The average Australian household earns about $5,500 a year, according to a new report.
The figure is lower than in other OECD countries such as New Zealand, France and the United Kingdom, where the median household earns around $7,000 a year.
The survey of over 5,000 Australians by food market research company Marketwatch found the average supermarket cost $4,200 last year.
It’s a significant drop from $6,600 in the past.
It also suggests the average household spends $7 per week on groceries.
The research found that supermarkets were the most expensive in the country, at $10,100 a week.
Marketwatch’s chief executive, John Cates, said that while consumers were struggling to get by, there was an increased demand for more affordable food options.
“The average Australian is spending more on groceries than ever before,” he said.
“We’ve got a growing middle class, with incomes that are more equal, and they are buying cheaper food than ever.”
However, Mr Cates said that consumers were spending less money than ever.
“For many Australians the amount they are spending on groceries is now well above the national average,” he explained.
“That’s because Australians are paying more on average for their food.”
The average grocery bill in the ACT was $1,000, which is around five times higher than the national rate.
However, the ACT is far from alone.
New South Wales had the highest average grocery bills, with $3,300, followed by Victoria at $1.80 and Western Australia at $976.
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