Australia vs Malaysia - Cost of Living Comparison

Australia Malaysia
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1947
$574
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4459
$1393
🏠 One person rent
$1094
$257
🏘️ Family rent
$1701
$447
🍽️ Food expenses
$495
$218
🚐 Transport expenses
$226
$41.3
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4211
$804
💸 GDP per capita
$51680
$10412
😃 Human freedom index
8.84
7.17
❤️ Life expectancy
83.2
76.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
73
48
🌐 English speaking %
92.8%
57.3%
🎓 Higher education
98
79
😀 Quality of life
92
58
🏙️ Population
24.5M
32.4M

The average cost of living in Australia ($1947) is 239% more expensive than in Malaysia ($574). Australia ranked 10th vs 151st for Malaysia in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.2 months in Australia compared to 1.4 months in Malaysia. Ranked 2nd and 59th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Australia vs Malaysia

We calculate prices for Australia and Malaysia as a population-weighted mean of 64 and 34 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Australia Malaysia
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12.6
$2.32
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$56.4
$15.5
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.06
$3.49
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.18
$3.83
 Cappuccino
$3.36
$2.48
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.46
$0.61
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1161
$276
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$900
$182
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1991
$547
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1389
$333
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$91.4
$28.2
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$141
$43.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$50.6
$27.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.17%
4.01%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7083
$1701
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4653
$932
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.2
$0.66
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$103
$22.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$16.5
$5.55
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.38
$0.47
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.17
$1.53
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.96
$0.78
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.86
$0.91
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.73
$1.45
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.34
$11.3
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.42
$3.81
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.9
$7.13
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.06
$2.09
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.5
$1.16
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.64
$2.43
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.61
$1.18
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.25
$0.84
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.86
$1.01
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.05
$0.35
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.28
$0.9
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.5
$15.3
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.02
$2.34
🚬 Cigarette pack
$26.2
$3.99
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.75
$3.84
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.41
$3.37
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.33
$1.41
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.49
$1.51
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$46.3
$29.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$13.4
$3.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$52.1
$14.6
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.5
$5.69
👖 Brand Jeans
$72
$47.3
👟 Brand Sneakers
$101
$59.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1480
$161
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$13190
$5835

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Cities Comparison in Australia vs Malaysia

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Australia

City Cost of living Population
Sydney
$2294
4.84M
Melbourne
$1968
4.53M
Brisbane
$2056
2.36M
Perth
$1873
2.14M
Adelaide
$1654
1.3M
Gold Coast
$1776
638K
Canberra
$1792
381K
Sunshine Coast
$1808
353K
Newcastle
$1798
153K
Hobart
$1648
222K
Darwin
$1610
137K
Geelong
$1708
191K
Wollongong
$1554
262K
Townsville
$1224
179K
Launceston
$1477
106K
Toowoomba
$1462
136K
Cairns
$1400
147K
Ipswich
$1612
163K
Bendigo
$1610
95.6K
Blacktown
$1581
51K
Ballarat
$1740
98.5K
Rockhampton
$1390
78.6K
Orange
$1661
41.2K
Melton
$1633
72.2K
Bunbury
$1466
71.1K
Wagga Wagga
$1386
67.4K
Gladstone
$1603
45.1K
Tarneit
$1570
56.4K
Hervey Bay
$1658
54.7K
Pakenham
$1631
54.1K

In Malaysia

City Cost of living Population
Kuala Lumpur
$694
1.98M
Shah Alam
$635
741K
Subang Jaya
$642
708K
Kuantan
$541
608K
Ipoh
$561
867K
George Town
$510
708K
Petaling Jaya
$625
639K
Johor Bahru
$575
798K
Malacca
$530
455K
Klang
$591
878K
Kota Kinabalu
$585
573K
Miri
$537
235K
Muar
$552
357K
Seremban
$547
420K
Kuala Terengganu
$416
255K
Chukai
$532
256K
Sibu
$545
248K
Teluk Intan
$533
233K
Kota Bharu
$460
491K
Sungai Petani
$526
545K
Kuching
$625
325K
Lahad Datu
$532
200K
Taiping
$552
245K
Kluang
$526
170K
Alor Setar
$508
217K
Batu Pahat
$527
140K
Butterworth
$518
108K
Bintulu
$535
114K
Cyberjaya
$450
102K
Sandakan
$468
396K