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Guide to Life in Australia vs The UK

16 May 2024

Guide to Life in Australia vs The UK
Australia and the UK are two of the most sought-after destinations for individuals looking to relocate.

Between the historic charm of the UK and the sunny allure of Australia, it can take time to decide whether living in Australia or the UK is better for you. Our comprehensive guide delves into the similarities and contrasts between these two vibrant countries so you can gain some valuable insights for your big move.

Cost of Living 

A cost of living analysis is crucial when considering a move abroad. When it comes to living costs between Australia and the UK, Australia tends to be more expensive. Since March 2022, consumer prices in Australia have gone up by 5.1%. At the same time, however, Australia’s strong labour market and higher salaries mean its residents have more disposable income compared to the UK. Furthermore, when it comes to certain categories such as utilities, fuel, and groceries, Australia is around 25% cheaper.

Sydney Opera House in the evening

Housing

The cost of housing in Australia as well as the UK varies based on location. Top cities such as Sydney and London have more expensive properties compared to other regions. Overall, housing costs in Australia and the UK are at par with three-bedroom properties in central town areas having a monthly rent of approximately £2,000.

Healthcare 

When it comes to healthcare facilities, both countries have robust systems for medical care. In the UK, essential services are offered free of charge by the National Health Service (NHS). Australia, similarly, offers free or low-cost public healthcare, although it focuses more on private medical insurance. While both systems are seen to have their own challenges, residents in both the UK and Australia nevertheless enjoy access to quality healthcare.

The Great Ocean Road coastline in Australia

Education 

Both the UK and Australia are home to the world’s top educational institutions. However, when it comes to teaching styles and academic structures, there are considerable differences. The UK follows a more traditional approach where the education system is structured, and lectures, seminars, and tutorials emphasise gaining in-depth knowledge of a chosen field. Australia, on the other hand, tends to be more flexible with internships and fieldwork focussing on collaborative learning.

Career Prospects 

There are promising career prospects in both countries, although differences in local labour markets can affect the opportunities available. Australia typically boasts a robust job market with low unemployment rates, whereas the job market in the UK tends to be more competitive in specific sectors and regions. Similarly, both countries have robust industries, although the demand varies: the mining industry, for instance, is more prominent in Australia, whereas creative and media industries are at the forefront in the UK.

London Eye and River Thames

Work Culture 

The work culture in the UK, particularly in cities such as London, and industries like finance, law, and consulting, is characterised by long working hours. Professional achievement and status are valued, although mental health and work-life balance are becoming increasingly more important. Australia is known for its relaxed approach to work with a strong emphasis on not exceeding the standard working week of 38 hours. Although both UK and Australian companies offer flex hours, the latter’s four weeks of paid annual leave (excluding ten public holidays) makes a move to Australia highly appealing.

Salaries and Financing 

Employee wages in both countries differ based on experience, education level, occupation, industry, etc. Nevertheless, salaries in Australia are considerably higher than that in the UK. While minimum wage and average weekly earnings have always been higher in Australia, as of November 2023, the weekly earnings of Australian employees have seen a 4.5% increase annually.

King’s College, Cambridge University

Transport and Travel  

Both countries have extensive transport networks connecting different parts of the country. Although public transport tends to be more reliable in Australia than in the UK, the latter is better connected when it comes to flight opportunities. The UK has direct flights to Europe, and prominent hubs in America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Not only is the UK more embedded in terms of air travel, but airfare is also relatively cheaper than in Australia.

Sports and Leisure

The UK and Australia share a common history and culture, and this is reflected in their passion for sports. Cricket is a favourite in both countries and so is football (although slightly more so in the UK). Recreational opportunities are plenty in both countries, despite prices in Australia tending to be more expensive. 

Cottages in a quiet countryside village in England

Choosing whether to live in Australia or the UK comes down to individual preferences and lifestyle choices. While there are intriguing differences in the opportunities and cultural experiences they offer, each can be equally rewarding. This blog sums up the key aspects of life in the UK vs Australia so you can make an informed choice between the two.

Whether you’re moving to the UK from Australia or vice versa, Bishop’s Move’s 170 years of experience in removals across the UK and abroad can help you enjoy a stress-free move. From export packing services to handling overseas finance, we offer bespoke and professional services tailored to your needs.