Top earners still reside in city areas

RURAL and regional people remain behind those in the capital cities when it comes to income, figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed on Wednesday.

The Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas revealed Double Bay and Bellevue Hill in Sydney and Ascot in Brisbane were the areas where the top earners in New South Wales and Queensland could be found.

Of the top five earner areas in New South Wales, all were in Sydney's eastern and northern suburbs, while all five top areas in Queensland were in Brisbane.

But ABS director of the Rural and Regional National Statistics Centre, Lisa Connolly, said outside of Brisbane, Moranbah was the next highest income region.

"The top five earning regions in Queensland all fall in the Greater Brisbane region with Ascot the highest with an average of $90,945, followed by Hamilton on $90,900, Bulimba on $74,206, Hawthorne on $73,928 and Bardon on $73,579," she said.

"Outside of Greater Brisbane the highest average income was recorded in Moranbah which averaged an income of $75,662 per annum.

"For the rest of Queensland the highest average total incomes were in Broadsound with $64,814 and the Central Highlands with $61,361."

Ms Connolly said the average total income for Queenslanders was $45,844, lower than the national average of $48,530, while in NSW the average total income was $50,328.

"The top four earning regions in NSW are the Sydney regions of Double Bay - Bellevue Hill, coming in top with an average total income of $129,116, Mosman on $126,956, Hunters Hill - Woolwich on $123,956 and Woollahra on $123,869," Ms Connolly said.

"Outside of Sydney, Queanbeyan West -Jerrabomberra had New South Wales' highest average total income with $64,728. This was followed by Merewether on $62,296 and Newcastle - Cooks Hill on $61,295."



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