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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Individual income quartiles

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, the 'medium lowest' income quartile was the largest group in 2011, comprising 28% of people aged 15 and over.

The RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's income statistics are an indicator of socio-economic status. With other data sources, such as Household Income, Qualifications and Occupation, they help tell the story of the area's economic opportunities and socio-economic status. Individual income levels are not comparable over time because of the influences of economic change such as wage level fluctuations and inflation. The income quartile method is the most objective method of comparing change in the income profile of a community over time.

A detailed explanation of how Individual 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?'

Gross amount for persons aged 15 years and over

Individual income quartiles
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Quartile groupNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Lowest group45,53725.125.444,85526.425.8+682
Medium lowest51,64128.526.947,60028.126.7+4,041
Medium highest47,55426.225.043,77025.825.0+3,784
Highest group36,52020.122.633,36719.722.5+3,153

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

Individual income - Quartile group dollar ranges
Calculated from income data for Queensland - Total persons aged 15+ Weekly income by Census year
Individual quartile ranges
2011
2006
2001
Lowest group $0 to $281 $0 to $221 $0 to $182
Medium lowest $282 to $585 $222 to $476 $183 to $361
Medium highest $586 to $1,077 $477 to $853 $362 to $641
Highest group $1,078 and over $854 and over $642 and over

Individual income quartiles, 2011
Individual income quartiles, 2011 Highest group, Regional QLD: 22.6% Medium highest, Regional QLD: 25.0% Medium lowest, Regional QLD: 26.9% Lowest group, Regional QLD: 25.4% Highest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 20.1% Medium highest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 26.2% Medium lowest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 28.5% Lowest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 25.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in individual income quartiles, 2006 to 2011
Change in individual income quartiles, 2006 to 2011 Highest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +3,153 Medium highest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +3,784 Medium lowest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +4,041 Lowest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +682
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Income quartiles allow us to compare relative income-earning capabilities across time. Analysis of the distribution of the population by income quartile in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region compared to Regional QLD shows that there was lesser proportion of persons in the highest income quartile and a similar proportion in the lowest income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in persons between 2006 and 2011 was in the medium lowest quartile which showed an increase of 4,041 persons.

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