Migrants generated $38 billion in total income in 2009 – 2010

In 2009 to 2010, migrants generated $38 billion in total income where almost two-thirds (63%) of migrant taxpayers were skilled, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The average employee income of a skilled visa holder was approximately $5,000 higher than the national average of Australian taxpayers. The ABS data indicates the family stream migrants represented 22% of total migrant income in 2009 to 2010 while 58% reported owning their own business.

Overall the data had a gendered trend where women reported far more investment income than mean and women were also found to have a considerably lower median income.

The data draws on information relating to personal incomes received for the 2009 to 2010 financial year.

More details on Personal Income of Migrants, Experimental, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. No. 3418.0), or visit www.abs.gov.au