6530.0 - Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2003-04
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/08/2005
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Spending habits of Australian households: ABS
NEW SOUTH WALES - Highlights
VICTORIA - Highlights
QUEENSLAND - Highlights
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Highlights
WESTERN AUSTRALIA - Highlights
TASMANIA - Highlights
DARWIN - Highlights
CANBERRA - Highlights
States/Territories table - average weekly household expenditure 2003-04 - selected categories
States/Territories table - Statistically significant differences between 1998-99 and 2003-04
Capital cities table - average weekly household expenditure 2003-04 - selected categories
Capital cities table- Statistically significant differences between 1998-99 and 2003-04
Almost half the money that Australian households spend on goods and services goes on food, housing and transport according to a major survey released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The latest Household Expenditure Survey (HES) showed the average Australian household spent $883 per week on goods and services in 2003-04, up 26% ($184 per week) on five years earlier. Part of the increase reflects higher prices (the consumer price index increased by 18% over the last five years).
In 2003-04, the 20% of households with the lowest gross incomes (the bottom quintile) spent on average $412 per week on goods and services, up 20% on the amount spent five years earlier. The 20% of households with the highest gross incomes (the top quintile) spent on average $1,484 per week, up 27% on 1998-99.
The top 20% of households spent considerably more on recreation (five times greater) and in transport (four times greater) than the bottom 20% of households. The difference in expenditures are partly a consequence of household size, with households in the bottom 20% containing on average less than half of those in the top 20% (1.5 persons compared to 3.4 persons).
The survey also found that:
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