Below is a table with some of the expenses you will come across in Australia. Use this data as a guide to plan and budget for your stay here in Australia. Please also refer to our Expenses Guide.

Take a look at our workshops on budgeting for more tips on managing your expenses: Living on a Student Budget and There's More to Life Than 2 Minute Noodles.

  Average Price (AU$) Price Range (AU$)

Rent Per Month (Excluding utilities)

Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre $1,695.71 $1,500.00 - $2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of Centre $1,198.56 $1,000.00 - $1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre $3,283.33 $3,000.00 - $3,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of Centre $1,903.60 $1,400.00 - $2,400.00
 

Restaurants

Meal, Inexpensive restaurant $18.57 $15.00 - $25.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range restaurant, 3-course $73.29 $55.00 - $98.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or similar $10.00 $8.90 - $10.00
Domestic Beer (500ml) $6.00 $5.00 - $8.00
Imported Beer (330ml) $7.00 $6.00 - $8.00
Cappuccino (regular) $4.21 $4.00 - $4.80
Coke/Pepsi (330ml) $2.97 $2.50 - $3.50
Water (330ml) $2.34 $2.00 - $3.00
 

Markets

Milk (1 litre) $1.42 $1.00 - $2.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) $2.61 $2.00 - $4.00
Rice (1kg) $2.80 $2.00 - $3.50
Eggs (12) $4.39 $3.83 - $5.00
Local Cheese (1kg) $9.16 $6.00 - $14.00
Chicken Breasts – Boneless, skinless (1kg) $10.92 $9.00 - $12.00
Apples (1kg) $4.43 $4.00 – $5.00
Oranges (1kg) $3.94 $3.00 - $5.00
Tomato (1kg) $4.73 $4.00 - $6.00
Potato (1kg) $3.19 $2.00 - $4.00
Lettuce (1 head) $2.11 $1.91 - $2.75
Water (1.5 litre bottle) $2.37 $1.91 - $3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-range) $15.00 $12.44 - $20.00
Domestic Beer (500ml) $4.82 $4.00 - $5.74
Imported Beer (330ml) $5.86 $4.00 - $7.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Malboro) $22.50 $20.00 - $25.00
 

Transportation

One-way Ticket (Local Transport) $4.86 $4.00 - $6.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) $150.00 $100.00 - $200.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) $3.60 $2.90 - $5.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) $2.50 $2.17 - $4.00
Taxi 1 hour waiting (Normal Tariff) $49.60 $48.00 - $70.00
Gasoline (1 litre) $1.50 $1.40 - $1.60
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or equivalent new car) $28,357.02 $27,490.00 - $29,500.00
 

Utilities (Monthly)

Basic (Electricity, heating, water, garbage) for 85m^2 apartment $164.30 $140.00 - $225.01
1 minute of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or plans) $0.64 $0.40 - $1.00
Internet (6Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) $74.75 $65.00 - $82.00
 

Sports and Leisure

Fitness Club, Monthly fee for 1 adult $64.02 $45.00 - $80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 hour on weekends) $15.88 $10.00 - $20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 seat $15.50 $10.00 - $19.00
 

Clothing and Shoes

1 pair of Jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $92.81 $80.00 - $105.28
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store $56.38 $30.00 - $80.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes $134.30 $100.00 - $200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes $114.52 $86.14 - $150.00
 

Salaries and Financing

   
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After tax) $3,921.27 $2,940.00 - $6,000.00
Last updated on April 2015, Source: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result.jsp?country=Australia&city=Brisbane