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4613.0 - Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends, 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/11/2006   
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CONSUMPTION


Rising household incomes in Australia have been reflected in higher levels of consumption of goods and services.


Real per capita household consumption expenditure grew by 2.8% per year on average between 1994–95 and 2004–05.

Higher levels of consumption have implications for waste generation and energy consumption among other environmental concerns. For example, increased levels of consumption of goods generate increased waste which has environmental implications for its disposal.

REAL FINAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE PER CAPITA
Graph: Real Final Consumption Expenditure Per Capita
Note: Volume measure; reference year 200304.
Source: ABS, Australian System of National Accounts, 2004–05 (cat. no. 5204.0)


REAL HOUSEHOLD FINAL CONSUMPTION PER CAPITA
1994–95
2004–05
Avg. annual growth rate
$
$
%

Food
2 549
2 784
0.9
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco
975
1 007
0.3
Clothing and footwear
786
995
2.4
Rent and other dwelling services
3 532
4 388
2.2
Electricity, gas and other fuel
404
514
2.4
Furnishings and household equipment
1 009
1 470
3.8
Health
1 082
1 289
1.8
Transport
2 198
2 989
3.1
Communication
319
734
8.7
Recreation and culture
1 919
3 079
4.8
Education services
682
847
2.2
Hotels, cafes and restaurants
1 554
1 900
2.0
Miscellaneous goods and services
2 531
3 449
3.1
Total
19 376
25 447
2.8

Note: Volume measures; reference year 2003-04. Components may not sum to totals.
Source: ABS, Australian System of National Accounts, 2004-05 (cat. no. 5204.0)

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