6530.0 - Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2009-10
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/09/2011
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How are Australians spending their money?
Half the money that Australian households spend on goods and services goes on housing, food 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 $1,236 per week on goods and services in 2009–10, an increase of 38% ($343 per week) from the previous 2003–04 survey. In contrast, prices as measured by the consumer price index (CPI) increased by 19%, indicating a rise in real living standards over the five years.
The largest increases in average weekly household expenditure since 2003–04 were:
The level of weekly expenditure varied across states and territories. Households in the Australian Capital Territory ($1,536) and the Northern Territory ($1,500) recorded the highest average weekly expenditures. The lowest average weekly expenditures were in South Australia ($1,044) and Tasmania ($1,064). The average weekly expenditure of households located in capital cities was $1,310, compared with $1,107 in areas outside of capital cities.
Couple family households with dependent children had much higher average weekly expenditure on goods and services ($1,748) than the national average. Households which were lone persons aged 65 years or over ($446), had much lower weekly expenditure on average.
Further information is available in Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2009-10 (cat. no. 6530.0)
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