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Western Australia

Individual income quartiles

In Western Australia, the 'highest' income quartile was the largest group in 2016, comprising 30% of people aged 15 and over.

Western Australia's income statistics are an indicator of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Household Income, Qualifications and Occupation, they help tell the story of the area's economic opportunities and socio-economic status. Individual income levels are not comparable over time because of the influences of economic change such as wage level fluctuations and inflation. The income quartile method is the most objective method of comparing change in the income profile of a community over time.

A detailed explanation of how Individual Income quartiles are calculated and interpreted is available in specific data notes.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the total of all wages/salaries, government benefits, pensions, allowances and other income the person usually receives?'

Gross amount for persons aged 15 years and over

Individual income quartiles
Western Australia - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Quartile groupNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Lowest group452,57225.125.0390,81423.725.0+61,758
Medium lowest396,95122.025.0360,79521.925.0+36,156
Medium highest416,66223.125.0383,34723.325.0+33,315
Highest group540,18429.925.0512,48931.125.0+27,695

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Individual income - Quartile group dollar ranges
Calculated from income data for New South Wales - Total persons aged 15+ Weekly income by Census year
Individual quartile ranges
2016
2011
2006
2001
Lowest group $0 to $323 $0 to $271 $0 to $211 $0 to $182
Medium lowest $324 to $661 $272 to $576 $212 to $466 $183 to $375
Medium highest $662 to $1,229 $577 to $1,096 $467 to $877 $376 to $685
Highest group $1,230 and over $1,097 and over $878 and over $686 and over

Individual income quartiles, 2016
Individual income quartiles, 2016 Highest group, Australia: 25.0% Medium highest, Australia: 25.0% Medium lowest, Australia: 25.0% Lowest group, Australia: 25.0% Highest group, Western Australia: 29.9% Medium highest, Western Australia: 23.1% Medium lowest, Western Australia: 22.0% Lowest group, Western Australia: 25.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in individual income quartiles, 2011 to 2016
Change in individual income quartiles, 2011 to 2016 Highest group, Western Australia: +27,695 Medium highest, Western Australia: +33,315 Medium lowest, Western Australia: +36,156 Lowest group, Western Australia: +61,758
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of the population by income quartile in Western Australia compared to Australia shows that there was greater proportion of persons in the highest income quartile and a similar proportion in the lowest income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change in Western Australia in persons between 2011 and 2016 was in the lowest quartile which showed an increase of 61,758 persons.

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