Australian Bureau of Statistics
6524.0.55.002 - Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, Time Series, 2003-04 to 2006-07
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/12/2009
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4 Table 2 compares previously published Wage and salary earners data to the current data for the years 2003-04 to 2005-06. At the Australia level, the inclusion of Lump sums and Eligible termination payments has resulted in an increase in the number of Wage and salary earners, total Wage and salary income and average Wage and salary income by one to two per cent in each reference year.
5 While these differences are not large at the Australia level, users should not assume that all differences between the two series are similarly small at the regional level. For example, it is possible that business closures may impact to a greater or lesser extent on specific regions (for example, where businesses provide significant employment in regional communities).
Counts of individuals
6 It is possible for an individual to receive income from several sources and for one or more of these to be negative net income. For example, an individual may have Wage and salary income and negative net income from Investment. In this release, the number of individuals shown for each income category includes individuals who had a net negative income, whereas in previous releases only those with a net positive income were counted. This change in the way individuals are counted allows the calculation of average incomes for each source of income. These data show that for the period 2003-04 to 2006-07, Own unincorporated business and Investment income were the only sources of income to record a negative income for the financial year in some regions. Users should exercise caution in comparing data for the number of individuals that is contained in previous issues of this release since the counting rules differed.
7 Table 3 compares previously published data for the number of persons earning income from Own unincorporated business, where only persons with positive income were included, to the current data, which includes individuals who had a net negative income. At the Australia level, this change has resulted in a significant increase in the number of persons in the Own unincorporated business income category for each reference year, ranging from 28.8% in 2003-04 to 32.3% in 2005-06.
8 Table 4 compares the number of persons earning Investment income in previously published data to the current data. As seen with Own unincorporated business, the number of individuals included in this income category has increased significantly as a result of including persons earning net negative income from this source. Person counts in the current data are between fifteen and sixteen per cent higher than previously released data for each reference year.
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