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  1. ConfusedPommie

    Perth possibilities (compared to Melbourne)

    Hi all I've recently been offered a very attractive job in Perth, but have a few queries which I would really like some answers to, to help me decide whether to move (again) and if so, help negotiate a decent package: 1) How much more expensive is Perth to Melbourne. My basic internet enquiries suggest around 10% - does this sound right? 2) What is the job/housing market like in Perth. With the apparent end of the mining boom, are Perth properties a good investment and are jobs still in high demand or in decline? Any help would be appreciated. Cheers Paul
  2. Hi all, I recently moved to Australia and I have this problem bugging me much. During this transitional period, I still maintain my home country mobile and I'm getting calls on it frequently. I don't want to take my calls selectively, but I also don't want to pay exorbitant international roaming fees. Can anyone suggest a service that lets me receive calls on my home country mobile without the roaming charges? Some sort of international call-forwarding. Any advice would be appreciated. Cheers, Ev
  3. This is a bit of a rant and I'm sure it won't stop anyone wanting to come to Oz, but you really do need to be aware of how cripplingly expensive it is out here. Having been in Oz since October 2010 I can give you proof of this and why I suggeset you bring everything and the kitchen sink with you in your container. The most important thing to bring (if not the whole bed) is to bring your English mattress. What is it with Ozzie mattresses? They are useless yet cost a fortune. In the Uk mattresses are made to be turned over and if you do so regularly with a good mattress they can last 20+ years. In Oz the mattresses - and believe me I hunted high and low - are a made in way that is obviously about saving money on the manufacture - but that saving will not be passed on to you! It is a nasty, inferior product at an inflated price. Their mattresses cannot be turned over, only around like a clock dial. All mattresses ar made with an integral topper. The deeper and more lush the topper the more you pay - and pay - and pay. I paid $1800 for a Queensize bed from Myer and that was 40% off as it was floor stock. I assumed at that price it would be a decent mid-range bed. No so - every morning when I first wake up I have back ache which only wears off when I walk around. Yet when I am back in UK (as now on a visit) and on my Vi-Spring - Oh Bliss. I wake up refreshed every day and never have back ache. Other things? Bring as much as you possibly can from bikes (especially quality mountain or road bikes) to Wet Suits and swimming costumes, trainers - sports equipment generally. Yes you can pay a lot for items in the Uk too, but the difference is you can shop around at places like, say, TK Maxx (or M&S during their sales) and pick up incredible bargains. The price of a my surf life saving swimming cossie was $55 which I thought was really expensive for a plain costume, but you need it to be on duty. Don't get me wrong, I love the climate, the place and the people.But I HATE the cost of living. Everything - and I do mean that - is just so expensive. Clothes can be cheap but when they are they will be cheaply made too with horrible material. Nearly all 'knitted' type tops are made with 100% Acyrlic. If you want wool anything you'd have to go to Myer or David Jones and pay a small fortune. And it's odd that it's so hard to find nice fine wool clothes as the one thing Oz is not short of is sheep. Other examples. In the Uk you can pick up a pack of four Crunchies, Mars Bars, Marathons etc for £1 which is 25p each - so lets say at exchange of $1.50 to the £1 that is about 38/40cents. Go into Coles or Woolies or Target - ONE of those bars is all but $2. A litre of Ribena in UK on offer can be bought at £1.24 so call that $2. On offers in Coles - $6+ . And Mozarella cheese which here (UK) works our at 65 cents for 125 gms is $4.99 in Coles or $3.99 in Aldi for 125 gms. Bananas. Well OK there were problems in Oz with the floods etc. But in Morrisons the other day a Kilo of bananas was 68p, so about a $1 a kilo. At the point I flew out of Sydney the price everywhere was between $12.99 - $14.99 a kilo. What can I say - I'm eating bananas like a monkey here as I can't afford them when I get back. For women - buy stocks of all your make-up. 3 for 2 Maybelline mascaras here work out at £5 each - so $7.50 and they are 10ml. Exactly the same product in Oz is not only $17 for one - but it is a 20% smaller size at 8ml !!! Finally, in UK I was signed up to a local authority for a direct debit of £21 per month which gave me Monday to Friday 8-5pm access to swim, use classes and the gym as much as I wanted. Normally I used the pool 3 times a week and did two classes - all that for $8/9 a week. I can find nothing even remotely like that in Sydney. One exercise class is $15 minimum and a swim $5. So I don't do classes anymore and buy a block of tickets to make swims a little cheaper. I don't know why the Ozzies don't protest at the prices they have to pay. But no one seems to care. When I do my whinging Pom bit my daughters (both Citizens and both earning natch) just say to me "Mum, build a bridge and get over it"! So I have to bite my lip and try not to talk about it, but all joking aside I really do find the prices and cost of living my biggest head ache and a genuine worry. Here in UK they are moaning about prices. Me on the other hand I find it so cheap it's as if they're giving stuff away. I'm returning next week to Sydney and I've bought as much as I can carry to bring back in my suitcase because it is soooo much cheaper. Bottom line everything is so much dearer in Oz even given the cost of a container you will save on what you would pay in Oz for often quite inferior goods.
