Canberra Region

Household expenditure

In 2021/22, household expenditure on utilities was $3,877 in the Canberra Region, higher 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 Region2021/222016/17Change
Household expenditure (totals)$ per household% of expenditureNSWNSW$$ per household% of expenditureNSWNSW$2016/17 - 2021/22
Food$12,69410.9%$11,99810.0%$11,1479.6%$11,3828.9%+1,547
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco$5,8215.0%$5,5154.6%$6,1435.3%$6,2834.9%-322
Clothing & Footwear$5,2154.5%$4,9664.1%$4,4053.8%$4,5243.6%+809
Furnishings & equipment $6,3875.5%$6,0475.0%$5,5744.8%$5,6974.5%+813
Health$7,9316.8%$7,5156.2%$6,9996.0%$7,1595.6%+931
Transport$9,4858.1%$9,2257.7%$12,44310.7%$13,83010.9%-2,958
Communications$2,6722.3%$2,4862.1%$2,1271.8%$2,1391.7%+545
Recreation & Culture$14,04712.1%$13,15010.9%$12,94811.2%$13,04010.3%+1,099
Education $4,5013.9%$4,5343.8%$4,0383.5%$4,4263.5%+463
Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants $8,9357.7%$8,1586.8%$10,1068.7%$10,2198.0%-1,171
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $19,12216.4%$17,11814.2%$19,06716.5%$18,47014.5%+55
Housing$15,80313.6%$26,26921.8%$16,92714.6%$26,18620.6%-1,124
Utilities$3,8773.3%$3,5552.9%$3,8633.3%$3,8503.0%+14
Total Expenditure$116,489100.0%$120,536100.0%$115,788100.0%$127,207100.0%+701
Net Savings$30,67720.8%$32,23421.1%$15,35811.7%$20,59913.9%+15,319
Total Disposable Income$147,1660%$152,7700%$131,1460%$147,8060%+16,020

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2023. ©2023. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (informed decisions). Data are based on a 2020/21 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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