How does living in the UK compare to life in Australia?

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It’s fair to assume that if you are visiting this website there is a better than decent chance you have thought long and hard about life in Australia versus living in the UK.

We all know (and complain) about the differences in the weather, food, coffee and (ahem) work ethic, but what about those real life issues: money, jobs, health and actual life and death?

Well, a nifty little website called allows you to compare these very things, country to country, stats-wise.

So we ran it for the UK compared to Australia. Apart from paying way more for healthcare, Aussies have it pretty good it must be said…

So you want to start a new life in Oz, but you want to know how expensive it is to live in Australia. Well, you’re in luck! We’re here to breakdown the cost of living in Australia and to help you feel at home down under.

Reasons To Move To Australia

“I first went to Australia on holiday, with a group of friends who were looking to emigrate. I wasn’t thinking about moving there but I was won over by the exceptional standard of living. Melbourne had all the cool things that Scotland has to offer, but much better weather. I loved being able to have dinner on the beach!

“As a UK citizen, getting an Australian visa was generally easier and more affordable than getting a visa for America or Canada, making it a convenient choice. I felt that the lifestyle was also better.

“In Australia’s cities, working days are generally shorter and you are paid more for them. Employers encourage you to be active, with later starts and longer lunches for leisure breaks. Good food is readily available, and as such, people are generally healthier and happier.”

Australian Visa Costs, As An Expat

Depending on the nature of your move to and time in Australia, you may opt for a working holiday visa for young workers (aged 18-30) or a skilled migration visa. Working holiday visas start at $440 ($239.42), where skilled visas range in price. The skilled – independent (subclass 189) (points-tested) visa starts at $3,670 (£1996.26). This useful tool can help you estimate the cost of your Australian visa.

Average Salary In Australia

The national minimum wage in Australia is currently $18.29/hour (£9.95/hour). This is comparable to the national minimum wage in the UK, which stands at £7.83/hour.

When looking at take-home pay, the average net salary after tax is $4088.13/month (£2,224.76) in London and $4277.05/month (£2327.57) in Melbourne.

The average net salary (after tax) is much higher in Sydney at $5043.59/month (£2,746.34), and in Perth at $4454.83/month (£2425.74)

Housing Costs In Australia

Housing in Australia is much more expensive than the UK. Gathering sufficient funds for a deposit before securing an Australian salary can challenging. Whilst expats and travellers with little or no history in Australia can find it difficult to get into the rental market at all.

Many landlords and letting agencies insist on Australian references as part of the rental process, which can be difficult to acquire if you’ve never lived in Australia before. Good references are so important that without them, your rent may be increased.

Furthermore, the Australian rental market is less protected than in the UK. Without the need for HMO licenses, you can find yourself living with a number of people if you aren’t careful.

Living Costs In Australia

Transport In Australia

Public transport is much more reliable in Australia than it is in the UK. Transport services in major cities are well-kept and very frequent. The cost of a one way ticket is very similar in the UK and Australia, averaging $4.46 (£2.43) in London and $4.10 (£2.23) in Melbourne. However monthly travel passes are much cheaper in Australia than the UK, averaging $235.37 (£128.16) in Londonand $146.02 (£79.51) in Melbourne.

Groceries In Australia

Supermarkets are renowned for being expensive in Australia. When compared with London, grocery prices are 21.39% more expensive in Melbourne, 23.46% higher in Sydney and 17.25% more costly in Perth. For this reason, eating out is highly popular, and shopping in cheaper local fruit and vegetable markets is advised. Alcohol isn’t available to buy in supermarkets and must be purchased in separate bottle shops, where the comparative cost is slightly more expensive than the UK.

Eating Out In Australia

Thanks to more affordable restaurant prices and better weather, Australia enjoys a big ‘foodie’ culture. When compared with London, the cost of eating out is 23.01% less expensive in Melbourne, 29.22% cheaper in Sydney and 9.61% less costly in Perth.

Is Australia Better Than The UK?

Australia offers an incredible standard of life in its diverse and multicultural cities. Each suburb offers such variety, it can feel as though you are in a different country. With exceptional weather, healthy lifestyles and good work/life balance, it is true that people are generally much happier in Australia.

When asked, Mairi confirms that if her family and friends weren’t so far away, she would move back to Australia tomorrow. Though she is quick to add that many Australians are desperate to move to Scotland, so maybe it is a case of the grass is always greener!

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