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Believe it or not…1 in 3 Australian households has net wealth of more than $1million - featured image
By Michael Yardney

Believe it or not…1 in 3 Australian households has net wealth of more than $1million

What is wealth? And how many Australians are wealthy? Gehälterverteilung

Well...the answer may surprise you.

However, in today's challenging environment brought about by the coronavirus, we are all probably reevaluating what true wealth is to us.

If you followed my writings or podcasts you'll know that I I've always thought that true wealth has nothing to do with how many properties you own or the size of your bank account.

To be truly wealthy you need a lot more than money.

You need money plus your health, somebody to love and somebody who loves you, family and friends, the ability to contribute back to society, time, the ability to grow, spirituality plus much much more.

But if we talk about the wealth side of money, leading demographer Bernard Salt wrote an insightful article in The Australian last year breaking down wealth distribution in Australia.

The following chart shows the number of Australians ranked by net wealth in 2017-18, from the ABS estimates of household wealth taking into account housing, superannuation and other sources of stored wealth.

This report for the 2018 financial year estimates about one household in three ( 2.9 million) households in Australia have at least $1m in stored wealth.

Wealth Distribution

Now there's nothing really new about this…

Australians have always been very wealthy because so many of us own home (or are paying it off) and also because of our superannuation system which is a form of forced storage of wealth.

How much  do we earn?

According to the ATO, in 2017, about 14 million Australians reported a taxable income of some sort, including 428,000 in the uppermost bracket earning $180,000 and over.

Bernard Salt suggests that based on the rate of bracket creep over previous years it’s possible that in this financial year there will be close to 500,000 Australians in the top income bracket.

That’s about 3 per cent of all income tax payers.

Tax Brackets

Peak earning years

Not surprisingly Salt explains that, iIn terms of high-income earners ($100,000 and above in 2016), the peak earning years are 38-48 with the actual peak being 45.

Other characteristics of high-income earners are also revealing:

  • 36 per cent are atheist,
  • 75 per cent are male,
  • 900,000 are highly skilled.
  • On a nationality basis, 20 per cent of South Africans in the workforce fall into the category of high-income earners, whereas for Australians this proportion is 9 per cent.
Peak earning years

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About Michael Yardney Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who help their clients grow, protect and pass on their wealth through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's once again been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and one of Australia's 50 most influential Thought Leaders. His opinions are regularly featured in the media.
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