  4. Seriously what do you expect when you get off the plane, to find a sunnier, hotter version of the UK and that’s it? Australia must be the only Commonwealth country where people do that, Australia is not the UK, in the same way that Canada is not the UK, Jamaica is not the UK and Swaziland is not the UK They don’t have the same way of life as people in the UK, if you are expecting to get off the plane and find UK: Southern Hemisphere Branch you are in for a major shock There ARE similarities, but they are not the same country There are quite a few threads on here about the cost of living and the price of food & drinks Yes some things are more expensive, but some things are cheaper and if you go and spend £100 a week in Sainsburys, don’t expect to spend $100 in Coles. It’s a different currency, a different exchange rate, a different cost of living They don’t live on 99p microwave meals from Iceland; they don’t have a Primark to buy clothes for £1, they don’t have 60m+ people living there to create competition in the shops to help drive prices down If you really don’t get that you are going to get a whole new way of life, then you will really struggle to fit in there and make a success of it :mad::arghh::realmad: :animal-bat:
  5. TYPE "Why is Perth so ..." into Google, and the search engine guesses the remainder of the question. The algorithm is based on most popular search requests. In Perth's case, the most common question is: "Why is Perth so boring?" The next most popular is: "Why is Perth so expensive?" "Why is Perth so cold?" and "Why is Perth called the City of Lights?" are also common. For the state of WA, the most popular questions are about our heat and the size of the state. But Tourism WA chief executive Stephanie Buckland said Google users were simply typing in the wrong words. "We recommend people just do a search on Perth instead and they will find the City of Perth, Tourism WA and Experience Perth websites, to name just a few, that list hundreds and hundreds of fantastic things to do and places to see," she said. "The real question today should be: 'What is wrong with people who still think Perth is boring?' Because it may have been, but it most definitely isn't anymore." The results for other Australian capital cities were generally more positive than Perth. Among the most popular questions for Sydney is: "Why is Sydney so popular?" But "Why is Sydney traffic so bad?" is also common. For Melbourne, the most popular question asked by Google users is: "Why is Melbourne better than Sydney?" Adelaide's top question, similar to Perth, is: "Why is it so boring?" Brisbane's is: "Why is it called Brisvegas?" Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said she tired of hearing complaints that the state's capital city was boring. "Some Aussies, sadly, seem a little too happy to always criticise," she said. "If they feel this, well then why don't they make or be the change they want to be and get up off their lazy behinds instead of just being carping individuals who look for confirmation and justification of their poorly considered views via cyberspace. "I accept that right now living costs are high and this can make it hard for many to enjoy and engage as much as they may like to, but even back in the Depression ... people would make their own fun and get on with things in a more pro-active way than just giving in to current circumstances." http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/why-is-perth-so-boring-expensive/story-e6frg12c-1226453319285
  6. Hi there, My family and I are looking into the possibility of moving to Perth. We already have family over there, which obvioulsy makes the the task of moving somewhat less daunting. We have been looking at the price of housing, cars, shopping etc. and have been amazed at how expensive everything seems. When you watch programmes about moving abroad on tv, Australia is always portrayed as being if anything a bit cheaper, but from what we've seen this doesn't appear to be the case. Housing - You don't seem to get any bigger a house for your money. At best this is a draw. Cars - very expensive (at least 25% more for used cars). Shopping - food generally appears to be 25-50% more i.e. we looked at the cost of a few items (nappies, soft drinks, mince meat, cheese) and in every case the UK was significantly cheaper. We are visiting in just 2 weeks and needed a bottle steriliser to use in Australia (Tommee Tippee electric steriliser). It costs about £25 pound new in the Uk, but the cheapest we could find it in Australia was for $89 (most sites had it at abot $120). :shocked: Is Australia really this expensive? We really like the idea of moving, but unfortunately might be priced out of living there. :arghh:
  7. Guest51810

