Skip to main content

Life in Perth

Welcome to Perth – one the most liveable cities in the world!

City of Perth - image courtesy of Tourism of Western Australia

Visit this page to read more about our beautiful city >

Climate, Clothing & Electronics What to pack

Perth has a moderate oceanic climate. Summers are hot, and winters are chilly, but not too cold. Rain is relatively common from June to August. The monthly averages temperatures are:

Month Average High Average Low
January 31.7 17
February 31.9 17.5
March 29.7 15.9
April 25.5 12.9
May 21.8 10.4
June 18.9 9
July 17.9 8
August 18.5 8
September 20.1 8.8
October 22.6 10.2
November 25.8 12.7
December 28.9 14.8


Perth has more daylight hours than any other Australian state. Popular outdoor pursuits include hiking, camping, fishing, sight-seeing, surfing, or simply relaxing on Perth’s amazing beaches.

Make sure you pack adequate clothing for the weather, and remember if you’re coming from the Northern Hemisphere, the weather might be very different when you arrive! Bring a warm coat for winter and loose/cool clothing for summer.


Appliances in Australia use 220 volts and 60 Hz. You can buy adapters to fit the Australian power points for your existing electronic items.

Money Be sure to have cash for essential items when you arrive in Perth


The Australian currency is called the Australian Dollar. Australian coins are available in the following denominations:

  • $0.05 = 5 cents
  • $0.10 = 10 cents
  • $0.20 = 20 cents
  • $0.50 = 50 cents
  • $1.00 = 1 dollar
  • $2.00 = 2 dollars

Australian bank notes are available in the following denominations:

  • $5.00 = 5 dollars
  • $10.00 = 10 dollars
  • $20.00 = 20 dollars
  • $50.00 = 50 dollars
  • $100.00 = 100 dollars

Most ATMs (cash machines) dispense twenty and fifty dollar notes. Some shops and other outlets will not accept $100 notes, so it’s best to carry smaller notes. Debit and credit cards are widely accepted. Check with your back at home to see if you will be charged a fee to use your debit and/or credit card in Australia.

We recommend having around $200AUD in cash when you arrive in Perth. Please refrain from carrying large sums of cash on your person for safety reasons.

NOTE: Curtin College does not accept cash payments for tuition or anything else larger than $200AUD.


The major banks in Perth include Commonwealth Bank (CAN), Bankwest, ANZ, Citibank, HSBC, and Westpac.

To open a bank account in Perth, you will need your passport, student ID (which you will receive after Orientation) or Letter of Offer and Letter of Acceptance, along with proof of your current address in Australia.

Many banks offer special student rates so make sure to ask!

Goods and services tax (GST)

GST is a broad-based tax of 10% on the supply of most goods, services and anything else consumed in Australia. Most prices shown include GST, but if you’re not sure, ask.

International Money Transfers

Money can be transferred from your home country to Australian bank accounts. Please be advised that banks can put holds on large international money transfers, sometimes up to three weeks, ask your bank how long the transfer will take and be sure you keep copies of all your transaction records.

If paying your education fees by International Money Transfer, send a copy of
your transaction receipt to again, keep a copy for your records.

Next: Studying in Perth

Images and video courtesy of Tourism of Western Australia

Perth City

Students in Perth can enjoy the perfect combination - wide open spaces surround the bustling city and both are within close proximity to Curtin's Bentley Campus.

Top 10 Things to do in Perth >

Western Australia

Western Australia is Australia's largest state with lots to offer if you are keen to explore.

See the most recent updates on the return of international students to Western AustraliaView FAQs