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Wollondilly Shire

Life-stages - Household income quartiles

In Wollondilly Shire, 40.4% of children aged 0 to 4 years in households with income were in the 'medium highest' quartile.

Households form the common 'economic unit' in our society. Wollondilly Shire's Household Income is one of the most important indicators of socio-economic status. When related to age, this shows the household income of the household in which the individual of that age group was counted.

This helps to reveal the socio-economic opportunities available to people of a particular age group, and the resources available to them. It can answer questions such as whether the wealth of an area is being shared equally among all ages, or particular groups, eg. children or retirees, have access to significantly higher or lower incomes than the general population.

Note that, particularly for children, this does not mean that the person in the age group actually receives the income, just that they are in a household with that income.

The incomes presented on this page are in quartiles, which are defined as four groups containing an equal number of households across New South Wales. They may not contain an equal number of persons in each group, and in fact, more people are generally counted in households in the highest income quartile because income is correlated with household size. However, using income quartiles effectively adjusts for inflation, allowing changes in income for the chosen life stage to be benchmarked to the state, the wider population, and shows change over time. A detailed explanation of how 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?'

Children aged 0 to 4 years, counted in private dwellings

Household income quartiles
Wollondilly Shire - 0 to 4 years20112006Change
Quartile groupNumber%New South WalesNumber%New South Wales2006 to 2011
Lowest group1866.611.71596.010.9+27
Medium lowest56920.322.660422.725.7-34
Medium highest1,13140.431.61,04639.332.0+86
Highest group91232.634.185332.131.5+59

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

Household income - Quartile group dollar ranges
Calculated from income data for New South Wales Weekly income by Census year
Household income ranges
2011
2006
Lowest group $0 to $614 $0 to $530
Medium lowest $615 to $1,233 $531 to $1,034
Medium highest $1,234 to $2,272 $1,035 to $1,788
Highest group $2,273 and over $1,789 and over

Household income quartiles, 2011
Household income quartiles, 2011 Highest group, New South Wales: 34.1% Medium highest, New South Wales: 31.6% Medium lowest, New South Wales: 22.6% Lowest group, New South Wales: 11.7% Highest group, Wollondilly Shire: 32.6% Medium highest, Wollondilly Shire: 40.4% Medium lowest, Wollondilly Shire: 20.3% Lowest group, Wollondilly Shire: 6.6%
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 household income quartile, 2006 to 2011
Change in household income quartile, 2006 to 2011 Highest group, Wollondilly Shire: +59 Medium highest, Wollondilly Shire: +86 Medium lowest, Wollondilly Shire: -34 Lowest group, Wollondilly Shire: +27
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 children aged 0 to 4 years by households income quartile in Wollondilly Shire compared to New South Wales shows that there was lesser proportion of children aged 0 to 4 years in the highest income quartile, as well as a lesser proportion in the lowest income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change in Wollondilly Shire between 2006 and 2011 for children aged 0 to 4 years was in the medium highest quartile which showed an increase of 86 persons.

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