6530.0 - Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2015-16 Quality Declaration 
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KEY FINDINGS

Table 1 - AVERAGE WEEKLY HOUSEHOLD SPENDING(a)(b), Australia, 2009-10 and 2015-16

2009-10
2015-16
Change 2009-10 to 2015-16
Expenditure Category
$
$
$
%

Goods and Services
Current housing costs (selected dwelling)
223
279
56
25.1
Domestic fuel and power
33
41
8
25.8
Food and non-alcoholic beverages
204
237
33
16.1
Alcoholic beverages
32
32
(c)-0.40
(c)-1.2
Tobacco products
13
13
(c)0.27
(c)2.2
Clothing and footwear
44
44
(c)-0.63
(c)-1.4
Household furnishings and equipment
57
58
(c)0.87
(c)1.5
Household services and operation
35
45
10
29.6
Medical care and health expenses
66
82
17
25.6
Transport
193
207
14
7.2
Communication
42
47
4
9.9
Recreation
154
172
18
11.6
Education
31
44
13
43.5
Personal Care
24
29
5
19.0
Miscellaneous goods and services
86
97
(c)11
(c)12.9
Total goods and services expenditure
1,236
1,425
189
15.3
Selected other payments
Income tax
260
383
123
47.3
Mortgage repayments principal (selected dwelling)
49
71
21
43.5
Other capital housing costs
100
124
(c)24
(c)24.3
Superannuation and life insurance
74
77
(c)3
(c)4.6

(a) Expenditure has not been adjusted for inflation over time
(b) Additional broad expenditure classification for Communications and Education were developed for the 2015-16 cycle. Estimates for 2009-10 have been concorded to reflect these new categories
(c) The difference between 2009-10 and 2015-16 is not statistically significant


Graph 1 - AVERAGE WEEKLY HOUSEHOLD SPENDING ON GOODS AND SERVICES(a), Australia, 1984 to 2015-16
Graph - Average weekly household spending on goods and services in Australia from 1984 to 2015-16
Footnote(s): (a) Expenditure has not been adjusted for inflation over time
Source(s): Household Expenditure Survey, various years


Graph 2 - AVERAGE WEEKLY HOUSEHOLD SPENDING ON GOODS AND SERVICES(a), States and Territories, 2009-10 and 2015-16
Graph - Average weekly household spending on goods and services by state and territory from 2009-10 to 2015-16
Footnote(s): (a) Expenditure has not been adjusted for inflation over time (b) Households in areas defined as very remote were excluded, accounting for about 22% of the population in the NT
Source(s): Household Expenditure Survey, various years

  • Australian household spending on goods and services increased by 15% between 2009-10 and 2015-16, going from an average of $1,236 per week to $1,425.
  • The goods and services that Australian households were spending the most on in 2015-16 were current housing costs ($279 per week), food and non-alcoholic beverages ($237 per week) and transport ($207 per week).
  • Average weekly spending on goods and services was highest in the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory ($1,700 and $1,670) and lowest in Tasmania and South Australia ($1,141 and $1,192).