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6540.0 - Microdata: Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing, Australia, 2009-10  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/07/2012  Reissue
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A file containing unit record data from the Household Expenditure Survey (HES) and the Survey of Income and Housing (SIH). It is confidentialised, contains no names and addresses and the detail for some items of data has been reduced. Four individual microdata files are available: the basic files for HES and SIH are distributed on CD-ROM or can be accessed via the Remote Access Data Laboratory; the expanded files for HES and SIH are only able to be accessed via the Remote Access Data Laboratory. Subject to the limitation of sample size and the data classifications used, it is possible to manipulate the data, produce tabulations and undertake statistical analyses to individual specifications.

This release includes two corrections to the HES and SIH CURFs, as well as four additional HES items.

An error in the calculation of the pension supplement for HES and SIH 2009-10 has been identified and corrected. The model used for the previous release incorrectly allocated the supplement to some households that were not eligible, and omitted it from others that were eligible. The affected items are at the person, income unit, and household level, and relate to current weekly income from the pension supplement, government pensions and allowances, total income from all sources and subsequently derived income related items.

There has also been a correction made to six HES education variables. The items provided in the previous releases undercounted the number of persons attending different types of primary and secondary schools.

There are also four additional HES only health care card items available on this CURF release.

Details of the items impacted by this reissue are contained in an Excel spreadsheet titled 'Items impacted in CURF reissue July 2012' in the 'Downloads' tab of the Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing, User Guide, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 6503.0).


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