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Updated 12 Sep 2020

Australia is one of the world's most desirable expat destinations, and many who decide to relocate there to live and work do so for reasons outside of financial gain. The country's high quality of life, gorgeous natural scenery, multicultural cities and ideal climate mean that many expats are content to subsist in Australia without necessarily saving too much money at the end of every month.

Still, it's important to ensure that one has enough to live comfortably. Budgetary requirements will vary from person to person, but as a starting point, here is a general guide for what should be taken into consideration when negotiating salaries in Australia.

Visa minimum salary requirements for Australia

For starters, expats are advised that there are minimum salary requirements based on Australian market salary rates for those applying for certain visas. Although the figure varies a bit from area to area and job to job, the general minimum requirement is set at a standard rate.

Monthly expenses budget for Australia

An expat's monthly expenses in Australia will chiefly be determined by the city one chooses to move to (Sydney and Perth are the most expensive), how big or luxurious the accommodation one chooses to rent is, whether one chooses to own a car or to rely on public transport – and perhaps most tellingly, what category of Australian visa one is in possession of (as this will make a difference to one's tax payments and schooling and healthcare costs).

Elements to consider when drawing up a monthly expenses budget for Australia include taxes, rent, utilities, transport, healthcare, groceries, schooling and entertainment.

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