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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Equivalised household income

Assuming all households were the same size, the 'lowest' quartile was the largest income group in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 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 the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Quartile groupNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Lowest group23,87829.627.922,38529.927.7+1,493
Medium lowest23,11428.626.621,46528.626.5+1,649
Medium highest19,54524.224.217,92323.924.3+1,622
Highest group14,16817.621.313,18017.621.6+988

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 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, 2011
Equivalised household income quartiles, 2011 Highest group, Regional QLD: 21.3% Medium highest, Regional QLD: 24.2% Medium lowest, Regional QLD: 26.6% Lowest group, Regional QLD: 27.9% Highest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 17.6% Medium highest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 24.2% Medium lowest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 28.6% Lowest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 29.6%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +988 Medium highest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,622 Medium lowest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,649 Lowest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,493
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 the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region compared to Regional QLD 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2006 and 2011 was in the medium lowest quartile which showed an increase of 1,649 households.

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