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1386.0 - What's New in Regional Statistics, Jun 2008  
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NEW SERIES - OWN UNINCORPORATED BUSINESS INCOME BY REGIONS


A NEW REGIONAL SERIES

Data available from this series

Geographical areas covered

Key findings from the data

Where this data came from

Related releases

A new regional series on persons whose main (or principal) source of income is from their own unincorporated business(es), has recently been released by the ABS. The data are for eight financial years, from 1996-97 to 2003-04. The ABS has produced this series in response to identified user demand for information about regional income.

This release comprises an Information Paper and detailed spreadsheets. For the Information Paper refer to: Information Paper: Persons with Main Source of Income from Own Unincorporated Business, Experimental Estimates for Small Areas, Australia, 1996-97 to 2003-04 (cat. no. 6225.0) and for the spreadsheets refer to: Persons with Main Source of Income from Own Unincorporated Business, Experimental Estimates for Small Areas - Data Cubes, 1996-97 to 2003-04 (cat. no. 6225.0.55.001).


Data available from this series

The data that are available from this series include the number of persons whose main source of income is from their own unincorporated business(es), and for those persons:

  • income from their own unincorporated business
  • total income from all sources
  • average income from their own unincorporated business
  • average total income from all sources, and
  • the number of males and females for the years 2001-02 to 2003-04.


Geographical areas covered

Data are available for the following types of regions:
  • Local Government Areas (LGAs)
  • Statistical Local Areas (SLAs)
  • Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs)
  • Statistical Divisions (SDs)

Totals are also included for each state/territory and for Australia.


Key findings from the data

The following are some of the key findings contained in the Information Paper, which also includes findings for Australia, the states and territories, across urban and rural Australia and for local government areas. If you are interested in a particular region or other characteristics not covered in the Information Paper, refer to the associated Excel spreadsheets.

Key findings for 'persons whose main source of income is from their own unincorporated business(es)' (PSIOUB) include:
  • Total personal income earned by these persons from their unincorporated business(es) in 2003–04 was an average of $34,697 per person. In comparison, the average total personal income of these people from all sources, i.e. taking into account income from other sources such as wages and salaries, investments, etc., was around 10.8% higher at $38,455.
  • Between 1996–97 and 2003–04, the average personal income from own unincorporated business(es) for this population increased by 53.5% or $12,087. This represents an average annual increase of 6.3% per annum. Their average total personal income from all sources also increased over this period by 54.2% or $13,522 in total, for an average annual increase of 6.4%.

Graph: Average personal income derived from Own Unincorporated Business and all sources, PSIOUB, Australia, 1996-97 to 2003-04.

Time series of average personal income from own unincorporated business and all sources
  • In 2003-04, PSIOUB in the Local Government Area (LGA) of Mosman (in Sydney, New South Wales) had the highest average personal income derived from own unincorporated business(es) of all LGAs in Australia, at $151,960, while the average for Australia was $34,697.
  • In 2003-04, there were five other LGAs where the average personal income (of PSIOUB) derived from their own unincorporated businesses was in excess of $100,000. These areas were: Woollahra (New South Wales) with an average of $134,843, followed by Cottesloe (Western Australia) with $119,983, Nedlands (Western Australia) with $117,654, Hunter's Hill (New South Wales) with $110,073, and Ku-ring-gai (New South Wales) with an average of $101,110.

LGAs with highest average Personal Income from Own Unincorporated Business (PSIOUB), Australia - 2003-04(a)(b)

Persons - Principle
source of income
derived from Own Unincorp. Business
Total
personal income
derived from Own Unincorp. Business
Average
personal income
derived from Own Unincorp. Business
Total
personal income
from all sources
Local Government Area
no.
$m
$
$m

State/
Territory
LGA Name
NSW Mosman (A)
1,196
181.7
151,960
200.8
NSW Woollahra (A)
2,832
381.9
134,843
444
WA Cottesloe (T)
406
48.7
119,983
53.4
WA Nedlands (C)
968
113.9
117,654
132.8
NSW Hunter's Hill A)
523
57.6
110,073
63.9
NSW Ku-ring-gai (A)
4,137
418.3
101,110
464.4
VIC Stonnington C)
3,503
336.1
95,959
383.1
WA Claremont (T)
393
35.8
91,145
40.6
SA Walkerville (M)
314
28.1
89,533
31.1
NSW North Sydney (A)
2,176
194.2
89,248
214.6
Australia
904,769
31,392.7
34,697
34,793.2

(a) Excludes LGAs with less than 100 persons.
(b) LGA boundaries as at ASGC 2004.
Source: ATO Individual Income Tax Dataset



Where this data came from

This series is based on Australian Taxation Office's Individual Income Tax Return data, and is part of the ABS' program to increase the range of regional data available to users of regional statistics, particularly through the use of administrative information from other government agencies. All data was provided to the ABS in aggregated form and confidentialised, and no information about individual taxpayers was released to the ABS.


Related releases

This new series is related to other previous ABS releases on regional sources of income.

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