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Household expenditure

In 2020/21, household expenditure on utilities was $3,064 in the Canberra Region, lower compared to NSW.

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.

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National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Household expenditure
Canberra Region2020/212015/16Change
Household expenditure (totals)$ per household% of expenditureNSWNSW$$ per household% of expenditureNSWNSW$2015/16 - 2020/21
Food$9,4839.6%$11,3639.6%$10,3199.3%$10,8758.7%-836
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco$4,3054.3%$5,0694.3%$5,5525.0%$5,8014.6%-1,247
Clothing & Footwear$4,1984.2%$4,9434.2%$4,1523.7%$4,3373.5%+46
Furnishings & equipment $4,8324.9%$5,7384.8%$4,9534.5%$5,1814.2%-122
Health$6,4046.5%$7,6116.4%$6,4425.8%$6,7585.4%-39
Transport$9,2219.3%$9,3877.9%$11,37110.2%$13,74211.0%-2,150
Communications$2,0282.0%$2,3912.0%$1,8801.7%$1,9661.6%+148
Recreation & Culture$10,58710.7%$12,61710.6%$12,28211.1%$12,86710.3%-1,694
Education $5,2835.3%$6,2195.2%$5,6315.1%$6,1574.9%-348
Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants $6,3206.4%$7,2356.1%$9,4588.5%$9,7517.8%-3,138
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $13,77513.9%$16,39213.8%$16,77415.1%$17,74614.2%-2,999
Housing$19,60919.8%$26,18022.0%$18,60716.8%$25,74820.6%+1,002
Utilities$3,0643.1%$3,7123.1%$3,6483.3%$3,8533.1%-584
Total Expenditure$99,110100.0%$118,857100.0%$111,069100.0%$124,782100.0%-11,960
Net Savings$35,50826.4%$31,43220.9%$22,83917.1%$18,90813.2%+12,669
Total Disposable Income$134,6170%$150,2900%$133,9080%$143,6900%+709

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