How Filipinos Are Doing in Perth

Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian State of Western Australia. It is the most populated city in Australia with an estimated population of 1.9 million living in greater Perth. Perth has a vast land almost limitless which is very rich with natural resources where there is no difficulty getting work and getting paid.


Perth is surprisingly a mixing pot of different cultures.  Due to the high rate of migration to Perth, there is slightly less than half of Perth’s residents were born outside Australia. Because of its booming economy and proximity to Southeast Asia and Africa led to the influx of migrants from the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and South Africa. Its cultural diversity is reflected in different cuisine available in Perth.


From the 2001 Census, there were 5,400 Philippines-born persons in Western Australia which increased by 13 percent from 1996-2001. Almost every year there is an increase in number of Filipinos coming into Perth. With the current booming economy, driven by its mining and resources boom, there are lots of job opportunities for Filipinos in Perth to choose.  From accounting, translation, interpretation, laborers, skilled ICT staff, engineers to health care professionals as the country’s aging health workforce begins to retire. This huge demand for workforce is an opportunity for those Filipinos who aspire to fulfill their dream of working and migrating to Australia.


Almost every year there is an increase in number of Filipinos coming in to Perth


Filipino workers are known for its trait as being a hard worker, conscientious, and loyal. They are known to be the most industrious individuals in the world striving hard to excel in everything that they do. That is why some foreign investors and employers demand to employ Filipino workers because of these traits.


With the growing Filipino workforce in Perth, fellow citizens that are very concerned to every Filipinos safety and welfare established different communities to protect the rights and bested interest of many Filipinos in Perth.


FAMAS Perth or The Filipino Australian Multicultural Association Incorporated is a non-profit organization that aims to promote cross-cultural awareness and unites all Filipino Australian Communities.

FAMAS Perth or The Filipino Australian Multicultural Association Incorporated

Image Credit: Kalatas


This is also open to all nationalities that shows interest in the Filipino culture. They also aimed to promote camaraderie and understanding through various projects and events.


Filipino Australian Club of Perth aims to foster spirit of friendship, cultivate and share cultural values and creative strength of the Filipino heritage within the multicultural community of Western Australia.


Tunog Pinoy, this is the radio station for the Philippine community. This program started in September 2011 with sponsorship from the CADENA multicultural association.  It is a relaxed mix of news, music, interviews and other items presented in Tagalog. Dial 95.3 on your local FM station for Perth and suburbs or follow links in the 6EBA website and listen directly to your favorite program.

  Tunog Pinoy  

The program is looking for more sponsors to be able to continue in delivering its service to the Filipino community in and around Perth and other parts of Western Australia. You can reach them at (08) 9227 5953, visit their Facebook page Tunog Pinoy Perth or email them at


You can also visit different Filipino stores found in Perth whenever your Filipino supplies are running out from the kitchen’s cupboard. Or you can go to some of the Filipino restaurants there whenever your taste buds is looking for a Filipino taste.  Here are some of the Filipino stores and restaurants located in Perth.


Filipino Stores and Restaurants


Melissa’s Filipino Shop – General Store (formerly Athena)

  Melissa's Filipino Shop - formerly Athena  

Location: 74 Warton Rd., Huntingdale, Perth, Western Australia 6110

Phone No.: 93987709




Filipino Oriental Store – Grocery


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Location: 2 The Crs, Midland Western Australia 6056

Phone No.: (08)92507635


The Manila Restaurant – Restaurant


Location: 1236 Albany Hwy, Cannington, WA 6107, Australia

Phone: +61 8 94519990




Phoenix Asian Store


Filipino Phoenix Asian Shop


Location: Shop 3, 252 Rockingham Road, Spearwood WA


Phone No.: +61 8 94188921


It is not easy to be an OFW, you are in a foreign country and miles away from your loved ones. You will always feel homesick and alone, but you can always count on to your fellow countrymen to ease that feeling.  Join the different activities launched by the different Filipino communities in your area.


Cost of Living in Perth


Perth is the most expensive state in Australia after Sydney.  The cost of living has grown up rapidly along with the employment boom in recent years. It is known to be one of the most livable city in the world. In terms of quality of life, Perth offers a very comfortable lifestyle and high standard of living.


Many Filipinos are reported working in Perth, mostly skilled workers. The economic boomed on mining in Perth opens its doors to great opportunities to the skilled workforce. The mining boom played an important role in boosting the incomes of Perth’s households. But to Filipinos, having a great income would mean higher chances of sending great remittances for their families back home.  And what is left, is for them to budget and get through to the next pay date.


So, if you are now living in Perth and those who plans to live in Perth, may this article helps you budget what you have.


Recent study by Numbeo shows a summary of the following:


Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): $126.01

Rent Index : $65.16

Groceries Index : $113.56

Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: $96.72

Local Purchasing Power: $117.22

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The graph shows the distribution of cost of living expenses in Perth.


Groceries have not gone up in Perth over the past four years. But it shows the highest percentage of the cost of living in Perth.  Food is the basic commodity that people has a great value of expense.


Accommodation rates has been rising due to a combination of strong population growth.  The median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Perth is around $350 a week.  On top of moving costs, you would usually have to pay 2 weeks’ rent in advance, a security bond (equivalent to a maximum of 4 weeks rent), a bond for a cat or dog ( if you have one and are allowed to keep one under the tenancy agreement) for about $260, plus an insurance for the contents of your rented property.


The cost of eating out is relatively low compared to other parts of Australia, but the cost of drinks in Perth is quite very expensive, a 330ml can of beer in a shop will set you back $3.50 while a pint will cost about $9. A bottle of mid-range wine will cost around $18.


The cost of transportation is quite high. Fares depend on the number of zones you are travelling through, there are 9 zones defined by cycles centred on the Perth CBD. Ranges from $1.43 for a 2-section ticket, which is meant for short, one-way journeys of up to 3.2km, to $8.25 for travel through 9 zones. Buy a SmartRider ticket which has a stored value and enables you to travel to all Transperth services- including buses, ferries, and trains.  It ensures the lowest fare travel.  Taxi fares differ depending on day of the week and time, distance travelled, with surcharges at peak hours and during some designated holidays. There is a minimum fare of $3.90 onboarding, and $1.64 per kilometer.


Utility expense in Perth is quite high, electricity prices will rise by 4 percent and water prices by 6 percent from July this year.  Concerns over the utility prices have also been raised this week after Alinta lifted gas prices.  Low-income households will suffer their wages failed  to match utility price hikes.


Healthcare in Perth  is relatively expensive.  Australia has an exceptional healthcare system and facilities, health insurance is a personal choice and you should determine your own individual requirements.


If you have a higher wage, you can afford to enroll or join on any fitness centers or any sports club in Perth.  Shoes and clothing are quite expensive in Perth as well.


Furthermore, make sure you receive an appropriate salary and know how to budget and for sure you will be able to enjoy the many leisure opportunities of living in Perth.

Rica J

I am a mother, a wife and a technology loving Filipina who loves reading hi-fiction books (dragons!) , good stories, dancing, laughter, lying on the grass and eating balut. I am born and raised in the Philippines and now resides in Australia but finds myself in the Philippines for at least 3 months a year. I am part of the Filipino Australian Community and have been living between Australia and the Philippines since 2007.

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