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  1. Sherbetdip23

    Mobile phone cost

    Hi Anyone advise on approximate monthly cost of iphone or equivalent in Oz please. I know it will vary depending on type of package but a guide price would be great - ta Carla
  2. Guest

    Cost of living!!

    Hi guys, My wife and I were thinking of moving to Oz in the next few months. My wife has been offered a job for $78,000 in Perth. We have three young children aged 3, 5, and 9. Friends that have recently returned from Perth have said the cost of living is increasing. I would initially stay at home to mind the kids but I'm really worried that we will struggle to live in a decent area with good schools and cover all our bills. What would our take home pay be on that income? Also what age do children start primary school in WA? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Cheers, Brian
  3. hi i am new to the forum! just looking for some advice for me, hubby and new baby who are moving to brisbane in june 2012. my husband has been offered a job in the 4105 area and we have been looking at redlands bay, wellington point,cleveland and victoria point. whats everyones thoughts on these areas??? also we are trying to work out a budget as i probably wont be working as i have a new baby so any help with this would be great! if anyone could provide me with some figures that would be great!!! rent council tax gas electricity water pool charges/cleaning contents insurance telephone broadband satellite tv groceries petrol car insurance tv licence road tax healthcare insurance and please let me know if i have missed anything!!!! thanks!!!! also is anyone moving over around the same time who will be close by??????????? Leigh x
  4. Guest

    cost of living

    Hi there, we are currently looking to move to oz on the 457 visa through my wife's job, would it be possible to live initially on one income of around $100,000 in rented accommodation with 2 small children?
  5. Guest

    Cost of Living Buloke Shire, Vic

    Hi all; can anyone help? I am coming over to Aus and will be residing in Donald for six months (if all goes well will be moving to Geelong after this period) and have no idea about costs. I will be getting a initial salary of $82,000 and subsidised rent (it will cost me $90 p/w) but have no idea if this is enough. I still need to send home around $300 p/w to keep things running in the UK until I get my probationary period over with. I will not be living too extravagant but would like to go for a few beers two or three times a week and maybe the odd round of golf. Any help with food costs, utilities, the price of a scooner etc would be much appreciated.
  6. Guest

    How much does health care cost?

    I hear in Oz you have to pay for medi care? how much per month does it work out and what age do you have to pay for children? my daughter is UK born and will be 1 year when we move out would it also be free for her?
  7. Trudiva

    Cost of public school fees.

    Hi everyone, i am so glad i came across this website, my hubby and two kids are moving to central coast in January and one of my concerns is getting a good school for the kids. Does anyone knows of a good public kindie in the central coast possibly in and around tuggera, and finally can i have an idea of how much will go into school fees. We are on 457. Regards
  8. Hi, Just seen some family who are visiting the UK but live in Perth. We were discussing the cost of flights and I was shocked to find out they have paid $2000 each for a return flight. Does it cost that much from Australia to come over to the UK? I have no immidiate plans to go back to the UK once we get over there but it is worth keeping the money spare in case of emergency's. It seems a big difference considering it is technically the same flight but just in the opposite direction. (I know things are relative) but they were compeltely shocked by how little we pay to visit them in comparison. I just wondered what other people have paid to come back to the UK?
  9. Hi, Am currently considering a job offer based in Penrith (on a 427 visa) but have no sense of how far my salary will go in this area. I'm in the UK at the moment and the move would mean bringing over two young children (1 and 3) and my husband. Initially, we would be looking to rent and would probably be living off my salary alone for the first 3-6 months. My salary would be in the region of $114000. Have been looking at lots of information about the area and house rentals etc., but it's hard to gauge what price rental bracket we should be aiming for without having a real feel for how far my money will go. We will potentially have some savings to bring with us, but we want to keep that fairly intact in the hope of buying our own place in a year or two if we decide to stay. Leonay, Emu Heights, Glenbrook, all look like nice family friendly areas, but what are the costs of living in those areas? I'm also interested to know what the primary schools/preschools are like there. I should be able to get discounted child care places at my work for the children, so am less concerned about that. My husband will also probably only look for part-time work at the start, to be at home with the children and ease the transition, so initial child care costs will hopefully be minimal. My husband's currently in IT, but only new to it and still doing some studying/training, it's a bit of a career change for him at the moment. What is the job market like for IT in that area? Is it an easy-ish commute to inner Sydney if that's where most of the jobs are? Would be grateful for any advice. Feeling very daunted at the enormity of the decisions we have to make! Anne
  10. Guest

