Regional differences in overall income distributions among Australians are widely acknowledged. In this paper, we examine the extent of these regional differences for working age Australians and whether they persist into old age. Using data provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, we describe differences in income distributions between people by state/territory, by level of remoteness and by age (15-64 and 65+). Overall, we found that regional differences in income largely disappear in the 65 and over group, and that regardless of their place of residence, large numbers of older Australians have very low income. Our findings suggest that a substantial majority of older adults in both rural and urban areas are living on an income similar to that provided by the age pension.
|Title of host publication||The Regional Development Cocktail - shaken not stirred|
|Place of Publication||New South Wales|
|Publisher||University of Wollongong|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
|Event||The Australian and New Zealand Regional Science Association Ie - Wollongong, Australia|
Duration: 28 Sep 2004 → 1 Oct 2004
|Conference||The Australian and New Zealand Regional Science Association Ie|
|Period||28/09/04 → 1/10/04|
Kelly, S., & McNamara, J. (2004). Regional Incomes Revisited: What Happens to Income Distribution After Age 65? In A. Hodgkinson (Ed.), The Regional Development Cocktail - shaken not stirred (pp. 79-94). New South Wales: University of Wollongong.