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21 June 2024 Posted by 


 Residents welcome shopping costs data
THE Federal Government has welcomed the release of CHOICE’s first quarterly report into supermarket prices.
What’s clear is that locals are facing cost-of-living pressures, with pressure particularly piled on at the cash register, said Minister for Communications and Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland.
"This research will help consumers make more informed choices so they can get cheaper prices at the checkout.
"The Albanese Government provided CHOICE with $1.1M to conduct quarterly price monitoring reports for three years to help give Australians the information they need to get the best deal on their weekly shop. 
"Today’s CHOICE ‘basket of goods’ report using data from March of this year is the first of these quarterly updates designed to help consumers make informed decisions about what they’re buying. 
"This initiative is an important part of the Government’s broader efforts to boost competition and put downward pressure on the price of essentials, including through our ongoing inquiry into pricing and competition in the supermarket sector run by the ACCC, the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct review, and the Competition Taskforce’s focus on cost-of-living initiatives."
CHOICE’s next quarterly grocery price report will be released by the end of September 2024.
CHOICE’s basket of goods report found Aldi’s basket was about 25 per cent cheaper than comparable baskets at Coles and Woolworths, saving shoppers around $17 on a basket of 14 typical grocery items.
The average basket price for Aldi, Woolworths and Coles nation-wide was: 
  • Aldi: $51.51 (with and without specials).
  • Woolworths: $68.58 (without specials), $64.93 (with specials).
  • Coles: $69.33 (without specials), $68.52 (with specials).
Other findings include:
The absence of Aldi in Tasmania and the Northern Territory, means that shoppers end up paying higher prices. The average price of the basket in Western Australia was about one dollar higher than in the eastern states.
New South Wales Average basket cost: 
$63.22 (without specials) $61.78 (with specials).
Aldi: $50.82.
Woolworths: $69.04.
Coles: $69.80.


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