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Topics @ a Glance - Personal, Family and Household Finances

An important focus of public policy is to ensure acceptable living conditions (or living standards) for all Australians. The economic wellbeing of individuals is largely determined by their command over economic resources. People's income and reserves of wealth provide access to many of the goods and services consumed in daily life.

While income is usually received by individuals, it is normally shared between partners in a couple relationship and with dependent children. To a lesser degree, there may be sharing with other members of the household. Even when there is no transfer of income between members of a household, nor provision of free or cheap accommodation, members are still likely to benefit from the economies of scale that arise from the sharing of dwellings. Measures of individuals' economic wellbeing are therefore generally based on the income, expenditure and wealth of the household in which they reside.

This theme page serves as a guide to various information relating to personal, family and household finances. It also provides links to ABS Contacts who can provide assistance in obtaining data and answer general queries.

Information on what's new and latest updates.

Release information including statistical publications, articles, papers and media releases.

Using Personal, Family and Household Finances Statistics
Information to assist in interpreting the statistics, including information about the surveys and the information available.
Other Related Sources of Information
Other related ABS theme pages and non-ABS links.

Contact details for personal and household finances enquires.

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