Australian Bureau of Statistics
4363.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13
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Income from all sources was combined to produce a total personal cash income, which is usually expressed for output in annual or weekly income ranges. Incomes in reported dollar amounts and in deciles are stored on the data file.
Total cash income at the household level is also available in dollar amounts (reported and equivalised) and deciles. These are further explained in the section of this chapter entitled 'Household, Family and Income Unit level characteristics'.
Comparability with 2007-08
Income is considered to be directly comparable between the 2011-12 and 2007-08 surveys. However in 2004-05, this data was only collected from persons aged 18 years and over. Care should be taken when making comparisons with the 2004-05 survey and the more recent 2011-12 and 2007-08 surveys that the same age groups are being used.
Sources of cash income
Wages and salaries
Respondents aged 15 years and over were asked whether they received income from wages and salaries (including from their own incorporated business), and if so, how much, and the period the amount covered. This topic included wages and salaries from all jobs, whether full-time or part-time; wages and salaries paid to a respondent from their own incorporated business; and commissions paid to sales staff. It excluded dividends received from shares in an incorporated business; and Newstart or Youth Allowance received under the Work for the Dole Scheme.
Government pensions, allowances and benefits
Respondents were then asked whether they currently received a government pension, allowance and benefit, and if so, were sequenced to a series of questions to determine the specific pension, benefit or allowance, as follows:
Only one of these pensions, benefits or allowances could be selected. If any of the above were selected, the amount received and the period that amount covered were asked.
Respondents were then asked whether they currently received Family Tax Benefit (FTB) as regular payments from the Tax Office, and if so, the amount received and the period that amount covered. FTB is a Australian Government benefit to assist with the cost of raising children that consists of two components:
Both Part A and Part B were included in this topic.
FTB can be paid as fortnightly payments from the Family Assistance Office, as a lump sum payment from the Family Assistance Office after the end of the financial year, and as a lump sum through the tax system. Recipients of this last system can anticipate the lump sum by asking their employer to take less tax out of their wages during the year. Recipients can also choose to receive some of their entitlement in fortnightly payments and some as a lump sum after the end of the financial year. For the purposes of this question, only FTB income received as regular fortnightly payments was included.
Then, using a prompt card, respondents were asked whether they currently received any of the following, and if so, the amount received and the period that amount covered:
Also using a prompt card, respondents were asked whether they currently received any income from the following sources, and if so, the amount received and the period that amount covered:
Respondents were then asked to report:
Where the respondent was a registered dealer, income from share trading was recorded as business income. In other cases, income from share trading was recorded as 'other regular income'.
Persons who reported income from their own unincorporated business, share in a partnership, or rental property were asked to report the total amount received from these sources in the last financial year (before tax but after business expenses). 'Don't know' and 'refusal' options were allowed.
For output, sources of income are classified as follows:
Type of pensions received are also available for output. For more details, please refer to the survey data item list available from the downloads tabs of the Australian Health Survey (cat. no. 4364.0.5.001).
Main source of cash income
Main source of cash income is derived for the items above, and is available as a separate output item.
The selected adult was asked to report the combined income details of all persons aged 15 years and over in their household. Two question were used, asking how much income in total was received from all sources, and the period that total amount covered. Don't know and refusal options were allowed. The approach used in the survey relies on the selected adult's knowledge of the income of other household members, and their willingness to report information about other household members which they may see as sensitive. Two output categories were derived into deciles:
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