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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 105.85
Rent Index: 72.81
Groceries Index: 99.17
Restaurants Index: 89.84
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 89.81
Local Purchasing Power: 107.15

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 A$
12.00
20.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 A$
58.15
100.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 8.90 A$
8.00
10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 6.00 A$
5.00
7.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 7.50 A$
6.00
8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.69 A$
3.50
4.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.92 A$
2.50
3.50
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2.43 A$
2.00
3.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 1.57 A$
1.00
2.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 3.28 A$
2.46
4.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 2.94 A$
2.48
3.30
Eggs (12) 4.21 A$
3.00
5.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 11.33 A$
8.24
15.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 10.74 A$
9.00
12.00
Apples (1kg) 4.28 A$
3.50
5.00
Oranges (1kg) 3.50 A$
2.73
5.00
Tomato (1kg) 5.15 A$
4.00
7.00
Potato (1kg) 3.18 A$
2.50
4.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.43 A$
2.00
3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.56 A$
2.00
3.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16.00 A$
12.00
20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.13 A$
4.00
6.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.83 A$
4.00
7.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 19.00 A$
17.00
20.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 A$
3.00
4.60
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 125.50 A$
98.00
160.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 A$
3.50
5.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 3.00 A$
2.14
3.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 55.00 A$
50.00
60.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.52 A$
1.49
1.60
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,500.00 A$
25,000.00
29,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 238.30 A$
178.95
310.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.05 A$
1.00
1.20
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 64.51 A$
50.00
79.99
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 81.91 A$
60.00
100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 22.38 A$
15.00
25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 A$
16.00
20.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 110.30 A$
90.00
135.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 78.21 A$
65.00
93.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 144.16 A$
120.00
160.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 146.96 A$
120.00
180.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,261.29 A$
1,953.00
2,674.90
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,596.67 A$
1,408.00
1,953.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,454.83 A$
4,000.00
5,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,878.27 A$
2,400.00
3,300.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 9,625.89 A$
8,000.00
10,700.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 6,330.71 A$
4,736.00
7,500.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 4,688.55 A$
3,938.42
5,617.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.62
5.00
6.00

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Last update: November, 2014

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56 Comments so far

#Zinat on Nov 10, 2014 :
Hi, I am wondering if any body can provide me information regarding elementary school enrollment.
1) if a child born on March 2008, which grade she supposed to be in Australian education system?
2) what are the processes?
3)when is the starting day of a new school year in Australia?

Thanks in advance.
Zinat
#Miles on Nov 08, 2014 :
Thanks a lot brother (Nugegoda is a state of mind...).I really appreciate the words you've said.Wish you good luck!!! :)

many regards
Miles
#Nugegoda is a state of mind... on Nov 08, 2014 :
Hi Miles, there's opportunities in the music business in Sydney and Melbourne and really anywhere now because it's no longer
run by local distributors and manufactures but has pretty well gone over to the Internet with iTunes, Spotify etc..

So you could be anywhere ... as long as you're making the right music and get lucky along the way.

Luck does play a part and if you work hard and long enough you're eventually bound to get lucky...

Sydney is an expensive town and if you're a little more on the broke side then you're gonna have to house/room share
because rents are damn high.

Sydney is a vibrant city with lot's of social elements as well as corporate ladder climbing and the chase for money...

Good luck and I hope you too get lucky !!! :)
#muhammad khaleel on Nov 07, 2014 :
hi guys, i am M.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture. i am agriculturalist and planning to move to Australia because Australian agriculture, climate and economy is attracting me. currently i am nor sure about job situations in Australia, can any body guide me about agricultural jobs market and which region is more privileged by agriculture? further more how i can get low cost accommodations on arrival in Australia.
regard
muhammad khaleel
#Miles on Nov 05, 2014 :
Thanks a lot for your kind words buddy (Boy from Nugegoda).There's one more thing I needed to know brother.Are there no opportunities for band music in Sydney?
Will I be able to make money through creating new EDMs'(Electronic Dance Music)?
If yes,then how much it could be per month?
So,you're tellin' me not to come to Sydney but aren't there any opportunities for musicians' in Sydney?
Is it only possible in Melboune?

