Living in australia vs singapore

Found 2 interesting website that made fairly good comparison in my opinion. Some background for me, I lived in singapore for 15 years of my early life , served ns and have decided to remain in australia. I live in perth which is on the western side of australia where our mining boom is carrying the whole australia’s economy.

In my own opinion this is my take on why I choose to call Australia, Perth my home:

  • You own a car and you can actually drive it unlike singapore where you spend your time in traffic.
  • Free parking
  • Average medium housing affordability is higher in australia with its higher mortgage interest rate but bigger house, better living environment. Its so quiet here at night your ear rings.
  • You own your land.. forever!! no 99 years bullshit
  • Better PPP(purchasing parity power) due to higher income even though higher taxes >.<
  • no need to think how much bonus we going to get.. its no guess work cause you probably get none :p Some companies do give up options and shares as bonuses.
  • Friendlier people to some degree even though there are bogans around. Depends on the area u hang out and where you live.
  • No Singlish. It really makes me cringe sometimes when I hear the “steady lah” , “how ah”, “how? good or not” ,”eat where” etc etc. My God!!! i don’t speak perfect english but i do make an attempt to change. There are some singlish in me but slowly but surely, I will iron them out 🙂
  • no prc asking you to fuk them for 100 bucks everytime you see a pretty asian around and you perv at them from the corner of your eyes :p cause most prc here are pretty well off.

The other website


that give a comparison of living culture


Australia: Higher salaries, better environment (shorter hours and more leaves), workers have more rights. Howard is doing his best to take them away though.
Singapore: Easier to find professional work, pretty much everyone I know who went there found a job in very short time. Bonuses can be very good in good times and can make up for the lower base salaries.

Australia: Much cheaper, both in actual prices and annual property taxes. This is when you compare apple to apple, eg. private apt vs private apt, landed properties vs landed properties of similar size, not average houses here vs hdb flats there.
Singapore: Lower mortgage interest rate.

Australia: Has authentic foods from all over the world, by authentic I mean the chefs who prepare them are either from those countries or descendant of migrants from there.
Singapore: Cheap ‘kopitiam’ foods are everywhere! The local dishes (mee pok, katong laksa, fish head curries, chilly crab, stingray etc, damn mentioning them make me hungry) are best to be had locally.

House chores:
Australia: Labor is expensive, you have to do everything yourselves unless you are filthy rich!
Singapore: Indonesian maids can be hired at ~S$300 (plus another $300 to government) a month.

Australia: Car is cheap, public transport is nowhere near Singapore’s quality, taxi drivers are hopelessly rude and don’t know their way.
Singapore: Superb public transport, cheap taxis, owning your own car is bloody expensive though.

Health care:
Australia: Everyone (citizens and PRs) is covered by Medicare. Waiting list can be long for non life threatening surgeries under public system though so many people have private health insurance anyway.
Singapore: Follow American system. Afaik, no such thing as public health care. Health insurance is normally provided by employers.

Australia: Democratic government, freedom of speech, people can openly criticize and complain against the government of the day without fear of reprisals.
Singapore: Virtually one party system, autocratic government. Heavily censored/government controlled media.

Crime Rate:
Australia: Pretty safe, I have never been robbed/assaulted/burglared in my eight years here (touch wood). It does happen though, and certainly more often than in Singapore.
Singapore: Gotta be one of the safest place in the world.

Australia: My worst experience is limited to minor inconvenient like having a couple of idiots yelling racist taunts as they drive past. Under Howard and his fear mongering policies, Australia is becoming more mean and less tolerant though. His fear mongering is currently directed at Muslims so it doesn’t really affect us yet. Considering our economy is highly dependent on resources export to China I can’t imagine him driving his fear policy against Chinese anytime soon, but you never know.
Singapore: Will have to ask a non Chinese to find out how it compares. But as part of the majority Chinese, it wouldn’t affect us.

Migrant treatment:
Australia: Eligible for some benefits (medicare, first home buyer grant, childcare rebates, etc) from day 1. After the first 2 years, PR has pretty much similar rights to citizen and access to all (afaik) kind of social security payment. Only restrictions are the obvious ones like residency requirement to extend PR, no rights to vote, stand for political office, some sensitive defense/intelligent jobs, and university fee loans (many PRs rorted the HECS by going back to their country after uni and never repaying a single cent of their HECS debt, hence the rule change).
Singapore: 2nd class citizen, can’t buy new HDB, do not get most of government subsidies or handouts. Basically you don’t get much (if any) benefits of the taxes you pay until you become citizen.

Australia: One of the highest income taxes in the world. It obviously depends on your incomes, deductions etc. You can expect to pay up to A$26k tax on A$100k annual salary in 2008/2009 financial year. GST is 10%.
Singapore: Low income tax. Property and vehicle taxes are much higher though. You can expect to pay up to S$7k tax on S$100k annual salary in 2008. GST is 7%.

