bubble, crash and affordability. Its not looking good especially when all you have to rebut is 'You're wrong' but how much can you really expect from someone from Perth.

Have you walked around Perth on a Friday night? It looks like a scene from a 3rd world country... Try walking around on a Tuesday at 7pm. Ghost town with hobos

Have you walked around Freo? been into the old Myer building lately... obviously not. I've been robbed there twice, myself and my car in the last year.

Have you seen the average wage vs the average house?

I'm guessing you're a 30 something plus white male who was born in Perth. 2nd or 3rd generation. High school level education. Maybe a soft University degree in accounting or arts? Privileged but unable to generate real wealth from your job. Most likely given a hand up in getting established and believes a asbestos 3 bed in east vic park from 1950 is worth 800k

You know the term 'You've been living under a rock' I've heard people say 'You've been living in Perth'

There are even meme groups dedicated to Perth with commentary about just how bad it is.

You also seem to hate the Liberal party. I'm guessing you also believe that you're vote to the 'Greens' counts but failed realise the Greens are an offshoot of the Labor party who needed fringe votes to pass union rules back in 1992 which evidently cost all of Australia its manufacturing competitiveness, lost us our whitegoods, cars and beer. Again I don't expect anyone from Perth to actually understand politics or economics. Only what they see on TV. 'Liberal bad. Vote labor/greens if you hate terrorists and support gay marriage!' I suppose you believe in global warming, peak population, peak food, peak oil and all the other garbage because you haven't learnt how to block out advertising. Its not your fault you don't have that skill set. Even the founders of Greenpeace have let the UN know that its just a feel good exercise with no evidence.

Don't take this post the wrong way. I hope to enlighten you to think outside the box. Turn off the TV and put down the Newspaper where 'the great Australian land shortage' is in full swing but luckily on the next page Joe Blog developer has a house and land you can buy buy only if you're quick. Go meet a liberal party member see their mechanical method of thinking and application of law for the consensus not the minority like Labour blocking trading hours for years and years to protect IGA which is actually a multibillion dollar corporation owned by metcash and caused underdevelopment of an entire state during its most prosperous years in order to funnel as much wealth into as few a pockets as it could. Have a look at who the blocks came from, it was entirely Labour and the greens who squandered the mining boom and were getting kickbacks from IGA with 'campaign contributions' and advertising for votes in all their shops. Try to give a hobo a sandwich in Perth you wont have to look far to find one. Go view the finances and home of a 20yr old and see them try to spend $30 a week on food for his family while renting in Midland. Perth isn't what you are attempting to portray it to be and I hope people realise this and don't dive in thinking just because someone from some newspaper in the US rank it as 'clean and desirable' doesn't mean it actually is.

Perth is the Wild Wild west where its every man for themselves. You can make it big or small but don't expect to exist anywhere in between. There is only Black and White here.

You aren't living in the real world if you live in Perth and haven't been spat on, insulted about your race, gender or sexual orientation, been in several car accidents, robbed by the locals and had to pick up baby formula at 6pm on a Saturday only to realise everything is shut and the servo is charging a days wage for 1 tin.
#Never-again on Mar 06, 2014 :
The methed up hoon was tailgating me IN THE MIDDLE LANE, flashing his lights and beeping his horn. I merged over to the right lane to let him past. He then also merged right in an attempt to veere me into the train barrier. Luckily, I'm a Sydney driver and I pre-empted his next move, I applied my break slightly and managed to avoid this out of control maniac. Would you like to know what brand of jocks Im wearing also inspector gadget? :-b
#Mark on Mar 05, 2014 :
No Leah, the majority of them are wrong, manifestly wrong (except for the one's regarding poor old Col being asleep at the wheel). Same old cliche's trotted out time after boring time. You obviously live in a different Perth to one I live in.

But hey, you believe what you want to believe. I'd prefer to stick with reality. That's me out - I can only conclude that Perth is not a happy place for sad, self-indulgent, whining malcontents. For the rest of us, it's fantastic!
#Leah on Mar 05, 2014 :
Hi Mark, You seem to ignore that other comments from dozens of posts and cherry picked one to justify how all comments are wrong about Perth. However the majority of them are right.