By the way,your words were pretty clear and inspirable as well.That really helped me to paint a picture about the present condition of Melboune music industry.Hope your words would come true that someday I got a chance to make millions. :p

many many regards
Miles
#Boy from Nugegoda on Oct 31, 2014 :
Hi to Miles who wrote:

"I am a vocal of a rock band in Bangladesh.I want to come to Sydney as an international student and I really want to have a singing career in Australia.

Will Sydney be the right choice for me to come?Is there any opportunities still there to have a musical career?

Will there be any job for me?

and if there,then how much they will be paying me every hour?

I'm in a fix.I need the answers ASAP.Can anyone please give me the answers?

A lot of questions there .. my advise, bypass Sydney and head to the music, entertainment and creative capital of Australia
which is Melbourne.

Set your computer, tablet up as your recording studio and start working on making high fashion energy dance electronic music
with broad appeal.

Lot's of labels in Melbourne that are looking for EDM dance music and they can get your music on iTunes, Spotify and all the other
hit music selling and streaming sites.

You can make millions if you play your cards right and have a head full of hooks...

In the meantime you will have to have a little money to get by ..

There are jobs in cafes, restaurants waiting on tables and working in the kitchens, jobs cleaning offices and luxury homes,
customer service jobs in shops and call centres, driving taxies, trucks, courier vans etc..

$15 - $30 per hour average amount...

RENT

1 bedroom flat in south east Melbourne, suburbs such as Murrumbeena, Clayton, Springvale, Westall, $240 - $280 per week

Share a house/unit with someone else and pay around $100 - $140 per week

Train/Bus/tram tickets..
2014 fares
Zone 1 full fare all day Mon-Fri $7.16
Weekends Sat/Sun $6.00 (covers Zone 1 and 2)

Live near a railway station so you won't need a car..

See some of the other posts to get more ideas .. otherwise write your questions here...

Good Luck...
#Miles on Oct 28, 2014 :
I am a vocal of a rock band in Bangladesh.I want to come to Sydney as an international student and I really want to have a singing career in Australia.Will Sydney be the right choice for me to come?Is there any opportunities still there to have a musical career?Will there be any job for me? and if there,then how much they will be paying me every hour?
I'm in a fix.I need the answers ASAP.Can anyone please give me the answers?
#Husnain on Oct 26, 2014 :
How much will earn a international student... While he is doing a job in a hotel as a helping chef...??
And how much $ they paid us for 1 hour ?
#DJ on Oct 07, 2014 :
As a graduate student, will I be able to live ok in Sidney on $35,000/year?
#Bamboo on Sep 08, 2014 :
Hi #Etienne on Aug 31, 2014 :

Question:
You think one car is sufficient?

Answer:
A car allows you to visit and sightsee the beautiful coastal and country areas of NSW
and allows freedom of movement in the comfort of your own micro-climate auto(mobile).

Question:
We are both project managers in IT/banking so should be earning around $10,000 pre-tax I hope. Are we gonna be ok vs life in South Africa?

Answer:
$10,000 a month is plenty of money - you will be very comfortably off and able to save lots of money and enjoy
all the things Sydney has to offer.
#Etienne on Aug 31, 2014 :
Looks like my wife and I and our 9yo boy might be moving to Sydney in near future. You think one car is sufficient? We are both project managers in IT/banking so should be earning around $10,000 pre-tax I hope. Are we gonna be ok vs life in South Africa?
#Anonymous on Aug 01, 2014 :
Hi to #Sajjad on Jul 26, 2014 : #Vaibhav on Jul 21, 2014 : #John on Jul 16, 2014 :

Here's are some approximate estimates on the costs of living in Sydney and Melbourne.

