Cost of Living in Brisbane

Summary about cost of living in Brisbane, Australia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 A$ 15.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 A$ 70.00-164.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 13.00 A$ 12.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 A$ 5.00-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 10.00 A$ 7.00-15.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.55 A$ 3.80-6.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.39 A$ 3.00-4.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.58 A$ 2.00-4.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 7.27 A$ 3.79-15.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.44 A$ 1.36-4.54
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.16 A$ 0.64-2.04
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.91 A$ 3.00-6.96
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.49 A$ 2.72-7.26
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.08 A$ 3.62-6.35
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.95 A$ 5.89-11.34
Apples (1 lb) 2.05 A$ 1.36-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 1.62 A$ 1.11-2.72
Oranges (1 lb) 1.81 A$ 0.98-2.72
Tomato (1 lb) 2.37 A$ 1.36-3.18
Potato (1 lb) 1.45 A$ 0.91-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.22 A$ 0.91-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 2.85 A$ 1.80-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.84 A$ 0.89-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 18.00 A$ 12.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.63 A$ 3.03-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.56 A$ 3.00-10.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 32.50 A$ 26.00-50.00
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.00 A$ 3.00-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 159.24 A$ 86.96-243.48
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 A$ 2.90-6.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.49 A$ 3.22-6.44
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 49.20 A$ 40.00-70.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.53 A$ 4.50-6.44
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,000.00 A$ 24,990.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,224.14 A$ 22,000.00-27,141.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 207.16 A$ 115.91-400.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.33 A$ 0.12-0.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 75.50 A$ 60.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 61.07 A$ 30.00-120.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.14 A$ 15.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 16.00 A$ 14.00-20.00
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,806.50 A$ 1,000.00-2,600.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 13,400.00 A$ 8,800.00-23,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 103.63 A$ 50.00-140.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 56.56 A$ 30.00-90.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 139.16 A$ 80.00-220.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 150.56 A$ 80.00-220.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,664.39 A$ 1,400.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,214.23 A$ 1,000.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,803.64 A$ 2,400.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,940.77 A$ 1,600.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 649.19 A$ 418.06-929.02
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 401.03 A$ 278.71-836.12
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,715.52 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.80 3.00-4.80

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Last update: November 2020
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18 Comments so far
Brisbane Resident on Sep 13, 2020:
I have to agree, Tanja's rates below are highly accurate, more so during this time (2020). The above-mentioned are out of date. Tanja's pricing below is the norm here in Brisbane if you live in the city centre, or live even a couple of suburbs away from the city centre. For those who would like to move to Brisbane, better to overprice than under right? But I assure you, as another resident of Brisbane, Tanja's rates are the closest value to the current costs of living here in BNE.
Anonymous on Jun 24, 2020:
There are other places called Denver in this world.
Elizabeth Kriesch on Dec 13, 2019:
Denver is not 18km from Brisbane Australia. It is is the US
Anonymous on Jul 16, 2019:
I totally agree with Tanja with regards to current prices ongoing costs and salaries.
Tanja on Jun 09, 2019:
Sorry to say but the figures above are out of date. It depicts a much more affordable cost of living than it actually is.

Firstly, the average net salary is not $55000 net .. that would mean the gross salary is $70,000.
I have worked and lived in Brisbane all my life, have 2 university degrees, have worked in management and senior admin roles and have not yet reached $70,000 gross salary. Most people in 'normal' jobs are grossing between $40,000 and $65,000. If you are an Engineer, Doctor, Lawyer or some specialist roles so it is certainly NOT an average presumed salary.

Also the figures for groceries:
Not sure where these guys go shopping but major supermarkets and butchers sell Chicken for approx. $12-$15/kg and beef steaks range from $20-$30/kg depending on the cut. Certainly not in the range of $4-$6 .. that was maybe the price in 1980.

Bread is between $3.65 for cheapest chinese baker to sour dough and artesian bread costing up to $8 a loaf.

Cheese - 750g block ranges from $6-$7.5
Tomatoes even at the markets cost between $3 and $7/kg depending on season and natural disasters that have occurred.
Potatoes .. 1 kg either at market or in supermarket is $5

And then there is the cost of utilities quoted above is again something from the mid 80's
Electricity for a standard 4 bedroom house = $100-$150 per month .. slightly reduced if you have solar panels on your roof
Rates for a house/unit = $100 per month
Water and Sewerage costs for 4 person household = $125-$150 a month (more if you have a pool)
Internet - broadband = $100 a month
Mobile phone plans = $49-$99 per month depending on usage required.