He's right about Fremantle and most of Perth being overpriced slums. I took a trip to Freo very very recently. Its just a bunch of poor homeless hippes buying and selling drugs so they can live in their inherited houses. Lots of aboriginals who say 'you got any money' because they learned if they ask if you have any technically they aren't robbing you at least until they throw a punch. You want to live in this lovely suburb? Ok, 10x the average wage thanks. Its MENTAL.

As for his other points there are always bogan fights across the city in every pub. You cant go out to a pub without at least witnessing one fight at a pub. You know its true don't try to deny it.

Aboriginal people DO spit at you. Its disgusting. We always cross the street if we see any and we walk away from them if were in the city. The men are constantly throwing plastic chairs or milk crates at the women who are usually screaming at them and crying. This in particular happens in Perth, Fremantle and North Bridge. The East side of the malls on Murray and Hay street malls.

Drivers in Perth are very very aggressive. I've never experienced such aggressive driving maybe perhaps Sydney. If you don't instantly merge when trying to change lanes 9/10 driver wont let you in you get horned and yelled at. So you have to be quick. Both sides of the river are bad for this. I was on Stock road yesterday and a 4wd couldnt make the left turning lane. His solution, tear up the grass and sidewalk at 60km/h fling rocks at the cars and damage them with his window down, sunnies on screaming something like 'fk you move up' to EVERY car. Literally non stop watched him come up behind and thought he was going to hit me. Then at the last second he swerved up into the grass and bush screaming at everyone its crazy.

For some reason for a small city Perth has TERRIBLE traffic. There are roadworks going on 24/7 and when one sections done another sections starts and the area they 'fix' is just as bad as before they fixed it! The city planners got that one wrong by only allowing 1 corridor for all traffic. There are no major bypasses you just have to grit your teeth and deal with it. 2-3 hours driving a day if you want to buy a nice new house or feel like you just got swindled by buying a 50 year old unit for 500k when you get paid 50k. At least you bought close to work. Its really a preference. Put up with bad drivers and horrible traffic. Or get robbed of 50-70% of your pay.

His comment on pints. The CPI index on here at 122% its quite expensive. So that's right. A pint here will easily set you back $10-12 sometimes $15. Small minded people from Perth have no idea that people around the world pay $3-5 a pint normally. The exchange rate needs to fall to 50-60 USD to correct this but with currency wars going on between nations that wont happen.

Anyhow anyone looking for real feedback on Perth should be able to see the dozens and dozens of comments people have made over the years with all the same problems including the need to be on 120k+ to live comfortable as a single and 150k+ for a family. This is comfortable, a 4x2 with money to go out. Not sure where you would go out but its there. Most people just fly to Bali. You could get away with less than half that for something nicer in the states with better people and nicer houses and more variety.

Perth is an anomaly. A town of housing speculation, racism, bogans and boredom. If you don't expect anything more than this then you are in for a treat!
#Mark on Mar 05, 2014 :
Just a quick note to demonstrate that the "Never Agains" have never even been to Perth. The train line on the freeway runs down the center and so it is always on your right. It is impossible to "pushed" into it from the left hand lane, even disregarding the fact both vehicles would need to cross 2 or 3 lanes of traffic to accomplish such a feat.

Haven't you kids got somewhere else to play? There are real people on here looking for genuine feedback and I think it's grossly unfair and not a even a little bit funny to post rubbish like this. But hey, why not spoil might might have been a useful resource, it's a free country!
#never-again on Mar 04, 2014 :
#perth boy- you've hit the nail on the head. I went to perth in january this year with my work, they put me up in an apartment in subiaco.

day 1) day i arrived in perth i went to the shop to buy milk, i was verbally abused by a drunk aboriginal woman who then threw a glass bottle at me which luckily just missed my head and smashed on the ground behind me.

day 2) i went out for lunch at the pub in cottesloe, i left before i got my food because a big fight broke out between a big bunch of drunk bogans and i was afraid of getting hurt, as i was driving off i saw 2 ambulances arrive and one guy walking around on the footpath covered in blood

day 3) i was in the city and went to use the atm- there was 2 drunk aboriginals leaning on the atm drinking alcohol, i said "excuse me, can i please get through to use the atm?" after which one of them spat on me and called me all these racist names. I then went to a different atm and withdrew my cash. As I was going back to the carpark where my car was parked, the same aboriginal who spat on me approached me and asked me if he could 'borrow' $50

day 4) went to the pub with 2 work mates, had to sell one of my organs on the black market to pay for 1 pint

day 5)i had some methed-up tradie in a ute almost run me off the freeway into the train line barrier because I was sticking to the speed limit in the left hand lane. Apparently here in WA, you have no right to follow the law and drive in the left hand lane, you're supposed to drive either 40kms above or 40kms below the speed limit at all times whilst in the right lane; sticking to the actual speed limit and staying in the left hand lane is a revolutionary act here in WA

