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How much money do Australians actually have?

  • July 15 2019
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How much money do Australians actually have?

By Cameron Micallef
July 15 2019

The average wealth of an Australian household has passed the $1 million mark, largely underpinned by property and superannuation holdings. 

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How much money do Australians actually have?

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  • July 15 2019
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The average wealth of an Australian household has passed the $1 million mark, largely underpinned by property and superannuation holdings. 

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In figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), there has been a 37 per cent increase in household wealth over the last decade. About 10 years ago, average household wealth hovered at $749,000.

The million-dollar mark is a 6 per cent increase from the 2015-16 report, which was $963,800 per household.  

Despite strong growth for some, inequality in the distribution of wealth has not improved, according to the figures. ABS chief economist Bruce Hockman said that income and wealth inequality have remained stable over the past decade.

“While there was a marginal increase in inequality in the period leading up to the global financial crisis in 2007-08, since 2007-08 the distribution of income between households has remained relatively stable,” Mr Hockman said.

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The Gini coefficient mentioned in the report shows that Australia’s inequality is at 0.328. It is measured by percentage of income per recipient. This means that if every resident earned the same amount, the Gini coefficient would be a 0 and if one person earned 100 per cent of the country’s income, the coefficient would be 1. 

The Gini coefficient for wealth was slightly higher over the decade at 0.621. This means the wealthiest 20 per cent of people hold 60 per cent of the country’s income.

“Over the past decade, income growth has been slow with average weekly household incomes increasing $44 to $1,062 in 2017-18. In comparison, in the four years up to 2007-08, average weekly household income grew by $220 in real terms to $1,018,” said Mr Hockman.

“For low-income households, there has been an increase of $28 in average weekly household income over the past decade, while for high-income households, there was an increase of $57,” continued Mr Hockman.

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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

About the author

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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