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1287.0 - Standards for Income Variables, 2010  
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Contents >> Standard variable - Total income >> Classification and coding

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The classification criteria
The standard classification
Coding procedures


34. 'Total income' is a continuous variable, that is a variable that can take on any of a range of values.

35. 'Total income' is classified according to its components, that is, the source of income.


THE CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA

36. An individual may receive income from more than one source. 'Total income' is the sum of the following income components, before income tax and the Medicare Levy are taken out:

    • employee income;
    • profit or loss from self employment (own unincorporated business income)
    • government pensions and allowances;
    • investment income;
    • superannuation pensions and annuities;
    • other current transfers received.
37. The classification is a three level hierarchal classification that groups sources of income at the broad, narrow and detailed levels.

38. At the broad, or top, level of the classification for 'Total income', the income components are grouped according to whether they are received from:
    • an employer, including their own incorporated business;
    • a profit or loss from their own unincorporated business;
    • a government pension or allowance paid by a government entity under social security and related government programs;
    • any other source. This is output as "Other income".

39. Investment income, superannuation pensions and annuities and other current transfers are grouped together (under 'Other income') in output as generally finer levels of disaggregation are not supported by the estimates due to low numbers receiving income from these sources.

40. At the narrow, or second, level of the classification, 'Any other source' is classified according to whether income is received from:
    • investments, that is income received as a result of the ownership of financial and non-financial assets;
    • superannuation pensions and annuities;
    • other current transfers.

41. At the detailed, or third, level of the classification, investment income, government pensions and allowances and other current transfers are further broken down into their component groupings as outlined in the next section.

THE STANDARD CLASSIFICATION

42. This section presents the standard classification for 'Total income' broken down into its component parts, that is individual 'Sources of income'.

Broad level


1 Employee income
2 Unincorporated business income
3 Government pensions and allowances
9 Other income

Narrow level


1 Employee income
      11 Employee income
2 Unincorporated business income
      21 Unincorporated business income
3 Government pensions and allowances
      31 Government pensions and allowances
9 Other income
      91 Investment income
      92 Superannuation pensions and annuities
      93 Other current transfers received
      94 Other income nec

Detailed level


1 Employee income
      11 Employee income
          1101 Employee income
2 Unincorporated business income
      21 Unincorporated business income
          2101 Unincorporated business income
3 Government pensions and allowances
      31 Government pensions and allowances
          3101 Age Pension
          3102 Newstart Allowance
          3103 Service Pension (DVA)
          3104 Disability Support Pension (Centrelink)
          3105 Wife Pension
          3106 Sickness Allowance
          3107 Widow Allowance (Centrelink)
          3108 Special Benefit
          3109 Partner Allowance
          3110 Carer Payment
          3111 Family Tax Benefit
          3112 War Widow(er)'s Pension (including income support supplement) (DVA)
          3113 Disability Pension (DVA)
          3114 Parenting Payment
          3115 Carer Allowance
          3116 Youth Allowance
          3117 Austudy / ABSTUDY
          3118 Pensions and allowances from overseas governments
          3199 Other government pensions and allowances nec (not elsewhere classified)
9 Other income
      91 Investment income
          9101 Interest
          9102 Dividends
          9103 Rent
          9104 Royalties
          9199 Investment income nec
      92 Superannuation pensions and annuities
          9201 Superannuation pensions and annuities
      93 Other current transfers received
          9301 Workers' compensation
          9302 Payments from accident/ sickness insurance
          9303 Transfers from other households
          9304 Scholarships
          9399 Other current transfers nec
      94 Other income nec
          9499 Other income nec


CODING PROCEDURES

43. The coding procedures can be found in the standard for Sources of income. Income receipts not separately identified in the classification are included in the relevant residual or 'Not elsewhere classified' (nec) categories.
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