    how expensive is perth??

    Hey guys, sorry i bet this thread has been done loads of times before! Im trying to find out the cost of living for perth. We are a young couple, we wont be going for a big house. just a apartment probably or even possibly a house share for a couple of months so trying to see what we could afford Is food and drink more expensive than the uk? those sort of questions.. My partner will be working as a excavator operator, not sure what kind of wage because we're still trying to find a employer to sponsor him. But if you know roughly what kind of money they're on do you think we could afford perth?? Not gonna have much savings with us so starting off from scratch, i know this will be hard but i think its worth it. I've saw some comments on the internet and even the locals were saying its too expensive so just getting a bit worried. Any info and advice would be great, cheers xx
  8. Hi, Is $223 expensive for a dentist checkup & clean in Sydney suburbs? Seems so to me but not had to see one until now so don't know what it should cost. Thanks
  9. Hi all, just wondering if electrical gadgets such as digital cameras/camcorders are cheaper or more expensive in oz compared to the UK? Thanks all, Lucy.
  10. The Pom Queen

    Worlds Most Expensive Campervan

    Now I think I can see myself travelling around Oz in this when the kids have left home. Not sure if it will get me to the Tip though:wideeyed: I'm sure Rob will buy it for me it's only 2.7 million:swoon:
  11. We moved from Sydney to Brisbane earlier this year and where stunned at the cost of hotels in the city, it seems way more than Sydney which really surprises me. After a couple of nights in a dump that cost $180 pn we stayed on the Giold Coast while house hunting, which was way better value (although off season). I had to go to a work function the other week and stay in town, again it was a horrible hotel for about $150 pn. What's the reason? Housing is much cheaper up here but hotels & parking are crazy, is it down to demand from the mining firms? If anyone's thinking of temp accommodation in or near the city I advise lots of research up front!
  12. wozzie2202

    Canberra - just how expensive is it??

    We are currently going through the emigration process to Canada but are becoming increasingly disheartened with the lack of movement on our application (as I believe as many!) The prospect is we will not actually receive a visa for another 2 years, having been in the system now for 18 months. With my OH due to leave the Army in 15 months and not wanting to spent longer than necessary in this poor excuse for a developed nation,, we are seriously considering looking at Oz instead. We are well travelled enough to know that wherever we go will not be utopia and each country offers its own challenges - Oz in particular as we know is becoming increasingly expensive, but we know it could offer us and our young family far better prospects than where we are currently - oh and the odd bit of sun would be much appreciated However, as we would have to apply on me as an HR professional, the only states currently offering sponsorship are ACT and NT. Having researched ACT, it does look like it would suit us very well, but our main concern is the high cost of living and in particular, the cost of property. From individual experiences, just how expensive do people find ACT for two professionals earning around 50-80K each?? Any thoughts and feedback would be most appreciated. Cheers Sarah.
  13. $7000 for a ticket to Parklife:swoon: Thankfully the money raised goes to charity, but who can afford $7000:no: http://parklife.com.au Available in a very limited quantity - exactly one (yes 1) is up for grabs, the Ridiculously Expensive Ticket will offer the ultimate, once-in-a-lifetime music experience for those with some serious cash to burn and allows access to all the fantastic benefits the cheekily named More Expensive Ticket has to offer, such as access to the exclusive Garden Bar which features a cocktail bar, viewing platform, VIP toilets, concierge with phone charging, cloakroom, information service, canapés, massages and more. The Ridiculously Expensive Ticket will be available for the Parklife shows in Melbourne (Saturday 24th September), Perth (Sunday 25th September), Brisbane (Saturday 1st October), Sydney (Sunday 2nd October), and Adelaide (Monday 3rd October), and will include: Slip-and-slide festival entry A personal drinks caddie (no more queuing) An “artist” cabin backstage with personal rider demands Portable VIP area with security entourage “Coming to America” style sedan chair transport Side of stage performance viewings Bespoke cocktail named in the purchaser’s honour and offered for sale on the day Personal welcome messages main stage video screen Adventure featured on the Parklife website Access to all of the More Expensive Ticket* benefits + 10 x MET’s for friends and/or lackies Fuzzy Events’ John Wall comments, “It was never our intention to actually sell a Ridiculously Expensive Ticket, but due to the overwhelming response we had on Facebook, we decided to turn these crazy requests into reality...and help a good cause at the same time. Our More Expensive Ticket is already a huge hit with visitors to Parklife looking for that something extra. Now we’ve created a once-in-a-lifetime Parklife experience, the profits from which will help a fantastic charity that we’ve supported for some years now.” By providing resources and opportunities, Heaps Decent supports the development of high quality Australian music with a unique identity. Fuzzy have been supporting Heaps Decent through cash donations, in kind administration support as well as partnering the Cash for Comp scheme since 2008. Over the last two years Heaps Decent has been able to raise over $100,000 by asking Fuzzy Guest ticket holders to donate at the gate to Fuzzy Festivals and events. The funding has allowed the organisation to grow at an exponential rate providing workshops to more than five times the numbers of young people pre-Fuzzy. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/ticket-prices-gone-ridiculous-20110912-1k5ap.html#ixzz1XhsPNvog
  14. I see lots of posts about people worrying about costs of living in Australia on what I would consider to be high wages (£100k) and am freaking out a bit.... I'm currently earning £34k (with bonus normally up to £40k) and my OH earns around £40k himself. He works in sales and is hoping to get a job in Australia on a basic of $70k (but we don't know how possible this will be) and I won't be working until the end of the year (having second child) but have been told from recruitment consultants that I can expect a job paying around $52k. So, as you can see, we're not high flyers. I am worried as here in the UK we shop in Morrisons, buy specials in bulk, buy cheap clothes from H&M, have a cheap car and try to walk everywhere etc. We live in London outskirts and can afford a decentish property whereas everytime I look on Domain I want to weep at the state of the houses, most of which look like they haven't been altered since the 1970s. We both want a better quality of life for our kids, but I am freaking out by the high costs of living in Australia. I have done a comprehensive spreadsheet of expected expenses and salaries (including any relevant benefits we'll be eligible for) every month, but it leaves very little at the end of the month. I'm worrying about unexpected medical bills, dentists, clothes for the kids etc. Has anyone please got some reassuring comments for me? I'd quite like some as we've paid for the visa and the flights!:biggrin:
  15. Troy&Kim

