Household expenditure

In 2019/20, household expenditure on utilities was $2,994 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.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Household expenditure
Household expenditure (totals)$ per household% of expenditureQueenslandQueensland$$ per household% of expenditureQueenslandQueensland$2014/15 - 2019/20
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco$4,0134.0%$4,3674.0%$4,6454.7%$5,2264.7%-632
Clothing & Footwear$3,2933.3%$3,5863.3%$2,8682.9%$3,2382.9%+425
Furnishings & equipment $5,1745.2%$5,6425.2%$4,6884.7%$5,2564.7%+486
Recreation & Culture$9,8299.8%$10,92710.1%$9,6959.7%$11,12910.0%+134
Education $4,5054.5%$4,9834.6%$4,3584.4%$5,0044.5%+148
Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants $6,7856.8%$6,5146.0%$7,5557.6%$8,1537.3%-770
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $15,36815.4%$16,91615.6%$15,12715.2%$17,17715.4%+241
Total Expenditure$99,840100.0%$108,642100.0%$99,528100.0%$111,279100.0%+311
Net Savings$16,61914.3%$20,12115.6%$14,23512.5%$20,63815.6%+2,384
Total Disposable Income$116,4590%$128,7630%$113,7630%$131,9180%+2,695

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2021. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions). 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

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