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Brisbane - cost of living Feb 2011

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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

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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

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Where do you live in brisbane? what is that in sterling?

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Sorry my post was not very clear. I am moving to Brisbane from the UK in July and these are my estimates based on research from other posts and from browsing the web. Clearly a fair bit of guess work involved! I was hoping to get some comments so that I can revise the estimates up or down.

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Sorry my post was not very clear. I am moving to Brisbane from the UK in July and these are my estimates based on research from other posts and from browsing the web. Clearly a fair bit of guess work involved! I was hoping to get some comments so that I can revise the estimates up or down.

 

 

Oh i see we are still in the UK too where abouts in brisbane are you going?

Will ur life be the same over there , less or more expensive every month?

 

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Here are my estimates, any comments would be most welcome...

 

EXPENSES $ PER MONTH

Rent $2,166.67 Seems a lot, depending on area of course.

Water rates $70.00 We pay around $80-90 a month.

Water usage $20.83 Around $30

Contents insurance $30.00 Around $45

Electricity $100.00 $150

Gas $47.92 Don't have gas

Phone $120.83 Phone/broadband $99

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 2 cars, about $90.

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:

 

Many of the figures are very much dependant on where you live, size of family, type of car, house, eating habits etc.

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Here are my estimates, any comments would be most welcome...

 

EXPENSES $ PER MONTH

Rent $2,166.67 Depends where you live

Water rates $70.00 If renting water is usually paid by landlord, you may pay for excess use

Water usage $20.83 See Above

Contents insurance $30.00

Electricity $100.00

Gas $47.92

Phone $120.83

Broadband $100.00 I have a phone/broadband package $99

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 if this is the rego/car tax its about $700 a year

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:

 

I have added my comments to your post above, you will find different members have different ideas and experiances

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Thanks for the comments! Difficult to judge if we will be better or worse off. My Oz salary will be about equivalent to the UK on the exchange rate. I think that might be a little low, so I think Brisbane will seem a bit more expensive. However, I'm really hoping we as a family will enjoy more time outdoors. Personally I'm hoping that with a better commute I will have more time with my family, because at the moment I'm doing a 1 1/2 hour journey each way to work. I think we will be able to rent a slightly bigger place with a budget of $2200 per month. Here in the UK we live in a 3 bed end of terrace house (240k) just outside the M25. Also the Oz job has much more potential for career progression.

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Hi Here are our outgoings. We have been living in Brisbane for 6 months. Family of 5.

 

 

 

Monthly outgoings

 

Rent $2,033

Contents ins $25

Internet/phone/tv $115

Electricity $160 - running pool and occasional air con.

Water $87

Car tax (rego) $65

Car insurance $32

Car servicing $42

Phones $50

Life insurance $45

Total $2,774

 

 

Lots of places in QLD don't use gas.

Not 100% sure on the water yet- if you rent you only pay supply and usage -no sewerage charges (which is about $800 a year extra).

Our local state primary has better figures than the local privates, so our kids go there- its' about $200 per child per year.

We have 1 car.

We don't have private health cover at present (not completely essential, the state cover is more or less comparable to the NHS for basics)

Internet/phone/tv gives us the equivalent of freesat, unlimited calls to UK and broadband with 25GB month cap.

I have been living off savings waiting for professional registration to come through and we can manage with $500 a week for food, entertainment, fuel and incidental spending - lol just about.

The Oz equivalent of Family Allowance will probably give you more than the UK equivalent.

 

Hope this helps.


Got to love QLD- No worries, all good, too easy!

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Okay so I've been living in Brisbane for a year now. My outgoings are more like $6900 a month and I can tell you that on my salary it is a real struggle. I love the place, but the financial strain has really put a tarnish on things now. At a minimum I think you need $110k here for a family of 4. I would say 1.8-2.0 times the UK salary to have an equivalent disposable income, thats moving from just outside London.

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Okay so I've been living in Brisbane for a year now. My outgoings are more like $6900 a month and I can tell you that on my salary it is a real struggle. I love the place, but the financial strain has really put a tarnish on things now. At a minimum I think you need $110k here for a family of 4. I would say 1.8-2.0 times the UK salary to have an equivalent disposable income, thats moving from just outside London.

