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Cost of Domestic Supplies, Home Services and Utilities

This data is sourced from the March 2016 Cost of Living Survey conducted by Mercer. All prices displayed are from the medium pricing level reported.

One Australian dollar (A$1.00) = $0.75 US dollars (USD$0.752627).

Domestic supplies

Detergent and cleaning products Australian dollars (A$)
United States dollars (USD$)
Laundry detergent normal (2.5 kg) 25.32 17.40
Dishwashing machine detergent (1 kg) 25.35 20.11
Dishwashing liquid detergent (500 ml) 3.80 3.08
Furniture polish (330 g) 7.16 6.78
Household cleaning product (850 g) 8.54 4.07
Insect killer (330 g) 8.58 3.88
Household supplies Australian dollars (A$) United States dollars (USD$)
Light bulbs (2 bulbs, 60 W) 17.75 7.07
Frying pan, with teflon coating (25 cm) 58.45 29.68
Two batteries, AA size 4.20 3.48
Electric toaster (2 slices) 79.95 54.42
Electric steam iron 129.00 70.00
Electric hairdryer, standard model 1600 94.00 39.99
Electric shaver 249.00 140.00
Clothes washing machine, 5 kg capacity 999.00 859.99
Tumble dryer, 5 kg capacity 1,199.00 799.00
Dishwasher, 12 servings capacity 1,189.00 849.99
Microwave, 800/900 W model 299.00 183.00
Vacuum cleaner, 1600/1800 W model 499.00 217.74
Electric cooker, 4 electric hot plates 1,519.00 799.00
Refrigerator 200/270 lt + Freezer 50/80 lt 1,045.00 859.00

Home Services

Domestic help Australian dollars (A$) United States dollars (USD$)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 36.00 30.00
Hourly rate for babysitter 26.67 22.00
Laundry and dry cleaning Australian dollars (A$) United States dollars (USD$)
Dry cleaning - men's blazer 16.45 12.00
Dry cleaning - ladies' dress 23.00 16.00
Dry cleaning - trousers 12.45 7.50
Laundry - one shirt, cleaned & pressed 5.95 3.50

Utilities

Telephone services Australian dollars (A$) United States dollars (USD$)
Monthly charge for one line 50.00 49.95
Cost for 3 minute local call from home 0.00 0.00
Energy services (gas and electricity) Australian dollars (A$) United States dollars (USD$)
Monthly energy costs, house 200sqm 550.00 430.00
Monthly energy costs, apartment 100sqm 355.00 295.00