    Cost of visa 887

    Hello everybody, i wonder if any canhelp clarifying the following: 1. After living for 2 years as 475 SS visa and satsfying all prerequiests to get visa 887 , in order to get the permenant vis (887) how much shall i pay for it ( how much does it cost). 2. How long does it take to get the Australian citizenship after getting the 887 visa Thanks
  11. Guest

    repeat perscriptions cost

    Hi could anyone tell me how to get repeat perscriptions and how much do they cost. Many Thanks
  12. Hi, got my IELTS tomorrow so on the off chance I actually pass, I thought I better start the ball rolling on the next part I am tackling. Skills assessment for carpenter (331212). What does it actually entail? All parts. Did some homework pre July but things have changed somewhat. Any advice would be greatly welcomed on both the IELTS or skills assessments. Thanks Rob.
  13. Guest

    Perth cost of living

    Hi, Please can anyone provide some info on cost of living in relation to salaries for Perth and the surrounding area, including mentioning what are the nice areas for living (apartment rentals) initialy and those areas to avoid. Currently working in Dublin as a physiotherapist and just received my visa so ready to move within 2-3 months. I gather that government physio jobs in Perth can be around the AUD 80K mark so would appreciate how this type of salary will relate to the cost of living. Not expecting to be spending lots each night, more so work mon-fri with enjoyment at weekend, mostly outdoors doing sports etc. Have heard that house prices and cost of living have gone 'through the roof' in recent times but that it's possible houses prices coudl drop in the near future. Any info would be great thanks Chris
  14. Hi , Wondering if anyone has got Quotes From Insurance Company's in Ireland or Know Who Quotes? Shipper's Looking for 3% Thank you In Advance:err:Perth 6th Jan:biggrin:
  15. Guest

    Cost of giving birth in Oz?!

    Hi, I'm new here! My husband and I were/are due to go to Australia in January for him to start work on a 457 visa. We have an 18 month old already and I will be 6 months pregnant when due to fly. The company has said the health insurance they provide for the first 3 months will not cover us for pregnancy and from what we understand about Medicare, that won't either? We are having huge trouble finding real info about the cost, it's very contradictory so far from being , to 5-10K (I've even seen 20k!) in public hospitals alone! I will also be likely to have a c-section following one last time which will probably cost more too! Has anybody been through this and can really advise/point us in the right direction so we can make the right decision about whether we can even afford to go now?! Many many thanks!
  16. wakeboard1980

