Wages and salary were the main source of household income for the majority of recent migrants (85%). The remainder sourced their main household income from Australian or overseas Government pensions or allowances (9%) or from other sources (5%).
Temporary residents were less likely to report wages and salary as their current main source of household income (77%) than recent migrants. 'Other' income sources were higher for temporary residents (14%) than for recent migrants (5%).
Migrants from main English-speaking countries were more likely than migrants from other countries to report wages and salaries as their main source of income (92% compared with 79%). Migrants from other countries reported a higher proportion for government pensions and allowances, 9% compared with 2%.
The vast majority (92%) of migrants on a skilled visa reported wages and salary as their main source of household income while 57% of migrants on humanitarian visas reported government pension and allowances as their main source of household income (Table 10).
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