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  1. Hi, Me and my family are looking at moving over to perth in 2012, We are hoping somebody could help us with approx rental cost and cost of living for a family of 4. I am 34 years old, My wife is 28 and we have 2 children aged 2 and 4.We are looking at renting at least a 3 bed home with a nice large garden maybe in the Ocean reef area or area close to the beach, we want to be no more than 20mins walk from the beach and walking distance to primary schools. My wife will be working as a midwife in one of the hospitals in Perth and i will be looking at getting a part time job doing anything from about 9am until 2pm as i will be looking after the kids when they are at school. We are just looking for approx costs of renting and what is normally included in the rent and what extras do you have to pay. And what is the cost of living average food bills, cost of trains to perth or fuel cost for travelling in car everyday, is there any school fees, what else do you have to pay out for. Do you think we could live on my wifes wages approx $50000 dollers a year for a start until both my girls start school. Sorry one more question what would you approx see from the $50000 dollers a year after the taxes etc? Thankyou very much in advance for looking at my question and answering it Jamie and Family
  2. Hi all, can anyone tell me if you go down the 457 visa route,what are the coats and what paperwork and checks need to be done,i.e. medicals etc:unsure: Any help and advice needed. Thanks Jessie:smile:
  3. Morning all.... We have just booked our flights ahead of our move/return to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges in Victoria and I've just spent an hour cancelling direct debits for our children's out of school activities. It got me wondering what sort of prices we can expect to be paying for similar things in Oz. Would be great if a few of you could just make a note of what activities your kids do and what sort of prices you are paying. I've noted down ours below..... Karate - £60 per child, per month. Up to 4 lessons per week. Swimming Lessons - £45 per child for a full term (10 weeks) 1 lesson per week. Ballet - £55 per child for a full term (10 weeks) 1 lesson per week. Tap/Modern - £55 per child for a full term (10 weeks) 1 lesson per week. Street Dance - £2.50 per session. Pay as you go. All adds up....WOW...:eek:
  4. Guest

    Cost of the Full Process

    Hello Everyone, I have been wanting to move to Auz for a few years now. Can anyone tell me the true cost of the visa application process including any fees charged. Thanks Stuart
  5. So how about this, everyone who sees this thread and lives in australia gives a breif run down of any houses they've rented with details like, the year you rented it, the location and the weekly cost? Give everyone a real world idea of the cost i renting in Australia in different areas? Mine... Caloundra qld - 1 bedroom unit - $300 per week 2008 Pomona qld - 1 bedroom cottage - $280 per week 2009 Nambour qld - three bedroom on acerage - $250 per week 2009/2010 Tumbarumba shire nsw - three bedroom house - $50 per week 2010 Tumbarumba shire nsw - three bedroom on acerage - $65 per week including all bills 2011
  6. Here are my estimates, any comments would be most welcome... EXPENSES $ PER MONTH Rent $2,166.67 Water rates $70.00 Water usage $20.83 Contents insurance $30.00 Electricity $100.00 Gas $47.92 Phone $120.83 Broadband $100.00 TOTAL $2,656.25 Ancillaries $71.00 Hospital cover $105.00 Other GP expenses $60.00 Flights to europe $833.33 TOTAL $1069.33 Schooling for 2 kids $41.67 Other costs per child $66.00 TOTAL $107.67 Car insurance $37.50 annual license $40.83 Services 6 months $20.83 Repairs $33.33 Fuel $187.50 TOTAL $320.00 Food for family of 5 $1,083.33 Trainfare $208.00 GRAND TOTAL $5444.58 :wub:
  7. Guest

    High cost of living - why?

    They keep going on about the high cost of food in Aus at the moment but I don't understand (apart from imports) why food so highly priced? Surely food which is home-grown/produced should be abundant in Aus; I would assume the weather is perfect for growing crops etc, and therefore it should be cheap to buy?? For instances, why is chicken so expensive there - surely they don't have to import chicken?? What am I missing here? Kari :wubclub:
  8. Pom on the move

    weekly/monthly cost of utilities please !!

