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Equivalised household income

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

Assuming all households were the same size, the 'lowest' quartile was the largest income group in Bass Coast Shire in 2016.

While Household Income is a useful measure, it is difficult to tell if changes over time and between geographic areas are due to actual changes in income levels, or due to changes in household size and composition. For example, an increase in lower income households could be due to job losses in key economic sectors, or simply due to decreasing household size as adult children leave home.

Equivalised Household Income puts all households on an equal footing independent of household size and composition to enable a true comparison between areas and over time. It is an indicator of the income resource available to a household of standard size and is the best measure of the changing economic fortunes of households living in Bass Coast Shire.

A detailed explanation of how Equivalised Household 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?'

Family, group and lone person households

Equivalised household income quartiles
Bass Coast Shire - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Quartile groupNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Lowest group4,27636.430.73,57733.731.0+699
Medium lowest3,76932.129.23,24730.629.5+523
Medium highest2,33219.923.92,21920.923.7+113
Highest group1,36511.616.21,55814.715.8-193

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

Equivalised household income - Quartile group dollar ranges
Calculated from income data for Victoria Weekly income by Census year
Equivalised household income ranges
2011
2006
2001
Lowest group $0 to $430 $0 to $352 $0 to $288
Medium lowest $431 to $751 $353 to $601 $289 to $492
Medium highest $752 to $1,203 $602 to $969 $493 to $782
Highest group $1,204 and over $970 and over $783 and over

Equivalised household income quartiles, 2016
Equivalised household income quartiles, 2016 Highest group, Regional VIC: 16.2% Medium highest, Regional VIC: 23.9% Medium lowest, Regional VIC: 29.2% Lowest group, Regional VIC: 30.7% Highest group, Bass Coast Shire: 11.6% Medium highest, Bass Coast Shire: 19.9% Medium lowest, Bass Coast Shire: 32.1% Lowest group, Bass Coast Shire: 36.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in equivalised household income quartiles, 2011 to 2016
Change in equivalised household income quartiles, 2011 to 2016 Highest group, Bass Coast Shire: -193 Medium highest, Bass Coast Shire: +113 Medium lowest, Bass Coast Shire: +523 Lowest group, Bass Coast Shire: +699
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Equivalised income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Because the data is equivalised, households of different size and composition are placed on an equal footing.

Analysis of the distribution of households by income quartile in Bass Coast Shire compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a lesser proportion of households in the highest equivalised income quartile, and a greater proportion in the lowest equivalised income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change in Bass Coast Shire between 2011 and 2016 was in the lowest quartile which showed an increase of 699 households.

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