Notes on the data: Housing/ Transport

Low income households as a proportion of all households, 2016


Policy context:  The previous indicator shows the proportion of all low income households who are under financial stress as a result of mortgage or rental payments.

This indicator shows the proportion of all households which are low income households.



Income is equivalised; equivalised household income per week can be viewed as an indicator of the economic resources available to a standardised household. For a lone person household it is equal to household income. For a household comprising more than one person, it is an indicator of the household income that would be needed by a lone person household to enjoy the same level of economic wellbeing.

Income varies by State/ Territory: NSW, $721; Vic, $705; Qld, $704; SA, $631; WA, $785; Tas, $589; NT, $1,004; ACT, $1,093.

The data exclude the population in the 10.3% of private dwellings for which mortgage stress data was not recorded (the proportion excluded was calculated based on the Australian data).



Geography: Data available by Population Health Area, Local Government Area, Primary Health Network, Quintile of socioeconomic disadvantage of area and Remoteness Area

Numerator:  Households in the bottom 40% of income distribution (those with less than 80% of median equivalised income)


Denominator:  All households in private dwellings


Detail of analysis:  Percent


Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on the ABS Census of Population and Housing, August 2016 (unpublished data).


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