Day 6) made the serious mistake of catching the train to Fremantle. A few shops, a few markets and a dirty old lifeless port. I still can't quite see what all the rage is about fremantle other than the easy availability of drugs. I was approached by 2 people within 30 mins trying to sell me drugs

If people are actually 'paying money' to live here 'by choice' then people have truly lost their freakin' minds.
#Mark on Mar 03, 2014 :
For Pia and others asking for genuine feedback, please ignore the haters. My strong suspicion is that they have never even visited Perth, let alone lived here. Much of the vitriol looks like a bizarre mish-mash of abject negativity gleaned from like minded malcontents and sensationalist newspaper articles. Trust me, no one EVER paid $1M for a 2 x 1 asbestos house 30 min from the city unless it was on 2 acre block with sub-division approval for 10 town houses.

As for jobs, WA still has the lowest unemployment rate of any state. Cost of living is up there but allow me to quote from the NATSEM (National Center for Social & Economic Modelling) September 2013 review - " Sydney is the most expensive capital city with the typical basket of goods costing $68,023 per annum.
Adelaide has the lowest cost of living, cheaper by $4,476 per year compared to Sydney. Darwin
and Canberra are similar to Sydney with respect to their cost of living. Melbourne has a $2,139
discount compared to Sydney. Hobart is the second cheapest capital city, only marginally more
expensive than Adelaide. Perth and Brisbane sit in the middle of the capital city cost of living

Perth offers a great lifestyle that generally revolves around being outdoors. Lots of beaches and lots of open space. The climate is very good, although I do agree it can get a tad too hot at times in summer. There is a burgeoning cafe and small bar scene but we still lag behind Melbourne and Sydney. Likewise, the arts scene continues to go from strength to strength but we aren't London or New York, nor pretend to be.

Perthites are certainly parochial and still suffer (albeit to a lesser extent these days) from the old us and them thing with the Eastern States. But hey, cut us some slack, we are a long way away. Unfriendly we are certainly not, in fact visitors often remark that Perth still has a touch of the big country town about it.

All that is not to say Perth doesn't have it's problems like any city of 1.8M has. Crime, poverty, racial tension, traffic jams all live here as well. But to dwell on these negatives and let them cloud your judgement brings me back to my initial premise. I'm convinced a lot of the posts here are written by 14 YO internet warriors who delight in yanking the proverbial chain. Some of the spelling and grammar might give you a clue.
#Perthy Boy on Mar 02, 2014 :
2 x Choices: PERTH or SUICIDE, both = the same result ;-)

The place is infested with racist Aboriginals who roam the streets like the walking dead, screaming obscene- racially vilified profanity at anyone and everyone; and quite often at no-one.

Born and bred Perth residence have the intellectual capacity of a peanut, they live inside a small- insular bubble and they can't quite comprehend the fact that other places other than Western Australia and Bali actually exist. Perth people go to Bali... and... that's it.

The WA premier 'Colin Barnett' is walking-living evidence that Perth residence have absolutely NO ability whatsoever to distinguish between 'Normal' and 'Abnormal', as they continuously elect this sociopath as their premier (Like I said, 'the intellectual ability of a peanut'.

The people here are VERY aggressive, arrogant, dismissive, narcissistic and backward.

Perth people are always saying that they want Perth to be made into a separate country to the rest of Australia, however what they don't realise is that the rest of Australia would be perfectly ok with this as the rest of Australia considers Perth to be an embarrassment, full of backward, moronic deadbeats who think they're better than they're not.

Basically it all started when the mining industry was booming, many idiots with no hope or future and no education went to work in the mines. They were paid ridiculously huge amounts of money for that work. Now that most of the mining has ceased, the end result is what you see around you today: A state full of cashed up bogans (moronic idiots) who own real-estate and businesses, paying crappy wages to the 'normal' people who actually have a conscience and more than a pea for a brain. There is a huge danger in allowing brainless morons to receive large amounts money, as once they are granted even the slightest bit social status or power- they abuse it, corrupt it and obliterate everything that is good and true. Thats why they are morons, thats what they do. it's a vicious cycle.