    Is this expensive

    Hi PIO, I have been quoted £2900 for shipping 458 Cubic ft, shared container, this is just the basics, plus 1 motorbike. is this price a good price or expensive. cheers, Troy
  16. For me, I found the price of bannanas to be astronomical, at the last count they were $11.99 a kilo. I realise this is due to a poor harvest, but it's still a shocker. We also went to Harvey Normans and had a little look around and saw that the equivalent of our fridge freezer that we paid £600 for was over $2000 here :chatterbox: On a brighter note, Shiploads do some right bargains :biggrin: Chris xx
  17. emmaroo

    Expensive Oz!

    Nothing that those living here don't know but informative for those that are planning a move! http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/business-old/expats-struggle-to-afford-expensive-perth/story-e6frg2qu-1226093330785 :hug:
  18. Guest

    expensive or not

    Hi all. Im soon to be moving to melbourne if my visa ever gets granted, and everyone is telling me it's soooo expensive. Is this true..... If so, in what way. Or does it all ballence out in the end Cheers. Wayneo
  19. Stulatics

    Migration agents - questions

    Hi, Following on from an earlier thread of mine (thanks to the lovely and helpful people who responded), I am thinking of getting a migration agent to help get me through the minefield of a possible migration tribunal and help appeal successfully against the rejection of my 457. Jeez, it sounds scary - I've never been before/to any tribunal in my life! Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone on here had used a migration agent. What are their experiences, were/are they any use and - MOST CRUCIALLY - how expensive is a reputable one? What would I be looking at (ball park figure would be nice). Any help appreciated, Thanks again, Stuart xx
  20. The Pom Queen

