Differences in demographic and geographic characteristics of households help to explain Queensland's relatively low levels of expenditure. These factors include:
- Between 1998-99 and 2003-04, total expenditure on goods and services in Queensland increased by 26%, the same as the increase for Australia as a whole.
- Comparing each broad category of goods and services expenditure, Queensland had the lowest expenditures on:
- domestic fuel and power ($18 a week);
- alcoholic beverages ($20 a week);
- clothing and footwear ($29 a week).
- Queensland also had the lowest expenditure on petrol ($27 a week).
- Queensland did not record the highest expenditure in any broad expenditure category.
- Significant increases in expenditure over the five years from 1998-99 were on internet charges (up 215%), pay TV (up 173%), mobile telephone charges (up 158%) and child care (up 78%).
By capital city:
- Queensland had a relatively high proportion of households with government pensions and allowances as the principal source of income (30%).
- Queensland had a lower proportion of households living in the capital city (46%).
- Brisbane had the lowest level of gross household income ($1,034 a week).
- Comparing each broad category of goods and services expenditure, Brisbane had the lowest expenditures on domestic fuel and power and on alcoholic beverages as was the case for Queensland as a whole, and also on:
- medical care and health expenses ($38 a week);
- recreation ($93 a week);
- miscellaneous goods and services ($73 a week).
- Brisbane did not record the highest expenditure in any broad expenditure category.
- Significant increases in expenditure over the five years from 1998-99 were on pay TV (up 192%), internet charges (up 146%), mobile telephone charges (up 118%) and child care (up 91%).
|Average weekly expenditure ($)|
|Mean gross household income per week ($)|
Extract from Tables 25 and 26 of Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2003-04 (cat. no. 6530.0).
This page last updated 3 July 2008