CANBERRA - Highlights from Household Expenditure Survey 2003-04

  • Canberra had the second highest average household expenditure ($1,052 a week).
  • Canberra also had the second highest level of gross household income ($1,399 a week).
  • Between 1998-99 and 2003-04, total expenditure on goods and services in Canberra increased by 22%, a figure that was lower than the increase for Australia as a whole (26%).
  • Comparing each broad category of goods and services expenditure, Canberra had the highest expenditures on:
    • domestic fuel and power ($32 a week);
    • clothing and footwear ($51 a week);
    • medical care and health expenses ($61 a week);
    • personal care ($21 a week);
    • miscellaneous goods and services ($107 a week). Within this category, Canberra had relatively high expenditure on fees ($23 a week) such as union dues and education fees ($13 a week).
  • Canberra recorded the highest expenditure on petrol ($37 a week).
  • Canberra recorded the lowest expenditure on tobacco products ($9 a week).
  • Significant increases in expenditure over the five years from 1998-99 were on pay TV (up 650%), mobile telephone charges (up 139%), health practitioners' fees (up 100%) and health and accident insurance (up 84%).
Differences in demographic characteristics of households help to explain Canberra's relatively high levels of expenditure. These factors include:
  • The average number of employed people per household in Canberra was higher (1.4 per household).
  • A relatively high percentage of households with wages and salaries income as the principal source of income (67%) and low percentage of households with the government pensions and allowances as the principal source of income (17%).
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).