Australia: Far from everywhere, airfares alone are so expensive. Very strong A$ stretches further when traveling overseas. Plenty of domestic holiday destinations.
Singapore: Exotic destinations in their backyard within S E Asia. Travel to most destinations is cheaper and nearer.

Australia: 4 seasons in a year, heck Melbourne is renowned of having 4 seasons in a day. We get the snows in the mountain and the ocassional crazy 40+ degree days in summer.
Singapore: Tropical all year round.

National Service:
Singapore: Your sons will have to serve 2 full years of National Service in the Singapore Defence Force.

Nightlife & Dating scene:
Can’t tell much as we are married and do not have a clubbing and drinking lifestyle.

Anyone disagree or have something to add? It’s obvious which one I think is better for us overall as I have voted with my feet. Like I said though, other may find it the other way. I always recommend people to visit their intended migration destination before making the plunge. It’s a big decision, too big to be made based on hearsay. Don’t quit your job or sell your house until you have seen first hand the place and culture and you like what you see.


From http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_countries_result.jsp?country1=Singapore&country2=Australia


Restaurants [Edit]
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.34 $
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant 24.48 $
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 4.66 $
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 5.19 $
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.26 $
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 0.88 $
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 0.79 $
Markets [Edit]
Milk (regular), 1 liter 2.38 $
Loaf of Fresh Bread 1.65 $
Eggs (12) 1.59 $
Fresh Cheese (1kg) 4.54 $
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 7.94 $
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.36 $
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.62 $
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.04 $
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 4.48 $
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 8.09 $
Transportation [Edit]
One-way Ticket (local transport) 1.14 $
Monthly Pass 37.61 $
Taxi (5km within center) 6.28 $
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.45 $
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 90,509.03 $
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit]
Basic (Electricity, Gas, Water, Garbage) 108.66 $
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.24 $
Internet (2 Mbps ADSL flat) 25.77 $
Sports And Leisure [Edit]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 103.43 $
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.59 $
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.20 $
Clothing And Shoes [Edit]
1 Pair of Levis 501 80.59 $
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) 60.44 $
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 55.24 $
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 58.22 $
Rent Per Month [Edit]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,880.68 $
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,089.10 $
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,730.60 $
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,409.56 $
Buy Apartment Price [Edit]
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 11,638.38 $
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 5,450.36 $
Salaries And Financing [Edit]
Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,590.57 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentanges (%), Yearly 2.15
Restaurants [Edit]
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 13.37 $
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant 52.55 $
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 6.70 $
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 4.97 $
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.88 $
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.40 $
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 2.11 $
Markets [Edit]
Milk (regular), 1 liter 1.76 $
Loaf of Fresh Bread 2.89 $
Eggs (12) 3.83 $
Fresh Cheese (1kg) 9.39 $
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 10.59 $
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.23 $
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.45 $
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.35 $
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.81 $
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 13.53 $
Transportation [Edit]
One-way Ticket (local transport) 3.17 $
Monthly Pass 86.58 $
Taxi (5km within center) 13.24 $
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.15 $
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,930.81 $
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit]
Basic (Electricity, Gas, Water, Garbage) 151.13 $
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.39 $
Internet (2 Mbps ADSL flat) 44.83 $
Sports And Leisure [Edit]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 76.89 $
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 24.97 $
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.47 $
Clothing And Shoes [Edit]
1 Pair of Levis 501 81.66 $
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) 56.75 $
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 116.16 $
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 121.37 $
Rent Per Month [Edit]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,169.02 $
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 897.19 $
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,931.08 $
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,421.26 $
Buy Apartment Price [Edit]
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 5,966.37 $
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,716.23 $
Salaries And Financing [Edit]
Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 3,808.47 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentanges (%), Yearly 7.01

29 Responses to “Living in australia vs singapore”

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  2. 3 Pat
    January 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    will love to stay in australia one day but cant stand the racism there ! freaking bad 😦
    stayed there for a few months love it except for a few f- ups

  3. 4 teapls
    February 4, 2011 at 7:32 am

    It really depends on which area you stayed in. The kawi lou here are getting used to the presence of us chinese here and have grown to accept us. But there are areas/suburbs where the uneducated bogans lives in and can be quite unpleasant to live in

  4. 5 Hernandez
    February 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    It was only aimed at Muslims
    But now it’s even targets Europeans who are not of British descent some eastern Europeans have been abused but over all racism is not too bad

  5. March 18, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Indian Singaporean here – lived 32 years in Singapore and never faced any sort of racism that made me wanna go commando on my Chinese friends. Teasing happens alot, from all three races at each other, but all in the name of good fun. Many of my friends in the minority feel the same way. Singapore is a beautiful place to live in, regardless of which race or faith u belong to.

    As compared to Australia, where I’ve been a tourist a few times, spending up to a couple of months each trip. Didn’t take me long to see racism, at the most within 3 days. And at least 3-4 times within 2 months.

    In my opinion, racism is alive and well in Australia. Don’t take this offensively though, its just a conclusion I came to based on my own experiences and comparisons between both countries. Someone else may have a different set of experiences and a different opinion.


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