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Equivalised household income

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Assuming all households were the same size, the 'lowest' quartile was the largest income group in Rockhampton 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 Rockhampton.

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
Rockhampton - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Quartile groupNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Lowest group7,36629.227.86,46427.527.9+902
Medium lowest6,33625.126.35,84524.826.6+491
Medium highest6,23324.724.45,91925.224.2+314
Highest group5,26020.921.45,29822.521.3-38

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 Queensland Weekly income by Census year
Equivalised household income ranges
2016
2011
2006
2001
Lowest group $0 to $501 $0 to $444 $0 to $362 $0 to $277
Medium lowest $502 to $856 $445 to $760 $363 to $606 $278 to $456
Medium highest $857 to $1,357 $761 to $1,203 $607 to $951 $457 to $719
Highest group $1,358 and over $1,204 and over $952 and over $720 and over

Equivalised household income quartiles, 2016
Equivalised household income quartiles, 2016 Highest group, Regional QLD: 21.4% Medium highest, Regional QLD: 24.4% Medium lowest, Regional QLD: 26.3% Lowest group, Regional QLD: 27.8% Highest group, Rockhampton: 20.9% Medium highest, Rockhampton: 24.7% Medium lowest, Rockhampton: 25.1% Lowest group, Rockhampton: 29.2%
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, Rockhampton: -38 Medium highest, Rockhampton: +314 Medium lowest, Rockhampton: +491 Lowest group, Rockhampton: +902
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 Rockhampton 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 Rockhampton between 2011 and 2016 was in the lowest quartile which showed an increase of 902 households.

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