ATO data shows mining boom gains
Data from the Australian Taxation Office has revealed the huge income gains experienced in Pilbara towns during the mining boom.
From 2003 to 2015 Onslow’s average income jumped more than 225 per cent from $36,201 to $122,384.
Roebourne and Point Samson’s average income increased by close to 100 per cent to $51,862 and $96,167, respectively.
Dampier and Paraburdoo residents remained some of the most cashed up Pilbara locals, with average earnings above $100,000 in 2014-15.
Average income in Karratha and Tom Price sat around $91,000. Exmouth’s average income almost doubled to just below $63,000.
Port Hedland’s average dipped just below $100,000 after heading towards $101,000 in 2013-14.
In all, 12,467 individuals were counted in the City of Karratha as part of the data set in FY2014-15, down from 13,114 in the previous financial year. In Ashburton 3725 individuals were counted, down from 3810.
In Exmouth, 1715 individuals were counted in 2014-15, about the same as the previous year.
The data shows the income details of more than 2570 postcodes nationwide in an effort to break down the tax figures covering the mining boom from 2003-04 until 2014-15.
The figures revealed a record number of communities across WA had their average incomes at least double — with 12 postcodes in 2014-15 enjoying a six-figure average taxable income. In 2003-04 not one postcode area had a six-figure average taxable income.