ABS income data shows highest earning regions
THE Central Queensland mining town of Moranbah was among the top three highest earning regional suburbs in the country in 2009-10.
Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Monday showed people in Moranbah had an average income of $75,662 for the financial year, with only the Pilbara mining areas of Karratha ($79,925) and Port Hedland ($78,584) in Western Australia recording higher averages for regional towns.
In fact, Moranbah's average income was the third highest in Queensland, the only regional area to make it.
Toorak in Melbourne's east recorded the highest average income in the country in 2009-10 with $132,252, followed by the affluent Sydney suburbs of Double Bay ($129,116) and Mosman ($126,956).
Lisa Conolly, director of the ABS Rural and Regional National Statistics Centre, said the figures were based on data from the Australian Taxation Office to provide a breakdown of information such as personal income by wage and salary, investment, superannuation and annuities.
The average income for the country was $48,530, with the Australian Capital Territory recording the highest average of all the states and territories with $58,034, with resource rich Western Australia next on $53,397.
New South Wales was fourth on $50,328 and Queensland sixth on $45,844, almost $3000 below the national average.
The top four earning regions in NSW were all in Sydney, with Hunters Hill-Woolwich ($123,956) and Woollahra ($123,869) rounding out the top four.
Of the state's regional areas, Queanbeyan West -Jerrabomberra had the highest average with $64,728, followed by Merewether ($62,296) and Newcastle-Cooks Hill ($61,295).
More than 25%, or 132, of NSW's regions recorded average total incomes above the state average of $50,328.
Of this group, 15% were located outside of Sydney City.Greater Brisbane accounted for all but one of the suburbs in Queensland's top five earning regions.
The Brisbane suburb of Ascot, in Treasurer Wayne Swan's seat of Lilley, was the most affluent area in the state with an average income of $90,945 in 2009-10, followed by Hamilton ($90,900), Moranbah, Bulimba ($74,206) and Hawthorne ($73,928).
Almost 38%, or 193, of the state's regions had average total incomes above the state average, with 62% of those located within the Brisbane metropolitan area.
* The figures include all income, not just wages and salaries.