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Australia, Brisbane
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Australia, BrisbaneBrisbane is the state capital of the Australian state of Queensland and is the largest city in that state. Brisbane is the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's economy is diverse. White-collar industries include information technology, financial services, higher education and public sector administration generally concentrated in and around the central business district and recently established office areas in the inner suburbs. Blue-collar industries, including petroleum refining, stevedoring, paper milling, metalworking and QR railway workshops, tend to be located on the lower reaches of the Brisbane River and in new industrial zones on the urban fringe. Tourism is an important part of the Brisbane economy, both in its own right and as a gateway to other areas of Queensland.

Australia is in Oceania, a continent between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. The climate is generally arid to semi arid but temperate in the south and the east and tropical in the north.

The official language is English. The main religion is Christianity.

The economy of Australia is a prosperous, free market economy dominated by its services sector, representing 68% of Australian GDP. The agricultural and mining sectors (10% of GDP combined) account for 57% of the nation's exports.

Australians typically talk directly rather than around issues, generally do not like class orientated structure, preferring informality and modesty such as first names even in a business setting (although dress tends to be formal), respect the opinions of others, and enjoy a good debate. Australians typically take turns in paying for beverages, and often use humour to establish rapport.

The security risk for expatriates in Australia is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime in busy tourist areas.

The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD). Banking is on a par with that of Western Europe and North America.

The standard of healthcare in Australia is very good however costs of treatment for expatriates can be high.

The population of Brisbane is 2.4 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.7% for Australia as at September 2019.

Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Australia is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 45%.


Cost Of Living

The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in Brisbane as at 1 November 2019 is high in comparison to other places in the world.

We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Brisbane is as follows:
1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1250. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$11.69, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$3.83, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$3.84 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$20.29.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$870. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$61, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$95, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$94 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$36.
3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$290. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$54, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.25 per minute.
4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$24000. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$15,637 for Primary School, and USD$17,401 for High School.
5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$1925. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$674, and USD$579 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.
6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$660. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.88, 1 kg oranges USD$2.60, 1 head lettuce USD$1.61, 1 kg potatos USD$2.16, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$6.93, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$6.00, 1 dozen large eggs USD$2.70, 500g loaf white bread USD$1.69, 1 L full cream milk USD$0.90, and 1.5 L water USD$1.50.
7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$600. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$48, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,483.
8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$2600. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$2,722 in a central location, and USD$1,648 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.
9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$475. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$9.23, while an international newspaper is USD$2.84.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$380. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$30, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$152.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$400. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$10.32, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$46 per month.
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$780. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$3.04, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$2.20, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$8.25, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$51.58.
13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$930. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.02, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$17,193.

Brisbane is 2.3% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 21.3% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 57% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai.

Brisbane is ranked as a minimal hardship location.

The hardship premium for Brisbane for an expat from London, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Brisbane) premium of 10% minus home (London) location premium of 10%.

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