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Default Cost of Living in Australia: Rent and Phone/Internet

I have to say it is actually cheaper here than we expected - cheaper than the UK, NZ and Costa Rica for food I think. The huge range of fruit and veggies is great. But there are always a few unpleasant suprises. Renting a house is expensive - we pay $530 per week for a 4 bedroom house with pool in the north Sunshine Coast near Noosa. We got a reasonable deal on landline and Wifi Internet with Optus though, I think it's about $120 per month including all calls around Australia. The kids have swimming lessons for $120 per term and the same cost for drama lessons so all that kind of thing adds up. I also spent $400 before school started (it's a state school) on uniforms and stationary kits for two kids. Childcare costs $55 per day but the cost is supplemented by childcare benefits. Check out the centerlink website for all the details on this as if you work and have young kids it is one thing to bear in mind. Good luck!


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Sydney Lower North Shore 2 adults - per month:

Rent - A$2520.00
Food - A$600
Electricity - A$80
Gas - A$0 (no supply)
Water - $0 (renting and paid by the landlord)
Fuel: A$300
Harbour bridge toll: A$ 210

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Hi David,

What kind of place you got for that much? I mean like how many bedroom and how about the location to CBD?

I have an offer to move to Sydney. Although now sydney is ranked 35th and singapore is ranked 10th, apparently sydney is still more expensive.

Not to mention the tax there is waaaayy higher than singapore. I wonder how much I should ask.

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Hi, notice you in south east aus. where abouts?i looking to go to toowoomba do you know it?
hopefully mortgage free. want to know if cost of living cheaper than in the UK. can you help?

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wow nice info!

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Default Cost of living Sydney: Rent for 3 BR apartment/House

Thanks Karen for the useful information. Can you please provide some more information. we are a family of four, myself, my husband and two kids. How much is the rent for a 3 BR apartment/House in Sydney. Is the Year 6-7 and Year 2 schooling free in australia or we have to pay.

How much will be the food charges for a family of four.

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For those of you already in Australia do you want to share you basic cost of living figures?

Say the State you are in, area if you want to, and the number of people...

South Australia, South East (Mount Gambier), 2 adults - per month:

Food - A$550
Electricity - A$70
Gas - A$65
Water - $62 (if renting this may be paid by the landlord)

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Thanks Karen for the useful information. Can you please provide some more information. we are a family of four, myself, my husband and two kids. How much is the rent for a 3 BR apartment/House in Sydney. Is the Year 6-7 and Year 2 schooling free in australia or we have to pay.

How much will be the food charges for a family of four.

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For house rent please see the property links in the 'PLEASE READ...' sticky post since that depends on location, style etc.

No idea about schools but if you search through the posts I think that this has been asked before.

For food please see the information on this post since I think that someone has recently posted about Sydney (I don't live in Sydney).

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Real Estate and The Property Market

All new expats to Australia should be eligible for the first home owners grant so that is a nice welcome. It is currently about $14,000 for an existing house and $21,000 for a new one. It does expire in June 2009 but most sources say the government will continue it after that date.

On the down side, some pundits believe this grant is what is propping up the Australian housing market which is remaining resilient compared to the 20% drops in the US and UK housing markets. Hence, if you sell up in GB, USA or NZ your house money may not go as you would have hoped. Unless things drop here in the future of course. Time will tell.

See First Home Owners Scheme for more information.

My husband, who is a real bear, says that $14,000 is nothing anyway if the value of your home goes on to drop by 20% and that it certainly true. It is definitely a case of buyer beware.

Good Luck with all your travel plans!

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When I was moving to WA, i couldn't find a thing on cost of living, so now I'm here I thought I'd share - family of 4, Mandurah (50 mins south of Perth on coast) PER MONTH

Rent - 4 bed, 2 bath, huge garden, very close to beach - $1360
Food - $800 - we use markets & supermarket
Electric - $100 - moderate
Gas $40 - water and hob only
Car insurance - $53
Contents insurance - $25
Petrol - 3.8l, V8 Commodore - $200
Mobile - $50 - pre-pay Vodaphone

Think that covers most things - anything else just PM me!
Thanks for that, I'm hoping to move to Mandurah by the end of the year - is it as good as it looks on the internet?

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Hey, I've lived in Perth (Western Australia) most of my life, this is how much I'd expect to pay for the following (of reasonably decent quality):

Mens pants AU$70-150
Mens shirts AU$40-150
mens shoes AU$100-200

Sorry, can't help much with the womens or kids clothing or daycare fees
I am sitting in Montreal, just having been sponsored for a position in Carnarvon WA and I was wondering about cost of living there??? Also any tips with regards to being able to find out about rentals/furnished, or how I go about getting information that might help me? It's my first time to Australia, but excited about being sponsored. Still there is so much to find out about!! Just throwing this out there to see if anyone knows anything relevant to Carnarvon!! cheers!)

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