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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 %2002/03 to 2017/18
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco$3,3653.8%$3,8943.6%$4,6555.2%$4,8315.6%-$1,290
Clothing & Footwear$1,9172.1%$3,8123.5%$2,1372.4%$2,7853.2%-$221
Furnishings & equipment $4,9245.5%$5,3855.0%$4,8625.4%$3,8394.5%+$62
Recreation & Culture$10,08211.3%$11,07210.3%$12,44813.8%$8,3949.7%-$2,366
Education $3,4333.8%$4,6174.3%$3,1983.6%$3,3893.9%+$235
Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants $3,8444.3%$7,2986.8%$5,0345.6%$6,6267.7%-$1,190
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $14,76916.5%$16,97115.8%$15,03916.7%$12,63814.7%-$270
Total Expenditure$89,321100.0%$107,559100.0%$89,926100.0%$86,138100.0%-$605
Net Savings$16,19915.4%$10,8239.1%$-7,629-9.3%$2,9333.3%+$23,827
Total Disposable Income$105,519%$118,381%$82,297%$89,071%+$23,222

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, 2002/03 to 2017/18
Change in household expenditure, 2002/03 to 2017/18 Food, Cairns: +$2,399 Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Cairns: -$1,290 Clothing & Footwear, Cairns: -$221 Furnishings & equipment , Cairns: +$62 Health, Cairns: +$1,007 Transport, Cairns: +$694 Communications, Cairns: +$590 Recreation & Culture, Cairns: -$2,366 Education , Cairns: +$235 Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants , Cairns: -$1,190 Miscellaneous Goods & Services , Cairns: -$270 Housing, Cairns: +$1,282 Utilities, Cairns: -$1,537
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in by .id the population experts

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