Chris Taylor
19 Feb 2018

The cost of living in Australia

Australia is arguably one of the best place in the world to live. Being Aussies, we may be a little bias, but even the World Economic Forum agrees - they’ve recently named Melbourne as the world’s most liveable city.

But living in this land girt by sea can pack a punch on our wallets. How much you ask? We did some research and here’s what we found.


Mercer has ranked Sydney as the 24th most expensive city to live in this year (up 18 places year on year), so your pay packet plays a big role on where and how you live. The average Australian monthly net salary (after tax) is $4.056.80 .


Food, glorious food!

A basic dinner out for two in a neighbourhood pub costs $54, so even if you only head out for a meal to your local once a week, that’s over $200 a month. A RaboDirect Food and Farming Report shows NSW households spend $159 a week, the most of all Australian states, which indicates that eating at home is a cheaper option for many.


Ah, that new car smell. A new midsize car will cost is more in Singapore at around 4 times the cost you would pay in Sydney.

RACQ lists the average weekly cost of running a midsize car as $202.83


Movie buffs take note; a ticket to the movies will cost you more in Melbourne than it will cost you in San Francisco, Paris or Singapore (but not as much as it will in Sydney).


Ever wondered how much the kids actually cost you?  According to a UNSW study, the weekly cost of a couple with two children is $1173.38.

Family day care costs between $7.50-$16.80 per hour dependent on location and service.


Ever wondered how much it costs to be a regular gym-goer? A monthly gym membership in a business district can cost almost $100 a month, so staying gym fit does come at a cost to the hip pocket.


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