    Cost of shipping back to the UK

    Hi guys, we are looking at moving back to the UK at Xmas. We are currently getting quotes from shipping companies. Could anyone on here let me know how much they paid for their shipping back to the UK? How much of a container did everyone use to send back their gear and what size house did it come out of. I know this question would have a big range of sizes etc but am just looking for some ideas/answers. Thanks in advance
  17. I have just had my cat and dog vaccinated for rabies and they have now had their blood tests. I thought I'd post the cost in case anyone else is looking into the cost of exporting their pet. The cost of the vaccination was £35 each and the blood test £75 each. The cost of some vet treatments varies with the size of pet so I was surprised that the vaccines for a 5kg cat and a 34kg dog were the same. It's possible that it may have been a bit cheaper if I had shopped around but I preferred to use my usual vet, and they are very experienced with pet exports.
  18. Hi, I have been offered a salary of $108000 as an IT Manager in Perth. Would that comfortably support myself, my wife and our one year old son? And does anyone know if that's a good salary for the job type? Thanks in advance
  19. Hi I am sitting my skills assessment very soon for a trade and its costing me 2400 dollars, now I know they have some costs to cover but come on. I cant get over the price there charging for it and im just hoping to god the rest of oz aint as bad now. I lived there 8 years ago and been back couple of times but by looks of things its gona cost a lot more now. I used to be dead set on going to oz for last few years but recently since really looking into it been having second thoughts. Gona cost heaps getting there and setting up. Oh well I have a few days to decide before I pay a fortune for a test that counts for jack when I get there :chatterbox: Sorry for the rant
  20. ........ What an idiot I've been, all these years and decades wasted at the end of the world when I could still have been working as a clerk with Hampshire County Council, - in my 36th year now, just imagine! Almost 40 years and still just turned 60! Think of all the holidays to Benidorm, Salou, Magaluf & Torremolinos I've missed out on. Why didn't I pay attention to important things like the cost of living, the exchange rate, the distance, warm beer, thatched cottages, blackbirds, bluebells & ASDA? I could have saved myself such pain. Why didn't some kind soul back in 1978 give me the 100 good reasons not to go to Australia! Now I am Damned, in Purgatory, with nothing but the pit to look forward to!
  21. Hi all. Please can anyone give me an up-to-date account (roughly) of monthly expenses for a family of 5 moving to Brisbane. I have looked on lots of other threads but theres not much up-to-date. Things such as ... household bills medical expenses food bills car expenses internet/phone/sky etc etc. Just would like to get a rough idea please. Thanks, Mandy:wink:
  22. mollyandhendrix

    Advice re. cost of living in Sydney

    Hi, we are trying to decide whether to move to Sydney. There is a possibility my husband could be offered a job so we could go with him getting the 457 sponsored visa. However we cannot decide if we will be able to survive financially on his salary. We are a family of 5 (our children are aged 4, 5 and 21 months) and he'd probably be on approximately 100,000 AUS dollars. However, we understand that you have to pay for medical care and schooling (in the first two years?) etc over there and that the cost of living is higher than over here. Any advice/ info would be greatly appreciated.:biggrin:
  23. Hi everyone I have researched lots about Brisbane but not it appears NSW may be more of realistic option for me. Thats why I wanted to post this as I haven't researched much. I seem to be drawn to big cities so naturally am looking at Sydney and the surrounding suburbs. My main worry is I wont be able to afford rent/ car loan and everything else as I guess prices are a little steeper and from what i've looked at (briefly) today this seems to be the case. I know it's a difficult question to ask as everyone's lifestyle differs so much but I wondered if anyone might be able to help me. I'll be moving on my own I'll be earning roughly $57000 pre tax. I'll need to rent, have a car and it would be great to have some on the side to live a little................?! I guess this must vary from suburb to suburb but how much would a 1 bed place be to rent? I'm not into fancy cars so how much would a bog standard car cost to buy/ run? Can I afford to live in or around sydney on my own with that wage is my main question or am I being completely unrealistic?! Thanks Marie
  24. Guest

    Cost of Living - OZ = UK

    Hi lm moving to Brisbane with my other half, although we looked at houses online we plan not to sell up in UK and wait until we are sure we want to be permanent in OZ. Looked at several sites on cost of living etc, some say its much the same others say its worse. Im expecting to be in Brisbane in October, getting little nervous, about living costs. Cars seem way more expensive compared to what l drive here and what the cost is for same model. i been offered a salary $120K which l think is average but lm not sure , plus i know i will get a tax free living away from home allowance until my visa expires or i take up full citizenship (457 visa) Whats peoples thoughts ?
  25. Guest

    Perth cost of living

    Hi I have just been offered a position in Perth on 35 AUS dollars per hour and was wondering if this is enough for a decent standard of living in Perth. I am single with no dependents and as I am fairly young would like to live somewhere central and be able to go out a few nights a week, is this feasible on this wage as I know that a pint of beer in Perth is around about £6.50? Thanks in advance