    Most Expensive Cities in the World 2011

    International Cost of Living Ranking - January 2011 Tokyo is the costliest city in the world in which to live as at January 2011. Tokyo is the most expensive city in the world in which to live, out of 300 global locations, surveyed as at January 2011. While Tokyo is average in terms of the cost of items such as education (ranked 144) and alcohol & tobacco (ranked 138), it is the most expensive place in the world for groceries, healthcare, and household accommodation costs. As the most expensive city in the world, Tokyo has an overall cost of living index of 158.4 (New York = 100). In comparison to the next 3 cities to host the FIFA Soccer World Cup (SWC) Tokyo is 38% more expensive than Rio de Janeiro (SWC 2014), 36% more expensive than Moscow (SWC 2018), and 65% more expensive than Doha (SWC 2022). That means that an expatriate earning USD$5,000 per month in Doha would need to earn USD$8,250 per month in Tokyo to enable them to have the same purchasing power, and therefore a similar standard of living as they had in Doha. The cost of living for an expatriate is affected by both the availability and prices, of goods and services representative of an expatriate lifestyle, local inflation, and the exchange rate between the home and host country. As a result the cost of living has a significant impact on an expatriate’s salary package. Caracas is the second most expensive city to live in. Caracas is most expensive place in the world for furniture and appliances, alcohol & tobacco, recreation and culture, hotels restaurants and meals out. Caracas is the second most expensive place for groceries and healthcare. Hong Kong is the third most expensive city in the world for expatriates to live in. The high overall cost of living rank for Hong Kong is primarily a result of two expensive basket groups. Hong Kong is the fourth most expensive city in the world for healthcare, and is the second most expensive city in the world for household accommodation, which typically comprises 30% of an expatriate’s expenses. Hong Kong is a good example of why many international organizations compensate separately for healthcare as well as household related costs such as housing rental, water, electricity, household gas, household fuels, local rates and residential taxes. Items that are provided by the employer should be excluded from a cost of living index calculation. The cost of living index for Hong Kong excluding healthcare and household related costs is substantially lower than it’s overall cost of living index of 129.4. Hong Kong is relatively cheap for recreation & culture (ranked 241 in the world), education (ranked 259 in the world), as well as furniture & appliances (ranked 268 in the world). Geneva, the fourth most expensive city, is particularly expensive for recreation & culture as well as groceries. Osaka, ranked fith, is most expensive for household accommodation (ranked 3 in the world), healthcare (ranked 5 in the world) and groceries (ranked 6 in the world). Asia-Pacific has 4 of the 10 most expensive cities in the world. Tokyo is first and Hong Kong the third most expensive location in the world (and most expensive in greater China), whilst Osaka is the third most expensive city in Asia-Pacific (ranked 5 in the world), followed by Nagoya (ranked 9 in the world). Cities in mainland China remain relatively cheap, mainly due to the pegging of the Chinese Yuan to the US Dollar which has kept costs down. Within mainland China, Shanghai (ranked 19 in the world), and Beijing (ranked 126 in the world) are the most expensive locations. The cheapest city surveyed in China is Tianjin (ranked 284) with a cost of living index of just 61.4. The cheapest city in Asia-Pacific is Nuku’Alofa in Tonga (ranked 299) with a cost of living index of 53.1. Most expensive cities in Asia-Pacific (Global rank in brackets) 1. Japan, Tokyo (1) 2. China, Hong Kong (3) 3. Japan, Osaka (5) 4. Japan, Nagoya (9) 5. Japan, Yokohama (13) 6. Australia, Sydney (17) 7. China, Shanghai (19) 8. Australia, Canberra (20) 9. Kiribati, South Tarawa (23) 10.Singapore (26) South Asia is the least expensive region in the world for expatriates to live in. The most expensive city surveyed is Mumbai (ranked 109 in the world), followed by New Delhi (ranked 136), and Chennai (ranked 139). The cheapest city in South Asia is Thimphu in Bhutan (ranked 297). Most expensive cities in South Asia (Global rank in brackets) 1. India, Mumbai (109) 2. India, New Delhi (136) 3. India, Chennai (139) 4. India, Calcutta (141) 5. Maldives, Male (147) 6. India, Hyderabad (149) 7. India, Bangalore (167) 8. Afghanistan, Kabul (208) 9. Bangladesh, Dhaka (263) 10.Pakistan, Lahore 278) Europe’s most expensive cities are mostly those that are not on the Euro. The most expensive city in Europe is Geneva (ranked 4 in the world), followed by Zurich (ranked 6), making Switzerland the most expensive country in Europe. Zurich is followed by Oslo (ranked 8). Moscow is the world's 10th most expensive city (4th in Europe) followed by Vaduz in Liechtenstein. The cheapest city in Europe is Tirana in Albania (ranked 283 in the world) with a cost of living index of 61.7. Most expensive cities in Europe (Global rank in brackets) 1. Switzerland, Geneva (4) 2. Switzerland, Zurich (6) 3. Norway, Oslo (8) 4. Russia, Moscow (10) 5. Liechtenstein, Vaduz (12) 6. Denmark, Copenhagen (14) 7. United Kingdom, London (16) 8. France, Paris (21) 