Cost of Living Comparison Between Brisbane and Melbourne 

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Cost of Living in Melbourne is 0.3% lower than in Brisbane (without rent)
Cost of Living Including Rent in Melbourne is 0.9% lower than in Brisbane
Rent Prices in Melbourne are 2.0% lower than in Brisbane
Restaurant Prices in Melbourne are 2.0% higher than in Brisbane
Groceries Prices in Melbourne are 0.4% lower than in Brisbane
Local Purchasing Power in Melbourne is 5.2% higher than in Brisbane
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Restaurants
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 21.00 A$ 25.00 A$      +19.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 A$ 115.00 A$      -4.2 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.00 A$ 15.00 A$      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 12.00 A$ 10.00 A$      -16.7 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.00 A$ 10.00 A$      -16.7 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.36 A$ 5.23 A$      -2.5 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.26 A$ 3.97 A$      -6.8 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.64 A$ 3.51 A$      -3.7 %
Markets
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 8.03 A$ 8.13 A$      +1.3 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.26 A$ 3.62 A$      +10.9 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.55 A$ 1.48 A$      -4.2 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.10 A$ 5.84 A$      -4.3 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.22 A$ 6.47 A$      +4.1 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.76 A$ 5.94 A$      +3.1 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 10.27 A$ 9.55 A$      -7.0 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.16 A$ 2.04 A$      -5.6 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.89 A$ 1.74 A$      -7.5 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.31 A$ 1.72 A$      -25.4 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.53 A$ 2.58 A$      +1.9 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.69 A$ 1.52 A$      -9.9 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.47 A$ 1.45 A$      -1.0 %
Lettuce (1 head) 3.07 A$ 3.24 A$      +5.6 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.49 A$ 2.15 A$      -13.5 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.00 A$ 18.50 A$      -7.5 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 8.12 A$ 7.16 A$      -11.8 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.33 A$ 8.44 A$      +1.2 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 40.00 A$ 45.00 A$      +12.5 %
Transportation
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.34 A$ 5.30 A$      +22.1 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 200.00 A$ 180.00 A$      -10.0 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.50 A$ 5.50 A$      +22.2 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.69 A$ 4.83 A$      +31.0 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 54.30 A$ 44.74 A$      -17.6 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.66 A$ 7.32 A$      -4.3 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 40,750.00 A$ 42,051.00 A$      +3.2 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 32,445.77 A$ 34,042.76 A$      +4.9 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 280.17 A$ 234.81 A$      -16.2 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 37.47 A$ 40.26 A$      +7.5 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 77.70 A$ 79.17 A$      +1.9 %
Sports And Leisure
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 81.05 A$ 80.54 A$      -0.6 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 26.40 A$ 22.12 A$      -16.2 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 A$ 22.00 A$      +10.0 %
Childcare
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,359.72 A$ 2,663.53 A$      +12.9 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 14,075.00 A$ 29,438.56 A$      +109.2 %
Clothing And Shoes
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 130.39 A$ 119.04 A$      -8.7 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 67.50 A$ 78.89 A$      +16.9 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 186.49 A$ 163.32 A$      -12.4 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 159.11 A$ 173.62 A$      +9.1 %
Rent Per Month
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,482.38 A$ 2,222.42 A$      -10.5 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,090.16 A$ 1,832.46 A$      -12.3 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,961.45 A$ 4,206.65 A$      +6.2 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,647.47 A$ 2,693.32 A$      +1.7 %
Buy Apartment Price
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,141.48 A$ 1,008.33 A$      -11.7 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 794.42 A$ 781.95 A$      -1.6 %
Salaries And Financing
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,016.09 A$ 6,274.56 A$      +4.3 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.31 6.39      +1.2 %
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