Living in Brisbane - NEC


Brisbane is the state’s capital and the largest city of Queensland and is known as one of the World’s most liveable cities with the population of 1.5 million people. Brisbane has domestic and international airports with direct flight to most of the countries. Brisbane acts as a gateway to Gold coast and Sunshine coast, which are popular for its surf, theme parks, the World famous Steve Irvin's Australia Zoo and warm weather. Over twenty-six per cent of Brisbane's population was not born in Australia, making Brisbane very culturally diverse. This diversity is reflected in many of the exciting features Brisbane has to offer its residents and visitors, including festivals, events, restaurants, arts and community facilities.



A wide range of accommodation is available in and around Brisbane. Types of accommodation include:

  • Inner-city apartments
  • Houses and apartments in local Brisbane suburbs
  • Home stay with families
  • Shared accommodation


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Living Cost

Living cost per year in Australia is approximately $18,610 for the main applicant, $6,515 for your Spouse, $3,720 for first child and $2,790 for each extra child accompanied. For further information please visit



Brisbane has one of Australia’s most comprehensive transport systems through its “Go Card” system, holding one card for all modes of public transport: bus, ferry and train. You'll find Brisbane offers a range of transport appropriate for Brisbane's diverse geography. Brisbane transport provides a 40% discount to students (subject to change) on all their public services.



Brisbane's ferries are a useful way of getting across the city and its river precincts. Ferries are the best way to get to the college campus if you want to have the feeling of coming onboard the “City Cat” which is the local ferry. You can locate the timetable by visiting the webpage,



For bus information regarding local and travel services, visit the Brisbane Buses webpage, You can avail of several options from the website ranging from regular buses to also various sightseeing buses.



Queensland Rail offers both Brisbane based and Travel train services, which link Brisbane with destinations throughout the state. For information on City train call 13 12 30 or Traveltrain call 13 22 32. Alternatively if you want to locate a local timetable you can visit the webpage,



Brisbane has both an international and domestic airport. These are easy to get to via public transport such as buses, taxis and the Air train service (costs are different than the normal train service, check for updated fares and schedule).

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