My advice, avoid Perth at all costs. Anyone who endorses this place are one of these brainless morons that i'm talking about- who have lived in Perth their whole lives, worked in mining, bought some real estate when the housing price was $3 for a 4 x 2 house and blah blah blah you know the story -its in their best interests to get more people here so they can exploit them financially, physically and emotionally so of course they're going to say its great. They will never admit to you that they've never been outside of their little box, Perth people will tell you that they've been everywhere and know all about worldly culture; however most normal people do not consider trips to Bali a comprehensive coverage of world culture.

Perth is the cesspit of brainless, mindless, heartless, sociopathic zombies. It has a HUGE problem with binge drinking, a major methamphetamine and alcohol issue which is out of control and the homeless and mentally ill are left to the mercy of the streets with nowhere else to go, hundreds of them roam the streets completely forgotten about by the masses. PERTH = HELL ON EARTH. Literally.
#Billie on Mar 01, 2014 :
This place is the pits. We moved here 6 months ago. Wife's in HR I'm an engineer. I couldn't secure permenant work becuase of job cuts. I had two jobs but got let go after both head offices cut staff by 50%

On top of that we rented in Kelmscott. What a mistake. There's constant locals dragging around the streets. Cops and break in. We moved rentals to subiaco and now we have about $300 a week to live off. Which is enough for food and bills. Were basically slaves to the people who were here and bought all the land before us.

This place is a nightmare I don't know how people do it.

1million for a 2x1 30 minutes from the city. Made out of asbestos. They are insane why are people paying these prices for garbage. It reminds me of back home when our house prices crashed.

Thankfully we both have jobs now. 130k a year combined but it's still a struggle we can't have kids and won't have enough saved for a house for at least 4-5 years. But were considering judt saving and flying home and buying a big house outright for what people pay here.

Plus there's no culture.
#Jaja on Feb 24, 2014 :
It's hard enough for the Perth residents to find a job, how do you expect to come from another country and just get a job? The prices for everything are exorbitant for the average salary/wage. Our young people have at least 20% unemployment. Nice place, but we can't afford to enjoy it, and live from pay to pay. It was once better.
#Pia on Feb 21, 2014 :
We are actually considering of moving to Perth soon and we're trying to find if this is the best place for us, that will probably be decided once we get there. As of the moment, we are currently looking for information that can help us decide. I don't know what to think of all the comments that I have read so far. They are in general, all alarming. We have a daughter who is in Year 7, so schools around the area is very important. We are planning to stay if not in Byford, settle in Meadow Springs. So, if anyone, can describe us a picture and how life is in those places, it will be greatly appreciated. Though one fact is correct, it is expensive out there. We have checked out rentals, but we can say that it is still cheaper than Sydney. You cannot rent a house here for $500/week!

Hoping to hear from you guys!

#Sam on Feb 19, 2014 :
All of you have either came here with unrealistic expectations of securing employment, found out getting into the mines is harder than it is and gave up or just thinking you can purchase a property 20 minutes from the CBD for under $500,000. Show me where in Australia you can get a house that close to the city for that price.

You need to put things into perspective, Perth is NOT as expensive as people make it out to be. $11 for a pint? Last pint I had was $8, head out on Chapel St in Melbourne and see how much they are there. I paid $18 for a Carlton stubie in Federation square last time i was in Melbourne.

Perth is a quite place, it's not infested with gambling like all the other sates in Australia. The people are friendly but can't really drive. You can buy a 2BR flat 10 minutes from the city for about 300k. If you want a house WA offer plenty of government assistance in buying a house, more than any other state in Australia.

