I often get asked this question, and I usually respond with a question, "What will you use your laptop for?" If you are going to use it for the internet, emails and storing photos then something like the HP 14-AF laptop may suit you. It will set you back circa $360 and has the following specifications...
*Screen size - 14"
*RAM - 2GB (this is effects how quickly the laptop can perform tasks)
*Hard Drive - 500GB (this is how much data your laptop can store, a 2hr movie would use about 1GB of space)
*Operating System - Windows 10 (Don't stress, the Microsoft Store in Sydney City runs free workshops)