Very interesting changes in wages, I find it odd as I lived in Sydney from 1996 to 2002 then 2004 to 2006 and was back in 2008, between 1996 and 2006 not a lot changed in price, but between 2006 and 2008 prices at restaurants and bars tripled in price. A meal that was $8 at Darling Harbour (wife is a vegetarian) was now $24 for the same thing, we were shocked!

Wage changes in Australia 2002 to 2012

The following chart from Trading Economics shows how Australian wages have risen by 58% over ten years.

Wage changes in Australia 2002 to 2012 : ABCDiamond

This was a very surprising result.

I don't think it's a surprising result; Wages had to go up a lot if going out triple in price, living in the UK I hear people come back and say it was too expensive in Australia so they left and went to asia or New Zealand.