RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Household expenditure

In 2019/20, household expenditure on utilities was $2,325 in the Southern Downs Regional Council area, 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
Southern Downs Regional Council area2019/202014/15Change
Household expenditure (totals)$ per household% of expenditureQueenslandQueensland$$ per household% of expenditureQueenslandQueensland$2014/15 - 2019/20
Food$7,95910.5%$11,44710.5%$7,9279.8%$10,7899.7%+32
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco$3,0384.0%$4,3674.0%$3,8184.7%$5,2264.7%-780
Clothing & Footwear$2,4603.2%$3,5863.3%$2,3412.9%$3,2382.9%+119
Furnishings & equipment $3,9715.2%$5,6425.2%$3,9034.8%$5,2564.7%+69
Health$5,4327.2%$7,8767.2%$5,5206.8%$7,5786.8%-89
Transport$6,8269.0%$9,2048.5%$8,54510.6%$11,42910.3%-1,719
Communications$1,6662.2%$2,4022.2%$1,3391.7%$1,8371.7%+327
Recreation & Culture$8,39811.1%$10,92710.1%$8,67610.8%$11,12910.0%-278
Education $3,5284.6%$4,9834.6%$3,7144.6%$5,0044.5%-186
Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants $4,8396.4%$6,5146.0%$5,6977.1%$8,1537.3%-858
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $11,77015.5%$16,91615.6%$12,62715.7%$17,17715.4%-858
Housing$13,71318.1%$21,48119.8%$13,83017.2%$20,97018.8%-117
Utilities$2,3253.1%$3,2963.0%$2,6843.3%$3,4933.1%-359
Total Expenditure$75,925100.0%$108,642100.0%$80,621100.0%$111,279100.0%-4,696
Net Savings$23,92124.0%$20,12115.6%$21,58921.1%$20,63815.6%+2,332
Total Disposable Income$99,8470%$128,7630%$102,2110%$131,9180%-2,364

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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