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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Individual income quartiles

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, the 'lowest' quartile is the largest group, comprising 27% of the resident workers .

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 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

Resident workers individual income quartiles
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region20162011Change
Quartile groupNumber%Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing %Number%Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing %2011 to 2016
Lowest group31,44127.534.531,70828.637.6-267
Medium lowest30,95127.127.331,16528.127.8-214
Medium highest28,41324.823.026,97724.321.2+1,436
Highest group23,60720.615.121,15519.113.4+2,452

Source: Derived from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. 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
2016
2011
Lowest group $0 to $620 $0 to $551
Medium lowest $621 to $980 $552 to $883
Medium highest $981 to $1,515 $884 to $1,355
Highest group $1,516 and over $1,356 and over

Resident workers individual income quartiles, 2016
Resident workers individual income quartiles, 2016 Highest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 15.1% Medium highest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 23.0% Medium lowest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 27.3% Lowest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing : 34.5% Highest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 20.6% Medium highest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 24.8% Medium lowest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 27.1% Lowest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 27.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers individual income quartiles, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers individual income quartiles, 2011 to 2016 Highest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : +2,452 Medium highest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : +1,436 Medium lowest, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : -214 Lowest group, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : -267
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
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 resident workers by income quartile in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region compared to Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing shows that there was greater proportion of people in the highest income quartile, and a lesser proportion in the lowest income quartile.

Emerging groups

The most significant change for the resident workers in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 was in the highest quartile which showed an increase of 2,452 people.

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