Quick Stats

  • The average Australian household’s weekly grocery spend $254.96
  • Couples with children between the ages of 5-14 spend the most on weekly grocery shops at $336
  • New South Wales households spent the most on weekly groceries at $275.41
  • Total spend on groceries and non-alcoholic beverages make up 16.6% of total goods and services expenditure in Australia

Weekly spend on food by stage of life

The average grocery bill for the average Australian varies greatly depending on the stage of life they are in.

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On average couples with children between the ages of 5-14 spend the most on weekly grocery shops at $336. Singles under 35 had the cheapest average weekly grocery spend at $122, they also spent the least on alcohol at $22. Couples with children over 15 spent the most on alcohol each week at $47.

Average cost of food by state

The average household weekly expenditure on food and non-alcoholic drinks varied state by state with a variance of $54.31 between the highest average weekly spend (New South Wales $275.41) and the lowest (South Australia $221.10). On average, food and non-alcoholic beverage purchases make up 16.6% of the total goods and services expenditure in Australia.

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Food NSW VIC QLD WA SA ACT TAS NT
Bread $6.97 $7.16 $6.86 $7.03 $6.84 $7.67 $7.08 $4.95
Rice $1.09 $1.03 $0.82 $0.89 $0.66 $1.48 $0.45 $1.06
Meat $26.73 $27.51 $27.77 $28.88 $25.76 $30.29 $24 $31.01
Eggs $2.01 $2.14 $1.88 $2.33 $1.80 $2.23 $1.66 $1.76
Dairy Products $14.16 $15.65 $16.23 $15.20 $15.19 $16.29 $16.25 $16.63
Fruit $13.50 $12.03 $11.18 $12.54 $10.24 $14.30 $9.42 $11.38
Vegetables $16.28 $17.22 $14.68 $16.73 $14.28 $18.96 $16.04 $17.01
Condiments $25.40 $26.49 $24.63 $27.27 $23.24 $26.36 $25.84 $22.89
Meals out & Fast Food $110.33 $93.05 $80.04 $74.46 $71.38 $100.82 $71.59 $85.81

New South Wales

The average New South Wales household’s total weekly spend was the most expensive in the country at $275.41. On average households in New South Wales spent less on dairy products than any other state at $14.16. However on average they spent the most on meals out and fast food at $110.33 a week. The total amount spent on food and non-alcoholic beverages made up 16.1% of the total goods and services expenditure for New South Wales households.

  • Bread = $6.97 
  • Rice = $1.09 
  • Meat = $26.73 
  • Eggs = $2.01 
  • Dairy products = $14.16 
  • Fruit = $13.50 
  • Vegetables = $16.28 
  • Condiments = $25.40 
  • Meals out & fast food = $110.33 

Total spend = $275.41

Victoria

The average Victorian household’s total weekly spend was just above the country’s average total weekly spend at $257.16. The total amount spent on food and nonalcoholic beverages made up 16.9% of the total goods and services expenditure for Victorian households.

  • Bread = $7.16 
  • Rice = $1.03 
  • Meat = $27.51 
  • Eggs = $2.14 
  • Dairy products = $15.65 
  • Fruit = $12.03 
  • Vegetables = $17.22 
  • Condiments = $26.49
  • Meals out & fast food = $93.05

Total spend = $257.16

Queensland

The average Queensland household’s total weekly spend was below the country’s average total weekly spend at $239.53. The total amount spent on food and nonalcoholic beverages made up 16.3% of the total goods and services expenditure for Queensland households.

  • Bread = $6.86 
  • Rice = $0.82 
  • Meat = $27.77 
  • Eggs = $1.88 
  • Dairy products = $16.23 
  • Fruit = $11.18 
  • Vegetables = $14.68 
  • Condiments = $24.63 
  • Meals out & fast food = $80.04 

Total spend = $239.53

Western Australia

The average Western Australian household’s total weekly spend was below the country’s average total weekly spend at $239.53. On average households in Western Australian spent the most on eggs than any other state at $2.33. The total amount spent on food and non-alcoholic beverages made up 16.6% of the total goods and services expenditure for Western Australian households.

  • Bread = $7.03 
  • Rice = $0.89 
  • Meat = $28.88 
  • Eggs = $2.33 
  • Dairy products = $15.20
  • Fruit = $12.54
  • Vegetables = $16.73
  • Condiments = $27.27 
  • Meals out & fast food = $74.46 

Total spend = $239.77

South Australia

The average South Australian household’s total weekly spend was the least expensive in the country at $221.10. On average households in South Australia spent the most on eggs than any other state at $2.33. However on average they spent the least on vegetables at $14.28 and meals out and fast food at $71.38 a week. The total amount spent on food and non-alcoholic beverages made up 17.3% of the total goods and services expenditure for South Australian households.

