Sunshine Coast

Household expenditure

In 2020/21, household expenditure on utilities was $3,214 in Sunshine Coast, 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
Sunshine Coast2020/212015/16Change
Household expenditure (totals)$ per household% of expenditureQueenslandQueensland$$ per household% of expenditureQueenslandQueensland$2015/16 - 2020/21
Food$10,87610.5%$12,13210.9%$10,1639.8%$11,42210.2%+713
Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco$3,9093.8%$4,4704.0%$4,7214.5%$5,3414.8%-812
Clothing & Footwear$3,4803.4%$4,0843.7%$2,9452.8%$3,3813.0%+536
Furnishings & equipment $5,5405.3%$6,1735.5%$4,7734.6%$5,3184.8%+767
Health$7,7057.4%$8,8557.9%$6,8126.5%$7,7466.9%+893
Transport$7,8847.6%$8,5357.6%$10,0939.7%$11,0929.9%-2,209
Communications$2,1052.0%$2,4272.2%$1,7241.7%$1,9601.8%+381
Recreation & Culture$10,32010.0%$11,96310.7%$9,9699.6%$10,9419.8%+351
Education $4,2854.1%$5,1254.6%$4,5084.3%$5,1144.6%-222
Hotels, Cafes & Restaurants $5,7755.6%$6,8176.1%$7,2156.9%$7,9267.1%-1,439
Miscellaneous Goods & Services $13,40612.9%$15,72514.1%$14,30813.7%$16,47014.8%-902
Housing$25,20924.3%$22,07919.8%$23,74222.8%$21,36119.2%+1,467
Utilities$3,2143.1%$3,3713.0%$3,1773.1%$3,4303.1%+37
Total Expenditure$103,709100.0%$111,754100.0%$104,149100.0%$111,501100.0%-440
Net Savings$28,87721.8%$27,11219.5%$21,45917.1%$18,10214.0%+7,418
Total Disposable Income$132,5860%$138,8660%$125,6080%$129,6030%+6,978

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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