People need to compare location and distance from the CBD to get a better realistic comparison on property price to other capital cities.
#Gary on Feb 16, 2014 :
I've been living in Perth for almost 6 years now, and here's some of the pros and cons from my own experience.
- clean and no pollutions
- feel being close to nature
- great place for beach goers
- great place for RICH people who want to settle down and enjoy high quality of life
- somewhat isolated
- usually a bit quiet and less entertaining
- public transport SUCKS
- very HOT in summer and high UV exposure
There's many other aspects that I haven't covered in the list, but those are just the ones that I think worth most pointing out.
#Ninja on Feb 15, 2014 :
All I can say is that for everyone here who's whinged, bitched and moaned about leaving or wanting to leave, please just go. It will create space and jobs for people who actually WANT to be here. Goodbye.
#HexXx on Feb 12, 2014 :
Currently here for work & was excited to move here but unfortunately I have to say that I'm glad I'm leaving in 6 months. Be aware that this city is highly unfriendly and very racist and sexist and apathetic in general. There are some arts festivals on once a year which are pretty good, but generally the bar scene is quite bland. I think as someone from over East who is pretty well-traveled it's true that a lot of young people do leave if they aren't in the mining or construction industries. While I don't expect Perth to be Paris or Manhattan, you would think that it would have something more lifestyle-wise to offer given that it's actually more expensive than either of those cities.(and boy is it ever pricey - $4 for an avocado, $12 for a pint of beer are you kidding me!!) But unfortunately if you're not someone who enjoys binge-drinking culture and going to awful music festivals full of steroided up jocks then you will probably find yourself quite bored. Also the situation with indigenous and mentally ill homeless people is truly shameful in a city which purports to hold so much wealth. It would be nice to see some of that money trickle down to the needy for once, rather than pad the bank accounts of resources tycoons.
#Susan on Jan 17, 2014 :
I should mention the 'slut culture' here in Perth.

If you're a girl you've GOTTA dress like a slut or else you miss out on the latest Perth fashion trends.
#Charis on Jan 17, 2014 :
Perth IS expensive. Oh yeah. without a doubt.

Face it, you can't afford your own house unless you have double income (a partner) or if you are paid $90,000 and above a year or if you settle for less and buy a 1 bedroom dingy little flat in some outskirt suburb and have to fear for your safety at night.

Average mortgage is $500 a week.

Average cost of a house is $500,000 to $600,000.

Employment is perth is not that simple - you don't just apply and wait for a response. You wait. and wait. and often there is nothing, or there is a rejection email 1 month later. You've applied for more than 50 jobs and you still haven't got a job.

I know of someone who is unemployed for over a year now. And he is an experienced construction worker.

Unless you can get a job in the mines and earn over $100,000 year, don't even consider coming to Perth.

I've heard and witnessed too many horror stories of immigrants not making it but also being treated like second-class citizens.

Oh and if you don't want any friends, Perth is the perfect place for you.
#Charis on Jan 17, 2014 :
What better place to raise your kids? Seriously? Think again!

Ive been living in Perth for the past 10 years and I honestly can't figure out what's wrong with the kids here. Are they all just mentally retarded?
Every year during summer - when temperatures soar to the 40s and there is a fireban for the whole of metropolitan Perth, there are multiple reports on the news about teenagers aged 13 and up delibrately lighting fires and causing grave danger for the residents living around the area! Is this meant to be funny? Some sort of high school -too cool for school stunt?-
Bushfires is a real problem here in perth and very recently due to a power pole failure it led to a fire in the Perth hills that destroyed 55 homes.
Fire is not to be treated like a toy and arson cannot be tolerated by those who find it satisfying or amusing.
I work with children and I can say some of the most destructive and uneducation children are here in Perth. Bring your children here and they'll turn out just like them. I've seen it with my own eyes.
#Ben on Jan 15, 2014 :
Your peoples comments are CRAZY! be resourceful! shop at the spud shed or a place cheaper like that? $2 for 2l milk? 1$ for lettuce? Cheap meats ect? Use the train? theres a station in most suburbs? and if its "packed" then try riding a train in asia somewhere.. much worse! The cost of living is Generally high but so are the wages !!! you can $20 and hour cleaning dishes in a pub! And yes the rent is high if your 1 person wanting a whole house to yourself! i live in 4 bed house with 4 people because it makes sense not to rent an empty bedroom for 100$ a week CLOSE to the city. And the people who say the city is dead need to go out more! was out til 11-12 last night (tuesday) in mt lawley and it certainly wasnt DEAD. Embrace people, Theres still construction on gas plants up north so i cant agree with those saying the boom is slowing.... and also the new riverside project is starting soon which is going to bring even more to the city! I moved here 3 years ago from Melbourne and LOVE it! peace out! spread the love!
#Perthologist on Jan 14, 2014 :
I have lived in Perth for around 30 years and currently work as an Engineer in a non-mining area.

