According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, during 2005-06 there were 16,532 wage and salary earners earning a total income of A$676,867,087. The estimated average income per wage and salary earner was $40,943 and the estimated median income was $35,190.
Current composition and election method
Cessnock City Council is composed of thirteen Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the twelve other Councillors are elected proportionally as four separate wards, each electing three Councillors. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:
Australian Labor Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Clean Sweep Independents
The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is: