Rental accommodation for new migrants arriving in Australia

Finding somewhere to live in Australia is a very simple, but very important aspect!

There are a few different ways that you can manage the process of securing somewhere to live and you and your family. Some of these are:

Go to Australia on holiday during the visa process

The Australia visa processing times can be 6 to 12 months on average. That means that you can still take this time to travel to Australia on a visitor visa – as long as you are sure that it is safe to do so and has been mentioned to the visa agent or the DIAC case officer.

Travel to Australia once after visa grant, to both activate the visas and to look around

The visa will have an entry expiry date – a date by which you must just make one first entry to Australia. This can be for one day or forever – as long as you step past entry clearance then the visa is activated. The main applicant must enter before – or at the same time as – the other applicants from the visa application. So you could choose to use this time to scout around before returning to your original country to wrap things up before final departure.

You could also have the main applicant take a trip by themself to scout around, while the other applicants then come to join later – as long as they also enter still before that date on their visas!

Book a short term rental accommodation in Australia before you all go at once together.

Stay in the short term rental and then look around for a normal long term rental.

Renting in Australia is easy, and remember that you are not the first pioneer – literally hundreds of thousands of new migrants arrive in Australia every year!

So finding new rentals as a ‘new arrival’ is not a problem.

How to research rental accommodation in Aus?

Easy – Real Estate is the easiest and best website to check

If you want a Map based on Australian postcodes, then just use What Postcode


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Cost of Living in Australia

Cost of Living in Australia


The cost of living obviously varies massively depending on your lifestyle, so let’s just take a look at some averages, so you can see that as a skilled migrant, life in Aus will be very comfortable.

A family with 2 kids, 2 cars and a pet or 2 will serve as a decent example, living in a 4 bed, 2/3 bath house not too far from a city centre. (value roughly AU$ 500,000)

The most important point here is that you could save a lot or spend a lot more than this, depending on how well you control yourself!

Running Costs for the Home:

  • Mortgage = $23,000
  • Council Rates = $1400
  • Water, Electricity, Gas total costs = $2750
  • Building Insurance ($325,000 cover) = $550
  • Contents Insurance ($89,000 cover) = $360
  • Phone, Internet, TV = $1000

Approx A$ 29,000 a year = A$ 560 a week

Hobbies, sports and free time

  • Family membership of the local tennis club = $300 per year
  • Golf (6 day membership of private club) = $1300 per year
  • Swimming/yoga/gym (1 session) = $10 per week
  • Cub Scouts = $250 per year
  • Winter kids sports (Soccer & Netball) = $200 per year
  • Summer kids sports (Teeball & Surf Club) = $200 per year

The total cost of all this activity:

  • $2,750 per year = $230 per month = $53 per week.



Food shopping and eating out



Weekly supermarket shopping costs around $200, then there’s about another $50 per week spent on additional fresh fruit and veg.

Here are a few general observations, comparing prices in Perth to those in the UK;

  • Beef and lamb is cheaper in Aus than in theUK and other countries.
  • Packaged goods like cereals and biscuits are slightly more expensive.
  • Almost all fruit and veg is grown locally and the price fluctuates greatly depending on the level of supply.

Total food bill for our family of 4:

  • $250 per week.



All supermarkets run weekly and daily specials – the price of individual items can be reduced substantially, sometimes by 30-50%. Therefore, if you are able to allocate enough time to the process, you should be able to reduce your weekly shopping bill significantly – by about 20% – 30% overall.



Alcoholic drinks are not usually sold in supermarkets – they are generally sold in “bottle shops”, which may be attached to a pub/hotel or may be a separate shop. Some of the supermarket chains do have bottle-shops as a side-line, located near the main store.


Note that every week retailers have specials which can reduce the price by 20% or more. Also, beer is much cheaper if you buy a “carton” of 24 cans/bottles or a “block” of 30 cans, rather than buying 4 or 6 at a time. Often there are savings to be had by buying wine by the case or half case. Wine casks (wine box in the UK), holding 2, 3 or 4 litres are also fairly popular and work out cheaper in general than bottled wine.