Rentals
1 bedroom walk up flat within 7 - 15 km of city $240 - $280 per week
1 bedroom modern apartment within 7 - 15 km of city $340 - $420 per week

Train Fares - Sydney
Ticket fare-band 0 - 10kms 10 - 20kms 20 - 35kms 35 - 65km 65kms +
Adult Single $3.80 $4.60 $5.20 $6.80 $8.60
Concession Single $1.90 $2.30 $2.60 $3.40 $4.30

Rice and curry $8 - $10
Fast Food Hungry Jacks meal - Vege burger, fries and drink ~$8.60
Coffee in a cafe $3.40 - $3.80
Chinese food in food court $8 -$10

Australia is a good place to start your own business and there are many opportunities for
car mechanics, electronic technicians and engineers, plumbers, builders, carpenters,
house painters, roof specialists, electricians.

Also good for writers, poets, musicians, record producers, internet content creators,
software developers, e-book publishing, entertainment content creators, education content creators..

Health Care
Nurses, Doctors, Hospital Orderlies, Dentists, Opticians, Aged care providers etc..

TELCO
Data services testing, mobile phone telco support, Internet broadband and high speed fibre network support,
Cellular/Mobile phone network support..

Public Transport
Working for the public transport system offers good jobs and good wages ..

Restaurants, Cafes..
Cooks, chefs, cleaners, kitchen hands, waiters .. loads of jobs available..

Cleaners .. lot's of jobs (many off-book cash) cleaning offices and shops..

Taxi/Courier/Truck/Van/Delivery driving..
Loads of jobs available..

Best way to save money if you're coming here on a budget:
1. Share housing: You can cut your rent by half or more by sharing accomodation.
2. Cook your own food at home, go to inexpensive restaurants for simple but tasty meals
(Shines, indian, Sri lankan, Middle eastern etc..)
3. Enjoy Prasadam vegetarian meals at ISKCON centres for free
#Sajjad on Jul 26, 2014 :
HI
I have got a opportunity for Australian permanent residence trough an agent
I am working in garment manufacturing industries like men's/ladies outer wear
as a quality manger,
I would like to know what is the minimum cost of living in Australia per month?
I would like to know what will be my salary per month according to US Dollar?
#vaibhav on Jul 21, 2014 :
whatwould be my monthly expenses in sydney if i join the UTS???
what would be the minimun expense for rent and food???
#John on Jul 16, 2014 :
I'm a automotive electrical engineer living in south africa at the moment. Thinking of moving to sydney. What are the oppertunities for someone like me to A) start their own auto-electrical business and B) to work for a company that values my skills. Alos, what is the salary like? any feedback would be appreciated.
#TomTom on Jul 01, 2014 :
Hi to Kiran from India who had some questions on Jun 29, 2014 :

1) How are the job opportunities for sales & marketing (with engineering graduate)?
It's competitive and you may first have to settle for another job role in possibly an unrelated field while
you keep searching for your priority position.

2) How much salary I can expect in Australia.
$60K to $120K depending on the job role, performance and size of company.

3) How are the monthly expenses to live there?
Rent 1 bed flat $350 per week, weekly Train/Bus/Tram ticket/s around $60,
Food for 1 person $15-$20 per day, Electricity/Gas/Water approx $70-$90 per week,
#Kiran on Jun 29, 2014 :
Hello friends.
I am Kiran from India.
I am engineering graduate & I have 4.5 years of experience in sales of industrial products & technical machinery.
I am interested to move to Australia for Job.
kindly suggest:-
1) How are the job opportunities for sales & marketing (with engineering graduate)?
2) How much salary I can expect in Australia.
3) How are the monthly expenses to live there?
kindly answer my questions...
#Time Travel on Apr 26, 2014 :
Fran come and move to Sydney or Melbourne, you'll love it here !!
#Fran on Apr 25, 2014 :
Hey. I live in london (Uk). Rent here is 1500gbp to live much far from the center (zone 4), plus i need to pay council tax (148a month). My salary is crap, i'm manager in a big coffee house and i get 8 p/h. My partner is a chef and to get 450 a week he needs to work 75h. Weather is always crap. People are pretty stressed. Cigarettes are 7-10£. I spend 140£ a month in transport.
#Brazilian guy on Apr 16, 2014 :
This is a response to #Anonymous,

If you are thinking that the government is stolling from the australian citizen, try to take a look in Brazil, imported products have scary taxes, something like 80% of the product + shipping, internet is a piece of shit, for rent you have do sell your eyes, and everyday on the news, there're notices of corrupt politicians stolling the brazilian money, superfaturing in public constructions.