  • Bread = $6.84 
  • Rice = $0.66 
  • Meat = $25.76 
  • Eggs = $1.80 
  • Dairy products = $15.19 
  • Fruit = $10.24 
  • Vegetables = $14.28 
  • Condiments = $23.24 
  • Meals out & fast food = $71.38 

Total spend = $221.10

ACT

The average Canberra household’s total weekly spend was the second highest in the country at $270.89. On average households in Canberra spent more on bread than any other state at $7.67, rice at $1.48, fruit at $18.09 and vegetables at $18.96 a week. The total amount spent on food and non-alcoholic beverages made up 16.1% of the total goods and services expenditure for Canberra households.

  • Bread = $7.67
  • Rice = $1.48
  • Meat = $30.29
  • Eggs = $2.23
  • Dairy products = $16.29
  • Fruit = $14.30
  • Vegetables = $18.96
  • Condiments = $26.36
  • Meals out & fast food = $100.82 

Total spend = $270.89

Tasmania

The average Tasmanian household’s total weekly spend was the second lowest in the country. On average households in Tasmania spent less on rice each than any other state at $0.45, meat at $24, eggs at $1.66 and fruit at $12.59 a week. The total amount spent on food and non-alcoholic beverages made up 17.5% of the total goods and services expenditure for Tasmanian households.

  • Bread = $7.08 
  • Rice = $0.45 
  • Meat = $24 
  • Eggs = $1.66 
  • Dairy products = $16.25 
  • Fruit = $9.42 
  • Vegetables = $16.04 
  • Condiments = $25.84 
  • Meals out & fast food = $71.59 

Total spend = $223.01

Northern Territory

The average Northern Territory household’s total weekly spend was just above the country’s average total weekly spend. On average households in the Northern Territory spent less on bread than any other state at $4.95 a week. However on average they spent the most on meat at $31.01 and dairy products at $16.63 a week. The total amount spent on food and non-alcoholic beverages made up 15.4% of the total goods and services expenditure for Northern Territory households.

  • Bread = $4.95 
  • Rice = $1.06 
  • Meat = $31.01 
  • Eggs = $1.76 
  • Dairy products = $16.63
  • Fruit = $11.38 
  • Vegetables = $17.01 
  • Condiments = $22.89 
  • Meals out & fast food = $85.81 

Total spend = $256.28

Australian average

  • Bread = $7 
  • Rice = $0.97 
  • Meat = $27.27 
  • Eggs = $2.05 
  • Dairy products = $15.20 
  • Fruit = $12.27
  • Vegetables = $16.24
  • Condiments = $25.57
  • Meals out & fast food = $92.08 

Total spend = $254.96

Evolution of grocery prices in Australia

Taking inflation rates into consideration, the price of food over the years has drastically changed.

Food 1910 1950 1990 2010
Milk $0.44 $0.88 $2.33 $2.27
1lb of Tea $0.14 $0.08 $1.64 $8.50
Bread $0.06 $0.16 $1.37 $2.96
Butter $0.30 $0.26 $2.09 $2.78
1kg of Meat $0.55 $1.24 $7.03 $10.72

1910

  • Milk = $0.44 (equivalent of $25.95 today) 
  • 1lb of Tea = $0.14 (equivalent of $3.78) 
  • Bread = $0.06 (equivalent of $1.62 today) 
  • Butter = $0.30 (equivalent of $8.11 today) 
  • 1kg Meat = $0.55 (equivalent of $33.52 today)

1950

  • Milk = $0.88 (equivalent of $20.20) 
  • 1lb of Tea = $0.08 (equivalent of $0.81) 
  • Bread = $0.16 (equivalent of $4.32 today) 
  • Butter = $0.26 (equivalent of $5.25 today) 
  • 1kg Meat = $1.24 (equivalent of $14.55 today)

1990

  • Milk = $2.33 (equivalent of $4.30) 
  • 1lb of Tea = $1.64 (equivalent of $3.03) 
  • Bread = $1.37 (equivalent of $2.53 today) 
  • Butter = $2.09 (equivalent of $3.86 today) 
  • 1kg Meat = $7.03 (equivalent of $12.98 today)

2010

  • Milk = $2.27 (equivalent of $2.51) 
  • 1lb of Tea = $8.50 (equivalent of $9.38) 
  • Bread = $2.96 (equivalent of $3.27 today) 
  • Butter = $2.78 (equivalent of $3.07 today) 
  • 1kg Meat = $10.72 (equivalent of $11.83 today)

Items such as meat, butter and milk have become more affordable over the past century as their availability has increased. The price of tea however has only risen over the years while the price of bread has remained fairly consistent.

Price comparison of bread

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