Essential Things to Know Before Moving to Australia in 2024

With 30,000 – 40,000 Brits moving down under each year, Australia continues to be a popular place for UK citizens to migrate. Whether you’re planning a one year trial or a full emigration, here are some essential things to know before moving to Australia in 2024.

Apart from the weather (Australia is on average 11 degrees Celsius warmer than the UK), there are many differences that may influence a decision to move to Australia from the UK. We’ve outlined a few of the key differences below.

Essential Things to Know Before Moving to Australia in 2024

1. The Cost of Living & Salary Comparison

On average, the cost of living in Australia is higher than in the UK by 13%. However, the average salary in Australia is around $90,800 (£47,998.70). This is nearly double the average salary in the UK, £25,971, which allows for this rise in the cost of living. 

The cost of living for one person in Australia is £206 more than in the United Kingdom. Here are a few examples of cost of living differences between Australia and the United Kingdom.

Cost of Living ExamplesAustraliaUnited Kingdom
Public Transport Pass (Monthly)£89.30£67.60
1L Petrol£1.04£1.53
Utility Bills (Monthly – One Person)£92.90£124
Gym Membership (Monthly)£40.80£35.80
Taxi (5 Miles)£14.80£14.20
Dinner in a Restaurant for 2£58.80£56.10
1 Cinema Ticket£11.30£10.70
Beer in a Pub£5.49£4.53
Chicken Breast (1kg)£6.95£6.41

* Data taken from LivingCost.Org

Although on average goods and services are cheaper in the UK, there are a few stand-out points that can be a deciding factor. 

The main stand-out is the fact that the average monthly utility bill in the UK is £31.10 more expensive than in Australia. This means that the average Brit is paying over £373 more than the average Australian per year on their utility bill, even though the average Australian will make double the salary.

Petrol is over 47% more expensive in the UK per litre than it is in Australia. This is a big expense when you consider there are more than 33 million cars in Britain, compared to just over 20 million in Australia.

While the cost of living in Australia may be higher, savvy Aussies and ex-pats combat these expenses with frequent flyer points to accumulate points for travel. For those considering a move to Australia, you can find the best frequent flyer credit card offers on Credit Card Compare. This can significantly offset the costs associated with the country’s vast distances and the need for regular domestic and international flights

2. Careers and Jobs

Due to a skills shortage in Australia, job availability is a big benefit for anyone moving from the UK. Australia is actively calling out for migrant workers to fill roles that are affected by these skill shortages. Professions that have skill shortage include, but are not limited to: 

  • Construction
  • Programming
  • Carers
  • Doctors
  • Childcare

British workplaces are quite similar to Australian workplaces, moving into the same profession from the UK to Australia is fairly easy. Therefore, if you have one of the above professions, finding a career in Australia will be simpler than finding a career in other countries.

3. The Property Market & Renting

When it comes to comparing housing in the UK to Australia, the first big difference you’ll notice is the size of the houses. This is largely due to the amount of space available per person in each country, with Australia being just under 7.5 million km² bigger in land area than the UK with over 41 million fewer people.

While the average 3-bedroom house in the UK is around 88 square meters, the average 3-bedroom house in Australia dwarfs this at 228 square meters. The size of Australian houses along with the higher salary rates could explain why house prices are slightly higher in Australia than they are in the UK. 

Rent prices also follow a similar pattern, with the average 3-bedroom home costing around $3,738.52 (£1,976.13) per month to rent in Australia compared to an average of £1,607.79 to rent in the UK.

4. House Prices

In Australia, the average house price is around $753,654 (£390,999.46) while the average house price in the UK is £359,748. This means Australian houses are just over £31,000 more expensive than UK houses on average, however UK houses are much smaller.

5. The Cost of Moving to Australia 

Moving to Australia has significantly higher costs than moving to most other countries since Australia is 9,443 miles away from the UK. Due to this removals to Australia will cost around £5,258 on average based on a 40ft shipping container (equivalent to a 3-bedroom house). 

This moving cost is based on sea freight, which is the cheapest option when moving to Australia. However, a big downside of sea freight when moving to Australia is that it will likely take around 8 weeks to move your belongings. Air freight is a lot quicker, taking on average 3-10 days to move your belongings but will be more expensive. Air freight costs around £400 per 100kg without add-ons such as packing or insurance.

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Jessica Ruth Gibson is the Founder and Editor of Travelista and an award-winning travel content creator of 10 years. She lives in York, UK with her son and has travelled to over 50 countries; her favourites being Italy, Canada and Vietnam.

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