Personal Income in Australia is one of two releases containing data from the Linked Employer-Employee Dataset (LEED). Jobs in Australia, which also contains LEED data, was also released today. The Microdata: Jobs and Income of Employed Persons, 2011-12 to 2019-20 TableBuilder product (previously called Microdata: Jobs in Australia) is intended for release later this year and contains more detailed data from the LEED.
Differences between Jobs in Australia and Personal Income in Australia
Jobs in Australia (JIA) and Personal Income in Australia (PIiA) present similar data on earners and income which comes from the LEED. However, there are a few small but important differences between JIA and PIiA that should be taken into consideration if comparing the two sets of statistics.
The number of earners will be different between the two publications. In PIiA, anyone who earns income, whether from employment, superannuation, investment etc. is counted as an earner. This also includes individuals who only receive an employment termination payment without any regular income. In JIA, earners are restricted to those who receive payment from employment, which is either working as an employee or an owner-manager of unincorporated enterprise. JIA does not include individuals who only receive an employment termination payment.
The median incomes reported in JIA are reported on a 'per job' and 'employed person' basis. However, individuals may work more than one job, either at the same time or throughout the financial year. For PIiA, the income is reported on a 'per person' basis which includes all income types, not only employment income, received in that financial year.
Migrant's jobs and income
Data on migrants living and working in Australia are currently being linked with the LEED for the 2019-20 financial year. Additional content and an additional Data Download will be added to this release later this year.
Guide to labour statistics
To learn more about our different labour measures, their purpose and how to use them, see our Guide to labour statistics. It provides summary information on labour market topics including Earnings (similar to income) data.