There are no places on hospitals if you get some problem, the schools education is one of the worst in the world, there's a votation in national congress that gives 10% of the seats in fereral universities to ex drug addicted people.

Resuming, all the Brazilian territory is falling into pieces, for Fifa world Cup, the government spend billions of dollars building stadiuns, but, the rest of the country is falling.

Regards
#Brett on Mar 29, 2014 :
Re: Anonymous on Jan 09, 2014:

I am really sorry you feel the way you do about Sydney. It is a shame you didn't mention:
• the pristine beaches,
• the fabulous waterways such as Port Hacking and Pittwater to mention a few.
• the city bordered by national parks to north, south and to the west,
• the outstanding restaurants and bars
• practical residential and commercial buildings and infra structure,
• unparalleled sporting facilities and events,
• Highly cultured in all areas of the arts,
• The beautiful Botanical Garden smack in the CBD.

Just a few positive aspects of Sydney listed and having lived there for 50 years I am not unaware of brown-outs or an abundance of timber cladded house.
I reckon you are a nark. Not because you don’t like Sydney, but because you give a balanced opinion thus suggesting you sound like a perennial whinger.
#ex kangaroo on Feb 15, 2014 :
here in europe cigarets cost only 4 to 5 euro good wine 3 to 5 euro cinema 10 euro petrol is 1.6 a litre rent 400 euro monthly i am an Australian living in europe north italy i think its cheaper here you have beatiful beaches near and 1 hour i am skiing on the snow i think i am better off in europe love Sydney too expensive bye aussies
#Tom of Sydney on Feb 02, 2014 :
Van you will like Australia. Sydney is a modern organised city with a good infrastructure.

A lot of our farming foods end up going offshore as well .. and prices are quite high here .. but the opportunities and
quality of your life here makes up for it.

Internet speed is fine .. don't believe what some people write .. most people have access to fast broadband
and fast wireless / mobile broadband.
#van on Jan 30, 2014 :
I can't believe people complain about 6mb internet. Worst in the world? please. Come visit South Africa, all internet is wireless, we got no wires left!! Uncapped? please, no such thing. we get 1mb internet so expensive only politicians can afford.
All our good produce goes to Aus, Newz and England. We are literally not allowed to eat our own produce, we must eat the crap we get from Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique (Zimbabwe no longer really exists.) Africa is not much the same as always, every single day it is worse and worse. Approximately 1 person is raped here every single minute, and is NEVER caught. Please get me out of here. Aus seems perfectly fine with their copper cables.
#JungleBoy on Jan 13, 2014 :
Sydney and Melbourne are the best cities to live in. If you're wealthy or on a good wicket you can buy a house .. in a good suburb not too far from the city you would expect to pay $900,000 to $3,000.000: A lot of people a choosing to buy or rent apartments because of the cost difference when compared to houses.

My advise, don't move to the cheap/low rent areas because that's usually where the trouble is with dysfunctional youth/adults and high crime.

Move to a good area and choose a smaller space to live in.

As one of the other posts said - you can live cheaply on about $30-$40 a day if you choose by sharing accommodation and being sensible and smart with your money..

Or if you're wealthy you can live high on the heap like a king in a spacious city or harbour apartment or massive mansion and land compound with harbour views and your own jetty. (You're probably looking at $25-100 Million for such a place..)

Sydney is great and so is Melbourne.

