RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Household expenditure

In 2019/20, household expenditure on utilities was $3,290 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, 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.

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National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

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Household expenditure
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region2019/202014/15Change
Household expenditure (totals)$ per household% of expenditureQueenslandQueensland$$ per household% of expenditureQueenslandQueensland$2014/15 - 2019/20
Food$11,41011.2%$11,44710.5%$10,95310.3%$10,7899.7%+457
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco$4,3104.2%$4,3674.0%$5,2755.0%$5,2264.7%-965
Clothing & Footwear$3,5153.5%$3,5863.3%$3,2443.1%$3,2382.9%+271
Furnishings & equipment $5,6335.5%$5,6425.2%$5,3735.1%$5,2564.7%+261
Health$7,7717.6%$7,8767.2%$7,6657.2%$7,5786.8%+106
Transport$9,5219.4%$9,2048.5%$11,64310.9%$11,42910.3%-2,122
Communications$2,3702.3%$2,4022.2%$1,8531.7%$1,8371.7%+517
Recreation & Culture$10,90910.7%$10,92710.1%$11,50310.8%$11,12910.0%-593
Education $4,9784.9%$4,9834.6%$5,0554.8%$5,0044.5%-77
Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants $6,5126.4%$6,5146.0%$8,0227.5%$8,1537.3%-1,510
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $16,56416.3%$16,91615.6%$17,22716.2%$17,17715.4%-663
Housing$15,02114.8%$21,48119.8%$15,02914.1%$20,97018.8%-8
Utilities$3,2903.2%$3,2963.0%$3,5093.3%$3,4933.1%-219
Total Expenditure$101,805100.0%$108,642100.0%$106,351100.0%$111,279100.0%-4,546
Net Savings$18,48815.4%$20,12115.6%$18,59814.9%$20,63815.6%-110
Total Disposable Income$120,2920%$128,7630%$124,9490%$131,9180%-4,656

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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