Australian Bureau of Statistics
6553.0 - Survey of Income and Housing, User Guide, Australia, 2013-14
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HISTORY OF COLLECTION
The SIH was conducted annually from 1994–95 to 1997–98, and then in 1999–2000, 2000–01 and 2002–03. Commencing in 2003–04 the SIH has been conducted every two years, and is integrated with the HES every six years.
Previous surveys of household income were conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in 1979, 1982, 1986 and 1990. These surveys were generally conducted over a two-month period, compared to a twelve-month period for the SIH. The SIH also included improvements to the survey weighting and estimation procedures, changes to the scope and coverage of household income and changes to interviewing methods.
Wealth data has been collected in every cycle of the SIH since 2003–04, except for 2007–08.
KEY FEATURES OF THIS CYCLE
Integration of Income and Wealth publications
From 2013–14, the publication Household Income and Wealth, Australia, 2013–14 (cat. no. 6523.0) incorporates information previously presented as part of the Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia (cat. no. 6523.0) and Household Wealth and Wealth Distribution, Australia (cat. no. 6554.0) products.
The primary benefit of integrating the Income and Wealth publications is to encourage both income and wealth to be considered when analysing the economic resources and wellbeing of individual households.
Change in geography classification
The 2013–14 SIH publication presents data using two geography classifications. Data collected in 2013–14 are based on the current Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS), while data from previous SIH cycles are based on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). More detail on these changes is available in the 'Classifications and standards' section of this publication.
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This page last updated 4 September 2015