Australian Household Spending on the Rise, Led by Essential Goods and Services

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According to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), household spending in Australia has shown a significant increase of 3.

This rise in spending marks the highest annual growth rate since September 2023.

The ABS head of business statistics, Robert Ewing, highlighted that the surge in spending can be attributed to essential goods and services.

Non-discretionary spending, which includes essential items, has experienced a remarkable growth rate of 5.

When comparing January 2024 to the same period in 2023, households are found to be spending more on transport, food, and health-related expenses.

However, the data also revealed a contrasting trend in discretionary spending, which saw a mere 0.

The decline in spending on furnishings and household equipment, which decreased by 1.

A closer look at the state-wise data shows that household spending has risen in all states and territories, with the Australian Capital Territory leading the way with a growth rate of 6.

Western Australia closely followed with a 5.

Interestingly, the spending growth rates in all states and territories, except the Northern Territory, surpassed the rates observed in December.

The Australian Capital Territory witnessed the most significant rise, surging from 2.

December to 6.


As the Australian economy continues to recover, the higher household spending indicates increased consumer confidence and economic stability.

It will be interesting to observe how these trends evolve in the coming months and their impact on the overall economic landscape.