    Hi all, I am new to this site so any help would be of great use. My husband our 2 children (4&2) and I are due to arrive in Perth within 6 months, we have been looking at houses to rent for $400 a week. Looking at Scarborough, northern suburbs. I was wondering, if any one could give me a rough idea on weekly/monthly utility bills. Thanks
  9. Guest

    Cost of living in Brisbane

    Hi all, I am new to this site and am currently manicly researching a move down under. We are trying to get as much information together about whether this is the right move for us and wondered if anyone can give me any ideas about the cost of things in Brisbane (which is where we MAY be heading). Family of 4 - 2 children in childcare (although have done a bit of reseach about this according to area). Just wondered what the general bills were like and what we have to pay over there? Any help would be sooooooooooo appreciated!! Thanks in advance
  10. Ok, so hubby is going to apply for a skilled migrant visa 175, which will cost 6k dollars according to the gov migration website. However, a friend has just suggested that each member of the family will have to pay that also. That can't be right can it? We have 5 children so it would be very expensive. Please enlighten me!
  11. Afternoon all... I have just 'invested' around an hour reading through some of the 'Cost of Living' threads and I've got to say that I feel a little better having done so. I have been a member of PIO for around 12 months now and the one thing that seems to be ringing in my ears more than any other is that Australia is sooooo much more expensive than the UK. Having looked through some of the figures on the site though this really doesn't seem to be the case. Food certainly seems to be more expensive but then this looks to be balanced out by the fact that utilities and petrol is so much cheaper. I'm beginning to think that the discrepancy here is that people are including their initial set up costs having made the move. Our position is that we will be paying a big whack up front and bringing everything with us.....40ft container full to the rafters (even asked if we could put a roof rack on it to add some more gear!!! :biggrin:) plus another 40ft container with our two cars in it!!!! I would much prefer to take the hit in the UK and cut out the poor exchange rate than face the pain in Aus. Real estate seems to be the other area which is causing a skewed comparison. Australia is still struggling with high purchase and high rents whereas the UK has slowed down and people are currently 'enjoying' the lowest interest rate in decades. This won't last and when the UK rates start to increase the cost of living in the UK will start to feel much higher. I've noted a few of my UK outgoings below and they seem way more than anything quoted on this thread: £500 pm Food £173 pm Council Tax £70 pm Oil (no mains gas) £50 pm Electric £38 pm Water Rates and of course £.136 per litre fuel.....even my bloody LPG has gone up to 70p per litre! Life's bloody expensive everywhere!!! :arghh: Thoughts......??:confused:
  12. Kimbodia

    Cost of living in Victoria

    Hi All My husband and I have been giving thought to a big move down under, we are looking at Victoria based on his work background, Mechanical Design Engineer/Draughtsman with a state sponsorship. We have an 18 month old daughter and hope to have another child in the next year or so. We live a comfortable and happy life in the UK, own (mortgaged) a lovely home and generally enjoy life but love the idea of an adventure and a crack at a different lifestyle, we don't want to grow old having never tried something different, we would like to think of it as a longterm move. We'd love to try living somewhere with a better climate that the UK (I know Victoria isn't Queensland weather but its still warmer than the UK and may be the only state available to us for now). We currently live off my husbands sole wage whilst I take a career break to be a fulltime mum, I plan to be off work for the next 4 years or so. We are looking for help/advice on the cost of living, we've read very mixed reports about Australia, some saying its a great place to be, others saying its painfully expensive compared to the UK and not to go! Can anyone give their thoughts on this? We're not looking to be rich, but don't want to move to the other side of the world to struggle with everyday life.
  13. Hi we need to get medicals for 4 people , 2 adults and 2 children . We live in manchester ....who do we go to and how much should we expect to pay and what detail do they go into? Thanks Louise and Nick:confused:
  14. melaniecharlton

    Cost of living in Sydney?

