ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents data from the Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) on Australian housing occupancy and costs, and relates these to characteristics of occupants and dwellings such as tenure, family composition of household, dwelling structure, age, income and principal source of income. It also includes value of dwelling estimates, and information on recent home buyers.
The publication includes a feature article on first home buyers in Australia. Appendix 2 details the collection of additional housing topics in the 2007-08 SIH and foreshadows the release, in November 2009, of a new publication covering these topics - Housing Mobility and Conditions, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 4130.0.55.002).
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Changes in this issue which have impacted on the data include:
EFFECTS OF ROUNDING
- a smaller final sample of 9,345 households in 2007-08, compared with 9,961 households in 2005-06.
- the inclusion of a table on income unit tenure, following the collection of person and income unit tenure data for the first time since the 2002-03 SIH.
- the inclusion of bonuses, irregular overtime, termination payments, inter-household transfers and non-cash benefits in income estimates for 2003-04, 2005-06 and 2007-08. For more information on improvements to the collection of income statistics see Appendix 4 of Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 6523.0).
- the use of population and household benchmarks based on the 2006 Census. In 2005-06 these benchmarks were based on the 2001 Census. For further information see paragraphs 58 to 66 of the Explanatory Notes.
- the use of additional information about tenure within the household to influence the selection of the household reference person, consistent with the treatment used prior to the 2003-04 SIH.
Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals. Published percentages are calculated prior to rounding of the figures and therefore some discrepancy may exist between these percentages and those that could be calculated from the rounded figures.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or James Mowle on Canberra (02) 6252 5508, .