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4602.2 - Household Water, Energy Use and Conservation, Victoria, Oct 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/06/2010  First Issue
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Each year in October the ABS conducts individual state specific surveys as part of the Monthly Population Survey (MPS) program. Household Water, Energy Use and Conservation was the October 2009 State Supplementary Survey topic for Victoria (Vic.).

The survey collected information on household water and energy sources, insulation, energy use, swimming pools and gardens, as well as personal public transport use, all of which have implications for resource use, and by extension pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. As such, survey results may provide a further understanding of the environmental impact of Victorian households and individuals. A breakdown by capital city and balance of state is available in some of the tables within the publication.

The survey reference (or recall) period for individual questions varied, and was up to ten years in some cases.


The Household Water, Energy Use and Conservation survey was conducted as a supplement to the monthly Labour Force Survey throughout Victoria during the two weeks commencing 11 October 2009.


The number of full respondents for the Household Water, Energy Use and Conservation survey was a total of 4,259 households in Vic.

The total response rate in Vic. was 93%.

Two types of error can occur in estimates that are based on a sample survey: non-sampling error and sampling error. To assist users in understanding the estimate of these errors, relative standard errors (RSEs) are provided for every data cell in tables. For further information please refer to the Technical Note.


The Household Water, Energy Use and Conservation survey is not part of the ongoing ABS MPS program. Extreme caution must be used when comparing the 2009 survey with other related publications as different methodologies have been used.

The ABS has been conducting surveys related to the topic of Household Water, Energy Use and Conservation on an irregular basis. Previous ABS surveys related to Household Water, Energy Use and Conservation used a variety of sampling methods, estimation methods, concepts, data item definitions and classifications. These include:

For further information please refer to Related Publications.


Information on terminology and other technical aspects associated with statistics from the 2009 State Supplementary Survey are available. These can be found in the web-based publication Household Water, Energy Use and Conservation (cat. no. 4602.2), which contains detailed Explanatory Notes, a Technical Note and Glossary.


Data from the 2009 State Supplementary Survey, Household Water, Energy Use and Conservation, Victoria, are available in a variety of formats. The formats available free of charge on the ABS website are:
  • main features, which include commentary and graphs
  • data cubes which present a variety of data items in 34 tables and 34 RSE tables.
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