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Household expenditure

In 2018/19, household expenditure on utilities was $10,856 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 %2013/14 to 2018/19
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco$3,3053.2%$3,9753.7%$3,6753.8%$4,8044.5%-$370
Clothing & Footwear$2,5592.5%$3,8843.6%$2,1782.2%$3,4773.2%+$382
Furnishings & equipment $6,0235.8%$5,3744.9%$5,8966.1%$5,2534.9%+$127
Recreation & Culture$12,83912.4%$11,22810.3%$12,26412.6%$11,14810.3%+$575
Education $3,7913.7%$4,7254.3%$3,7173.8%$4,8174.5%+$74
Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants $3,2693.2%$7,3086.7%$3,6223.7%$7,4566.9%-$353
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $18,26117.7%$17,05715.7%$15,76516.2%$16,23415.0%+$2,496
Total Expenditure$103,197100.0%$108,779100.0%$97,202100.0%$107,935100.0%+$5,995
Net Savings$8,1627.3%$14,85112.0%$11,80410.8%$16,93613.6%-$3,641
Total Disposable Income$111,359%$123,630%$109,006%$124,872%+$2,354

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Data are based on a 2016-17 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 2018/19
Household expenditure 2018/19 Food, Queensland: 10.2% Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Queensland: 3.7% Clothing & Footwear, Queensland: 3.6% Furnishings & equipment , Queensland: 4.9% Health, Queensland: 7.1% Transport, Queensland: 9.3% Communications, Queensland: 2.3% Recreation & Culture, Queensland: 10.3% Education , Queensland: 4.3% Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants , Queensland: 6.7% Miscellaneous Goods & Services , Queensland: 15.7% Housing, Queensland: 10.8% Utilities, Queensland: 11.1% Food, Cairns: 12.4% Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Cairns: 3.2% Clothing & Footwear, Cairns: 2.5% Furnishings & equipment , Cairns: 5.8% Health, Cairns: 7.7% Transport, Cairns: 8.9% Communications, Cairns: 2.6% Recreation & Culture, Cairns: 12.4% Education , Cairns: 3.7% Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants , Cairns: 3.2% Miscellaneous Goods & Services , Cairns: 17.7% Housing, Cairns: 9.3% Utilities, Cairns: 10.5%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts
Change in household expenditure, 2013/14 to 2018/19
Change in household expenditure, 2013/14 to 2018/19 Food, Cairns: +$1,090 Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Cairns: -$370 Clothing & Footwear, Cairns: +$382 Furnishings & equipment , Cairns: +$127 Health, Cairns: +$472 Transport, Cairns: +$78 Communications, Cairns: +$945 Recreation & Culture, Cairns: +$575 Education , Cairns: +$74 Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants , Cairns: -$353 Miscellaneous Goods & Services , Cairns: +$2,496 Housing, Cairns: -$2,786 Utilities, Cairns: +$3,265
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019
Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts

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