An absolute cheap state - except for power bills
AVERAGE WEEKLY EXPENDITURE IN ADELAIDE
ADELAIDE householders are paying more than any other capital except for Darwin for gas and electricity, forking out an average $47 a week to electricity and gas companies.
Only Darwin householders ($49) are paying more to power their homes, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics survey figures, compared to the best-off capital Brisbane, where residents pay the lowest weekly costs of $35.
UnitingCommunities utility bill expert Mark Henley said it was unusual for South Australians to be burdened with higher prices when the cost of living in the state was very low compared to other capitals.
He said if not for power prices Adelaide was a comparatively cheap capital to live in.
In Adelaide, a household on average spends $1276 on living expenses compared to the highest, Sydney, on $1710.
“I think our main message remains that such high prices do not have to be in place,’’ Mr Henley said.
“We need predictable na- tional policy and lower income people, in particular need help with concessions and more energy efficient housing.’’
The ABS surveyed households in every state and territory to report on “household expenditure” for 2015/16, the first time it has done so since 2009/2010. HOUSING UTILITIES FOOD ALCOHOL TOBACCO CLOTHING HEALTH CARE TRANSPORT RECREATION EDUCATION PERSONAL CARE
In 2015/16, Adelaide ranked first in the country with the cheapest food and non-alcoholic drinks, alcoholic drinks, furnishings and equipment, household services and operation, and transport.
The city was a close second to Hobart with the second cheapest costs for communica- tions, medical care, and clothing. ABS Chief Economist, Bruce Hockman said the report was not an annual release by the organisation, but there were marked differences with the 2015/16 survey.
“In the six years since the last survey, the biggest increases in spending on goods and services by Australian households have been in education; up by 44 per cent, household services and operation, including child care services; up by 30 per cent, energy and health care; both up by 26 per cent,” he said.
“We’re seeing increased spending for families with children in many areas.
“The hike in education spending mainly came from spending on school fees, which rose by almost half from 2009-10 to 2015-16. Childcare spending also rose considerably, almost doubling over that six year period.”
Mr Hockman said the increase in powering the home was marked in some capitals: “When it comes to energy, households in some cities were spending a lot more in 2015-16 to keep the lights on than in 2009-10.”
Perth and Adelaide saw the largest percentage increases in average electricity spending, at 37 per cent and 30 per cent respectively. Hobart and Canberra were the only capital cities where spending on electricity remained stable over the six years.