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6523.0 - Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia, 2005-06  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/08/2007   
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3 Household characteristics

Household characteristics
1994-95
1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1999-2000
2000-01
2002-03
2003-04(a)
2005-06

Proportion of households with characteristic
Principal source of household income
Zero or negative income %
1.1
1.0
0.9
1.0
0.9
1.1
1.2
0.6
0.5
Wages and salaries %
57.6
56.8
56.3
56.8
56.7
56.9
58.0
57.5
59.3
Own unincorporated business income %
6.1
7.3
6.6
6.0
6.4
6.4
6.2
6.0
6.1
Government pensions and allowances %
28.5
28.0
28.6
28.5
28.7
28.3
26.6
27.7
26.1
Other income %
6.7
7.0
7.6
7.7
7.3
7.3
8.1
8.2
8.0
Total %
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Contribution of government pensions and allowances to gross household income
Nil or less than 1% %
41.0
41.4
41.7
43.3
44.7
44.4
46.1
44.3
43.7
1% to less than 20% %
20.7
20.6
19.9
18.5
17.7
16.9
17.2
18.5
20.2
20% to less than 50% %
9.0
9.2
9.0
8.9
8.2
9.5
9.0
9.1
9.5
50% to less than 90% %
6.5
7.4
8.2
7.7
7.8
7.4
7.5
8.8
8.6
90% and over %
21.8
20.4
20.3
20.7
20.7
20.7
19.0
18.6
17.3
Total(b) %
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Tenure and landlord type
Owner without a mortgage %
41.8
42.8
41.3
39.5
38.6
38.2
36.4
34.9
34.3
Owner with a mortgage %
29.6
28.1
28.3
30.9
32.1
32.1
33.1
35.1
35.0
Renter
State/territory housing authority %
5.5
6.0
5.6
5.8
5.8
5.0
4.9
4.9
4.7
Private landlord %
18.4
19.0
20.4
20.0
19.9
21.0
22.0
21.2
22.0
Other landlord type %
1.7
1.9
2.0
1.5
1.5
1.4
1.3
1.5
1.9
Total renters %
25.7
26.9
27.9
27.2
27.2
27.4
28.2
27.6
28.5
Other tenure type %
2.9
2.2
2.4
2.4
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.4
2.2
Total %
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Family composition of household
One family households
Couple family with dependent children %
30.5
30.2
29.5
29.7
28.6
27.5
26.8
27.1
26.2
One parent family with dependent children %
6.0
6.3
6.0
6.8
6.9
7.4
6.9
6.8
6.8
Couple only %
23.7
23.5
23.6
23.7
23.9
24.3
25.4
26.1
25.8
Other one family households %
11.5
11.6
10.9
10.9
10.9
10.9
11.2
10.4
11.5
Multiple family households %
1.3
1.2
1.6
1.3
1.3
1.3
1.2
1.0
1.0
Non-family households
Lone person %
22.8
22.9
23.4
23.6
24.4
24.6
25.2
25.4
25.7
Group households %
4.3
4.3
5.0
4.0
4.1
4.0
3.2
3.2
3.0
Total %
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Average number in household
Employed persons no.
1.22
1.24
1.23
1.23
1.24
1.23
1.23
1.23
1.26
Dependent children no.
0.73
0.73
0.72
0.73
0.70
0.68
0.65
0.66
0.63
Persons
Under 18 years no.
0.71
0.71
0.70
0.70
0.68
0.65
0.62
0.63
0.60
18 to 64 years no.
1.68
1.67
1.67
1.65
1.64
1.63
1.61
1.59
1.60
65 years and over no.
0.30
0.30
0.30
0.30
0.30
0.30
0.29
0.31
0.32
Total no.
2.69
2.68
2.67
2.65
2.62
2.58
2.53
2.53
2.51
Estimated number in population
Households
Capital city '00
0
4 164.5
4 234.6
4 266.7
4 376.4
4 554.2
4 637.6
4 831.8
4 908.2
5 026.2
Balance of state '000
2 382.1
2 422.6
2 503.9
2 525.9
2 567.0
2 677.4
2 806.4
2 827.6
2 899.9
Total '000
6 546.6
6 657.2
6 770.6
6 902.3
7 121.2
7 314.9
7 638.2
7 735.8
7 926.2
Persons '000
17 608.2
17 861.2
18 089.4
18 276.4
18 652.2
18 858.8
19 303.1
19 606.6
19 930.7
Number of households in sample no.
6 819
6 963
7 245
7 025
6 637
6 786
10 211
11 361
9 961

(a) Estimates for 2003-04 have been revised to include all salary sacrificed income not already included in wages and salaries
(b) Includes households with nil or negative total income


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