As another post said .. it is a capitalist city in a capitalist country so expect to pay for everything... that's business...
#L on Jan 12, 2014 :
Sri, check the website "Gumtree" as it is generally the most popular place for shared-house listings.
#Sri Cahyati on Jan 11, 2014 :
hay , anyone can help me? i very need link boarding house in sydney
#Bob on Jan 11, 2014 :
Sydney is a great city.Ultra modern but plenty of outdoors.The Harbour is teaming with wild life.Like NYC, you can live rich or cheap.Buy at Costco,use trains or bike,swim at the numerous beaches,lots of cheap inner city restautants.
#Anonymous on Jan 09, 2014 :
It's funny how you all just love wasting money on rent and saying living in a small 3 bedroom apartment is nice wtf that is not Australia, secondly I have lived in Sydney most of my life and been to other countries,so here is the real deal.

Transport is complete shit house we are talking like 3rd world rails and trains with high price tickets.

Electricity is crazy high unless your some old fart that does not have a laptop, computer, big TV, nice sound system, mobile, tablet, Worst case is that you live in Sydney with no gas, so your hot water is Electric and your stove is Electric and you be paying a lot more especially if you have down lights everywhere as there 50 watts each most rooms have 5.

brown outs and blackouts are also common.

water is filled with crap, its so bad that you can clean concrete with it and watch it froth up and wash it clean........well at leased you will save on cleaning products.

houses are shit as well a lot are wood or cladding that will also increase your cost as well it looking crap.

apartments are fancy name for units or shoe boxs, I do not care how nice they are but lets face it you cant do anything in them, like turn your music up, watch a movie of a night, have a party with friends, maybe you want to hang some pictures and stuff well in a lot of places tuff titties there as you would not be allowed or have to ask.

If you rent in Australia, Sydney your treated like shit.
If you buy a house in Australia, Sydney your rich, have too much cash to burn, or your crazy as prices like this can only go in one direction.

Internet, Australia has the worst Internet in the world this is no joke, you would be lucky to get 6mb and be paying the same price as someone on 20mb with unlimited cap << well thats good unlimited cap cool you can download all you want on slow speed.

With our great new PM Tony Abbot who knows nothing about Technology or Science for that matter "Religious NUT" has Flushed the NBN down the toilet.... so the internet is not going to improve in the future.

Fact the copper lines are now owned by the government.
Fact if you call Telstra or who ever they will not fix the lines.
Fact The copper lines are the problem with the Internet in Australia Fibre is the way of the Future.

With more demand on the internet clearly its just going to get worse.

Reasons the Australian people they have lived most of there life's in a bubble and think its the best country in the world and pay anything to live here.

Fact its not.

Fact smokes cost $24 for a pack of 40's that's nearly 50cents per sig.... does the gov help people to quit no.

Fact Australian government just wants every ones money up there ass.
#Harry on Jan 08, 2014 :
Have a look at the comments about the Cost Of Living in Melbourne - very good advise and suggestions.
#Mazhar on Jan 06, 2014 :
Hi,

I am planning to travel to Sydney in search of a job. I don't have any idea about the city. Can some one suggest a place to stay there which will cost me the lowest and help me in looking for a job?

Also, let me know how much salary I can expect. I am an IT professional with 9 years of experience.

Thanks in advance.
#AA on Dec 29, 2013 :
I've been living in Sydney 27 years and these prices seem okay as an average and statistically but if you are planning to move here from Overseas you will probably want to live in the inner city (within <5km from CBD). If this is the case you should expect higher inflated prices on rent, groceries, and entertainment. Your quality of life will be well worth the inflated prices as your salary and vicinity to the city / beaches will compensate.
#Bharat Peswani on Dec 29, 2013 :
Hi I am planning to move with my wife to Australia for a job.. can anybody tell me what is the average salary we can expect and the average cost of living...
#AliBee on Dec 25, 2013 :
All you guys wanting to live in Sydney and complaining well you are partly the problem in driving housing and costs up so spread the love around to other places in Australia. I'm a eurasian migrant living in perth for 40 years and prices are worse so Sydney is like third world for me! Sydney is a nice place but effectively land locked with the harbour and run out of space. Most migrants to Australia land in Sydney and stay there adding to the pressure so blame yourselves partly for the problems.

