Cost of Living in Perth

Summary of cost of living in Perth, Australia:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 A$ 15.00-50.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 150.00 A$ 100.00-250.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 16.00 A$ 14.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 12.00 A$ 7.00-16.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.00 A$ 9.00-15.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.52 A$ 4.00-8.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.97 A$ 3.00-6.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.35 A$ 2.40-5.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 9.70 A$ 5.68-15.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.27 A$ 1.97-5.44
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.57 A$ 0.91-2.27
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.40 A$ 4.29-9.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.07 A$ 4.76-14.99
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.38 A$ 4.08-9.07
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.88 A$ 5.90-15.88
Apples (1 lb) 2.36 A$ 1.36-2.95
Banana (1 lb) 1.86 A$ 1.27-4.08
Oranges (1 lb) 2.17 A$ 1.13-3.40
Tomato (1 lb) 2.75 A$ 1.13-4.54
Potato (1 lb) 1.69 A$ 0.45-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.37 A$ 0.68-2.04
Lettuce (1 head) 3.65 A$ 2.00-5.75
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.76 A$ 0.90-4.75
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.50 A$ 12.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 7.53 A$ 3.50-11.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.85 A$ 5.00-12.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 45.00 A$ 38.00-60.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.85 A$ 2.80-6.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 168.00 A$ 96.00-204.50
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 7.00 A$ 6.00-9.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.43 A$ 3.22-8.05
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 80.00 A$ 49.00-90.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.21 A$ 6.47-9.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 40,000.00 A$ 35,000.00-44,423.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 35,130.95 A$ 30,000.00-42,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 354.66 A$ 204.00-425.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 48.23 A$ 25.00-80.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 85.50 A$ 70.00-124.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 71.73 A$ 25.00-129.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 25.32 A$ 15.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 25.00 A$ 20.00-30.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,515.25 A$ 1,500.00-3,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,226.18 A$ 10,000.00-30,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 131.35 A$ 70.00-165.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 107.42 A$ 35.00-150.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 180.48 A$ 100.00-259.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 214.13 A$ 100.00-310.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,604.97 A$ 1,880.00-3,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,900.19 A$ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,896.72 A$ 3,000.00-4,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,911.07 A$ 2,250.00-3,600.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,066.39 A$ 607.30-1,393.53
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 838.56 A$ 418.06-1,161.28
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,631.75 A$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.48 5.56-7.50

Prices in Perth

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Last update: April 2024
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12 Comments so far
Anonymous on Aug 28, 2023:
Prices indicated are no longer valid. Inflation is real and prices for groceries are going through the roof. 1kg beef is $25-$49, 1 kg salmon is around $30, potatos $3.5, cigarettes fun fact are $58 per box not a carton haha. Rent starts around $2000 per month for a small hole. A larger hole would set you back for double. If you want to grab a coffee it cost you $5.5 to go, having a meal at an a stage restaurant with bad service and meh meal would cost $100 a minimum for a couple with one drink each.
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Milo Oblong on Jul 31, 2023:
Perth isn't good. Here are some reasons why -

1. Too many rude migrants from China and India
2. High cost of living
3. Depressingly bad dating scene. Impossible to find a date here if you aren't white or a celebrity.
4. Nothing to do and you need a car to get around.
5. Racist locals that are tough to make friends with / don't like outsiders.

Extremely depressed here and I can't wait to leave.
Andrew on Mar 10, 2023:
I find the comments on Perth in this thread fair. There are some other ones that I don't know what happened but posters just sprout all sorts of bitterness. I'm so proud of the city that when anyone from out of the State or country come-over, I'm happy to show them as much as I can. What usually gets missed is the parks with natural beauty because I suspect Perth is one of the state capital cities with the lowest population densities in the world.
Eric on Dec 11, 2022:
Good news for larger families, small business owners and everybody else: Costco has a second location in Perth, it is Casuarina (Thomas Road and Kwinana Freeway). Keep on saving !
Denys Martin on Jul 29, 2022:
Regarding interest rates for mortgages in Australia.
20 years fixed rate is not available.
However, for a 5 years fixed rate, it's 6.84% pa.
Expected to rise to 7.5% on 5 August 2022.
Source for 6.84% as at 30 July 2022
Commonwealth bank of Australia Largest bank in Australia)

Thank you
Kieran Eindorf on Feb 23, 2022:
I live in Perth Metro area in Alkimos. It was a struggle to find rent under 400 per week for rent i now pay 400 per week.

These are the changes i would like to share

Before 2021-2022 financial Period

- $265 rent for a 2x1 right next to the train station
- $45 - $50 for a full tank of fuel per week
- $200 - $300 for a month of shopping
- $65 - $70 every 2 months for Gas

During 2021-2022

- $350 - $400 rent on a 3x2 with no bus stops or train station nearby, expensive internet and low phone reception.
- $65 - $80 for a Full tank of fuel per week
- $450 for a month of shopping
- $75 - $100 for gas every 2 months.

other utilities stayed about the same
Relying to Anon on Sep 14, 2021:
Anon from October. Sounds like you have been hanging around the wrong crowd. Sorry about your experience of Perth, perhaps try spending time with more open- minded and caring people that are less insecure, focused on status and willing to put others down? There are plenty of these around, whether relatively new migrants, 1st, 2nd, 3rd or further generation Australians including our first nation people
Anonymous on Jun 25, 2021:
Pros:
- Good climate
- Nice beaches
- Low unemployment rate
- Good public healthcare system
- Not a lot of poverty due to welfare system
- Lots of parks, sporting facilities and playgrounds in good condition

Cons:
- Too many politicians and layers of government
- Isolated
- Sense of entitlement
- Expensive

Your experience of any place will be shaped by your own interaction with it.

