Cost of Living – Australia

Cost of books in Australia versus the UK and USA

18 June 2014 Cost of Living - Australia
books

Books in Australia have always been quite expensive, I noticed that almost as soon as we arrived. I remember there was one particular book I wanted to buy a couple of years after I got here, it was available for £7.00 on Amazon in the UK but the cheapest I could find it here was […]

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Student Fees in Australia: Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS)

11 June 2014 Cost of Living - Australia
help

Last week in my post Australia’s Bulk Billing Explained and $7 GP Fee Co-payments I talked about the current Australian Government’s plan to make a visit to the doctors more expensive. There is another proposed change the government wants to introduce which will make student fees in higher education much more expensive. The government wants […]

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Australia’s Bulk Billing Explained and $7 GP Fee Co-payments

4 June 2014 Cost of Living - Australia
GP Fee

One of the main concerns for anyone considering moving to Australia, especially those who aren’t so young, is the cost of health services here. As you know, we had a federal budget not so long ago which I wrote about in my post The Misery Index 2013: a Response to Australia’s Budget. Top of my […]

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Domestic Appliance Repair Costs: Australia Versus UK

5 March 2014 Cost of Living - Australia
repairs

Sometimes things go wrong. It doesn’t really matter where you live; England, Australia, the USA or even in your own idea of Utopia, things will still go wrong. When they do, we have to pay to get them fixed. I (or we really, this includes Mrs Bob) have had a fortnight of things going wrong […]

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Christmas Shopping: Prices in Australia and the UK Compared

18 December 2013 Cost of Living - Australia
toys

I’ve written about Christmas shopping before and presented some cost comparisons between our two countries. You can see those posts here: The Cost of Toys in Australia Australia versus the UK: Christmas Shopping Compared The first post, as you can probably tell, concentrated on children’s toys, after all, that’s where most of the money goes […]

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Petrol Prices UK and Australia: An Update

25 November 2013 Cost of Living - Australia
petrol

Or how to save $91.80 per month on your petrol bill. It was more than four years ago when I last compared petrol prices between England and Australia; in fact the post is so old I actually called it The Cost of Living in Australia because it was the very first in my category on […]

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Australia: Lucky Country or Expensive Country?

28 August 2013 Cost of Living - Australia
dollar

That depends on which way you look at it. It also depends upon who you ask. Two major economic experts of the globe released two vastly contrasting stories with almost completely opposing headlines simultaneously last week, well, within a few days of each other. I am grateful to 2 of my readers who both contacted […]

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Australia versus the UK; Taxes and Pensions

24 July 2013 Cost of Living - Australia
tax

A story of swings and roundabouts. The last time I wrote about income tax rates here in Australia and compared them to those in the UK was back in October 2009. At the time, these were the tax bands in operation here in Australia. Old tax rates now out of date… On 1 July each […]

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