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Household expenditure

In 2017/18, household expenditure on utilities was $3,196 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 %2012/13 to 2017/18
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco$3,3653.8%$3,8943.6%$3,5863.8%$4,6354.4%-$221
Clothing & Footwear$1,9172.1%$3,8123.5%$1,9712.1%$3,5283.3%-$55
Furnishings & equipment $4,9245.5%$5,3855.0%$5,7336.1%$5,0974.8%-$809
Recreation & Culture$10,08211.3%$11,07210.3%$11,46312.3%$10,82010.2%-$1,381
Education $3,4333.8%$4,6174.3%$3,4903.7%$4,6534.4%-$56
Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants $3,8444.3%$7,2986.8%$3,4113.7%$7,1146.7%+$433
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $14,76916.5%$16,97115.8%$14,44615.5%$15,63914.7%+$324
Total Expenditure$89,321100.0%$107,559100.0%$93,416100.0%$106,183100.0%-$4,095
Net Savings$16,19915.4%$10,8239.1%$14,56213.5%$16,19313.2%+$1,636
Total Disposable Income$105,519%$118,381%$107,978%$122,377%-$2,459

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018. 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 2017/18
Household expenditure 2017/18 Food, Queensland: 10.1% Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Queensland: 3.6% Clothing & Footwear, Queensland: 3.5% Furnishings & equipment , Queensland: 5.0% Health, Queensland: 7.0% Transport, Queensland: 9.5% Communications, Queensland: 2.4% Recreation & Culture, Queensland: 10.3% Education , Queensland: 4.3% Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants , Queensland: 6.8% Miscellaneous Goods & Services , Queensland: 15.8% Housing, Queensland: 18.1% Utilities, Queensland: 3.5% Food, Cairns: 12.7% Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Cairns: 3.8% Clothing & Footwear, Cairns: 2.1% Furnishings & equipment , Cairns: 5.5% Health, Cairns: 7.4% Transport, Cairns: 9.4% Communications, Cairns: 2.3% Recreation & Culture, Cairns: 11.3% Education , Cairns: 3.8% Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants , Cairns: 4.3% Miscellaneous Goods & Services , Cairns: 16.5% Housing, Cairns: 17.2% Utilities, Cairns: 3.6%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts
Change in household expenditure, 2012/13 to 2017/18
Change in household expenditure, 2012/13 to 2017/18 Food, Cairns: -$616 Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Cairns: -$221 Clothing & Footwear, Cairns: -$55 Furnishings & equipment , Cairns: -$809 Health, Cairns: -$916 Transport, Cairns: -$1,117 Communications, Cairns: +$421 Recreation & Culture, Cairns: -$1,381 Education , Cairns: -$56 Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants , Cairns: +$433 Miscellaneous Goods & Services , Cairns: +$324 Housing, Cairns: +$380 Utilities, Cairns: -$481
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts

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