Perth used to be quite a cheap place to live and up until around 2003 when house prices started to take-off it wasn't too bad. Now in 2014 and at the end of a mining boom with house prices still to the moon it is getting pretty ridiculous and is becoming quite an unattractive place to live. The company I work for has let a lot of staff go recently so be careful if you are coming hoping for a job, they seem to be disappearing now.

I suspect when the mining boom really ends (i.e. the iron ore price falls more) and projects start to dry up Perth is really going to turn into a very unattractive place to live. Things are changing now and projects are drying up so anyone thinking of coming here better have a secure job lined up.

If you earn $80,000 in Australia you will be paying around $18,000 tax which leaves $62,000 ($1,192/week). Out of that, you will be lucky to get a half decent rental under $500/week close to the city and food/living costs would set you back at least $200/week so you will be left with $492 at the most to save for a $550,000 house in the most isolated city in the world. Oh, and renting in Australia REALLY sucks, they make you feel like a refugee in your own country. Trust me, I know as we rent here! Buying a house will set you back around 3% government stamp duty and selling it is around 3% agent costs.

I hope that information helps with your decision. If you are thinking of coming here it is starting to look like you may have missed the boat. 2014 and beyond is not looking very good.
#sick of it on Jan 12, 2014 :
Big sean I was saddened to read your comment but totally understand and believe your frustration! ... being a perth person since 7 years of age it WAS a great state, beautiful beaches quiet, and affordable ....One of the biggest bonus's was that everyone knew everyone!! ... this in turn made it a close knit community where people would welcome people like yourselves from other places and 'lend a hand' to help you settle in, making life long friends .... well the times unfortunately have changed and with the almighty dollar being the biggest priority for those running our state and for those trying to survive in it!! has created a ME ME ME fear driven, and power hungry state of dog eat dog and as long as I am looked after mentality!! We as West Aussies need to stand up against this inflation and destruction of our once beautiful state and protest, because in the next few years it WILL be a place filled with homeless and desperate people trying to survive! ... education cuts, crime increases, and totally unfordable living standards for families!! Shame on you you meat heads running our state and sucked in Colin Barnett for the broken windows!! ... How do you expect us all to feel!!! ... I would not recommend all the overseas travelers I meet to come here.. I tell them all to head for Queensland!!! ... much better economy for family's to live in ... and much warmer people!
#nee on Jan 04, 2014 :
Hi we are planning to move to Perth next year because of my husband job. at the moment we are worries about the cost of living because everyone said it's expensive.if we move when we first get there we will have to live on my husband wage till I got a job. at the moment we are living in the UK everything so expensive and the country finance is going down hill. so many unemployment. we want to move to Perth for a better lief.I also worries about racism because I'm Asian but my husband is English don't get me wrong I do get a lot of problem in the UK as well just because Where I come from. I also want to know how easy to get a part time job in Perth? We have to decide soon please give us some advice.thank you so much.
#Nic on Jan 02, 2014 :
Perth is a beautiful city but it has also rapidly changed over the last ten years or so.

Make no mistake, $550,000.00 is the average price for a house here now, yes the beers are on average $11.00 a pint and you can easily spend $100.00 per week on food shopping for one person. However, just as the cost of living has gone up, so too has the variety of entertainment options for those who can afford them.

Perth has NEVER been a cheap place to eat or drink in, its main economic relief previosuly came in the cost of buying a house, but those days have now long gone.

As with most growing cities the world over people need to make judicious choices about what they can afford and what is important to them. There are plenty of suburbs in Perth you can still pick up a place for just over $300,000.00 but if you want 4bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 15 minute commute into the CBD and you will either need to find another $300,000+ or reevaluate your priorities.

The mining boom has helped to create the bubble the city finds itself in but be under no illusions, less than 10% of the population is employed in jobs directly linked to mining or construction so the majority of the population is having to deal with the rising cost of living. Perth's real estate bubble is likely to deflate somewhat over the coming 18-24 months but it is time people start to realise Perth ain't what she used to be and she won't be going back there anytime soon.

Like all maturing cities the world over, larger populations place increased pressure on housing prices and existing infrastructure, they also open up the variety of social activities available for our enjoyment; but in doing so they create a larger group of people who are not earning enough to both meet the increasing costs of living and enjoy the entertainment on offer.

