City of Darwin

Household expenditure

In 2020/21, household expenditure on utilities was $3,236 in City of Darwin, lower compared to Northern Territory.

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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Household expenditure
City of Darwin2020/212015/16Change
Household expenditure (totals)$ per household% of expenditureNorthern TerritoryNorthern Territory$$ per household% of expenditureNorthern TerritoryNorthern Territory$2015/16 - 2020/21
Food$13,6899.0%$14,8189.8%$13,2098.3%$14,0589.1%+480
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco$5,6223.7%$5,9113.9%$7,0024.4%$7,1764.7%-1,380
Clothing & Footwear$2,8631.9%$2,9962.0%$2,9161.8%$2,9711.9%-54
Furnishings & equipment $6,8014.5%$7,2934.8%$6,5294.1%$6,8124.4%+272
Health$6,3914.2%$6,7184.4%$5,3213.4%$5,4673.6%+1,071
Transport$9,4346.2%$10,6447.0%$12,5777.9%$13,4278.7%-3,143
Communications$2,5271.7%$2,6541.7%$1,9841.3%$2,0321.3%+543
Recreation & Culture$14,2119.3%$15,17310.0%$14,1939.0%$14,7749.6%+18
Education $3,5772.3%$3,8172.5%$3,2752.1%$3,4622.3%+302
Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants $16,47210.8%$16,59510.9%$18,34611.6%$18,31811.9%-1,874
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $22,95315.0%$24,21716.0%$24,37215.4%$25,00516.3%-1,418
Housing$44,91929.4%$37,19824.5%$45,30028.6%$36,35423.6%-382
Utilities$3,2362.1%$3,7662.5%$3,5372.2%$3,8862.5%-301
Total Expenditure$152,696100.0%$151,800100.0%$158,561100.0%$153,743100.0%-5,865
Net Savings$75,57333.1%$70,88431.8%$74,43631.9%$65,27229.8%+1,137
Total Disposable Income$228,2690%$222,6840%$232,9970%$219,0150%-4,728

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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