NEW SOUTH WALES - Highlights from Household Expenditure Survey 2003-04

By state:

  • Households in NSW recorded the third highest average weekly expenditure ($938).
  • NSW also had the third highest level of gross household income ($1,212 a week).
  • Between 1998-99 and 2003-04, total expenditure on goods and services in New South Wales increased by 27%.
  • NSW did not record the highest or lowest expenditure in any broad expenditure category.
  • At the detailed expenditure items level, New South Wales had the highest expenditure on fish and seafood ($5 a week) and public transport ($6 a week).
  • Significant increases in expenditure over the five years from 1998-99 were on pay TV (up 357%), internet charges (up 197%), mobile telephone charges (up 162%), health practitioners' fees (up 54%) and the interest component of mortgage repayments (up 52%).
Differences in demographic characteristics of households help to explain New South Wales' relatively high levels of expenditure. These factors include:
  • NSW had a relatively high proportion of households with wages and salaries income as the principal source of income (59%).
  • NSW also had a relatively high average number of people per household (2.6).
By capital city:
  • Sydney record the third highest expenditure ($1,022). Only Darwin and Canberra were higher than Sydney in terms of total expenditure.
  • Comparing each broad category of goods and services expenditure, Sydney had one the highest expenditures on housing costs ($184 a week), food and non-alcoholic beverages ($176 a week) and transport ($151 a week). Sydney recorded the highest rent payments ($71 a week).
  • Sydney 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 323%), internet charges (up 218%), mobile telephone charges (up 142%) and the interest component of mortgage repayments (up 63%).

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).