16 November 2017

Eating out: What Canberrans are spending on fast food and restaurants

| Ian Bushnell
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We have a horde of hungry Canberrans in the ACT, with figures showing millions of dollars being forked out for outside meals. Photo: Jack Mohr.

Canberra’s Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) customers are splurging $1.35 million a month on dining out, with City restaurants the most popular and Belconnen outlets top of the menu for fast food.

New figures from the CBA show customers nationwide spend $640 million per month on fast food and restaurants, with millennials making up the largest portion of people who dine out on a regular basis.

An average Aussie is spending around $90 per month on fast food, a 20 percent increase compared to two years ago, and $143 per month on restaurants, up 6 percent since July 2015.

In Canberra, CBA customers spend $1.08 million a month in the City’s restaurants, nearly double that in Belconnen ($527,368) followed by Braddon ($527,368 ), Kingston ($479,982), and Dickson ($243,838).

But the average spend per visit is highest in Kingston where diners fork out $41.08 on average at a sitting, closely followed by Dickson ($40.50) and Braddon ($39.41).

In the City, the average spend per visit is $22.93 and Belconnen a dollar less at $23.93.

The fast food big spenders are in Belconnen where hungry, time-poor Canberrans put away $315,064 worth of meals and snacks. They also spend more on average per visit, at $15.76.

In the City, diners spend $269,449 a month followed by Greenway ($141,647), Phillip ($117,853) and Fyshwick ($117,522).

The second biggest average spend per visit is in Fyshwick at $14.11, followed by Phillip ($13.09), Greenway ($12.68 ) and the City ($11.81).

Overall, after the City, CBA customers in Belconnen are tapping or swiping away $842,433 worth of meals at restaurants and fast food outlets, with Braddon next at $479,982 followed by Kingston at $324,057 and Dickson ($243,838).

But ACT CBA customers are the second lowest consumers of fast food and restaurant meals, with the Northern Territory the lowest.

New South Wales and Western Australian customers are spending the most on dining out.

Executive General Manager Digital, Pete Steel, said dining out seemed to be most popular among millennials, but they were not the ones spending the most money.

“People under 30 make up almost half of all fast food purchases, and a third of restaurants’ trade,” he said.

“Customers aged 40 to 45 spend the most per month on fast food, potentially because they are purchasing meals for a family, while those aged between 50 and 55 spend the most in restaurants – $184 a month on average.”

Mr Steel said that spending on groceries had remained fairly flat only increasing by 2 percent in the last two years.

State Fast food

(per customer)


(per customer

NSW $84.19 $129.57
WA $83.59 $129.26
QLD $81.72 $117.84
SA $81.66 $114.97
VIC $79.89 $109.63
TAS $79.01 $107.85
ACT $74.65 $106.89
NT $74.22 $103.83

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