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Equivalised household income

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Assuming all households were the same size, the 'medium highest' quartile was the largest income group in the RDA Northern Territory in 2016.

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 Northern Territory.

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 Northern Territory - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Quartile groupNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Lowest group14,14125.018.713,08425.019.4+1,057
Medium lowest14,14125.025.713,08425.025.9+1,057
Medium highest14,14225.026.713,08425.026.8+1,058
Highest group14,14125.028.813,08425.027.8+1,057

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Equivalised household income - Quartile group dollar ranges
Calculated from income data for Northern Territory Weekly income by Census year
Equivalised household income ranges
2016
2011
2006
2001
Lowest group $0 to $671 $0 to $566 $0 to $402 $0 to $308
Medium lowest $672 to $1,201 $567 to $1,014 $403 to $749 $309 to $583
Medium highest $1,202 to $1,804 $1,015 to $1,483 $750 to $1,154 $584 to $893
Highest group $1,805 and over $1,484 and over $1,155 and over $894 and over

Equivalised household income quartiles, 2016
Equivalised household income quartiles, 2016 Highest group, Greater Darwin: 28.8% Medium highest, Greater Darwin: 26.7% Medium lowest, Greater Darwin: 25.7% Lowest group, Greater Darwin: 18.7% Highest group, RDA Northern Territory: 25.0% Medium highest, RDA Northern Territory: 25.0% Medium lowest, RDA Northern Territory: 25.0% Lowest group, RDA Northern Territory: 25.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in equivalised household income quartiles, 2011 to 2016
Change in equivalised household income quartiles, 2011 to 2016 Highest group, RDA Northern Territory: +1,057 Medium highest, RDA Northern Territory: +1,058 Medium lowest, RDA Northern Territory: +1,057 Lowest group, RDA Northern Territory: +1,057
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 Northern Territory compared to Greater Darwin 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 Northern Territory between 2011 and 2016 was in the medium highest quartile which showed an increase of 1,058 households.

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