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This FACT indicates the percentage increase in household expenditure on goods and services in each city, from 1998-2010. While housing comprises the largest proportion of household expenditure, there are of course other costs which influence the affordability of cities, these include transport, energy, water and a range of consumer goods and services.
The ABS Household Expenditure Survey, conducted every five years, collects this information, which offers valuable insight into the affordability of each city.
Comparison of the data from the years 1998 and 2010 shows that the largest increase in expenditure was in Darwin with a 63% expenditure increase. The city with the lowest increase in expenditure was Darwin, at 63%, and Brisbane, at 51% increase. Note: this percentage increase does not take into account inflation.