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Western Downs Regional Council area

Household expenditure

In 2017/18, household expenditure on utilities was $7,407 in Western Downs Regional Council area, higher compared to Regional QLD.

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.

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Household expenditure
Western Downs Regional Council area2017/182012/13Change
Household expenditure (totals)$ per household% of expenditureRegional QLD $Regional QLD %$ per household% of expenditureRegional QLD $Regional QLD %2012/13 to 2017/18
Food$15,2929.1%$12,04611.4%$11,7118.3%$11,07511.0%+$3,582
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco$6,7424.0%$4,4144.2%$7,0145.0%$4,6974.7%-$272
Clothing & Footwear$4,3512.6%$2,7742.6%$3,3742.4%$2,6872.7%+$977
Furnishings & equipment $13,8148.2%$5,7675.5%$8,2035.8%$5,2365.2%+$5,611
Health$15,3179.1%$7,4227.0%$12,3018.7%$6,8266.8%+$3,017
Transport$15,4909.2%$10,3359.8%$15,83511.3%$11,44611.4%-$346
Communications$3,5692.1%$2,5492.4%$2,4401.7%$1,6771.7%+$1,129
Recreation & Culture$32,14119.0%$11,56911.0%$24,91017.7%$11,25811.2%+$7,230
Education $7,1364.2%$4,4204.2%$5,5584.0%$4,3684.3%+$1,579
Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants $11,5296.8%$6,5126.2%$6,9915.0%$5,9165.9%+$4,538
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $27,39916.2%$16,77115.9%$21,73615.5%$14,60014.5%+$5,663
Housing$8,5355.1%$16,76415.9%$14,59410.4%$17,28617.2%-$6,059
Utilities$7,4074.4%$3,9683.8%$5,9784.3%$3,6633.6%+$1,429
Total Expenditure$168,723100.0%$105,311100.0%$140,645100.0%$100,736100.0%+$28,078
Net Savings$-31,052-22.6%$7,6416.8%$-6,077-4.5%$14,24112.4%-$24,975
Total Disposable Income$137,671%$112,952%$134,568%$114,977%+$3,103

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018. 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

Household expenditure 2017/18
Household expenditure 2017/18 Food, Regional QLD: 11.4% Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Regional QLD: 4.2% Clothing & Footwear, Regional QLD: 2.6% Furnishings & equipment , Regional QLD: 5.5% Health, Regional QLD: 7.0% Transport, Regional QLD: 9.8% Communications, Regional QLD: 2.4% Recreation & Culture, Regional QLD: 11.0% Education , Regional QLD: 4.2% Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants , Regional QLD: 6.2% Miscellaneous Goods & Services , Regional QLD: 15.9% Housing, Regional QLD: 15.9% Utilities, Regional QLD: 3.8% Food, Western Downs Regional Council area: 9.1% Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.0% Clothing & Footwear, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.6% Furnishings & equipment , Western Downs Regional Council area: 8.2% Health, Western Downs Regional Council area: 9.1% Transport, Western Downs Regional Council area: 9.2% Communications, Western Downs Regional Council area: 2.1% Recreation & Culture, Western Downs Regional Council area: 19.0% Education , Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.2% Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants , Western Downs Regional Council area: 6.8% Miscellaneous Goods & Services , Western Downs Regional Council area: 16.2% Housing, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.1% Utilities, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.4%
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts
Change in household expenditure, 2012/13 to 2017/18
Change in household expenditure, 2012/13 to 2017/18 Food, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$3,582 Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Western Downs Regional Council area: -$272 Clothing & Footwear, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$977 Furnishings & equipment , Western Downs Regional Council area: +$5,611 Health, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$3,017 Transport, Western Downs Regional Council area: -$346 Communications, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$1,129 Recreation & Culture, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$7,230 Education , Western Downs Regional Council area: +$1,579 Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants , Western Downs Regional Council area: +$4,538 Miscellaneous Goods & Services , Western Downs Regional Council area: +$5,663 Housing, Western Downs Regional Council area: -$6,059 Utilities, Western Downs Regional Council area: +$1,429
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2018
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts

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