 

when you say 1.8-2.0 times due you mean after conversion or just the difference between the raw numbers?

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Depends on so many factors.

 

I can't speak for Brisneyland, but in Perth the rental varies greatly depending on how far from the beach you are. You can rent 3 bed house for as little as $300/week on a decent plot of land and only 20-30 minutes drive from the city.

 

Our outgoings are about $4k a month for a family of four in a decent house in a nice suburb near the beach. We do a lot of outdoor activities which are cheap - off-roading, biking, camping, beaching, etc etc. Perth is far better than Brisbane though.

 

My salary is over twice what I can earn in the UK, so that's another factor. That depends on what you do for a living.

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I'd second this - family of four in Brisbane we need an income of about $110-120K to get by. This is without saving for holidays (we can't afford them) and living pretty frugally (markets for fruit & veg, aldi for food etc). $2k rental per month will get you a small 3 bedroomed house quite close to the city (inner 10K) - you won't get a pool unless you're prepared to go a way out, or up the rent a bit. manage your expectations in terms of quality of rentals here!

Healthcare is a huge cost, with mandatory health insurance and out of pocket expenses for dental, medical etc this can add up. Because I had a minor operation one year, my husband needed crowns and my daughter needed four wisdom teeth extracted, I'd estimate our healthcare costs to be in the region of about $6-8K after tax annually. Been here 5 years and cost of living soaring!

Edited by Chortlepuss

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Our outgoings are about $4k a month for a family of four in a decent house in a nice suburb near the beach. We do a lot of outdoor activities which are cheap - off-roading, biking, camping, beaching, etc etc. Perth is far better than Brisbane though.....

We don't get charged for those either you know :wink:

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Trying to move to Bris next year this post is pretty helpful, my income likely to be 85 k single earner in family of four (2 toddlers), the averages I have taken allowing about 2k for rent/mortgage come up about 5400 per month would be interested in knowing a ball park figure some of u guys are earning to survive as my guesstimates seem about middle of the road? :-)

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Trying to move to Bris next year this post is pretty helpful, my income likely to be 85 k single earner in family of four (2 toddlers), the averages I have taken allowing about 2k for rent/mortgage come up about 5400 per month would be interested in knowing a ball park figure some of u guys are earning to survive as my guesstimates seem about middle of the road? :-)

 

My hubby earns just under that. It just about pays for rent ($470 a week - very poor quality 3 bedder but close to the city), food, & basics. Run two cars which is a luxury. As another poster said, I reckon $110-120K is a 'head above water' salary in Brissie, but you won't be flush. There's absolutely no way we could afford holidays/flights to Uk on hubbie's income. I work on and off when I can find it and when I do our combined income is around the $150K - 200K mark. Save a lot on that kind of salary, but don't live the 'Australian dream' by any means.....

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Thanks CP, disconcerting that £75k 'gets ya by' and although I will have an immediately payable uk work related pension which would take me up to about 106AUD gross. Had hoped to be saving this and if a good quality of life needs 150 then it's beyond us with only one income for another 5 years (kids)! :-(

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Family of 6 here and do NOT earn over $110k per year with overtime and bonuses included.

We eat 90 % organic and run two cars and are currently paying eldest Uni fees too.

We rent a beautiful large 4 bed, 3 bath home with a spa in a lovely area and get by fine.

We used to rent another lovely 4 bed home with a pool nearby for less than 2k a mth.

 

Hubby works in the city, but we live 16 K away.

My operation and hopsital care cost nothing, doctors/x rays have been free for the entire family and dental is Ok if you have extras cover, which is pretty reasonable for families. Although I have had extractions and not huge dental work done yet...

 

 

 

 

I'd second this - family of four in Brisbane we need an income of about $110-120K to get by. This is without saving for holidays (we can't afford them) and living pretty frugally (markets for fruit & veg, aldi for food etc). $2k rental per month will get you a small 3 bedroomed house quite close to the city (inner 10K) - you won't get a pool unless you're prepared to go a way out, or up the rent a bit. manage your expectations in terms of quality of rentals here!

