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    South Australia

    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released the annual Taxation Statistics report for the income year 2016–17. The report presents an overview of 16.5 million 2017 income tax returns for 13.9 million individuals, 970,000 companies, as well as super funds, partnerships and trusts.

    As part of this year’s tax stats release, we’ve also included data of individuals with private health insurance. Other parts of the taxation system are also covered in a user–friendly format including data on Goods and Services Tax, excise, Fringe Benefits Tax and the Pay As You Go system.

    The statistics cover areas such as average taxable income by occupation and state. The profession with the highest income was surgeons, with a national average taxable income of $394,866. Anaesthetists filled the second spot with an average income of $367,343 and internal medicine specialists came in third with an average income of $299,378.

    In South Australia, the profession with the highest income was surgeons with an average taxable income of $405,948.

    Ten highest earning occupations in Australia

Based on average taxable income (2016-17 Income year)

1. Surgeon, $394,866
2. Anaesthetist, $367,343
3. Internal medicine specialist, $299,378
4. Financial dealer, $261,008
5. Psychiatrist, $216,075
6. Other medical practitioner, $204,387
7. Judicial/ legal professionals, $195,703
8. Mining engineer, $167,345
9. CEO or managing director, $157,643
10. Engineering manager, $147,451

    Out of around 1,100 occupations recorded, there were 72 occupations where females had an average taxable income higher than males. This included authors, future traders, magistrates, professional surfers and illustrators.

    Five occupations where females earn more than males

Based on average taxable income (2016-17 Income year)

1. Author
Females: $85,006 Males: $68,342

2. Futures Trader
Females: $315,197 Males: $303,466

3. Magistrates
Females: $262,152 Males: $255,177

4. Pro Surfer
Females: $76,614 Males: $48,367

5. Illustrator
Females: $62,245 Males: $58,304

    The highest average taxable income of $230,330 was recorded in Sydney’s 2108 postcode which covers Coasters Retreat, Palm Beach, Currawong Beach and Great Mackerel Beach.

    Based on average taxable income (2016-17 Income year)

In the Northern Territory, the highest taxable income of $83,343 was recorded in 885 postcode which covers Alyangula. 

In WA, the highest taxable income of $155,264 was recorded in 6011 postcode which covers Cottleslow and Peppermint Grove.

In SA, the highest taxable income of $93,871 was recorded in 5061 postcode which covers Hyde Park, Malvern, Unley, Unley bc, Unley Dc and Unley Park. 

In VIC, the highest taxable income of $193,904 was recorded in 3142 postcode which covers Hawksburn and Toorak. 

In TAS, the highest taxable income of $68,621 was recorded in 7258 postcode which covers Breadlbane, Relbia and White Hills.

In the ACT, the highest taxable income of $110,394 was recorded in 2603 postcode which covers Forrest, Griffith, Manuka and Red Hill.

In NSW, the highest taxable income of $230,330 was recorded in 2108 postcode which covers Coasters Retreat, Currawong Beach, Great Mackerel Beach and Palm Beach.

In QLD, the highest taxable income of $107,478 was recorded in 4007 postcode which covers Ascot, Hamilton and Hamilton Central.

    South Australia’s postcode 5061, covering Hyde Park, Malvern and Unley, was the highest earning South Australian postcode with an average taxable income of $93,871.

    Ten highest earning postcodes in South Australia

Based on average taxable income (2016-17 Income year)

1. The highest taxable income of $93,871 was recorded in 5061 postcode which covers Hyde Park, Malvern and Unley.

2. The second highest taxable income of $92,916 was recorded in 5081 postcode which covers Collinswood, Gilberton, Medindie, Vale Park and Walkerville.

3. The third highest taxable income of $90,092 was recorded in 5006 postcode which covers North Adelaide.

4. The fourth highest taxable income of $84,257 was recorded in 5725 postcode which covers Olympic Dam and Roxby Downs.

5. The fifth highest taxable income of $81,058 was recorded in 5069 postcode which covers College Park, Evandale, Hackney, Maylands, St Peters and Stepney.

6. The sixth highest taxable income of $79,552 was recorded in 5064 postcode which covers Glen Osmond, Glenunga, Mount Osmond, Myrtle Bank, St Georges and Urrbrae.

7. The seventh highest taxable income of $79,145 was recorded in 5066 postcode which covers Beaumont, Burnside, Erindale, Hazelwood Park, Stonyfell, Waterfall Gully and Wattle Park.  

8. The eighth highest taxable income of $78,864 was recorded in 5154 postcode which covers Aldgate. 

9. The ninth highest taxable income of $77,310 was recorded in 5065 postcode which covers Dulwich, Glenside, Linden Park, Toorak Gardens and Tusmore.

10. The tenth highest taxable income of $76,150 was recorded in 5152 postcode which covers Cleland, Crafers, Crafers West, Mount Loft and Stirling.

    Five highest earning postcodes in Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley

Based on average taxable income (2016-17 Income year)

1. The highest taxable income of $60,795 was recorded in 5243 postcode which covers Oakbank.

2. The second highest taxable income of $60,700 was recorded in 5231 postcode which covers Millbrook, Kersbrook and Chain of Ponds.

3. The third highest taxable income of $60,631 was recorded in 5263 postcode which covers Coonawarra.

4. The fourth highest taxable income of $60,198 was recorded in 5242 postcode which covers Balhannah.

5. The fifth highest taxable income of $57,985 was recorded in 5273 postcode which covers Avenue Range.

    Five highest earning postcodes in regional South Australia

Based on average taxable income (2016-17 Income year)

1. The highest taxable income of $84,257 was recorded in 5725 postcode which covers Olympic Dam and Roxby Downs.

2. The second highest taxable income of $70,298 was recorded in 5720 postcode which covers Woomera, Arcoona, Billa Kalina, Parakylia, Pimba, Purple Downs, Stuarts Creek, Bosworth, Millers Creek, Mount Eba and Mount Vivian.

3. The third highest taxable income of $65,576 was recorded in 5651 postcode which covers Kyancutta.

4. The fourth highest taxable income of $65,548 was recorded in 5572 postcode which covers Arthurton.

5. The fifth highest taxable income of $63,745 was recorded in 5671 postcode which covers Mount Cooper, Port Kenny, Tyringa, Witera, Baird Bay, Calca, Colley and Mortana.

    Australia continues to be a charitable nation. In total, Australians reported donating $3.5 billion with an average gift size, for those who did donate, of $770. The most generous state was Western Australia, with 30% of residents claiming an average deduction of $1,190. Northern Territory residents recorded the lowest charitable donations, with 34% of residents claiming an average deduction of $405.

    In South Australia, 30% of residents claimed an average donation of $528.

    For more information see Taxation statistics 2016–17

    Last modified: 29 Mar 2019QC 58363