RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Western Downs Regional Council area

Household expenditure

In 2018/19, household expenditure on utilities was $26,463 in the Western Downs Regional Council area, higher 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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Household expenditure
Western Downs Regional Council area2018/192013/14Change
Household expenditure (totals)$ per household% of expenditureQueenslandQueensland$$ per household% of expenditureQueenslandQueensland$2013/14 - 2018/19
Food$18,8749.7%$11,05110.2%$10,9678.2%$10,77310.0%+7,907
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco$6,3543.3%$3,9753.7%$6,7095.0%$4,8044.5%-354
Clothing & Footwear$5,5612.8%$3,8843.6%$3,6802.7%$3,4773.2%+1,881
Furnishings & equipment $16,6308.5%$5,3744.9%$8,6106.4%$5,2534.9%+8,020
Health$16,1548.3%$7,7707.1%$12,0209.0%$7,4056.9%+4,134
Transport$5,7362.9%$10,0829.3%$6,3384.7%$11,09410.3%-602
Communications$2,9111.5%$2,5562.3%$1,9561.5%$1,8141.7%+955
Recreation & Culture$31,51816.1%$11,22810.3%$21,79616.2%$11,14810.3%+9,722
Education $9,4044.8%$4,7254.3%$5,9424.4%$4,8174.5%+3,462
Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants $18,6989.6%$7,3086.7%$9,6437.2%$7,4566.9%+9,055
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $32,27616.5%$17,05715.7%$22,16316.5%$16,23415.0%+10,113
Housing$4,9252.5%$11,70610.8%$11,0068.2%$15,02113.9%-6,081
Utilities$26,46313.5%$12,06311.1%$13,37910.0%$8,6388.0%+13,084
Total Expenditure$195,502100.0%$108,779100.0%$134,208100.0%$107,935100.0%+61,295
Net Savings-$54,709-38.9%$14,85112.0%-$5,470-4.2%$16,93613.6%-49,239
Total Disposable Income$140,7940%$123,6300%$128,7380%$124,8720%+12,056

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. 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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