Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 124 - Monthly expenditure of an average Australian family

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below shows the monthly expenditure of an average Australian family in 1991 and 2001.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

» Write at least 150 words.

Academic IELTS Writing task 1 Sample 124

Model Answer:
The supplied table compares the monthly expenses of an average family of Australia for the years 1991 and 2001. As is observed from the given data, the expenses on electricity & water and non-essential goods & services had increased more than any other category while the expenses on clothing and transport decreased over the period.

As is presented in the table, average expenditure of an Australian family per month was AUD $ 675 in 1991 while this reached to AUD $ 715 after 10 years. This shows that the average expenditure of an average Australian family had not increased significantly. In 1991, the expenditure on non-essential goods and services was $250 which was highest among the given category. This reached to $ 270 in 2001 which was also the highest amount among the given expense categories in 2001. The expenses on food & housing were $155 & & 95 consecutively in 1991 and both of these expenses increased by only 5 dollar after 10 years. Interestingly the monthly amount spent on clothing and transport decreased over the 10 years and reached to $20 and $45 in the year 2001. The expenses on food, housing and electricity & water increased and the highest increase was in electricity and water.

In summary, the monthly expenditure by an average Australian family had not increased that much in 10 years from 1991 to 2001 and the expenses on electricity, water, housing, and non-essential goods and services increased while the expenses on clothing and transport decreased over time.  

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