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Cost of Domestic Supplies, Home Services and Utilities

This data is sourced from the March 2014 Cost of Living Survey conducted by Mercer. All prices displayed are from the medium pricing level reported.

1 United States dollar (USD) = 1.11725 Australian dollars (AUD)

Domestic supplies

Detergent and cleaning products Australian dollars (AUD)
United States dollars (USD)
Laundry detergent normal (2.5 kg) 23.18 20.75
Dishwashing machine detergent (1 kg) 25.49 22.81
Dishwashing liquid detergent (500 ml) 4.84 4.33
Furniture polish (330 g) 6.36 5.69
Household cleaning product (850 g) 8.08 7.23
Insect killer (330 g) 7.90 7.07
Household supplies Australian dollars (AUD) United States dollars (USD)
Light bulbs (2 bulbs, 60 W) 20.76 18.58
Frying pan, with teflon coating (25 cm) 45.83 41.02
Two batteries, AA size 4.15 3.71
Electric toaster (2 slices) 79.95 71.56
Electric steam iron 119.95 107.36
Electric hairdryer, standard model 1600 84.00 75.18
Electric shaver 229.00 204.97
Clothes washing machine, 5 kg capacity 998.00 893.67
Tumble dryer, 5 kg capacity 1,099.00 983.67
Dishwasher, 12 servings capacity 1,199.00 1,073.17
Microwave, 800/900 W model 269.00 240.77
Vacuum cleaner, 1600/1800 W model 429.00 383.98
Electric cooker, 4 electric hot plates 1,229.00 1,100.02
Refrigerator 200/270 lt + Freezer 50/80 lt 999.00 894.16

Home Services

Domestic help Australian dollars (AUD) United States dollars (USD)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 32.50 29.09
Hourly rate for babysitter 22.67 20.29
Laundry and dry cleaning Australian dollars (AUD) United States dollars (USD)
Dry cleaning - men's blazer 15.45 13.83
Dry cleaning - ladies' dress 20.00 17.90
Dry cleaning - trousers 11.45 10.25
Laundry - one shirt, cleaned & pressed 6.00 5.37

Utilities

Telephone services Australian dollars (AUD) United States dollars (USD)
Monthly charge for one line 33.95 30.39
Cost for 3 minute local call from home 0.22 0.20
Energy services (gas and electricity) Australian dollars (AUD) United States dollars (USD)
Monthly energy costs, house 200sqm 517.50 463.19
Monthly energy costs, apartment 100sqm 333.00 298.05