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City of Melton
Low income households - Introduction

There were 10,498 people in low income households living in the City of Melton.

Those on low incomes may have quite different characteristics and living arrangments from the total population, and many local government, state government and federal government services are targeted at those with limited financial means, so it is an important group to understand.

Low income households for the purposes of the communities of interest profiles is defined as households falling into approximately the bottom 25% of incomes across Australia. For 2011, this includes households with incomes below $600 per week, while in 2006 it includes households with incomes below $500 per week. Direct comparisons are made between these differing cutoffs.

Derived from the Census question:

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

Low income households

Key statistics
City of Melton - Low income households20112006Change
Number%VictoriaNumber%Victoria2006 to 2011
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years2,54224.214.22,54221.912.8+1,162
15 - 24 years7447.110.47447.310.1+281
25 - 64 years4,88346.538.84,88348.238.7+1,841
65 years or more2,41023.037.42,41023.339.1+940
Total population10,498100.0100.010,498100.0100.0+4,183
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school1,0559.75.81,0559.05.4+461
Secondary school5975.54.45975.24.2+255
Tertiary (University and TAFE)3913.67.63912.66.9+217
Not attending7,88172.774.87,88173.875.4+3,001
Highest qualification achieved--------------
Other post-school1,42617.314.11,42614.511.9+673
No qualification5,09961.860.05,09965.263.8+1,716
Unemployment rate65625.721.965633.928.8+177
Participation rate2,54931.127.32,54927.423.6+1,136
Occupations Top 3--------------
Community and Personal Service Workers28915.514.528912.512.9+181
Technicians and Trades Workers27014.413.127018.212.6+112
Average household size--------------
Average household size1.95--1.681.93--1.690.02
Household type--------------
Couple with children59211.16.059212.26.2+196
Couple without children1,11520.921.41,11523.923.7+336
One parent family1,14921.512.11,14919.811.2+505
Group household521.02.1521.42.5+5
Lone person household2,38344.757.42,38341.855.1+1,023
Housing tenure--------------
Fully owned2,20941.149.32,20943.551.4+783
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house4,34380.869.24,34380.268.1+1,714
Medium density97618.223.697618.425.1+371
High density00.05.600.25.3-8

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Topics available for low income households

Data notes

Please note that topics counting persons (such as age structure, birthplace and qualifications) are actually counting ALL persons in low income households. Therefore an individual low income household will be counted more than once if it contains more than one person (as all household types except lone person households do).

Households where one or more people in the household did not state their income are excluded from the household income classification, and are not defined as low income, even if the sum of the incomes which were stated would otherwise put the household in that category.