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Nov 09 2009

Price of Milk

The price of Milk in Australia…

Government figures released in November 2009 show the following prices for a 2 litre bottle of milk, in each State Capital.

  • $ 4.17 Darwin
  • $ 3.71 Canberra
  • $ 3.70 Hobart
  • $ 3.58 Melbourne
  • $ 3.44 Adelaide
  • $ 3.43 Sydney
  • $ 3.21 Perth
  • $ 3.18 Brisbane

The source of these figures is the Australian Bureau of Statistics 6403.055.001 Average Retail Prices of Selected Items, Eight Capital Cities

My price in November 2009, from a local vegetable store is $1.79 for two litres.

Checking the online price from two supermarkets I found:

  • Woolworths (AUS): Homebrand Milk Whole 2L $2.17 (21% higher than the price I pay)
  • Tescos (UK): OL Pasturized Milk 2L £1.18 (or about $2.27 at todays FX rate) (27% higher than the price I pay)

This made me wonder, which Milk do the ABS check the price on ?
So I found these:

  • Australia
    • Woolworths $3.39 Dairy Farmers Milk Whole 2L
  • UK
    • Tescos: £1.64 Cravendale whole Milk 2 Litres (or $3.16 at todays FX rate)

June 2009 prices were:

  • $ 4.10 Darwin
  • $ 3.71 Canberra
  • $ 3.70 Hobart
  • $ 3.61 Melbourne
  • $ 3.53 Adelaide
  • $ 3.41 Sydney
  • $ 3.22 Perth
  • $ 3.18 Brisbane

I get mine at the local Fruit and Veg store for $1.99, for 2 litres, but ALDI do it for $2.19, or sometimes cheaper.

What price do you pay ?


Some earlier prices of Milk, following the question from Laura

Average Price of 1 Litre carton of Milk

1997 September quarter

  • $1.16 Sydney
  • $1.30 Melbourne
  • $1.17 Brisbane
  • $1.22 Adelaide
  • $1.33 Perth
  • $1.25 Hobart
  • $1.21 Darwin
  • $1.14 Canberra

1994 December quarter

  • $1.05 Sydney
  • $1.08 Melbourne
  • $1.07 Brisbane
  • $1.02 Adelaide
  • $1.06 Perth
  • $1.15 Hobart
  • $0.99 Darwin
  • $1.09 Canberra

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  1. laura

    do u no the prices for 1996

  2. ABCDiamond

    In 1996, 2 years before milk prices were de-regulated, the maximum price for a one litre carton of milk in New South Wales was $1.13.

    In Queensland, the price ranged from a minimum of $1.13 to a maximum of $1.17.

    Note that these are for 1 litre, not the 2 litre prices in the main article.

  3. ABCDiamond

    An update on the Prices in August 2010.

    One of my local fruit shops sells the 2 litres for $1.79, the other charges $1.99.
    ALDI sells the Farmdale 2 litres for $2.09

    Woolworths range of prices is:
    A2 Full Cream Milk 2 litre $4.77
    Pauls 2 Litres $3.27
    Dairy Farmers 2 litre $3.17
    Homebrand 2 litres $2.24

    All the above are listed as “Whole Milk”

  4. Batrick

    Hi There,

    Tnks for inform for milk price.
    Can you tell me about Energy milk prices for last periop 3 years in Australia.

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