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Individual Income

At the time of the 2006 Census, the median gross income for all Indigenous people was $278 per week compared to $473 for all non-Indigenous people.

The median income for Indigenous persons aged 15-24 years was $191 per week. For those aged 25-44, the median weekly income was $374 per week and for Indigenous persons aged 45 years and over, it was $283.

A similar pattern was observed in the non-Indigenous population, where the median gross weekly income was $209 for those aged 15-24 years, $684 for those aged 25-44 years and $420 for those aged 45-64 years.

However the median income for non-Indigenous people in the prime working age group (25–44 years) was much higher than the corresponding Indigenous median income ($684 compared to $374).

Median Gross Individual Weekly Income (a) by Indigenous status and age, 2006
Age group
(years)
Indigenous
($)
Non-Indigenous
($)
15–24
191
209
25–44
374
684
45–64
283
420
(a) Excludes persons whose income was unknown.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).



Median Gross Individual Weekly Income (a) Indigenous status and age, 2006

(a) Excludes persons whose income was unknown.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no.4713.0).


As well as age, employment status, occupation and hours of work also affect income. When median income of those in full--time employment are compared, the difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous income is less ($702 for Indigenous persons and $884 for non-Indigenous persons).

Among Indigenous people working full-time, median weekly incomes for Professionals ($942) and Managers ($896) were highest, and the median weekly income for Labourers ($552) was lowest.

This pattern was also observed in the non-Indigenous population. However, Indigenous people in full-time work reported lower incomes than non-Indigenous people in the same occupation working full-time across all occupations.

The largest percentage difference in median weekly income between Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers was found for Professionals and Sales Workers. The occupation where the median gross weekly income of Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers was closest, was Machinery Operators and Drivers.


Median Gross Individual Weekly Income by Occupation (a) (b) (c), 2006
Occupation
Indigenous
($)
Non-Indigenous
($)
Managers
896
1089
Professionals
942
1208
Technicians and Trades Workers
655
804
Community and Personal Service Workers
667
726
Clerical and Administrative Workers
726
795
Sales Workers
557
714
Machinery Operators and Drivers
755
768
Labourers
552
641
(a) Based on place of usual residence.
(b) Based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). Excludes persons whose occupation was not stated or inadequately described.
(c) Excludes persons whose income was unknown.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).


Median Gross Individual Weekly Income by Occupation (a) (b) (c), 2006

(a) Based on place of usual residence.
(b) Based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) Excludes persons whose occupation was not stated or inadequately described.
(c) Excludes persons whose income was unknown.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).


The median income of full-time employed Indigenous women was only 95% of the median income of Indigenous males working full-time ($680 compared to $718). For non-Indigenous women, the median income for those working full-time was 84% of the male non-Indigenous median income ($791 compared with $941).


Median Gross Individual Weekly Income (a) by Sex, full--time workers, 2006
Indigenous
($)
Non-Indigenous
($)
Males
718
941
Females
680
791
(a) Excludes persons whose income was unknown.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).


Further information: See Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).


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