So really, it is much less affordable than what is listed above. Numbeo, you need to update your information.
Issam issa on Feb 23, 2019:
I am an engineer but intending to open business in Brisbane and i wonder how is the private own works going there
Is it profitable or being employed is better
What is approximately the rate of return of business ( aversion)
I have two kids that will join the university
Challenged Asparagus on Oct 04, 2018:
@Mr Rodger check out Dakabin. It's right next to North Lakes, just over the freeway. Much more affordable and not a slum either.
Mr Rodger on Jul 15, 2018:
Hi guys, i am 23, single and i am a butcher. i would prefer to live in North Lakes, however, i am a monthly gym member, i play soccer 2 nights a week, i need to purchase a car to get to work, i need a phone and i spend most friday and saturday nights going out. do you recommend i purchase a house or rent a house?
Neville on Nov 08, 2017:
Doesn't matter whether you're a doctor, lawyer etc., if you're a foreigner, you will be beaten down to the point where you'll be happy to be a 10 dollar an hour cleaner. Then the cleaning will be great, and they'll take the kudos for that too. Almost no difference between here and north Korea, you're either in the regime or not! Small dictatorships in South America are probably better places to live, at least the rents are probably cheaper, and your chances of survival are better?
Bob on Nov 08, 2017:
You're basically coming to "deliverance in the bush"! Morons living in fantasyland, painting a picture of "Pleasantville" while the cops and ambos scrape the bodies off the pavement. People, seemingly happily married with kids and a nice house, end up jumping off the cliffs to their deaths. Gamblers end up dead in the river, wives leave their husbands to become prostitutes, husbands leave their wives for their gay lovers, non productive druggies are hit with hotshots, one third of kids are fiddled with, more homeless people than LA, loads of mental asylums and prisons, no jobs, just promises, promises, promises, disappointment, disappointment, disappointment. To say anything else is false advertising, and a lot of money is spent on that!
Brianne on Nov 08, 2017:
The only business left here is rental and tourist income. That's why rents are so high. Everybody get's stuffed around and filled with hope, anything as long as they pay the rent. It's all a front, run by fools. You might as well look to travel to hell.
Sally on Nov 08, 2017:
They hate the educated here. Foriegn students are only for "paying rents, drinking piss, taking drugs and paying for cab fares". Inbreds rule here, and the educated are kept on the dole to babysit the inbreds. The whole place verges on insanity. Logic is abused, beaten up and spat on. They just wait for stupid foreigners to stumble in so they can scab off them.
Amelie on Nov 08, 2017:
So true,Roger and Gary, but it get's worse. Did you know you cant live in Kings Cross in Sydney unless you have AIDS? In Brisbane, gonnorhea is rife, legal prostition. Brisane,they basically cross their fingers hoping the stock market will go up. Nothing else,except prostitution, gambling, drugs, peadophelia, hotshots and murder. Families torn apart, ripoffs everywhere, no law or order, no working governments - just loads of inbreds wondering how to pay off 90 billion dollars of government debt, and 90 billion dollars of private debt.
Gary on Nov 08, 2017:
So true Roger. In the last month, just in a 200 metre radius from where I live, we have had 2 "suicides", a dead body in broad daylight found in our driveway, a young lawyer run over and killed by a government vehicle,multiple other deaths and suspicious circumstances. Cops etc. dont give a stuff (as long as it's not them), and the nightly news says, "another day in paradise tomorrow with a top of __ degrees"?
Roger on Nov 08, 2017:
As is usual, this place is a ripoff! Bring your money, knowledge and your hope! Like an ambush, you will lose the lot, and nobody will give a stuff! All will be covered up, and you will be called a mental defective! If you happen to be murdered, you will become "just another suicide statistic"! Inbred morons run the place, they produce pamphlets trying "to attract you to heaven"! Heaven turns to hell!
Miles Cheifetz on Jul 25, 2017:
I wanted to move from Sydney to Qld for 20 years, and in April it became a reality. I live in the Moreton Bay region (LGA), on Brisbane's Northside (19km to CBD). I love it here, Q has always been my favourite state in 30 years of being in Australia; I strongly recommend it - it is relaxed, attractive, clean, and is still affordable for real estate, unlike Sydney or Melbourne.
These are a selection of my costs here in Brisbane:
• House purchase (4 bdrms, 2-storey, 2 bathrooms & WCs pool, 2-car garage, totally refurbished 2017): $460K
• Electricity per quarter: $600-900
• Water rates: $350 per quarter
• Council rates: $1300 per annum ($325 per quarter)
• Car insurance (3rd party CTP personal injury + comprehensive + rego): $1,040 per annum
• House insurance: $1800 per annum
• Broadband internet & Wi-Fi: $40 per month
• Fuel: $1.00-1.35 per litre
• Groceries for 2 people: $200-300 per week
• Landline: $40 per month
• Mobile phone: $29 per month (cap plan)
• Tolls: some motorways free, others you can use alternate arterial roads!
• Restaurant meal: $30-50 pp on Northside
• Medical: $40 Medicare gap per Dr visit or bulk-billing (free)
• Coffee: $4.50-5.50
• Booze: $22-25 per bottle for cheap spirits / $5 & up per bottle or cask for red or white wine / beer: varies

Hope this helps! Brisbane is generally one of the more affordable mainland state capitals in Australia. Cheers!
bigbird on Jun 20, 2017:
hi there I'm hoping to emigrate to Australia as an occupational health and safety advisor, I currently earn 27k pounds sterling in UK and manage to live comfortably in my rental 3 bed property, it states in Australia the average annual salary for this profession is 79k aus dollars is this a comfortable salary to live on and where is the best area to move to for affordable rentals with a nice lifestyle on that kind of salary please.
Adegboyega on Nov 09, 2016:
I am making moves to migrate to Queensland.As a Medical lab Tech, with my wife and a kid. Any cheap accommodation and job for a new settler?