9. Monaco, Monaco (22) 10.Jersey, Saint Helier (24) The Middle East's most expensive city is Abu Dhabi (ranked 27 in the world), followed by Doha (ranked 49), and Bahrain (ranked 87). Dubai is the fourth most expensive city in the Middle East (ranked 89 in the world) with a cost of living index of 89.7. The cheapest city surveyed in the Middle East (and cheapest in the world) is Sanaa in Yemen (ranked 300 in the world) with a cost of living index of 49.7, half that of New York which has a cost of living index of 100. Most expensive cities in the Middle East (Global rank in brackets) 1. United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi (27) 2. Qatar, Doha (49) 3. Bahrain, Manama (87) 4. United Arab Emirates, Dubai (89) 5. Israel, Jerusalem (102) 6. Lebanon, Beirut (138) 7. Palestinian Territories, West Bank (152) 8. Kuwait, Kuwait City (156) 9. Syria, Damascus (165) 10.Iran, Tehran (170) The Americas most expensive city is Caracas, which is the world’s second most expensive city to live in for expatriates. Brazil has 3 of the 4 most expensive cities in the Americas. Sao Paulo (ranked 7 in the world), Rio de Janeiro (ranked 11) are followed by Brasilia (ranked 15). Nassau (ranked 25) is the fifth most expensive city, while New York (ranked 33) is the sixth most expensive city in the America’s and most expensive in the United States of America. The cheapest city to live in the Americas is La Paz in Bolivia (ranked 294 in the world). The cheapest city surveyed in the United States of America is Indianapolis Ind (ranked 285 in the world). Most expensive cities in the Americas (Global rank in brackets) 1. Venezuela, Caracas (2) 2. Brazil, Sao Paulo (7) 3. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (11) 4. Brazil, Brasilia (15) 5. Bahamas, Nassau (25) 6. USA, New York NY (33) 7. Canada, Toronto (37) 8. Falkland Islands, Stanley (42) 9. Trinidad and Tobago, Port-of-Spain (47) 10.Canada, Vancouver (54) Notes: Figures used in this report were taken from Xpatulator cost of living database as at 1 January 2011. The above ranks are based on the overall cost of living index using all 13 basket groups with New York as the base city (Cost of living index = 100). The 13 basket groups do not count equally and are weighted according to expatriate expenditure norms as follows (weighting percentage is in brackets): 1. Alcohol & Tobacco (2%): Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. 2. Clothing (2.5%): Clothing and footwear products. 3. Communication (2%): Telephone, Internet, Mobile Contract and Calls. 4. Education (5%): Creche Fees, School Fees, College Fees, and Tertiary Study Fees. 5. Furniture & Appliances (5%): Furniture, household equipment and appliances. 6. Groceries (16.5%): Food, non-alcoholic beverages and cleaning materials. 7. Healthcare (5%): Doctor Consultation rates, Private Ward Rate, Prescription Medicine, and Private Medical Insurance Contributions. 8. Household (30%): Housing rental, utilities, local rates and residential taxes. 9. Miscellaneous (3%): Stationary, Linen and general goods and services. 10. Personal Care (3%): Personal Care products and services. 11. Recreation & Culture (6%): Books, Camera Film, Cinema Ticket, DVD and CD’s, Sports goods, Theatre Tickets. 12. Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels (2%): Dinner at Restaurant (non fast food), Hotel Rates, Take Away, Drinks & Snacks (fast Food). 13. Transport (18%): Public Transport, Vehicle Costs, Vehicle Fuel, Vehicle Insurance and Vehicle Maintenance. The full January 2011 list of all 300 international locations using all 13 basket groups is as follows: January 2011 Rank Country, City 1 Japan, Tokyo 2 Venezuela, Caracas 3 China, Hong Kong 4 Switzerland, Geneva 5 Japan, Osaka 6 Switzerland, Zurich 7 Brazil, Sao Paulo 8 Norway, Oslo 9 Japan, Nagoya 10 Russia, Moscow 11 Brazil, Rio de Janeiro 12 Liechtenstein, Vaduz 13 Japan, Yokohama 14 Denmark, Copenhagen 15 Brazil, Brasilia 16 United Kingdom, London 17 Australia, Sydney 18 Angola, Luanda 19 China, Shanghai 20 Australia, Canberra 21 France, Paris 22 Monaco, Monaco 23 Kiribati, South Tarawa 24 Jersey, Saint Helier 25 Bahamas, Nassau 26 Singapore, Singapore 27 United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi 28 Korea Republic of, Seoul 29 Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby 30 Australia, Melbourne 31 Guernsey, St Peter Port 32 Australia, Perth 33 USA, New York NY 34 Vanuatu, Port Vila 35 United Kingdom, Glasgow 36 Isle of Man, Douglas 37 Canada, Toronto 38 Germany, Munich 39 Austria, Vienna 40 Finland, Helsinki 41 Gabon, Libreville 42 Falkland Islands, Stanley 43 Russia, St. Petersburg 44 Italy, Milan 45 United Kingdom, Birmingham 46 Germany, Frankfurt 47 Trinidad and Tobago, Port-of-Spain 48 Nigeria, Lagos 49 Qatar, Doha 50 United Kingdom, Leeds 51 Italy, Rome 52 Saint Helena, Jamestown 53 New Caledonia, Noumea 54 Canada, Vancouver 55 Germany, Cologne 56 Croatia, Zagreb 57 Central African Republic, Bangui 58 Solomon Islands, Honiara 59 Mali, Bamako 60 Micronesia, Palikir 61 Australia, Brisbane 62 Belgium, Brussels 63 Bermuda, Hamilton 64 Chad, NDjamena 65 Taiwan, Taipei 66 Canada, Calgary 67 Cote DIvoire, Abidjan 68 San Marino, San Marino 69 Germany, Hamburg 70 Azerbaijan, Baku 71 United Kingdom, Belfast 72 Slovakia, Bratislava 73 Iceland, Reykjavik 74 Luxembourg, Luxembourg 75 Netherlands, Amsterdam 76 Ireland, Dublin 77 Sweden, Stockholm 78 Germany, Berlin 79 Germany, Bonn 80 Czech Republic, Prague 81 