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Household expenditure

In 2016/17, household expenditure on utilities was $2,619 in Cairns, lower compared to Queensland.

Household Expenditure is modelled based on a set of expenditure items collected every 5 years in the ABS Household Expenditure Survey. Household Expenditure is a useful measure of the economic resources available to households in the area and where their income is spent. Areas with good public transport infrastructure and access to jobs may spend less on transport and more on discretionary spending such as entertainment. More disadvantaged areas may spend a higher proportion of their income on food and transport. An examination of the distribution of household spending per household may provide insights into the socio-economic status of the area.

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Household expenditure
Household expenditure (totals)$ per household% of expenditureQueensland $Queensland %$ per household% of expenditureQueensland $Queensland %2011/12 to 2016/17
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco$2,7053.7%$3,3373.7%$3,1634.0%$4,1084.5%-$459
Clothing & Footwear$1,4972.0%$3,1383.4%$1,7412.2%$3,0363.3%-$245
Furnishings & equipment $4,0575.5%$4,5144.9%$4,7055.9%$4,1704.6%-$647
Recreation & Culture$8,15411.0%$9,33210.2%$9,71112.2%$9,46810.4%-$1,557
Education $2,7953.8%$3,9344.3%$2,8733.6%$3,9104.3%-$78
Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants $3,2384.4%$6,3166.9%$2,9923.8%$6,1076.7%+$246
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $12,01216.2%$14,31815.7%$12,45615.7%$13,46314.8%-$444
Total Expenditure$73,985100.0%$91,225100.0%$79,342100.0%$90,675100.0%-$5,357
Net Savings$31,07829.6%$27,03122.9%$31,95728.7%$35,59528.2%-$880
Total Disposable Income$105,063%$118,256%$111,300%$126,270%-$6,237

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016. Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Data are based on a 2015-16 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and annual data releases adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.Learn more

Household expenditure 2016/17
Household expenditure 2016/17 Food, Queensland: 10.1% Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Queensland: 3.7% Clothing & Footwear, Queensland: 3.4% Furnishings & equipment , Queensland: 4.9% Health, Queensland: 7.0% Transport, Queensland: 9.6% Communications, Queensland: 2.4% Recreation & Culture, Queensland: 10.2% Education , Queensland: 4.3% Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants , Queensland: 6.9% Miscellaneous Goods & Services , Queensland: 15.7% Housing, Queensland: 18.1% Utilities, Queensland: 3.6% Food, Cairns: 12.7% Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Cairns: 3.7% Clothing & Footwear, Cairns: 2.0% Furnishings & equipment , Cairns: 5.5% Health, Cairns: 7.3% Transport, Cairns: 9.4% Communications, Cairns: 2.3% Recreation & Culture, Cairns: 11.0% Education , Cairns: 3.8% Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants , Cairns: 4.4% Miscellaneous Goods & Services , Cairns: 16.2% Housing, Cairns: 18.2% Utilities, Cairns: 3.5%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts
Change in household expenditure, 2011/12 to 2016/17
Change in household expenditure, 2011/12 to 2016/17 Food, Cairns: -$844 Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Cairns: -$459 Clothing & Footwear, Cairns: -$245 Furnishings & equipment , Cairns: -$647 Health, Cairns: -$501 Transport, Cairns: -$828 Communications, Cairns: +$271 Recreation & Culture, Cairns: -$1,557 Education , Cairns: -$78 Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants , Cairns: +$246 Miscellaneous Goods & Services , Cairns: -$444 Housing, Cairns: +$411 Utilities, Cairns: -$683
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2016
Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts

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