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Equivalised household income

Assuming all households were the same size, the 'highest' quartile was the largest income group in Brisbane LGA in 2006.

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 Brisbane LGA.

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
Brisbane LGA - Households (Enumerated)20062001Change
Quartile groupNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2006
Lowest group62,13019.722.259,25020.022.2+2,880
Medium lowest63,69520.223.360,53520.423.1+3,160
Medium highest78,02024.725.773,18524.725.7+4,835
Highest group111,97835.528.8103,04934.828.9+8,929

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2006. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Equivalised household income - Quartile group dollar ranges
Calculated from income data for Queensland Weekly income by Census year
Equivalised household income ranges
2011
2006
2001
Lowest group $0 to $444 $0 to $362 $0 to $277
Medium lowest $445 to $760 $363 to $606 $278 to $456
Medium highest $761 to $1,203 $607 to $951 $457 to $719
Highest group $1,204 and over $952 and over $720 and over

Equivalised household income quartiles, 2006
Equivalised household income quartiles, 2006 Highest group, Greater Brisbane: 28.8% Medium highest, Greater Brisbane: 25.7% Medium lowest, Greater Brisbane: 23.3% Lowest group, Greater Brisbane: 22.2% Highest group, Brisbane LGA: 35.5% Medium highest, Brisbane LGA: 24.7% Medium lowest, Brisbane LGA: 20.2% Lowest group, Brisbane LGA: 19.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in equivalised household income quartiles, 2001 to 2006
Change in equivalised household income quartiles, 2001 to 2006 Highest group, Brisbane LGA: +8,929 Medium highest, Brisbane LGA: +4,835 Medium lowest, Brisbane LGA: +3,160 Lowest group, Brisbane LGA: +2,880
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 and 2006 (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 Brisbane LGA compared to Greater Brisbane shows that there was a greater proportion of households in the highest equivalised income quartile, and a lesser proportion in the lowest equivalised income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change in Brisbane LGA between 2001 and 2006 was in the highest quartile which showed an increase of 8,929 households.

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