There appears to be a lot of people that start out with utopian views of Perth only to then become extremely negative about the place but maybe these people should focus less upon chasing the well paying jobs that are so readily touted by friends, family and the media because the fact is, unless you have superior skills and/or know someone in the right place, easy to get jobs paying the big $$$ disappeared long before they ever became the subject of ongoing media and social commentary.

My parents moved out here with us kids from the UK in '89 and it was the best move they ever made. They worked hard and put us through good schools in exchange for living in a place nicknamed "dullsville". We would never have had the opportunities in the UK that we have had here. My parents, nor my brother or I work in the mining industry and my brother and I have found it challenging buying our first homes. My brother has a large house 40kms north of the city while I have a 1 bedroom apartment 5km from the city - it was the best either of us could afford given the things we value.

Maybe people thinking of emmigrating to Perth for a better life may need to start looking at other more affordable options, afterall there were very good economic reasons why my parents chose Perth over Sydney and Melbourne when they moved.

Please be realistic about any move you consider making to this city, it has just as many positives and negatives to it than any other place in the world.
#AliBee on Dec 25, 2013 :
There are some extreme, narrow, paroachial and weird comments below and its hard to get a sensible view. As a eurasian migrant in perth for 40 odd years its not too bad being settled here. For new residents yes I agree cost of living and accommodation is not easy, but after time I see many staying. Top good things based on Australian issues are jobs overall nearly the best in the country in terms of availability and salary; safety and security; housing has been reasonable in the past 10 years but now too expensive, once settled and living here is quite relaxed and people good overall. For those coming here and complaining about their failures well thats life, but don't blame the locals, its your decision to take the risk of not making it or taking time to fit in. Don't forget this is a very young post colonial city to have achieved in short time and isolation, it may decline in years to come as your places you have left. The State private economy is still the best in australia and touted as the 1/3 engine room of the country from the resources sector and attracting many people from the eastern states and overseas. Socially people are friendly enough, relaxed and not as competitive as the east side of Australia, its much easier to commute generally except for the trains at peak hour and less crowded in cities.
On the down side yes the locals are proudly parochial, politics mostly leaning Liberal conservative voters, racism occasionally needs to be checked but is generally not deep seated and improving, despite this however much intermarriage occurring. Housing prices are now too much and rent too expensive and not available, consumer prices too high, city isolation with no other major cities close by to relate to, no real mountains and significant geographic diversity (no snow etc). However as a western country we are close to Asia if that interests you, and from being there myself its nice to enjoy western lifestyle and also close to my roots to enjoy both worlds. If you like clear blue Indian ocean beaches with sunsets it is great and wilderness in the south west forests, coastland and arid deserts are special in places. Eastern Australian cities generally don't have sunsets so they just have to sulk on that. Sharks well a little more than average but manageable with good health care to patch the bodies up and its mostly only white people pretending they are immune to UV radiation in a land they are not well adapted to. Weather is good most of the time except summers too hot for several weeks only, otherwise a mediterranean climate which people like.
#Sonia on Dec 19, 2013 :
I have lived in Perth now for 22 years and Yes, it has become too expensive. You need to earn high $$ to be able to afford a decent lifestyle. Friends and family visiting from UK up to about 5 years ago, use to marvel at how cheap everything was. Now, the first thing they notice when they visit is "everything is soooo expensive"
#Eddie on Dec 15, 2013 :
Well i studied in australia first in sydney then perth.i have to say perth is way boring less entertainment with burswood being the little show for the weeknd.the city centre has few streets when i finished my studies i packed and left in 2011 . Im now older 30 so boring life is fine now will return in jan. The jobs are fair really just depends with your profession.although dont expect to have 10 friends in perth everyone is friend lived in fremantle i stayed in carlisle victoria park area thats an hour apart .lol but she stayed i left . If u can work go home drink beer and sleep do it over again and take a holiday twice a year you will be fine . And yep you can save and die doing the same routine.syndey was fun but too many people meant few hours on jobs and plenty clubs so spend a lot partying saved nothing . Now it adult stuff .no better place to raise kids than perth
#BigSean on Dec 10, 2013 :
Going to have to agree with the negative reviews of this city. We moved here from Ireland a couple of years ago.

There are plenty of low paying jobs.

We brought our son and are having another kid soon.

We saved 20k and moved here thinking we'd get jobs and a house. Spent it all in a month.

