Sources of income

Households in Cairns have a lower amount of disposable income compared to Queensland.

Household disposable income is a measure of the amount of income available to an average household in the area. It varies depending on the jobs held by the residents, amount of property and business income, and cash benefits provided by government, which are related to the socio-economic status of the area. Areas with high unemployment, large numbers of retirees and others out of the workforce may have a high cash benefits component.

This information gives an insight into both the sources of income and how much your residents have available to spend in the area. This dataset should be viewed in conjunction with Worker productivity, Local workers income data, and Gross Regional Product data on the size of the residential economy.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Current benchmark:
Comparison year:
Sources of income per household
Economic measure$Queensland$$ Queensland$2016/17 to 2021/22
Wages & salaries89,182.2191,022.1180,887.2286,273.61+8,295
Property income13,465.7017,933.1014,290.3618,790.49-825
Business income12,890.4219,872.0913,426.2016,726.59-536
Cash benefits21,055.8118,496.4017,622.2617,336.72+3,434
Total income before tax144,871.69158,587.75134,380.63150,196.87+10,491
Tax paid-21,584.67-25,246.02-18,907.28-22,556.35-2,677
Interest paid-4,872.93-5,769.06-8,429.17-9,239.67+3,556
Other payments/statistical discrepancy13,471.7713,589.1513,715.4413,989.38-244
Total disposable income131,885.87141,261.82120,759.61132,490.23+11,126
Ratio of cash benefits to tax paid0.980.730.930.770

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2022. ©2023. Compiled and presented in by .id (informed decisions).Data are based on a 2020/21 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and annual data releases adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.Learn more

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