Cost of Living

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What's the cost of living in Australia?

What kind of day-to-day expenses am I looking at incurring while living in Australia? I'm looking at moving to Brisbane.

Posted by miloandotisnz. 3 replies. Latest activity on 27 October 2023.

How does the cost of food compare to New Zealand?

From what I've heard it varies - e.g dairy products, cereals etc are quite a lot cheaper - but other things can be more expensive, e.g. certain types of breads etc. What experiences have you had over…

Posted by interested. 4 replies. Latest activity on 01 November 2012.

Moving on a tight budget - doable?

Hi - We have a job offer but it doesn't include relocation. We would be able to scrape together between 6-8K AUD to move a family of 6 ( 2 adults, 4 kids). Is that enough to get by until the first…

Posted by 6kays. 3 replies. Latest activity on 19 January 2011.

How much money do you need to move to Australia?

Is there a minimum amount of funds you need behind you before you move from NZ to Australia? And do you need proof of it?

Posted by shan. 3 replies. Latest activity on 02 January 2011.

This is a fantastic forum...we are also looking to move to Australia. My question is: is the grass really greener on the other side?

We intend to sell our home and pack up our house to move over to Australia. Our car is a toyota van 1997 and we were thinking of taking it over in a 20ft container with whatever other belongings we…

Posted by princess. 16 replies. Latest activity on 07 November 2023.

Does it cost more to ship large appliances than to buy them in Australia?

We are currently contemplating moving our family of 4 from Christchurch to Melbourne.

Being a family of 4 we have invested a bit of money over the years in whiteware and furniture, not to mention…

Posted by cadbrio84. 2 replies. Latest activity on 20 April 2013.

Living costs and finding work in Melbourne

Hey everyone

I've been reading through all the questions and have found the information really useful. I'm looking at moving to Melbourne in the next few months to work and have a few…

Posted by caitlin. 1 reply. Latest activity on 09 November 2010.

What's the cost of living and job prospects like in Perth compared to the other major cities in Australia?


My family is planning to move to Perth this year, but we heard that the cost of living is high over there. My husband wants to go to Fremantle, is it cheaper to live over there? However, I am…

Posted by ashleigh. 1 reply. Latest activity on 25 January 2011.

New Zealand senior citizens moving to Australia with a South African pension.

My parents are New Zealand citizens on a South African pension and will not be working in Australia if we move there. Can anyone offer any info/advice on whether they will face any surprise costs or…

Posted by wendyc. 2 replies. Latest activity on 28 October 2012.

How much money would you suggest bringing over?

My partner & I are moving to Brisbane early 2013. We were just wondering how much money we would need to bring over though? We do not have any family or friends there so would need to pay for…

Posted by danielle. 3 replies. Latest activity on 22 April 2012.

Do you get more money in your pocket in Australia?

Obviously this is a question with a lot of variables but I keep hearing that wages etc are higher in Aus but that the cost of living is higher also. Would you say you end up about the same as NZ,…

Posted by goodthinking. 1 reply. Latest activity on 09 January 2012.

Can someone in Melbourne assist me with the price differences Auckland vs Melbourne?

Hi Im moving from Auckland to Melbourne and trying to work out my outgoings per week monthly bills x2 adults x1 child

power/gas currently $220 per month

telephone/internet $99.95 per month


Posted by glen. 2 replies. Latest activity on 24 November 2014.

Kiwi Moving to Melbourne

Hi All,

I am in the lucky position of being offered a good job over the ditch and I am currently weighing up my options. I'm not one to bounce around, and if I decide to move from Auckland to…

Posted by gareth321. 2 replies. Latest activity on 10 February 2017.

Is 100K enough for a couple in Syndey with these conditions ?

Hi community Thank you for accepting me to this forum, amazing topics over here.

I have been offered a job in Sydney with 100.000$ (QA Engineer 7 years experience) as a yearly gross salary.

Is it…

Posted by anotheruser. 0 replies. Latest activity on 25 November 2017.

Cost of living in Australia

What do you need to be able to drive in Australia? How do you buy a vehicle? Are WOF and registration requirements the same as here? Thanks!

Posted by peachfairy. 12 replies. Latest activity on 26 July 2019.