Healthcare is a huge cost, with mandatory health insurance and out of pocket expenses for dental, medical etc this can add up. Because I had a minor operation one year, my husband needed crowns and my daughter needed four wisdom teeth extracted, I'd estimate our healthcare costs to be in the region of about $6-8K after tax annually. Been here 5 years and cost of living soaring!

Edited by fairystar32

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Well my Salary in Brisneyland is just over 2 times what I was getting back home after conversion I have a pretty good lifestyle, however I am 23 and do not have a family to look after,

 

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Family of 6 here and do NOT earn over $110k per year with overtime and bonuses included.

We eat 90 % organic and run two cars and are currently paying eldest Uni fees too.

We rent a beautiful large 4 bed, 3 bath home with a spa in a lovely area and get by fine.

We used to rent another lovely 4 bed home with a pool nearby for less than 2k a mth.

 

Hubby works in the city, but we live 16 K away.

My operation and hopsital care cost nothing, doctors/x rays have been free for the entire family and dental is Ok if you have extras cover, which is pretty reasonable for families. Although I have had extractions and not huge dental work done yet...

 

Fairystar,

 

Can a ask which area you live in and have lived in?

 

We are a family of 4 looking to move over to Brisbane next summer and our monthly renting budget would be around $2k.

 

Thanks

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I'd second this - family of four in Brisbane we need an income of about $110-120K to get by. This is without saving for holidays (we can't afford them) and living pretty frugally (markets for fruit & veg, aldi for food etc). $2k rental per month will get you a small 3 bedroomed house quite close to the city (inner 10K) - you won't get a pool unless you're prepared to go a way out, or up the rent a bit. manage your expectations in terms of quality of rentals here!

Healthcare is a huge cost, with mandatory health insurance and out of pocket expenses for dental, medical etc this can add up. Because I had a minor operation one year, my husband needed crowns and my daughter needed four wisdom teeth extracted, I'd estimate our healthcare costs to be in the region of about $6-8K after tax annually. Been here 5 years and cost of living soaring!

 

I don't agree at all. We are a family of 4 and earn WAY less than that. We also get no help from the government as we are on a 457. We don't manage to save a lot but have a bit put back from emergencies.

 

Why is health insurance mandatory? Are you not a UK citizen? We haven't had to pay for anything since we got here 7 months ago - kids jabs etc covered by Medicare. Skin checks were bulk-billed. Not been to the dentist yet mind!

 

Everyone has different ideas of what they need to get by. If we were on $110-$120k we would be managing to save a lot of money but I know people who wouldn't but that's because of different spending habits and expectations.

 

ETA: This week's activities have included a morning at the beach, going to the park, going to the Queensland Museum, having a friend around for a cuppa, going to a neighbour's house for a drink and a swim in the pool. This weekend we will probably go to the beach and bushwalking. The cost of all of that is basically nothing except petrol.

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We live southside brisbane, will pm you :)

 

Fairystar,

 

Can a ask which area you live in and have lived in?

 

We are a family of 4 looking to move over to Brisbane next summer and our monthly renting budget would be around $2k.

 

Thanks

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I would be interested to ad our initial accommodation paid for by the company is likely to be north side but we want to buy in the first year. MWJ

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Okay so I've been living in Brisbane for a year now. My outgoings are more like $6900 a month and I can tell you that on my salary it is a real struggle. I love the place, but the financial strain has really put a tarnish on things now. At a minimum I think you need $110k here for a family of 4. I would say 1.8-2.0 times the UK salary to have an equivalent disposable income, thats moving from just outside London.

where do i start. Been here 3.5 years, im earning around 60 k per year, manage just fine, only run 1 car, save money, go camping, night out with the boys once a month, the odd meal out, i dont see 6900 a month, even manage to let the wife buy some clothes now and again, i think its a time and lifestyle thing, shop around ect, anyways just my thoughts.

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