Canberra remains capital of expenditure

Levels of necessary expenditure are highest for residents in the Australian Capital City, according to new data.

The State of Australian Cities 2011 study aims to give insight into a range of aspects of Australian life, from household expenses to housing affordability.

Canberra remains the most expensive where necessary costs are concerned - with Darwin coming a close second.

Brisbane and Sydney follow, illustrating the very real difference in costs that can be experienced by households in different states.

Expenditure in Canberra has also increased the most out of all states over the last decade.

The data shows relatively subdued increases in Hobart and Adelaide over the same period.

Interestingly, the cost of living in Perth and Sydney has levelled out between the two states, possibly due to the changing landscape in Western Australia following the resource boom.

Households struggling to cover the expense of living in capital cities may do well to consider their options when it comes to switching electricity suppliers.

A switching service can help with this by surveying available alternative providers.
Should a rival utilities company offer a cheaper rate, you may be able to save hundreds over the course of a year.

Posted by Charlie Moore