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Navigating the cost of living in Australia


Migrating to a new country can be both exciting and challenging, with the cost of living being a crucial factor to consider for a smooth transition. As a new or existing migrant in Australia, understanding the local expenses and financial planning aspects will help you make informed decisions about your lifestyle and budget.


Understanding the Cost of Living in Australia


Housing: Housing costs vary across Australia, with major cities such as Sydney and Melbourne generally having higher rents and property prices than regional areas. Renting an apartment or house can range from AUD$400 to AUD$900 per week, depending on location, size, and amenities. The median house rent in March 3034 for Sydney was $650, and Melbourne was $480. When purchasing a property, consider location, property type, and potential growth in value.


Utilities: Utilities include electricity, gas, water, and internet services, which may cost around AUD$200 to AUD$300 per month for an average household. It's essential to compare providers and choose the best plans according to your needs and budget.


Transportation: Public transport is relatively affordable in Australia, with most cities offering bus, train, or tram services. A weekly public transport pass may range from AUD$30 to AUD$60, depending on the city. Car ownership is also common, with costs such as registration, insurance, fuel, and maintenance to consider.


Food: Grocery expenses can vary depending on individual preferences and dietary needs, but in February 2023 the average grocery expenditure per household was $185. Eating out can be more expensive, with a meal at a mid-range restaurant costing around AUD$30-$45 per person.


Healthcare: Australia's public healthcare system, Medicare, provides subsidised or free healthcare services for eligible residents. However, it is important to understand what is covered under Medicare and the implications of having private health insurance. The average cost for singles with combined hospital and extras health insurance in April 2023 ranged from $3000-$4000 per year, depending on age. Certain visa holders may require private health insurance as a condition of their visa.


Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case-specific information or advice, please contact SCA Connect.


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