Where do
people receiving
JobKeeper live?

As we continue to explore the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this week we ask the question: where do people receiving JobKeeper live?

The JobKeeper Payment scheme is a temporary subsidy for businesses significantly affected by COVID-19. Eligible employers, sole traders and other entities can apply to receive $1,500 per eligible employee per fortnight. The Treasury estimates over 3.5 million Australian employees, 29% of those employed, are receiving the JobKeeper Payment.

We’ve used business survey data on JobKeeper takeup from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in combination with the most recent census of the Australian population, to estimate and map, by local postcode, where people receiving the payment are most likely to live. Postcodes with the highest proportion of its residents receiving the payment are coloured red, and suburbs with the least proportion are coloured green.

The estimated JobKeeper by suburb reliance displayed on the interactive map below can be used to inform users of the likely economic and financial consequences of the government stimulus package. By combining local area demographics such as industry of employment and employment status with the business community’s take-up of the JobKeeper scheme, we can understand an area’s overall reliance on government support today but also gauge the potential consequences of such benefits being removed.

Combined with other datasets, this information can be used to forecast consumer and business outcomes for a local area such as a postcode, suburb, electorate, city, region or state. Please get it touch if you want to understand the JobKeeper scheme’s impact on your organisation.

How do I use the map?

Click on a postcode to see its resident’s reliance on the JobKeeper payment, relative to all postcodes in Australia. The charts to the right of the map will update with the employment and income characteristics of the selected postcode, relative to those of their state or territory.

What does the map show?

The heat map illustrates the relative reliance on the JobKeeper Payment for each postcode in Australia. The higher the score, the greater the proportion of its residents are likely to be receiving the Payment:

    • The 0 – 10 decile (darkest green) is the 10% of Australian postcodes (weighted by population) likely to have the lowest proportion of its resident receiving the Payment (importantly, it is not showing that 0-10% of its residents are receiving the payment).
    • The 90 – 100 decile (darkest red) is the 10% of Australian postcodes (weighted by population) likely to have the highest proportion of its resident receiving the Payment (importantly, it is not showing that 90-100% of its residents are receiving the payment).

What does the ‘Postcode characteristics pre-COVID-2019’ show me?

Industry of employment, compared to the state average

For the selected postcode,

  • This chart displays the 10 industries of employment that vary the most from the state/territory average distribution of industry of employment.
  • A positive number means this postcode has a greater proportion of people employed in that industry, compared to the rest of the state. For example, if the postcode has 10% of people employed in “Legal/Accounting” and the state average is 5%, the number shown will be +5%
  • A negative number means this postcode has a smaller proportion of people employed in that industry, compared to the rest of the state.
  • Data for this chart is taken from the 2016 census.
Income distribution, compared to the state average

For the selected postcode,

  • This chart displays how income is distributed compared to the state average.
  • A positive number means this postcode has more people in a particular income bracket compared to the rest of the state/territory.
  • A negative number means this postcode has fewer people in a particular income bracket compared to the rest of the state/territory.
  • Data for this chart is taken from the 2016 census.

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