From australia we are looking across the world and what do we see - Europe except Germany and a few others, mostly all EU stagnating and going backwards, eastern europe, Russia and central Asia not hearing good things, USA slightly better but the same and their military budget of 50% of the world well that makes jobs or does that drag them down at the expense of their own citizens welfare, NE Asia like Japan the same stagnating except korea, China booming but for how long and howabout their one party PLA and pollution and standard of living, parts of south east Asian doing well, India improving, Africa much the same as always, Latin America well Brazil and Chile doing well but catching up needed and the others no good. Am I missing anything here? Cost of living for me I don't drink much, don't smoke, eat mostly noodles, rice and curry which is plentiful, healthier and cheaper than western food, not to mention generally tastier in restaurants.
#JDF018 on Dec 25, 2013 :
It's funny....we are looking at moving to Australia...likely Sydney and really I am happy with the prices as they are about the same as prices in Vancouver Canada. I would love a place that would be great for design (I'm an Interior Designer and my husband is an Architect) and a little less expensive to live.
#Raj3892 on Sep 25, 2013 :
o ma gawd i am really scared now , my family is planning to make me do mba from University of new southwales but now i think i would go kenya lol , 1 pack of cigrette -5-6 dollars thats more than double wtff.... m just freaking out ,,,, ...so imbalance in economy :x
#DMYTRO on Sep 14, 2013 :
So, guys! If I will compare live in Sydney and live in Kiev, capital of Ukraine (between Poland and Russia). In Australia life is real better. Yes you have to pay double price compare with Ukraine, but average salary is 10 time highest!
#Dee on Aug 21, 2013 :
Sydney is expensive in terms of housing, transport & entertainment. 'Regular' 'branded' supermarket prices are also high, BUT you can shop smart, cook and eat well e.g. at discount supermarkets like Aldi and Costco, or at markets for in season fruits and veg. The large supermarkets like Woolworths and Coles also offer no frills homebrands like $2 for 2L milk. However, it is also true that my trolley of necessities on specials for a family of 3 is $150-200 every 2-3 weeks. This is supplemented by meat from the butcher or Aldi, and veg & fruits from markets.
#zambian on Aug 20, 2013 :
jeez am scared to death, am planning to further my studies in australia,coming from zambia where things are holy cheap and the prices up there have just really freaked me out,i would never afford 2 yrs :(
#Mark on Jul 27, 2013 :
Australia is like any other country, if you know where to go prices are much cheaper. You dont buy beer by the six pack, a carton
on special will cost $30.I am travelling in europe at the moment, Dont go to scandinavia unless you have won the lotto,six pack in oslo 30 aussie dollars, and i have looked every where for cheaper. Beef over here hardly exists , in australia its everywhere along with all other cuts. If you do intend to head up here bring your booze with you from duty free or germany
#Statos on Jul 05, 2013 :
Yeah Im surprised by the cost of Rents in Sydney, that is really expensive. However the overall quality of life is really good. One needs to know how to smartly spends its money. Yes, a night out for drinks can be very very painfull. Good thing I dont smoke and dont drink ! :D
#Analyst on Jul 05, 2013 :
Well well it's no surprise that "greed" eventually leads to out of control prices! I wonder how long before they realise the circle is completely broken in Australia due to the hugely overvalued property market making a huge impact on the cost of living which in turn has catapolted prices on all goods and services. The only people who seem to have had a pay rise in the last 10 years are the politicians and those that work for government departments which now receive more than Mining companies for some roles...odd! Time will tell!
#Jatin Gajjar on Jul 03, 2013 :
What is the average salary given Indian Chartered Accountant in sydney? particularly in audit and account department. Let me know about scope for M.A. (Master in Arts) with special subjects of High Level English for a lady.
#Anonymous on Apr 09, 2013 :
I wonder how much does a family of four need before tax for a decent living in Sydney? When taking about decent life I think about nice 2 bedroom rented home near sea, eating out three to four time a month, having car, saving for pension and holidays, good schools etc... just to feel like a human beings who deserve to enjoy in fruits of their work:-)