Canada, Montreal 82 Estonia, Tallinn 83 Turkey, Istanbul 84 Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa 85 New Zealand, Auckland 86 Cayman Islands, George Town 87 Bahrain, Manama 88 Indonesia, Jakarta 89 United Arab Emirates, Dubai 90 Cameroon, Douala 91 Spain, Madrid 92 Australia, Adelaide 93 Colombia, Bogota 94 France, Lyon 95 USA, San Francisco Calif 96 USA, Boston Mass 97 Vatican City, Vatican City 98 Sudan, Khartoum 99 Cameroon, Yaounde 100 Jamaica, Kingston 101 Sierra Leone, Freetown 102 Israel, Jerusalem 103 USA, Washington DC 104 Cook Islands, Avarua 105 Spain, Barcelona 106 USA, San Jose Calif 107 Kazakhstan, Almaty 108 France, Marseille 109 India, Mumbai 110 Canada, Ottawa 111 Sao Tome and Principe, Sao Tome 112 Samoa, Apia 113 Greenland, Nuuk 114 Djibouti, Djibouti 115 Martinique, Fort-de-France 116 Turkey, Ankara 117 Guinea-Bissau, Bissau 118 Nauru, Yaren 119 Malta, Velletta 120 USA, Anchorage AK 121 USA, Philadelphia Pa 122 Barbados, Bridgetown 123 Portugal, Lisbon 124 Hungary, Budapest 125 Zambia, Lusaka 126 China, Beijing 127 Liberia, Monrovia 128 Puerto Rico, San Juan 129 Chile, Santiago 130 Congo, Brazzaville 131 Marshall Islands, Majuro 132 South Africa, Johannesburg 133 Togo, Lome 134 Comores, Moroni 135 Turkmenistan, Ashgabat 136 India, New Delhi 137 Guam, Hagatna 138 Lebanon, Beirut 139 India, Chennai 140 Ghana, Accra 141 India, Calcutta 142 Tuvalu, Funafuti 143 USA, Los Angeles Calif 144 Cape Verde, Praia 145 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou 146 Greece, Athens 147 Maldives, Male 148 Guadeloupe, Basse-Terre 149 India, Hyderabad 150 Senegal, Dakar 151 Andorra, Andorra la Vella 152 Palestinian Territories, West Bank 153 Uruguay, Montevideo 154 Rwanda, Kigali 155 USA, San Diego Calif 156 Kuwait, Kuwait City 157 Peru, Lima 158 Montenegro, Podgorica 159 USA, Chicago Ill 160 Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan 161 USA, Portland Ore 162 Malawi, Lilongwe 163 Ukraine, Kiev 164 French Polynesia, Papeete 165 Syria, Damascus 166 Lithuania, Vilnius 167 India, Bangalore 168 Poland, Warsaw 169 South Africa, Pretoria 170 Iran, Tehran 171 South Africa, Cape Town 172 USA, Baltimore Md 173 Tanzania, Dar es Salaam 174 Namibia, Windhoek 175 USA, Seattle Wash 176 Georgia Republic of, Tbilisi 177 Philippines, Manila 178 Timor-Leste, Dili 179 USA, Miami Fla 180 Mexico, Mexico City 181 Thailand, Bangkok 182 Fiji, Suva 183 Gibraltar, Gibraltar 184 Benin, Cotonou 185 Cyprus, Nicosia 186 Armenia, Yerevan 187 Guinea, Conakry 188 South Africa, Durban 189 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown 190 Saudi Arabia, Riyadh 191 Gambia, Banjul 192 Guatemala, Guatemala City 193 Somalia, Mogadishu 194 Egypt, Cairo 195 Niger, Niamey 196 USA, Phoenix Ariz 197 Grenada, Saint Georges 198 Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 199 Cuba, Havana 200 Guyana, Georgetown 201 Haiti, Port-au-Prince 202 Slovenia, Ljubljana 203 Serbia, Belgrade 204 USA, Las Vegas Nev 205 Jordan, Amman 206 Costa Rica, San Jose 207 Latvia, Riga 208 Afghanistan, Kabul 209 Madagascar, Antananarivo 210 Swaziland, Mbabane 211 USA, Detroit Mich 212 Mauritius, Port Louis 213 Palau, Melekeok 214 Belarus, Minsk 215 USA, Denver Colo 216 Panama, Panama City 217 Eritrea, Asmara 218 Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre 219 Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan 220 USA, Cleveland Ohio 221 Algeria, Algiers 222 Seychelles, Victoria 223 Dominica, Roseau 224 Oman, Muscat 225 USA, Atlanta GA 226 Botswana, Gaborone 227 Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Johns 228 Iraq, Baghdad 229 USA, Charlotte NC 230 Equatorial Guinea, Malabo 231 French Guiana, Cayenne 232 Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo 233 Moldova, Chisinau 234 USA, Jacksonville Fla 235 China, Wuhan 236 China, Shenzhen 237 USA, Milwaukee Wis 238 USA, Pittsburgh Penn 239 USA, Tampa Fla 240 Macedonia, Skopje 241 Vietnam, Hanoi 242 Saudi Arabia, Jeddah 243 Laos, Vientiane 244 USA, Dallas Tex 245 Romania, Bucharest 246 Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar 247 China, Dalian 248 USA, Fort Worth Tex 249 Mozambique, Maputo 250 Lesotho, Maseru 251 Honduras, Tegucigalpa 252 USA, San Antonio Tex 253 Kosovo, Pristina 254 Nicaragua, Managua 255 Burundi, Bujumbura 256 Belize, Belmopan 257 USA, Houston Tex 258 Ethiopia, Addis Ababa 259 China, Macao 260 Kenya, Nairobi 261 USA, Columbus Ohio 262 USA, St Louis MO 263 Bangladesh, Dhaka 264 Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City 265 USA, Austin Tex 266 Bulgaria, Sofia 267 Myanmar, Yangon 268 Saint Lucia, Castries 269 Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek 270 USA, El Paso Tex 271 Argentina, Buenos Aires 272 USA, Memphis Tenn 273 China, Guangzhou 274 El Salvador, San Salvador 275 Paraguay, Asuncion 276 Morocco, Rabat 277 Zimbabwe, Harare 278 Pakistan, Lahore 279 Mauritania, Nouakchott 280 Ecuador, Quito 281 Nepal, Kathmandu 282 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo 283 Albania, Tirana 284 China, Tianjin 285 USA, Indianapolis Ind 286 Pakistan, Islamabad 287 Korea Democratic Republic of, Pyongyang 288 Suriname, Paramaribo 289 Uzbekistan, Tashkent 290 Pakistan, Karachi 291 Tajikistan, Dushanbe 292 Uganda, Kampala 293 Tunisia, Tunis 294 Bolivia, La Paz 295 Cambodia, Phnom Penh 296 Sri Lanka, Colombo 297 Bhutan, Thimphu 298 Libya, Tripoli 299 Tonga, NukuAlofa 300 Yemen, Sanaa
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    Perth - Expensive?

