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Quality of Life in Brisbane, Australia

Purchasing Power Index 124.21   Very High
Safety Index 65.96   High
Health Care Index 82.48   Very High
Climate Index 98.07   Very High
Cost of Living Index 72.44   Moderate
Property Price to Income Ratio 5.78   Low
Traffic Commute Time Index 40.67   Moderate
Pollution Index 20.91   Low
ƒ Quality of Life Index: 201.05   Very High

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Last update: October 2019

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6 Comments so far

#Tom on May 03, 2019 :
The salary/cost balance in Brisbane is reasonable compared to Sydney/Melbourne and the public transport is OK as long as you commute to and from the city and live somewhere near the express bus line or train.

Also, if you are coming from some developing South-East Asian country you probably enjoy the so called "Australian/Western" culture for a while and there will be lots of things here that will make you feel home, there are reasonable migrant communities in certain suburbs and those normally have a pleasant atmosphere (if not the best actually). Also, the climate will not be too different that you experienced at home, the city is convenient and public transport is OK to commute to/from the city. Reasonable safe place and you can find a decent and stable job easily.

However, if you happened to come here from UK or some other Western European countries and you are not only backpacking then your situation might be a bit different. The culture is really extremist, ultra-right and ultra-left behavior are widespread, there is a state governed and sponsored anti-European sentiment at every step (whilst going to the opposite with regards to US), hugely intrusive laws and moronic regulations, oversold products and services on a lowest possible quality and the housing quality is well below any developed Asian country's standard (tiny land parcels, virtually no noise/heat insulation in any new buildings, sub-standard constructions and lego-land like box houses everywhere, everything made of wood and rots away in the humidity or the ants chew it day and night - my apartment in Tokyo had higher ceiling height than in an average Brisbane apartment).

The society - well, high proportion of the locals are barely working class. Cultural events are all highly regulated and censored in order to accurately reflect the governing political party's views (and that includes even the classical music channel on the local radio) in contrast of that there is also a high prevalence of Australian Defence Force funded organizations all around.

There are huge number of drug addict homeless everywhere, whom are often aggressive and abusive if you don't donate - the local police does not seem to care about these issues unless they really have to. The Queensland state library is also full of homeless - they often sleep and snore aloud in the sitting areas during the summer. Crime rate is average, though there are plenty of petty criminals everywhere (whom often even advertise jobs to drive cars around the city with stolen goods on Gumtree - this actually happened to me when I moved here) and house break ins are very common, but these criminals are never to be caught. The speed limit on the roads are always changing and mobile speed cameras everywhere. The summer is long and very humid. Gold Coast is not far, which has nice beaches and plenty of cheap English schools and the rest - but that's about it.

Generally speaking - Brisbane can be a good place for work, the business district is advanced, there are some nice-ish things that you can enjoy once or twice, there are also some special natural features around that is rather unique. I have met a few really nice locals too, but they all seemed to live in their very closed bubble - the society as a whole is rather deprived with lots of insecurities, aggressiveness and often complete lack of empathy with a full misunderstanding of the whole problem they are struggling with.

Bullying is very common in any workplace (funnily enough HR seemed to be the best in this field) and the bullies are often hide themselves behind anti-bullying, gender-sensitivity and racial equalness agenda - but these folks are pretty easy to deal with as they get spooked very easily.

As a summary - I would say if you are single and get a good job offer or you are struggling with career matters somewhere else Brisbane might be a good place for you. But I would feel very uncomfortable to see my kids growing up here and being exposed to such environment or seeing myself paying half million dollar for an air conditioned wooden shack on a 400 square meter plot.
#Mark on Oct 14, 2018 :
Brisbane has changed a lot in the last 10-15 years. Much more high density living around the fringes of the CBD. Traffic is horrific though (as bad as Melbourne and approaching Sydney) and I feel Brisbane is becoming overpopulated. Weather gets very humid in summer from late Oct to March with Jan and Feb being unbearable, make sure you got air-con. Weather is glorious in winter. Brisbane's surrounds are the best in country of any mainland capital and if you like the outdoors you will be spoilt for beautiful places to go.
#mad dog on Aug 15, 2018 :
I have lived in Brisbane my WHOLE LIFE, never left and never can imagine a life outside of Brisbane. Many servos, hungry jacks and best of all, bin chickens. Since I was a little bugger I have always had the absolute joy of having a pet bin chicken. One day, I believe I will evolve into my true form, the bin chicken. To be at one with the bin juice drinking angels is my life goals. I love Brisbane so much that I plan on making Brisbane even better, by opening my own bin juice cafe. I love Brisbane, I am Mad Dog - peace out bin chickens
##glucosefather on Aug 15, 2018 :
Brisbane is ok, with comparison to the many countries that I have had the pleasure of visiting. The amount of uncivilized 'bogans' really makes me feel unwelcome; which is a real shame since it is such a beautiful place. I have had the displeasure of verbally engaging with one of these people, he went by the name, 'Mad Dog.' The ratio of bin chickens to people is revolting, more bin birds than people.
#RichGuy on Sep 19, 2016 :
I absolutely love Brisbane. I 've been to many countries over 4 continents and have visited all the major big cities and the smaller cities. Brisbane is by far the best balanced out city in terms of wages, employment and affordability (if you don't eat out too often)People are genuinely friendly and I thrive in all aspects of my life here. The biking paths, the walkways, leafy green CBD and suburbs, wonderful weather year round make me proud to call Brisbane Home.
#Mick on Oct 22, 2015 :
Great city, really vibrant and evolving as a major city in the Asia/Pacific region. I moved here from Melbourne 5 years ago and would never return.