    Hello, From searching the web and looking at forums I have come up with a spreadsheet of cost of living in Sydney. Could any Sydneysiders tell me if this is about right? We are 2 adults and 3 children. Ages 8 and twins (3). Hope to live in Hornsby. Will come on a 457 visa and earn 90k. Doesnt look like our money will cover 3 school fees. I have attached the excel spreadsheet with all the figures below. See my posts below.
  15. Hi, it's been a few months since I posted and I have read that there's a number of people relocating to Mackay ) Good times.. I wanted to know about the relative cost of living in Mackay, I know the property market (purchase and rentals) are crazy high, double what we pay here in UK on our mortgage (which is high enough) But I understand its all relative. My hubby is a crane driver and is looking for work in this field, preferably in the mines. I have heard what the average mine wage is for Darrens skills but what about outside the mines? What's the average wage within the construction industry, what is the avalibility of crane work? And also, I read on a link from the Local Mercury newspaper that the income tax is really high too. 30-38% :chatterbox: As a rough guide, I calculated the rent/mortgage to cost around AU$1800-2000 per month, other essential outgoing around another AU$1500 per month... I'm kinda panicking that the outgoings outweigh in the income.....:no: (I guess the worst comes to it, I can always go fish for dinner :fish2: :wink:) Thanks, Andrea.
  16. Hiya I know there are many similar posts like this but we are a newly married couple aged 30, no kiddies planned for a least a couple of years! Our visa came through I would like to know other couples (just for 2) cost of livings as I have seen many on here based on families of 4 and 5 and have tried to work out what the costs will be for us but maybe easier if there are young couples out there that can just let us know what the actual costs are likely to be!! We will be renting and this will mean that we wont need to pay for council tax or water as I believe that is the landlords responsibility? I am a PA so will be looking for similar PA/admin jobs, is it true that I need special clearance to work in the government offices? Cant I just use my police checks certificate?! Rent: Deposit: Food: Private health insurance: Electric: Gas: House Insurance: Car Insurance: Car Tax/Rego: Petrol: Mobile Phones: Internet: Cable TV: Phone: Heating/Aircon: Have I missed anything? Thanks very much!!!
  17. Hi folks, I'm just about to negotiate my salary for my new Permanent position in Oz. I'm moving from London Zone 3, to Sydney around 30 mins from the CBD. At present, they're offering a direct salary transfer at the current exchange rate - around £68k basic including allowance for healthcare,etc. to translate to around AUD110k, hopefully with super on top. However, for most professions (I'm a Senior IT Security Consultant), it seems Australian salaries should be a fair bit higher than the basic exchange rate. There's plenty of discussion here about how the COL is higher, but I need something I can present formally. Can anyone recommend an agency that can a provide cost-of-living report that I can take to my employer, for a non-extortionate price (ie. I'll be paying for it, not my employer)? I think they'll have to keep it pretty up-to-date, given the relentless climb of the AUD! Many thanks! Damian
  18. Been trying to work out what our monthly out goings will be this is based on what people have supplied me in PM's and a bit of reasearch all figures are per month, where someone has told me a annual figure I've just divided it by 12 etc, for a family of 5 does anyone diagree with the figures below? Also what have I missed out? All figures are $ per month. Rent 1950 House contents ins 125 Broadband and phone 100 Sky TV 149 Mobile 10 Electric 150 Car Ins 50 Water 68 Food 1083 Childcare 1395 Petrol 216 Car tax 50
  19. Hi guys, My hubby has received his offer letter this weekend woo hoo (we are a family of 4 and heading for Western Sydney)...... I have already done alot of research into costs and stuff, but am just wondering if anyone out there has an answer for me to any hidden costs that I have missed. But most importantly does anyone know what costs we would be looking at for the connect of utilities for: Water Electricity Gas Phone Internet Costs I have found so far are per month (are these OK?) I know car, rent, etc getting as part of package so doesn't really come into things at this stage. Phone & Internet 200.00 Mobile 50.00 Housekeeping 1,000.00 Electricity 200.00 Fuel - Oil or Gas 115.00 Home ins 30.00 Water 60.00 School Stuff 170.00 I am hoping i have over budgeted for Life Cover 200.00 I am hoping i have over budgeted for Other Transporatation 100.00 We have to get back to them to accept (hopefully) very soon as start day is only a few months away.... Argh scary.... Thanks so much in advance on any replies....... :confused:
  20. Guest

