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Equivalised household income

Assuming all households were the same size, the 'medium lowest' quartile was the largest income group in Mornington Peninsula Shire in 2011.

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 Mornington Peninsula 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
Mornington Peninsula Shire20112006Change
Quartile groupNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Lowest group12,58426.222.911,56126.223.0+1,023
Medium lowest13,68228.523.412,30627.923.3+1,376
Medium highest12,02725.025.510,91924.825.4+1,108
Highest group9,74120.328.39,27621.128.3+464

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. 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, 2011
Equivalised household income quartiles, 2011 Highest group, Greater Melbourne: 28.3% Medium highest, Greater Melbourne: 25.5% Medium lowest, Greater Melbourne: 23.4% Lowest group, Greater Melbourne: 22.9% Highest group, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 20.3% Medium highest, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 25.0% Medium lowest, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 28.5% Lowest group, Mornington Peninsula Shire: 26.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in equivalised household income quartiles, 2006 to 2011
Change in equivalised household income quartiles, 2006 to 2011 Highest group, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +464 Medium highest, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +1,108 Medium lowest, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +1,376 Lowest group, Mornington Peninsula Shire: +1,023
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 Mornington Peninsula Shire compared to Greater Melbourne 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 Mornington Peninsula Shire between 2006 and 2011 was in the medium lowest quartile which showed an increase of 1,376 households.