  • Emu Draft Beer (aussie mid-strength 3.5%) – 1 block (30 x 375ml) for $24 = $2.14 per litre
  • Full strength aussie beer (5%) – 1 carton (24 x 375ml) normally about $38, on special for $30 = $3.33 per litre
  • Imported premium beers (5%) – 1 carton (24 x 375ml) normally $55, on special for $45 = $5 per litre
  • Wine – red or white 4 Litre wine cask – 2 for $20 = $2.50 per litre
  • Wine – “reasonable” (opinion of author!) bottle of red or white – $10 on special (normally $13)
  • Spirits – 700mL bottles of gin, blended whiskey etc. – $30

Eating / Drinking Out

Here are a few indicative prices seen when eating and drinking out:

  • Cup of coffee = $3.50, mug = $4.00
  • Full cooked breakfast = $19
  • MacDonalds burger/fries/drink meal – $6.95
  • Large pizza (pickup) – $8.95
  • Fillet steak main course with potatoes and a few veg = $30 – $35
  • Glass of wine in restaurant = $8
  • Bottled full-strength beer in pub or restaurant = $6 – $8
  • Pint of Guiness in a pub = $8 – $10

Estimated total for beer/wine, takeaways, eating out for our family of 4:

  • $100 per week.




Here are the education costs for one child in a local private secondary school and one in a state primary.


State Primary school

No official fees, but each family at our school is asked to pay $20 “voluntary contribution”, plus $25 to the P&C (Parents and Children association).


There’s a stationery order (about $50) at the start of each year, plus the cost of any excursions or incursions (eg. plays put on at the school).

Total for state primary school (approx):

  • $240 per year = $20 per month = $5 per week


Private Secondary school

  • Annual Tuition Fees = $4,600 (Year 11)
  • Other costs (approximate) = $800

Examples of “other costs”:

  • Building Levy ($180 per year)
  • Camp fees ($190)
  • netball/athletics/swimming carnivals – $30-$50 each

Total for private secondary school: $5,400 per year = $450 per month = $104 per week.


Note: this is a “middle-tier” private school. Fees for the “top” schools can be $12,000 per year for tuition alone. Some private schools, especially Catholic ones, can be quite a bit cheaper.


If you go to an Australia migration expo you may be able to find general guidance.


Or you can book one of our Australian visa consultations, which gives a face to face full Australian visa assessment.


Cars & Travelling

Could be a fortune or a pittance depending on what you feel you need to drive!


Check for prices, and also check:



Public Transport

As an example, from a typical Perth residential area into Perth CBD (a 2-zone journey), the standard fare would be $3.50 per journey, totalling $35 per week (10 trips). This can be reduced to $26.30 per week by using a “SmartRider” card.

Total weekly costs


The weekly “fixed” household spending for a family, rounded up, could be:


Mortgage    $450
Other housing costs    $15
Schooling    $100
Cars    $125
Food Shopping    $250
Drink & Eating Out    $100
Sport & Recreation    $55
Total    $1,095

That’s just over $56,000 per year, which requires a gross salary of about $75,000 (one earner) or $36,000 each (two earners) to provide.

You do then of course also have clothes, other shopping, holidays etc. to factor in ?as mentioned, this can only be a guide and depends on lifestyle, number of little darling vampires (aka kids) you have, and so on.




Average Australian Salaries


Bear in mind that by definition, as a skilled migrant you are in high demand! If you were not, you would not be eligible for a PR visa!


Therefore higher than average salaries can be predicted.



Average Max

Average Local

Accounting $135,287 $77,924
Admin & Office Support $89,736 $52,825
Automotive $131,429 $64,726
Banking & Financial Services $197,143 $81,729
Community, Sport & Leisure $113,978 $61,846
Construction, Building & Architecture $194,118 $110,122
Customer Service & Call Centre $97,737 $51,013
Education $104,510 $63,600
Engineering $232,679 $112,587
Executive $230,173 $118,416
Government & Defence $140,828 $77,396
Graduate $83,575 $48,051
Hospitality, Travel & Tourism $93,125 $56,757
HR & Recruitment $172,500 $86,354
Insurance $147,778 $68,123
IT & Telecomms $197,029 $99,506
Legal $163,412 $77,228
Logistics, Transport & Supply $142,431 $68,921
Manufactureing $224,633 $83,386
Marketing $150,500 $82,622
Media, Advertising, Entertainment $146,417 $75,034
Medical & Healthcare $156,299 $80,050
Mining, Oil & Gas $222,333 $144,172
PR & Communications $155,000 $84,021
Primary Industry $165,000 $73,560
Property & Real Estate $177,500 $80,256
Retail $183,333 $64,831
Sales $183,125 $87,276
Scientific $142,500 $86,236
Trades & Services $148,438 $64,779