VICTORIA - Highlights from Household Expenditure Survey 2003-04

By state:

  • Households in Victoria recorded the fourth highest average weekly expenditure ($888).
  • Victoria also had the fourth highest level of gross household income ($1,134 a week).
  • Between 1998-99 and 2003-04, total expenditure on goods and services in Victoria increased by 24%, the lowest increase of any State.
  • Victoria did not record the highest expenditure in any broad expenditure category.
  • Victoria recorded the lowest expenditure on household furnishings and equipment ($46 a week).
  • At the detailed expenditure items level, Victoria had the highest expenditure on women's clothing ($12 a week) and on higher education fees ($10 a week).
  • Significant increases in expenditure over the five years from 1998-99 were on internet charges (up 445%), pay TV (up 318%), mobile telephone charges (up 213%), higher education fees (up 134%) and the interest component of mortgage repayments (up 44%).
Differences in demographic characteristics of households help to explain Victoria's relatively high levels of expenditure. These factors include:
  • Victoria had a relatively high proportion of households with wages and salaries income as the principal source of income (59%).
  • Victoria had a relatively high average number of people per household (2.6).
By capital city:
  • Comparing each broad category of goods and services expenditure, Melbourne had the second highest expenditures on clothing and footwear ($42 a week) and on tobacco ($12 a week).
  • Melbourne recorded the lowest expenditure on household furnishings and equipment ($45 a week).
  • At the detailed expenditure items level, Melbourne had the highest expenditures on women's clothing ($13 a week) and on primary, secondary and higher education fees ($26 a week).
  • Significant increases in expenditure over the five years from 1998-99 were on internet charges (up 707%), pay TV (up 313%), mobile telephone charges (up 209%) and higher education fees (up 144%).

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).