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Old 07-10-2016, 01:01 PM
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Hello, I am considering moving to Australia with my wife and 3 boys and I was hoping somebody could give me some information on the cost of living I.e. Is there local taxes to pay? Is private healthcare expensive?. We are thinking of going to Western Australia around the Perth area. If anybody could help me it would be much appreciated. I need to know what the average family pays out for on a monthly basis..

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What visa do you intend to come on?


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A skilled worker visa hopefully. I have enquired regarding the actual subclass but I am still to hear back. I am qualified electronic security engineer.


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Very hard to say, as what is ok for one isn't for another, it also depends on where in the UK you are moving from.

If you are moving from the north, then you will find housing fairly expensive. If moving from London, a bit cheaper.

Food in WA is more expensive, particularly for decent quality.

Household bills are about the same except mobile phones and internet which are significantly more expensive

Petrol is a lot cheaper - about half the price and in WA there is no compulsory insurance. But, you drive more and further.

The biggest issue with WA though is jobs. Or the lack of. It is undergoing a serious economic downturn at the moment.


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I think WA have a few charges for school fees depending on visa, but not sure.

A few states are on the economic roundabout at the moment, but I grew up in WA remote and also time in Perth. It will always carry a premium of price due to far from rest of Australia just like Darwin where I currently live.

Look greatly into extra costs with kids as there can be expensive surprises for several years. I got lucky with our school they did not charge us the extra $12,000 they could have in school fees for the 2 new girls. I had 3 kids already in this private school, think that helped.


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Perth is expensive accommodation wise because it is where alot of FIFO's are based.

Perth is also extremely quiet as night. I went to Perth for work a few years ago and it was like ghost town at night in the CBD.

Taxes are based on how much you earn.

Child care is expensive.

Private health - depends who you talk to. Some say yes and some say no. Alot of people are starting to drop private health care as it is getting to expensive for them. Some are dropping the hospital and only having extras. It all comes down to what you think expensive is.

Depending on your kids ages. If PR they will need to pay university upfront, if temporary it will be international fees. I am unsure if they are young or nearly finished their education.

It also depends on how much food you eat and if you like takeaway etc. All of these add to the costs.

One thing I will say is don't stay close to the city. That is a mistake most immigrants make and they don't realise how expensive it is especially if they can't find a job.

Not sure about Perth but in QLD public schools are in catchments so you need to live in the area you want to go to school.


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Thank You for the information. I am moving from the Midlands. I will be earning around 100,000 aus dollars but my wife will not be working. So my big worry is will we live comfortably with all the things we have in England. Such a bid decision to make.


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My children will be 17, 7 and 2 when we move. My 17 year will not be attending university. He has Down's syndrome and this is another big concern as to what services there are for disabled adults in Australia. So much research needs to be done I think. Thank you though as all the answers have been very informative.


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It am not sure what medical costs are for downs syndrome but is there a possibility that he could fail the medical? All people in the application need to pass the medical.


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$100K is in a average zone, if your taxable falls to just below $80K you get better taxation benefits.

Or maybe do a bit of work/ or DIY sales on the side in that field if you can to make the cream.


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