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1. Posted by vo_ktm (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

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Hey guys, I was thinking of going to Australia on a Work Holiday Visa within the next few months. I've done some research on minimum wages in Australia and it seems that there is a substantial amount deducted for those under 21 years of age (I'm currently 18). I think the deduction is something like 25% of the adult pay rate. Is there anybody here who has been to Australia and has been able to survive on this junior pay wage?

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 9y

I believe that the junior pay rates are as follows:

- 18 years of age rate is 70% of adult rate
- 19 years of age rate is 80% of adult rate
- 20 years of age rate is 90% of adult rate

If the adult wage was $15.00 per hour, the corresponding rates would be:

$10.70 for an 18 year old
$12.00 for a 19 year old
$13.50 for a 20 year old

3. Posted by vo_ktm (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

At $10.70 an hour, would that be a sufficient amount to live on?

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 9y

The cost of living is as dependant on your living arrangements and and personal situation as much as it is on your salary. At face value, no it's not enough to live on however if you are sharing a cheap place with a bunch of people, are not running a car, are not eating out at restaurants and you are reasonably frugal with your money, then yes you can live on it - or should I say "survive" on it.

Working a 40 hour week, you would gross $430.00. After tax, you'd get about $380 per week. You might be paying $100 per week in board with $280 per week to live on. Then there are grocery costs, utility costs, train fares and travel costs, etc.

I'd try to work on a "cash in hand basis" and leave the taxman out of it.

5. Posted by vo_ktm (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Wow, really doesn't sound like much to live on. I guess my best option at this point is to wait till I'm 21. :(

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Quoting vo_ktm

At $10.70 an hour, would that be a sufficient amount to live on?

If you had your parents here and they didn't mind letting you live at home for free, $10.70 an hour might just do, but with rent being so high and food expenses being high as well, $10.70 an hour even working 40 hours a week will not get you to live at all comfortably. Even the rate James gives for the 20 year old is not enough to live at all comfortably in Australia if you can only rely on yourself for money.

7. Posted by Magnus J (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

Wait, so this means I won't be able to make any money (almost) when I go to Australia in July on my whv? I'm 18... Those wages sound pretty bad

8. Posted by phil767 (Budding Member 54 posts) 9y

Wait!!! no the minumum wage in sydney is $14 per hour, the average wage is about 18 especilly if you go for office work sometimes they pay you $18-$24.. Yes the cost of living here is a lot more...a small can of tuna will cost you £1.50 I know because I'm trying to live on basics...But once I have a job I should be ok.

9. Posted by phil767 (Budding Member 54 posts) 9y

Oh yeah and be carefull and look around when in a supermarket...

Bottle of coke

500ml = £1.50
2 L = 50p

How they worked that one out I do not know but those were the prices Obviously in australian but I converted it. and that wasn't price per 100ml it was actually cheaper to buy a big bottle.

10. Posted by vo_ktm (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Well for the junior pay, is it a percentage of the adult wage no matter what the pay is or does it only apply to jobs that pay the minimum wage?