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Level of income inequality in OECD countries

Income inequalityInequalityHow does Australia compare?

These graphs compare overall income inequality in OECD countries, using the Gini coefficient, for which a higher score represents greater inequality.

2017-18: The graph shows that income inequality in Australia in 2018 – the latest date for which comparative data is available – was close to the average level for wealthy nations.

2015-16: It shows that income inequality in Australia in 2015 – the latest date for which comparative data is available – was higher than the OECD average. Australia sits between other English-speaking countries, above Canada but below the United States and the United Kingdom; and alongside some countries with lower income levels, like Greece and Portugal.

Most European countries had much lower income inequality than Australia.

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