Utility Bills: What’s the Australian Average?

By Joshua Chadwick September 14th
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If there’s one thing every person in Australia can relate to, it’s the universal dread of receiving bills. One of the most common bills is in the form of a utility bill.

Whether mulling over the lights you left on once you receive your power bill or wondering how much the heating unit has tanked your funds when the gas bill arrives, utility bills can be a worrisome mail to receive.

In addition to the rising average cost of living in Australia, now is the time to double-check your energy costs and determine how much your neighbours are spending to keep the utilities on. With that being said, it’s time to grab your electricity, gas, and internet bills so you can see how you stack up when compared to the Australian average.

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Average Electricity Bill

Electricity is a fundamental utility that powers our homes, keeping the lights on, appliances running, and devices charged. The cost of electricity in Australia can vary significantly depending on location, consumption, and energy providers.

According to The AEMC (Australian Energy Market Commission), the average monthly electricity bill for a typical household as of December 2021 was around $137 ($1,645 per year). This cost may fluctuate based on factors such as the size of your household and the number of people in the home, energy-efficient appliances, and the state in which you reside. Electricity prices can also fluctuate seasonally due to increased energy consumption for heating or cooling and certain off-peak times.

For a more extensive breakdown of electricity costs by state, please see the table below:

State Average Electricity Bill (Yearly)Average Electricity Bill (Monthly)
South-East Queensland (QLD)$1,226 / year $102 / month
New South Wales (NSW)$1,253 / year $104 / month
Victoria (VIC)$1,290 / year $107 / month
South Australia (SA)$1,742 / year $145 / month
Western Australia (WA)$1,992 / year $166 / month
The figures above are from the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), Residential Electricity Price Trends 2021, Final Report, December 2021. These figures reflect the default energy usage of an average two-person household in each state.

Need a deeper look?

If you’re looking for more information about the average electricity bill in Australia, we’ve got a whole article dissecting the topic, which you can find here!

Average Gas Bill

Gas is another essential utility for many Australian households, primarily used for heating, cooking, and hot water systems. Similar to electricity, gas bills can vary based on consumption and location.

The average gas bill across Australia, according to the Finder Consumer Sentiment Tracker, stood at approximately $64 per month ($780 per year) as of February 2023. Factors that influence the cost of your gas bill include the type of heating and cooking appliances you use, as well as the region you live in. Some regions have access to natural gas, which may be cheaper than bottled propane gas.

For a more extensive breakdown of gas costs by state factoring in the average household size of Australia, please see the table below:

StateAverage Gas Bill (Yearly)Average Gas Bill (Monthly)
Western Australia (WA)$576 / year$48 / month
Queensland (QLD)$654 / year$55 / month
New South Wales (NSW)$812 / year$68 / month
South Australia (SA)$844 / year$70 / month
Victoria (VIC)$920 / year$77 / month
The figures above are from the Finder Consumer Sentiment Tracker, February 2023. These figures include every type of household, providing only guidelines for every average gas bill across Australia by state.

Looking for more?

For a deeper dive into everything to do with the average gas bill in Australia, check out our article here, so you can see how you measure up!

Average Internet Bill

In today’s digital age, internet connectivity has become a necessity for work, entertainment, and communication. The cost of internet services can also differ based on your chosen plan, internet speed, and the provider you opt for.

As of April 2023, the average monthly internet bill was around $70 ($876 per year) according to Canstar Blue’s Average Internet Bill article. This price can vary depending on your location and the type of internet connection you have, such as NBN, ADSL, or cable. Additionally, the cost may be influenced by whether you bundle your internet with other services like phone or TV.

For a more extensive breakdown of internet costs by state, please see the table below:

StateAverage Internet Bill (Year)Average Internet Bill (Monthly)
Victoria (VIC)$864 / year$72 / month
New South Wales (NSW)$876 / year$73 / month
South Australia (SA)$876 / year$73 / month
Queensland (QLD)$876 / year$73 / month
Western Australia (WA)$876 / year$73 / month
The figures above are from Canstar Blue, March 2023. These figures include every type of household, providing only guidelines for every average internet bill across Australia by state.

Did you know?

When it comes to calculating the average internet bill, the cost of your internet plan directly relates to the speed? You can find out more here!

Average Utility Bill

With the national averages laid out for your energy bills, we can now dive into how much the average Australian will spend on their utilities:

Average Monthly Cost

StateAverage Electricity Bill (Monthly)Average Gas Bill (Monthly)Average Internet Bill (Monthly)Total Monthly Cost
Queensland (QLD)$102 / month$55 / month$73 / month$230 / month
New South Wales (NSW)$104 / month$68 / month$73 / month$245 / month
Victoria (VIC)$107 / month$77 / month$72 / month$256 / month
Western Australia (WA)$166 / month$48 / month$73 / month$287 / month
South Australia (SA)$145 / month$70 / month$73 / month$288 / month

Average Yearly Cost

StateAverage Electricity Bill (Yearly)Average Gas Bill (Yearly)Average Internet Bill (Yearly)Total Yearly Cost
Queensland (QLD)$1,226 / year$654 / year$876 / year$2,756 / year
New South Wales (NSW)$1,253 / year$812 / year$876 / year$2,941 / year
Victoria (VIC)$1,290 / year$920 / year$864 / year$3,074/ year
Western Australia (WA)$1,992 / year$576 / year$876 / year$3,444 / year
South Australia (SA)$1,742 / year$844 / year$876 / year$3,462 / year

While the data provided here offers a valuable snapshot of average utility costs, it’s essential to recognize that several factors can influence your actual bills:

  1. Location: Utility costs can vary significantly from state to state and even within regions. Remote areas may have higher delivery costs for utilities.
  2. Household Size: Larger households typically consume more electricity and gas, leading to higher bills.
  3. Energy Efficiency: Using energy-efficient appliances and adopting sustainable practices can help reduce electricity and gas bills.
  4. Internet Needs: Your internet expenses can vary depending on your usage patterns, the number of connected devices, and your need for higher speeds.

Is it Time to Change Providers?

After assessing whether you’re happy with what you’re currently paying or not, it’s up to you to decide whether it’s time to look at new energy plans or not. There is a multitude of retailers in the utility market to choose from and it’s important to find the right one for you. 

Luckily, MyConnect can help you out, no matter whether you’re from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, etc. If you need help switching over and connecting electricity, gas, internet and more, give us a call at 1300 187 449 or use the Get Connected form here!

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