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What is the budget for a WHP in Australia?
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If Australia is full of surprises, the cost of living will not fail to surprise you either. Not only are airfares among the most expensive in the world, but you will also need to plan your daily expenses. How much should you budget for your Working Holiday Programme (WHP) in Australia? Here is an overview for one year of adventure!

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What to expect before leaving for a WHP in Australia


Even before evaluating the budget needed to live there, you will have to pay for some important expenses: 

  • Your PVT or Working Holiday Visa: AUD 495 or about €350 ;
  • Your plane ticket: between 950 and €1,200 for an open round trip and at least €600 for a one way ticket;
  • Your WHP insurance: between €400 and €800 depending on your age and the benefits you choose. It is not compulsory for a WHP in Australia, but it is strongly recommended to cover the often high health expenses in this country;
  • Passport renewal (if applicable): €86.

Add the AUD 5,000 (approximately €3,425) savings required by the government to validate your WHP in Australia.

Budget for your first few weeks in Australia

Once you're here, you'll need to cover your daily expenses, especially for accommodation. But don't panic, finding accommodation in Australia is much less complicated than in France. A night in a youth hostel (backpack) costs about AUD 30 . For a room in a shared apartment, you can expect to pay between AUD 100 and 300 per week depending on the location. But if you want to save as much money as possible, don't forget that wwoofing and the HelpX network offer you many opportunities to stay with local people in exchange for a few hours of work per day.

As far as food is concerned, once again the budget will be tight. If you avoid eating out too often, you can get by on AUD 20-40 per day.

In major cities such as Sydney or Melbourne, public transport is a must. Expect to pay around AUD 50 per week plus a few extras (outings, museums, etc.).

In conclusion, living in the city will cost you at least 400 AUD per week. This is why you will need to find a job quickly!

How much does a road trip to Australia cost?

Some of you may want to take advantage of your WHP in Australia to go on a road trip! In this case, the best solution is to combine transport and accommodation by buying a vehicle:

  • Second hand vehicle: from AUD 1,000 to 9,000 AUD ;
  • Rego registration: between AUD 500 and 1,100 per year depending on the state;
  • Fuel: between AUD 1.20 and 1.80 per litre for gas and a little more for diesel.

Unlike in France, car insurance is not compulsory. However, if you wish to insure your car against breakdowns and accidents, you can expect to pay between AUD 150 and 500 per year.

Of course, you can also decide to rent a car for your road trip (about 1,000 AUD for one month). Choose an estate car with built-in sleeping accommodation, or even a camper van! In any case, the cheapest way is to share the cost with your fellow travellers.

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As you can see, your WHP budget in Australia will vary depending on your activities. However, allowing for €5,000 in savings allows you to anticipate the first few weeks while you find a job, and ensuring certain essential expenses. By the way, have you taken out your WHP insurance? Like everything else, medical expenses in Australia can be very expensive! Be careful and anticipate.

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