Hi Lucy and Chris, well done Chris on the job offer, good luck Lucy with the IVF will keep everything crossed for you. I think the 54,000 will be basic without enhancements. Also renting in Australia is the norm and a lot cheaper than paying a mortgage so you could hopefully save a little towards a deposit. We are renting our house out in the UK and only taking small amount of savings apporx, £6,000, but walks on the beach cost nothing, lucky for us we prefer the quiet night out not clubbing, Just knowing the sun will be shining when I get home from a early shift and I can sit in the garden with a glass of chilled white wine is a good incentive to move. Dont give up your dream if it is what you truely want.
Take care and keep your chin up, good luck again.