#Kayla on Jan 30, 2013 :
Is there a site that tells you the cost of living from 1998?
#Nicki on Jan 06, 2013 :
well if i can put some facts,in croatia avarege anualy income is around 1000AUD lets say in australia anualy avarege incom after being taxed is around 6000 AUD. and from this list above ill take 3 things to compare.. in croatia you will find drinks as it is here, most of food is cheeper than in croatia, and price of car is same as it is here. It is ridicules how quality of life depends on where you live.. australians, they can afford car for 5 monthly incoms, in croatia you will need six times more monthly incoms to afford it, you will need 27 wages to do so. and price index are almost same, in favor of australia where prices are cheeper. But with that amount of money you earn here on monthly basis, it is good life i must say.
#jr on Dec 02, 2012 :
Rent, eating and drinking out in Sydney are ridiculously expensive!
For example, a 1-bedroom apartment in a nice apartment block in the city centre or within a couple of km from the centre is around AUD 2,200 per month!
#John on Oct 15, 2012 :
Just back from a week in Sydney, and struck by how expensive it was. Just as dear as London or New York now.
#DaveO on Aug 08, 2012 :
Just got back to the US from Sydney and Brisbane. We were surprised at how expensive beer is in Australia. In the US, you can buy a six-pack of domestic beer at a grocery for $7 or less, or an import for $9. In Australia, we never saw any beer for less than $14 for a six-pack.
#Greg Kirkwood on Aug 01, 2012 :
Many of the prices are far inflated, for living in NSW, I can buy bread for $1 per loaf, and that goes for many other items, which are cheaper, such as shoes, etc. You just need to look around to find much cheaper prices. AS for the Rents, that is fairly true, and this is red hot! Cigarettes are amazingly expensive due to this government jacking up the tax! Yours, Greg Kirkwood.
#Johnfromoz on Jun 25, 2012 :
Prices for food are way above the actual ones, unless one buys from 7/11 or Coles Express or another similar place. Big supermarkets have their own brands and pricing for these items are the same nationwide. Coles and Woolworths are the biggest ones. Their milk costs $1 per litre, loaf of white bread costs 99 cents just to give an example. It is really beyond me why would anyone pay $3 for milk or $4 for bread just coz it has a nice label and its advertised a lot on TV. Chickenbreast, like other meats are a lot cheaper at butchers. Chicken fillet, just like steak and pork cost around $6-$7. Of course, there are more expensive steaks too. It really comes down to where one shops and what lifestyle leads.
#Sydneysider74 on Jun 14, 2012 :
The cost of living has gone way up in Sydney. For a 2 bedroom apartment 6 kms for the city, we are paying $750 AUD per month - $3,250 per month - pretty OTT! As for groceries - you go to the shops to get "a few things" and you'll easily drop $50 each time. You need a good salary to live in Sydney these days
#Cancerian on May 31, 2012 :
Hi, I am moving to Sydney and my monthly income after tax would be around $ 7250. I will be living with my wife and 7 years old daughter. Can you help me on monthly approx expenses with family in Sydney?
#Ross McMartin on Aug 22, 2011 :
Thanks for this, people need to realise it's an indicator and ready reckoner to get an idea, not exact! Good site
#Mladen on Dec 09, 2010 :
Hi hank, the issue is that something is not available in each country. For example, Volkswagen Golf is not being sold in India. Therefore people enter the price of equivalent car. Or "Trendline" equipment is not available in some countries. Also there is a human error. With enough entries for a given item, the price should converge to be as correct as possible. Even if government would provide data, those data doesn't have to be correct because the price might be different in different supermarkets, banks can have different quotes for existing customers, etc. So we are doing our best to provide as better data as possible. More than 100K monthly visitors (with more than 400K pageviews) are the best assurance that we are on the right track.

#hank on Nov 29, 2010 :
Most supermarkets have national pricing for most of their products in Australia. So most prices across all cities in Australia should be the same.
Why does a VW Golf cost $33k in Sydney and $25k in Melbourne! If that was true, there'd be people driving these things up to Sydney making $8k per trip!

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