ABS releases new information on migrant income

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3 September 2015
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
ABS to release new information on migrant income

For the first time, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will release detailed information on the income of migrants tomorrow, including Employee income, Own unincorporated business income, Investment income, Other* income and Foreign income.

Personal Income of Migrants, Experimental, Australia, presents detailed information on the sources of personal income that migrants received for the 2009-10 financial year from the Personal Income Tax and Migrants Integrated Dataset (PITMID).

“This is an exciting first release of experimental data and results show some distinct differences in the personal incomes of migrants influenced by visa stream, period of residence and gender,” said Jenny Dobak from the ABS.

Gender, employment status, industry of employment and job history were significant factors influencing the level of income of migrants. Results will cover:
    • migrant total income for 2009-2010,
    • migrant income per visa stream, and
    • median Employee incomes per gender, age group, length of residency and country of birth.
Further information can be found in Personal Income of Migrants, Experimental, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 3418.0), available for free download from 11.30am Friday 4 September 2015 from the ABS website https://www.abs.gov.au

Media note:

    • Data presented are limited to permanent migrants aged 15 years and over who have arrived in Australia between 1 January 2000 and 6 March 2013.
    • * Other income includes transfer or trust income; foreign investment fund and/or foreign life insurance assurance policy income; controlled foreign company income; foreign salary/pension income; other net foreign source income; and other (including superannuation and annuity income). Data for superannuation and annuities are understated. See Explanatory Notes for more information.
    • Please ensure when reporting on ABS data that you attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.
    • Media requests and interviews - contact the ABS Communications Section on 1300 175 070