Cost of Living Comparison Between Brisbane and Melbourne 

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Consumer Prices in Melbourne are 1.93% lower than in Brisbane (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Melbourne are 1.19% higher than in Brisbane
Rent Prices in Melbourne are 8.71% higher than in Brisbane
Restaurant Prices in Melbourne are 0.39% lower than in Brisbane
Groceries Prices in Melbourne are 0.06% higher than in Brisbane
Local Purchasing Power in Melbourne is 2.08% lower than in Brisbane
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Restaurants
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 A$ 20.00 A$      0.00 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 A$ 100.00 A$      0.00 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 14.25 A$ 12.50 A$      -12.28 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 A$ 10.00 A$      +25.00 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 10.00 A$ 10.00 A$      0.00 %
Cappuccino (regular) 4.58 A$ 4.39 A$      -4.21 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.52 A$ 3.31 A$      -6.02 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.74 A$ 2.66 A$      -2.96 %
Markets
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.18 A$ 5.99 A$      -3.04 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.42 A$ 2.75 A$      +13.60 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.28 A$ 1.15 A$      -10.26 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.55 A$ 4.93 A$      +8.39 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.36 A$ 5.57 A$      +27.75 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.01 A$ 5.03 A$      +0.32 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.60 A$ 7.97 A$      -7.36 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.14 A$ 1.96 A$      -8.48 %
Banana (1 lb) 1.65 A$ 1.43 A$      -13.82 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.76 A$ 1.47 A$      -16.22 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.25 A$ 1.97 A$      -12.46 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.54 A$ 1.41 A$      -7.96 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.16 A$ 1.30 A$      +12.06 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.77 A$ 2.52 A$      -8.91 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.07 A$ 2.28 A$      +10.03 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 17.50 A$ 15.00 A$      -14.29 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.69 A$ 5.88 A$      +3.31 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.80 A$ 6.60 A$      -2.89 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 38.20 A$ 41.00 A$      +7.33 %
Transportation
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.30 A$ 4.50 A$      +4.65 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 160.00 A$ 150.00 A$      -6.25 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.50 A$ 4.75 A$      +5.56 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.49 A$ 2.61 A$      -25.25 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 49.20 A$ 34.08 A$      -30.73 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.45 A$ 5.53 A$      +1.46 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,000.00 A$ 27,250.00 A$      -2.68 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,073.86 A$ 26,494.04 A$      +5.66 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 177.69 A$ 194.57 A$      +9.50 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.51 A$ 0.21 A$      -59.38 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 79.57 A$ 74.63 A$      -6.21 %
Sports And Leisure
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 66.03 A$ 64.69 A$      -2.03 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.00 A$ 21.60 A$      +13.68 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 A$ 20.00 A$      +33.33 %
Childcare
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,983.33 A$ 2,401.00 A$      +21.06 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 12,866.67 A$ 18,407.69 A$      +43.06 %
Clothing And Shoes
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 101.77 A$ 98.00 A$      -3.71 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 62.83 A$ 57.69 A$      -8.18 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 136.96 A$ 131.74 A$      -3.81 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 154.76 A$ 150.06 A$      -3.04 %
Rent Per Month
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,717.31 A$ 1,733.64 A$      +0.95 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,258.33 A$ 1,386.94 A$      +10.22 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,913.33 A$ 3,228.52 A$      +10.82 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,011.43 A$ 2,226.60 A$      +10.70 %
Buy Apartment Price
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 672.38 A$ 854.15 A$      +27.03 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 528.22 A$ 704.13 A$      +33.30 %
Salaries And Financing
Brisbane Edit Melbourne Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,972.99 A$ 4,927.75 A$      -0.91 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.40 2.95      -13.22 %
Last update: October 2021October 2021
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