DARWIN - Highlights from Household Expenditure Survey 2003-04

  • Darwin had the highest average household expenditure ($1,080 a week).
  • Darwin also had the highest level of gross household income ($1,415 a week).
  • Between 1998-99 and 2003-04, total expenditure on goods and services in Darwin increased by 19%, a figure that was lower than the increase for Australia as a whole (26%) and the lowest increase of any capital city.
  • Comparing each category of goods and services expenditure, Darwin had the highest expenditures on:
      • current housing costs ($184 a week);
      • alcoholic beverages ($39 a week), with higher weekly expenditure on beer ($16) than for any other capital city;
      • tobacco products ($14 a week, although down from the 1998–99 figure of $17 a week);
      • household services and operation ($66 a week);
      • recreation ($188 a week) with higher weekly expenditure on televisions ($8 a week) than any other capital city.
  • Darwin did not record the lowest expenditure in any broad expenditure category.
  • Significant increases in expenditure over the five years from 1998-99 were on pay TV (up 593%), mobile telephone charges (up 102%) and health and accident insurance (up 56%).

Differences in demographic characteristics of households help to explain Darwin's relatively high levels of expenditure. These factors include:
  • The proportion of Darwin households with wages and salaries income as the principal source of income was the highest (73%).
  • The average number of persons in Darwin households aged under 65 was relatively high (2.5).
  • The proportion of households that owned their own home with a mortgage was relatively high (43%).
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Average weekly expenditure ($)
938
888
820
814
871
753
1,038
1,052
883
Mean gross household income per week ($)
1,212
1,134
1,036
1,033
1,098
897
1,401
1,399
1,128

Extract from Tables 25 and 26 of Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2003-04 (cat. no. 6530.0).