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Sources of family income

Families include: couples with child(ren), couples without child(ren), and one parent with child(ren). Total family income is calculated by adding together the total personal income of each member of the family aged 15 years and over, who stated their income, and was at home on census night.

A family was counted as receiving a source of income if one or more family members aged 15 years and over who were at home on census night reported receiving that source of income. Family members' sources of income relate to the 12 months ending 5 March 2013. Many families will have received income from more than one source during the year. The main source of income cannot be identified.

One-quarter of families receive income from some form of government transfer

At some time in the 12 months ending 31 March 2013:

  • 25.1 percent of families received income from an 'other government transfer' (up from 23.2 percent in 2006)
  • 17.5 percent of families received income from NZ superannuation or veterans pension (up from 14.8 percent in 2006)
  • 75.0 percent of families received income from wages and salary.

The proportion of families receiving income from interest, dividends, rent, and other investments at some time in the previous 12 months decreased:

  • 35.1 percent of families received income from this source in 2001
  • 33.0 percent of families received income from this source in 2006
  • 28.7 percent of families received income from this source in 2013.

At some time in the previous 12 months, in one parent with child(ren) families:

  • 61.7 percent received income from wages and salary
  • 60.4 percent received income from 'other government transfer', including 34.2 percent that received income from the domestic purposes benefit.

Graph, selected sources of family income, by family type, 2013 Census.

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