I can't say I've noticed the Xenophobic outbursts. I don't even know what an Eshay is.

I have young children and feel comfortable and safe in Perth.
Anonymous on Mar 25, 2021:
To Anyone who hasnt been or dosent know much about australia

Perth is a great city to live in. Usually Sydney or Melbourne would take the stage. But perth should also be reconised..

But i warn that there are some scrawny little pigs going out through the streets..

Eshays.. Eshays are just dumb wannabe gangsters who think they're cool and tough but cant do nothing.. they legit look like bums.. worse of all. They are all over Australia..

But they shouldnt be a hassle since they cant fight or stand up for themselves..
Anon on Oct 01, 2020:
People seem to forget that Perthites still harbour very deep resentment and feel humiliated by WA’s history and how they (or the Brits) obtained their homeland. Moreso among the older generations, but the same attitudes are passed down, to the point that the youngsters don’t really know why they hate outsiders but ‘they just do’. They believe that other nations are judging them or looking down on them, so they’re extremely defensive of their history / culture and will insult your country before you ‘get in there first’. The trouble is most people weren’t even thinking about ‘getting in there first’, which makes the random Xenophobic outbursts so shocking and bizarre.

The lack of positive, meaningful second nation culture or identity is a huge issue. The Aussie culture claims to be to ‘be a good bloke’ and ‘look after your mates’ - but it isn’t executed in the right way unfortunately. The end result is just pure nepotism. Generally speaking the only way for West Aussies to really establish an identity is via their wealth/status/postcode and people lose their minds trying to achieve that. You’ll find there is no relatively deep, ‘meaning of life’, alternative thinking from anybody. The mantra is Capitalise, buy property and die. To the detriment of who the f cares! I need my identity! My pool and my pick up truck! You’ll also notice Aussies are obsessed with ‘buying a piece of land’ - in other cultures we might say we’re building a home or developing a property but for Aussies the emphasis is always on buying a piece of land. Interesting wording I always think.

In such a new (second nation) country there are no deep rooted traditions, few extensive Australian family trees, little inherited religious/spiritual ideology to live by. Other cultures garner an identity via their social class, their place in history or even their ideology. These structures don’t really exist in Perth - wealth and status is King/God. The lack of morality when it comes to attaining that wealth and status is nasty and jaw dropping but only confirms this desperate scramble for a wealthy identity. There’s a feeling of ‘I’ll show the world what a bunch of supposed criminals can do’.

People mention that Perth has a boring ‘monoculture’. There is little creativity, expression, willingness to be unique, to step outside of the Perth prototype of a human existence. But why? Nobody can understand why nothing diverse or interesting ever takes off? Because to be different is a cardinal sin in Perth. Because anybody who doesn’t fit the mould is a threat to that slowly developing Aussie identity and must be targeted and bullied into submission. You can almost see the cogs turning when they encounter something new. ‘This isn’t what we know, I don’t understand this, this is a threat to us. Time to ostracise, bully and belittle.’

On the topic of racism, the easiest (yet most lethal) way to build bonds and allegiances with one another is via collective hatred of something or someone else. The lack of interest/fear of the wider world means that certain Perthites are fairly uncultured and often use Xenophobia and racism as a social bonding exercise. Not all - but many. Second Nation Western Australians are so effing lucky they are white. They love to dog whistle bad behaviour from the indigenous/black community - an unimaginative attempt to then justify their racism towards them. Reinforcing the idea that it’s okay to ostracise them. Oldest trick in the book. The emphasis on division further strengthens their supreme bonds to one another. You’ll note that for obvious reasons Western Australians tend to direct their Xenophobia/Racism towards the nations with the strongest sense of identity (Brits/Asians/Africans). This conveniently diverts attention away from their own. Again... old tricks. Many immigrants have experienced tribalism, bullying and Xenophobia from insecure Aussies.

I am willing to bet money that if Claire isn’t from the tourist board, she is a white Western boomer. I’ve no doubt that Claire may have had a good experience in Perth for those reasons. I myself fall into that category and was treated fairly well (when not being randomly verbally abused) but unfortunately I can’t ignore the treatment of ‘outsiders’ and don’t want to be part of the club so to speak. If you can’t bear the obsession with money, a superior race etc, don’t live in Perth or please just accept that it is what it is - it’s all far too deep rooted and won’t change for generations yet, if ever.
Perth society on Sep 16, 2020:
Not surprisingly, there has been an increase in the incidence of racial vilification and discrimination against ethnic minorities especially those of Asiatic origin in recent weeks. Whilst factors that contribute to such actions (heightened anxiety, loss of income, loss of employment etc.) are understandable, they are not acceptable, as they constitute civil and criminal offences under the Equal Opportunity Act, the Race Discrimination Act and the Western Australian Criminal Code.

promptly report racial abuse, discrimination or vilification to relevant authorities, if you or anyone you know are subjected to it.