The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Electricity Usage Statistics, released today, shows the median price of an Australian home electricity tariff increased by 1.5 per cent in 2018 to $14.70 a kilowatt hour.
This was a 2.9 per cent increase over the previous year, which was the most recent year data was available.
The average Australian household had an average of $24,914 in electricity bills for the year, up from $24 the previous 12 months.
The median electricity bill in 2018 was $19,079, according to the data.
The most expensive electricity bill for a household was in Sydney, at $22,919.
It was followed by Perth at $19.09, Melbourne at $17.68, Canberra at $16.92, Darwin at $15.88, and the Gold Coast at $13.89.
The Australian Bureau for Statistics’ data showed that the average electricity usage for homes in Australia increased by 0.6 per cent to 7,939 megawatts, or 9.6 gigawatts of electricity.
That is about 2.2 per cent more than in 2018.
Australia’s average household electricity usage in 2018, as measured by megawatts.
Source: ABS/NBN, Australian Bureau Energy Regulator (AER)Data from the Australian Energy Market Operator showed that electricity usage increased by 2.1 per cent for households in Queensland, 2.3 per cent across the rest of the country and by 2 per cent nationally.