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Cost of Life

in Australia

Money in Australia is called the Australian dollar. They have $100, $50, $ 20, $ 10 and $ 5 notes, and $2, $1, .50 cent, .20 cent, .10 cent and 5 cent coins. There are no 1 cent coins. Many places charge something like AU$ 5.99 for a product, just for marketing effect, but in the end you will pay AU$ 6.00. The list below is an estimative average of the prices charged in Australia, to be referred to as a guide only. The table below is the minimum amount necessary that you will need to live for one year in Australia. This is without any extras, and does not include; books, course costs, drinks, eating out, telephone bills, internet, etc... It means the very least amount of money needed.

The Australian Immigration use as basic cost for International Students the amount of A$ 1000 per month ( A$ 12.000 per year) to cover expenses without the cost of tuition.

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Per 1 year

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Room and food

10.600

9.500

9.300

9.100

Transportation (bus)

1.600

1.600

1.040

1.000

Clothes and Hygiene

1.800

1.800

1.560

1.420

Total per year

AU$ 14.000

AU$ 12.900

AU$ 11.900

AU$ 11.420

The hour of truth in the Australian Supermarkets. (Kg = Kilo)

Product

AU$

Product

AU$

Kg Fresh fish fillet 12.00 Kg of white Rice 1.50
Kg Big Prawns 28.00 Kg of green Beans 4.90
Kg of Rump beef 12.00 Kg of Brown Beans 3.50
Kg of Minced meat 7.50 Pack of Pasta 500Gr. 2.00
 2 Kg Frozen chicken 7.50 Kg of carrots 1.50
Kg Chicken breasts 13.00 Kg of Potatoes 1.50
Dozen of eggs 3.50 Kg of Onions 1.50
Liter of milk 1.40 Kg of tomatoes 3.00
Kg of popular cheese 7.00 Lettuce 1.50
Butter 250 Gr. 2.50 Caulis flower 3.50
 Margarine. 1.80 Broccoli 3.50
Kg of Sugar 1.50 Kg of Oranges 4.00
 Nescafe 250 Gr. 8.00 Kg of Bananas 3.00
Kg Yogurt 3.00 Kg of Apple 3.50
Pack of Cereal 6.00 Avocado unit 1.50
Toilet paper ( 4 rolls) 3,00 Dental Paste 2.50

  To fill up. 

Product

AU$

Product

AU$

Pizza Margarita large 8.00 Soft drink can 350ml 1.50
Big Mac 3.60 soft drink bottle 600ml 2.00
Sushi 2.20 Can of Beer 2.50
Spaghetti  Bolognese 8.00 Drought Beer (glass) 2.50
 Chinese food 8.00 Bottle of popular wine 12.00
Roast Chicken and fries 10.00 Liter of Juices  2.00
Roast beef with vegetables 12.00  Cappuccino coffee 3.00
Frozen meals 5.50 Mineral Water 500 ml 3.00
Restaurant (Average spending) 30.00 soft drink 2 liters 3.50

  Your weekly Nightmare. (apt.=apartment)

Per week

AU$

Per Week

AU$

Apt. 1 bedroom furnished 260.00 Apt. 1 bedroom unfurnished 190.00
Apt. 2 bedroom furnished 300.00 Apt. 2 bedroom unfurnished 250.00
Apt. 3 bedroom furnished 350.00 Apt. 3 bedroom unfurnished . 280.00
Furnished 3 bedroom house 380.00 House 3 bedroom unfurnished 340.00
Homestay ( food included) 190.00 Bread & Breakfast, from 250.00
Motel, from 250.00 Hotel, from  420.00
Back Pack Hostel (shared) 150.00 Camping (1 person) 56.00
House boat ( for 7 persons) 860.00 Farm stay 420.00

 Curiosities and Important  Extras.

Product

AU$

Product

AU$

Cigarette s pack(20) 10.00 Local Bus fare 2.10
Weekend newspapers 2.40 Taxi: 2,50 + 1,50 p/Km 1.50
Liter of Gasoline 0.90 Annual car registration 580.00
Car annual insurance 580.00 New popular car,  from 14000.00
Boat and 6 Hp Motor. 1000.00 Used car, from 1500.00
New Bicycle, from 180.00 New Surfboard 600.00
Computer Lap top used 1000.00 Used Surfboard 250.00
Computer PC New, from 900.00 Electricity bill (1 person/ month) 5.000
Phone bill  (1 Person average) 50.00 Cellular phone pre-paid 150.00
English Course  ( per week) 290.00 Vocational Course ( per week) 290.00
University course ( per week) 250.00 Popcorn in a Cinema 5.30

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