    Canberra Cost of Living...

    Hi, we're preparing for the move and I've searched the forums but can't find a COL list for Canberra. How about we start one up and hopefully it could become a sticky. (The main things that google search throws up are surveys putting Canberra amongst the most expensive cities in the world!!!) Can anyone help fill in the blanks please? I know it'll vary from household to household (eg we are a family of five and expect to pay around $700 pw rent) but it would be very useful to get some figures down: **Edit: Have added some tentative guesstimates based on utilities' websites etc ** Monthly Outgoings $$$ Rent: 2800 (at 700 pw) Food: 550 Private health insurance: 250 Fire tax: 8.50 Ambo insurance: 16 Electric:110 Gas: ?? House Insurance: 55 Car Insurance: 35 Car Tax/Rego: 60 Council Tax: 135 approx Water rates: 37 Sewage rates: 44 (132 per quarter) Petrol:?? Mobile Phones (one smartphone, one regular):?? Internet:?? Cable TV:?? Phone:?? Heating/Aircon:?? School Supplies:?? Parking:?? TIA:v_SPIN:
  21. Guest

    Low cost International calls

    Hy I came accross the following site a couple of weeks ago, Lowcall.PhoneCardSales.Com.Au it's one of those phonecard companies offering cheap International calls, anyway thought i'd give it a go and it worked fine. Now instead of trudging to to post office ( thats where i use to go and it became a habit ) i simply order online and get an email to top up my card, easy peasy. I am saving some money although not a massive amount but as Tesco says " Every little helps " lol not heard that tv advert for some time. If anyone knows of a cheaper one drop by my site and let me know.
  22. Guest

    startup cost in Australia

    Without asking people to declare how much money they will be emigrating with - how much would you deem to be a reasonable amount of money to cover startup costs in Australia?
  23. Guest

    Brisbane Cost of Living

    Hi everyone, I'm new to PIO but have learnt so much already from this great resource. We plan moving to Australis this year, April we're thinking. While my wife has a job awaiting her (she's still waiting on Nurse Registration) I will be looking for temporary work while I re-qualify for Oz Fitness Registration but my main question is regarding cost of living. Does anyone know of either a ball park figure to live comfortably for a family of 3, one car, renting in a nice family area of Brisbane suburbs? One person suggested multiplying our UK £ cost of living by 2.3 - 2.5 to get $ cost of living! Does this ring a bell or sound reasonable??? Any tips or advice would be helpful
  24. Hi all I,m new to this but glad I found this site as alot of interesting and useful info on here. Me and wife with 2 kids aged 3 and 1 will be moving to perth in summer time and were wonderein if an income of 80k between us would be managable. I know there is child benefit availabe{travelling on 175 visa} but cant seem to find prices of child care so if anyone in similar situation to us any prices would be greatfully accepted. thanks
  25. Hi guys, we`ve just been granted visas to Oz and planning to move in Feb. We`ve contacted 2 removal companies and are waiting to hear back from them. Which company did you use to move your house and how much did that cost you? We are not moving our furniture, only most important items like clothes, our children`s toys and a few bigger items like 2 adult bikes, a child bike, 50inch TV and a few more. I`d be grateful for any replies Merry Christmas to all of you