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Table 6 Affordability of healthy (recommended) and current (unhealthy) diet baskets for five household structures for present pricing and projected pricing after potential changes to the Australian taxation system

From: Testing the price and affordability of healthy and current (unhealthy) diets and the potential impacts of policy change in Australia

  Logan Indooroopilly
Household HH1 HH2 HH3 HH4a HH5 HH1 HH2 HH3 HH4a HH5
HH incomeb ($) 2679.38 1545.63 611.76 1389.40 2137.32 2679.38 1545.63 611.76 1389.40 2137.32
Diet Healthy Current unhealthy Healthy Current unhealthy Healthy Current unhealthy Healthy Current unhealthy Healthy Current unhealthy Healthy Current unhealthy Healthy Current unhealthy Healthy Current unhealthy Healthy Current unhealthy Healthy Current unhealthy
Current Taxation system (Basic healthy foods exempt from GST)
Cost of diet/fortnight ($) 795.47 896.04 414.50 418.71 146.43 221.83 272.88 325.99 560.93 640.20 822.85 925.69 428.84 432.75 151.17 229.44 282.17 336.68 580.01 661.92
Affordability of diet (%) 29.69 33.44 26.82 27.09 23.94 36.26 19.64 23.46 26.24 29.95 30.71 34.55 27.75 28.00 24.71 37.50 20.31 24.23 27.13 30.97
GST base expanded to include basic healthy foods (10 %)
Cost of diet/fortnight ($) 874.17 942.27 455.63 440.78 160.70 231.72 299.80 343.54 616.33 672.13 904.36 974.29 471.43 455.84 165.95 239.95 310.05 355.20 637.38 695.49
Affordability of diet (%) 32.63 35.17 29.47 28.96 26.27 37.88 21.58 24.73 28.84 31.44 33.75 36.36 30.50 29.49 27.13 39.22 22.31 25.56 29.82 32.54
Extra total cost/ fortnight $ (%) 78.70 (9.89) 46.23 (5.16) 41.13 (9.92) 22.07 (5.27) 14.27 (9.75) 9.89 (4.46) 26.92 (9.87) 17.55 (5.38) 55.40 (9.88) 31.93 (4.99) 81.51 (9.90) 48.60 (5.25) 42.59 (9.93) 23.09 (5.34) 14.78 (9.78) 10.51 (4.58) 27.88 (9.88) 18.52 (5.50) 57.37 (9.89) 33.57 (5.07)
Extra cost of core foods /fortnight $ (%) 78.70 (9.89) 38.70 (10.00) 41.13 (9.92) 18.82 (10.00) 14.27 (9.75) 8.02 (10.00) 26.92 (9.87) 14.14 (10.00) 55.40 (9.88) 26.81 (10.00) 81.51 (9.90) 39.67 (10.00) 42.59 (9.93) 19.29 (10.00) 14.78 (9.78) 8.23 (10.00) 27.88 (9.88) 14.50 (10.00) 57.37 (9.89) 27.49 (10.00)
Extra cost of discretionary foods /fortnight $ (%) 0 7.54 (1.48) 0 3.25 (1.41) 0 1.87 (1.32) 0 3.40 (1.84) 0 5.13 (1.38) 0 8.92 (1.69) 0 3.80 (1.58) 0 2.28 (1.55) 0 4.02 (2.10) 0 6.09 (1.57)
Basic healthy foods exempt from GST but GST rate increased to 15 %c
Cost of diet/fortnight ($) 795.85 915.11 414.64 427.36 146.60 227.31 273.05 332.69 561.24 654.33 823.20 945.02 428.97 441.56 151.32 234.99 282.33 343.42 580.29 676.28
Affordability of diet (%) 29.70 34.15 26.81 27.63 23.96 37.16 19.65 23.94 26.25 30.61 30.72 35.27 27.74 28.56 24.74 38.41 20.32 24.72 27.15 31.64
Extra total cost increase/fortnight if GST increased to 15 % $ (%) 0.38 (0.05 %) 19.07 (2.13 %) 0.14 (0.03 %) 8.65 (2.07 %) 0.17 (0.12 %) 5.48 (2.47 %) 0.17 (0.06 %) 6.70 (2.06 %) 0.31 (0.06 %) 14.13 (2.21 %) 0.35 (0.04 %) 19.33 (2.09 %) 0.13 (0.03 %) 8.81 (2.04 %) 0.15 (0.10 %) 5.55 (2.42 %) 0.16 (0.06 %) 6.74 (2.00 %) 0.28 (0.05 %) 14.36 (2.17 %)
Basic healthy foods exempt from GST but GST rate increased to 20 %c
Cost of diet/fortnight ($) 796.24 934.82 414.78 436.36 146.76 232.90 273.21 339.54 561.55 668.91 823.56 965.01 429.10 450.74 151.48 240.64 282.48 350.31 580.58 691.10
Affordability of diet (%) 29.72 34.89 26.84 28.23 23.99 38.07 19..66 24.43 26.27 31.30 30.74 36.02 27.76 29.16 24.76 39.34 20.33 25..21 27.16 32.33
Extra total cost increase/fortnight if GST increased to 20 % $ (%) 0.77 (0.10 %) 38.78 (4.33 %) 0.28 (0.07 %) 17.65 (4.22 %) 0.33 (0.23 %) 11.07 (4.99 %) 0.33 (0.12 %) 13.55 (4.16 %) 0.62 (0.11 %) 28.71 (4.48 %) 0.71 (0.09 %) 39.32 (4.25 %) 0.26 (0.06 %) 17.99 (4.16 %) 0.31 (0.21 %) 11.20 (4.88 %) 0.31 (0.11 %) 13.63 (4.05 %) 0.57 (0.10 %) 29.18 (4.41 %)
  1. a Results for current (unhealthy) diet in HH4 should be applied with caution
  2. b Calculated low household income per fortnight. Median income per fortnight is $2,740 in Logan and $4,342 in Indooroopilly
  3. c All increased costs under this scenario pertain to discretionary food
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