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    Thread: Council Tax equivalent in Oz?

    1. #11

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      Quote Originally Posted by cliffy View Post
      You have to pay in addition to Council Rates, if you own a house, Water rates, incl. sewerage and Save the Murray Levy!, Emergency Services Levy, Gas and Electricity. If you are renting, you only have to pay Gas and Electricity and any optional spending, like Internet and Phone.
      I have just paid $495 quarterly rates on a 3br house on an average block, Onkaparinga Council.
      You may also have to pay for water in a rental. The Landlord has to pay for a certain element of the bill (can't remember if it's the sewage charge, the supply charge or both) and the tenant may be asked to pay all or some of the rest. When we rented we had to pay for all water usage over and above a certain amount. This was invoiced to us from the letting agents.

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      In our rental now we pay supply and usage for water, seems to be more common. More rural places seem to be just usage and those with gardens only usage over a certain amount ( to make sure the garden is watered).
      Dont forget insurance too and at least two weeks rent up front for security bond.

      You will also need some temp accommodation until you find a long term rental, this is quite expensive but unless you have someone to stay with necessary. You do need to look around and view properties before signing up for a long term let. Beware the Internet photos, some can be decades old!
      Not a morning person!

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      Port Noarlunga, Adelaide, South Australia
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      I own property (or at least the bank does) and the rates in the Onkaparinga area are $130 per month. You don't pay this if you are renting.
      Am also in the strange position of renting a property right now so have experience of things from that side as well. We get the first 80,000 litres of water free but have to pay for the service charge.
      My rent is $350 pw and on top of that electricity is about $150 pm and gas $80 pm. There are big fluctuations between summer and winter though and it does depend upon heatwaves and cold winters!

      My son lives nearby. He's poor. Apprentice wages only provide him with around $30,000 but the gov tops this up a little. He also qualifies (with his partner and daughter) for child care benefit. They run a car, eat out (too much fast food) and don't really have a bad life. More money would make it better and that will come when his partner start work after completing a child care qualification.
      His rent is $270 pw but the house is a dump and the area is dodgy! When his partner qualifies they will move to an adjoining suburb, pay between $330 and $360 pw and get a decent home. It would be just as cheap for them to be paying off their own home with interest rates so low but saving for a deposit and stamp duty is the option.

      There will always be plenty of hair salon jobs throughout the city. The turnover is constant like most retail positions. Have you thought about visiting, seeing if it's right for you and if so postponing your departure a little so that you can sort out your own job? It would mean spending a few thousand Dollars but you would get a feel for whether you like it, maybe meet some contacts, have a look at suburbs...just a thought. Many many people do come out on a reccie.
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