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States/Territories - average weekly household expenditure - selected categories

Statistically significant differences between 1998-99 and 2003-04


Figures expressed as %


NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Current housing costs
Rent
31
25
40
23
Interest component of mortgage repayments
52
44
30
62
72
40
18
47
Domestic fuel and power
Electricity
24
36
37
51
26
40
25
38
32
Food and non-alcoholic beverages
Bread
12
16
7
Fresh milk
-10
-14
-5
Sugar
-13
-23
-15
Tea
22
11
Coffee
-25
-7
Vegetables
20
21
21
25
27
35
33
22
Meat
31
22
23
21
37
39
26
27
Fish/seafood
41
29
26
68
31
Takeaway meals/fast food
25
13
30
27
12
27
21
Alcoholic beverages
Beer
-19
49
Wine
62
70
20
Tobacco products
Cigarettes
Clothing and footwear
Men's clothing
Women's clothing
24
17
Household furnishings/equipment
Household appliances
Household services/operation
Telephone, fixed line
17
17
13
13
15
22
15
Telephone, mobile
162
213
158
160
259
312
125
139
183
Child care
42
78
34
Medical care/health expenses
Health/accident insurance
39
26
31
24
50
25
45
84
34
Health practitioners' fees
54
47
30
84
100
44
Transport
Motor vehicle purchase
37
86
16
Petrol
25
22
28
38
23
42
29
28
26
Public transport
28
19
Recreation
Internet
197
445
215
183
350
236
Pay TV
357
318
173
107
545
291
251
650
274
Newspapers
44
Personal care
Toiletries/cosmetics
15
30
31
23
19
Miscellaneous goods and services
Primary/secondary education fees
35
84
152
34
Higher education fees
134
53
Total goods and services
27
24
26
35
29
27
14
22
26

Differences have only been shown where they are statistically significant.

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