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RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region

Resident workers (Local) - Individual income quartiles

In the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region, the 'lowest' quartile is the largest group, comprising 32% of local labour force.

Individual Income is an indicator of socio-economic status, skills and occupations required in a particular industry. With other data sources, such as Qualifications and Occupation, it helps to evaluate the economic opportunities of people in an industry.

Income quartiles are used to condense income categories into manageable units, adjust for the effects of inflation, and allow areas to be compared over time relative to a benchmark. The incomes for the state are split into four equal groups, each containing 25% of the local labour force, and the quartiles allow users to compare changes in the local area to changes statewide, or against another benchmark. For more information on how quartiles are calculated please refer to the data notes.

As well as being related to the type of jobs and qualifications required in a particular industry, income levels can be related to the level of part-time employment, Occupation, Qualification and the Age structure of the local resident workers, so the data should be looked at in conjunction with these topics.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by usual residence

Local resident workers individual income quartiles
RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region20112006Change
Quartile groupNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2006 to 2011
Lowest group31,71532.525.029,13432.025.0+2,581
Medium lowest28,63929.325.026,56429.225.0+2,076
Medium highest21,61922.125.020,77522.925.0+844
Highest group15,66916.025.014,43915.925.0+1,230

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

Quartile group dollar ranges (Individuals)
Calculated from income data for Queensland Weekly income by Census year
Individual quartile ranges
2011
2006
Lowest group $0 to $538 $0 to $431
Medium lowest $539 to $875 $432 to $691
Medium highest $876 to $1,347 $692 to $1,057
Highest group $1,348 and over $1,058 and over

Local resident workers individual income quartiles, 2011
Local resident workers individual income quartiles, 2011 Highest group, Queensland: 25.0% Medium highest, Queensland: 25.0% Medium lowest, Queensland: 25.0% Lowest group, Queensland: 25.0% Highest group, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 16.0% Medium highest, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 22.1% Medium lowest, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 29.3% Lowest group, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 32.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local resident workers individual income quartiles, 2006 to 2011
Change in local resident workers individual income quartiles, 2006 to 2011 Highest group, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +1,230 Medium highest, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +844 Medium lowest, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +2,076 Lowest group, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +2,581
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.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 local labour force by income quartile in RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region compared to Queensland shows that there was lesser proportion of people in the highest income quartile, and a greater proportion in the lowest income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change for the local labour force in RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region between 2006 and 2011 was in the lowest quartile which showed an increase of 2,581 people.

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