    Hi, My name is Martyn - first time poster. After holidaying in Perth three times I have managed to secure a job there. The company has agreed to pay the 457 application and also myself and my wife's health costs if we get there. 1. My first question is $85,000 a decent salary? The cost of Perth shocked me when I was there however it is a fantastic city. 2. The company is not paying any flights out there however they have said they will pay for a hotel for 1 week if and when we get there. Is this a decent deal? 3. We will have roughly £8000 to pay for any rent bond when we land. Roughly what is the rent bond you need to pay for any rented accomodation? Any help appreciated! cheers, Martyn.
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    expensive books and music..

    the price of books and music Cd,s in australia is ridiculous..I was after a music cd and when I saw the price today it was nearly $ 30 and theats the normal price in oz smae for books, its no wonder everyone buys online now from amazon etc..,and the retailers are whingeing on to the govt to increase GST on online purchases..Why dont these greedy Australian retailers reduce their rip off prices so more people will buy from them as opposed to online..I think we will see alot more shops here in the near future closing down...and all I can say is good rythms to them..
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    Expensive Oz

    Went to buy some hot cross buns today at the local bakery..here is an example of how ridiculously expensive this country now is ...$ 6-50 for a packet of 6 hot cross buns, can anyone tell me where else in the world they may charge this daft amount?, and people actually pay this..
  24. Just going to have a moan:cute:, Has anyone else noticed just how expensive everything has got in England just over the last few months? I am starting a new job in London next week and have been trying to organise some parking, I rang Camden council and they informed me that the price of a visitor permit has increased from the £22 it was last week to £33.80 A DAY :no: as well as the congestion charge os £10. I find it incredible that they can increase the price by such a huge amount. Anyway i was up in Warwick yesterday and the price of diesel was a staggering £1.48 per litre:shocked: and thats not to mention the cost of shopping which seems to have gone through the roof. Anyway if you want to have a moan about the cost of stuff then do it here without feeling guilty:biggrin:, someone will be on soon by the way to say that australia is just as expensive or if not more so and that if anyone feels that Australia is some kind of utopia then they are wrong:err:
  25. Hi all, I have been reading on the forums for a while and it seems to me that living in Oz is actually way more expensive than the UK? Everything costs more from food to cars, houses, clothes ect ect. So do people in general get paid more than in the UK? How does it add up that people want to go for less pay en more expensive living? We are desperate to go, but don't want to struggle for ever or more than in the UK. What things are cheaper in Oz than in the UK? Or how do people make it work? Are there things like tax credits or benefits? Not that we want to use them, but I thought we are going for a better life, weather wise and financially and hopefully will be able to buy a house one day, but if things are more expensive and pay is less than UK in general, why do people go then? :wacko: