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is cost of living in oz............. better ??!!

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Guest sanura

Hi there,

 

Newbie here..............

 

my name is caroline and myself and my family are planning to move to oz next year. ( 2 teenage boys aged 15 & 16) We are just starting to get the ball rolling and now starting to pay for things and my main question before we really get started is -

is the cost of living the same, more expensive or cheaper in oz than living in the uk?

 

i've been looking at mortgage rates etc which i see are higher than we generally pay here, i'm concerned that by the time i pay all the usual bills, like telephone, mortgage, car/house/health insurance, tax, pension schemes, electricity, gas, water, phone, internet etc that my monthly outlays may be more in oz than in UK. and if that is the case would have to seriously reconsider our move.

 

( i have seen that the price of petrol is cheaper which is good bonus!!!)

 

am reeaally hoping the answer is going to be cheaper or about the same as we are sooooo excited thinking about the move.

 

cheerie

caroline

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Guest caza75

hi caroline,

welcome aboard .. we are headin off now in jan for a recci trip to the gold coast

 

as we just got our visas in august an they took 10 months to get granted!! hope you

 

wont be as long.. i cant answer your question but from what i gather from the site ,

 

i think it is much of of muchness , there may be some stuff dearer but then again as you say the petrol is cheaper!!

 

i am in northern ireland here and the cost of livin here is more expensive than the uk as you have more stores than we have .. eg morrisons, asda etc so there is not as much competition here so i will probly find it cheaper were you may find it expensive.

 

my son has been twice and was there last year and he found it cheaper than here so i think it depends what each of us call dear or not if you no what i mean:wacko:

so hope this helps but i am sure someone else will give you a straighter answer:unsure:

good luck in the process

 

caza

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I think it is probably one of those "how long is a piece of string" questions unfortunately. The crunch is - how well is your Aussie $ income going to stretch to meet Aussie $$ prices. There is no value in costing things here in pounds because you wont be earning in pounds (which is unfortunate at the moment). Different things take different amounts out of your budget - your mortgage probably wouldnt be as big but the interest rates are higher. You may pay less for petrol but you may drive further. You will pay less for heating but you will pay more for cooling (air con is a killer). You will pay more for medical expenses, broadband/internet/mobile phones, holiday travel. My impression was that food was cheaper in UK but I admit I was comparing actual prices and the dollar was doing really well in July. We dont get BOGOFs (brilliant invention) or discount vouchers here to the same extent. Second hand cars are definitely more expensive but probably last longer - more miles but less rust. White goods are expensive in comparison I believe (from folk who have had to buy new when they get here and set up their homes).

 

So best thing is to work out what your Aussie income will be and work from there really.

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Guest sanura

Hi................. thanks. have been looking thro other threads and finding out lots about general cost of living.

 

cheerie

caroline:jiggy:

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Guest Caz_hen

We find the cost much the same. Property in the cities seem to be more expensive but you still get more land & house for your money. In Brisbane you are looking $450,00 and above the average for a 2/3 bedroom house. Grocery shopping is about the same. We couldnt believe the prices of second hand cars, you can't seem to pick up any bargains. New cars seem to be slightly cheaper. Alcohol also the same. We thought wine was suppossed to be bargain, but saddly not. But the good thing my partner & I get paid slightly more than the UK.

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Think Quoll has mostly summed it up,

 

but guess theres a bit of swings & roundabouts


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One thing that is going to cost you a lot of money and that is health care. A visit to the doctors cost around $70 and prescriptions can cost anything from $15 to $40+ . Everyone is encouraged to have private health insurance if not you have to pay extra in tax. There are Medicare rebates but they do not cover the full amount. Don't ever knock the NHS, compared to here it is brilliant. Waiting times are just as bad even if you are paying. Getting an appointment to see a specialist can take months. On the plus side if you are paying you will get your procedure done fairly quickly.

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Guest The Ropey HOFF

We worked out that the wages we were offered would be about 2.4 times our salary in the UK and using that as a yard stick, overall prices seemed almost the same, nothing to be that concerned about as long as you accept a wage that's near to 2.2 to 2.5 times your UK salary. If you are spending UK pounds, Australia is very dear, but once you have emigrated, pounds no longer exist, because you are earning Australian dollars.

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If the medical matter is straight forward, then you could visit a bulk billing Doctor, where you don't have to pay. The prescriptions are not free even for children which is a change from the UK for us but we are lucky that besides asthma, we don't have any recurrent problems in the family. If you had an ongoing illness with several medications, it could start to add up, but there is also a safety net for families where its cheaper or even free once you have spent a certain amount that tax year. Check out the medicare website.

Dental - we use the public system where it is $30.50 which covers all appointments needed to resolve the problem ie the check up, the filling and the follow up for example.

Obvs you can go private, but there is a gap to pay between what is covered by medicare and what is charged by the doctor/dentist etc. Not everyone gets charged more tax if you don't have private healthcare - there is an income threshold and its also affected by the number of kids.... see the ato website for info.

If either of your teenagers need braces - get them fitted and finished before you come because that costs a bomb over here (do a search on here to read up!)

Mortgage rates are higher but then so are savings rates.

I have taken a year to get out of the habit of buying everything from the supermarket but I now save money by using the fruit and veg shop and the butchers.

Not sure how relevant it'll be for the age of your children but zoos are free for children in the school holidays and on Sundays which saves us a packet!

We have found local fb groups exist for most things and you can pick up surfboards/surfski etc really cheaply and hey presto = a new free hobby!

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Just letting you guys know that this is a 2008 thread


I just want PIO to be a happy place where people are nice to each other and unicorns poop rainbows

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Do a virtual grocery shop on either with Coles or Woolies,should give you a good indication on how much you'll be spending each week in the supermarket.I think its wise to seek advise from those who have lived in both places.


When the power of love overcomes the love of power,the world will know peace ~ Jimi Hendrix

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Do a virtual grocery shop on either with Coles or Woolies,should give you a good indication on how much you'll be spending each week in the supermarket.I think its wise to seek advise from those who have lived in both places.

As Ali said - this thread is from 2008. Much has changed since then and Australia is now way expensive. Perhaps time to close the thread.

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Guest Ptp113
As Ali said - this thread is from 2008. Much has changed since then and Australia is now way expensive. Perhaps time to close the thread.

Way expensive only for poms who refuse to change their shopping habits.

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Guest lifeincanberra
As Ali said - this thread is from 2008. Much has changed since then and Australia is now way expensive. Perhaps time to close the thread.

 

Yes very true from what our Australian friends are saying. The problem seems to be that food, utilities, running a car are getting more expensive but there incomings arent keeping up with there outgoings.

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Guest The Ropey HOFF
As Ali said - this thread is from 2008. Much has changed since then and Australia is now way expensive. Perhaps time to close the thread.

 

 

Its same all over the world probably, especially here in the UK where inflation has far outstripped pay rises, or lack of them.

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Sorry Ali didn't realise the thread was old!lol I think we posted at the same time!Whoops! Hoff I thought you might of already been over there by now?Whats the hold up?


When the power of love overcomes the love of power,the world will know peace ~ Jimi Hendrix

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Guest The Ropey HOFF
Sorry Ali didn't realise the thread was old!lol I think we posted at the same time!Whoops! Hoff I thought you might of already been over there by now?Whats the hold up?

 

 

The wife's knackered, I might be looking for a younger model to go with. Lol. No seriously, she is having major surgery on her ankle next month and depending on that outcome, will depend on whether we go, or we don't. Even if she is ok, it's still not certain.

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As Ali said - this thread is from 2008. Much has changed since then and Australia is now way expensive. Perhaps time to close the thread.

 

 

Agreed.

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