We were so wrong...

The banks won't lend us enough for a house becuase we don't have 20% which means we've been forced to rent in clarkson.

We spend about 4 hours a day trying to get to work.

The pay we do get is taxed to oblivion.

We both work average jobs accountant and cleaner but we can only save around a couple hundred a week. It will takes us about 8 years to save a deposit...

On top of a 30 year loan.

We feel so isolated.

We tried making friends but everyone is really mean and always want things 'can you look after my kids' 'can you drive me to the shops' it's like the whole city is full of bums.

We will never own in a nice area everyone has those prices locked down at 10x what they are worth.

We are moving back to ireland next year. Sick of the boredom, constantly getting shafted, high costs. ($15 for a jack and coke is MENTAL) jam packed trains. $40 for a $3 steak in a restaraunt. This place is the worst.

The positive reviews appear to be from people who are established or are 'well off'.

For the working majority of us paying bills and rent and fuel doing 12 hour shifts Perth is horrible.

Oh and electricity! $300-500 a bill. What the hell! Our bill was half that back home.

If we knew Perth was the way it was we never would have moved.
#Hannah on Nov 28, 2013 :
Living in Perth at the moment and I have to say....

This place is insane.

The traffic is a nightmare

The expensive 'nice' suburbs have streets that are falling apart and shops that look like they were built in the 40's.

Take a drive down Stirling Highway to see what I mean.

Everyone here is super unfriendly and won't talk to you unless you look like you might have money.

There's nothing to do. All the people ever do is work.

I wouldn't move here unless you like not having friends.

The hipsters and greenies here are all fakers. They spend their days in offbeat cafés drinking $8 cokes talking about saving the rainforest in the Congo but the've never left the city.

This town was depressing to visit and reminds me a lot of a mini Japan. Everyone's a robot. There's no 'grand plans' there's no 'great works of art'

The recent art gallery exhibition with Picasso and Van Gogh was supposed to run for years with 6 instalments with New York. They barely made it half way before they had to stop because zero people were attending.

Sad sad little city with no class or reality.

Great if you live and own here already.

Nightmare central if you're an immigrant and try to move in.

I'm white but the amount of racism is I see against blacks, Asians, and Muslims, and Indians is extreme. Half the jokes at pubs revolve around discrimination. Its bad. Really bad.

It's a mining town with drifters through and through.

AVOID. Don't walk around after 6.
#Perth Local on Nov 22, 2013 :
I was born and bred in Perth, have travelled, lived and worked in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

Yes, Perth is expensive but no more so than the majority of other western cities (excluding the US...but hey you can't compare quality of life!

The standard of living is high, the cost of living includes disposable income which we in Perth take as a given now and not as the luxury it really is, unemployment is negligible, education, welfare, health, etc are first rate and yes entertainment isn't what you see in Melbourne, New York or Paris but what do you expect in a city of 1.5 million spread over an area of 5,500sqkm?

Would i live anywhere else...when i was young and single yes, Perth is a little i have a family, no, you cannot beat Perth for quality of life and there is no better environment to bring up children.
#Ricky on Nov 12, 2013 :
Lived in Perth 8 years ago and I've now returned for a 3 week holiday , just eating out here you'll need a small fortune .... 11 dollars a pint???????? , in one place 38 dollars for fish and chips , the place has gone mad . What was once a reasonable place to holiday has now turned into the impossible for most families . Although the weather is beautiful along with the people ... 4 dollars for a bottle of water is ridiculous , I really think people will think twice about coming here again after paying a fortune for simple things . Surely Perth has got to be up there with the most expensive cities to live . Oh and 4dollars 20 for a sausage roll ........ Unbelievable.
#Anonymous on Oct 25, 2013 :
Average cost for housing in Perth? Been offer a job at the local hospital. From Chicago IL.
#Stephen on Oct 20, 2013 :
Perth, was a great place to live until the mining boom. Now you have to be rich to live here. Rent has gone up, electricity, water, food have all jumped through the roof - I'm talking just the basics, not luxuries like entertainment, etc. Those too, but I can't afford them any more.
Long distances between places means you have to catch public transport or pay high prices for petrol. You can only afford to live here if you have a good job, if you are a pensioner, traveller, or low paid you will really struggle. The weather is great, and people friendly,very little pollution and mostly safe but tooooo expensive.

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