Australian Cost of Living

Cost of living

Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district AU$21
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) AU$10
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast AU$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk AU$1.34
12 eggs, large AU$6
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes AU$4.60
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese AU$8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples AU$4.79
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes AU$3.29
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket AU$5.08
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality AU$21
2 liters of Coca-Cola AU$3.48
Bread for 2 people for 1 day AU$2.35
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area AU$3,324
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area AU$1,786
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat AU$313
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area AU$2,344
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area AU$1,502
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio AU$343
Internet 8MB (1 month) AU$55
40” flat screen TV AU$723
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) AU$213
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) AU$17
Hourly rate for cleaning help AU$34
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) AU$108
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) AU$78
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) AU$149
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes AU$156
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new AU$30,106
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas AU$1.23
Monthly ticket public transport AU$129
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) AU$24
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) AU$12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) AU$18
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) AU$65
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) AU$7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) AU$5.42
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) AU$7
4 rolls of toilet paper AU$3.39
Tube of toothpaste AU$4.38
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city AU$26
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub AU$64
2 tickets to the movies AU$39
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) AU$270
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert AU$136
1 cocktail drink in downtown club AU$17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city AU$4.55
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) AU$10
iPod nano 16GB AU$223
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) AU$0.57
1 month of gym membership in business district AU$77
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes AU$25