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AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS (ABS)
More specifically the HES is used to update the weighting pattern of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to ensure it adequately reflects the spending habits of the Australian population.
Household expenditure data is available for 1974-75, 1975-76, 1984, 1988-89, 1993-94, 1998-99 and 2003-04. From 2003-04 the HES is on a 6 yearly cycle.
The 1998-99 and 2003-04 surveys each had a sample of about 7,000 households.
DATA ITEMS RELEVANT TO MIGRANTS AND ETHNICITY
OTHER DATA ITEMS COLLECTED
A full list of data items collected for the 2003-04 cycle of the HES and the Survey of Income and Housing are available in Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing: User Guide, 2003-04 (cat. no. 6503.0).
The User Guide also describes the definitions, concepts, methodology and estimation procedures used in the HES and the Survey of Income and Housing and contains questionnaires, lists of output data items and the Household Expenditure Classification.
For further details on scope, geographic coverage, data availability and publications, methodology, classifications and concepts visit the Household Expenditure Survey entry in the Directory of Statistical Sources.
The Migrant Data Matrices provide a link to summary data on migrants from the Household Expenditure Survey. The data items included in each datacube are not exhaustive, but rather a selection of the data available. Care must be taken in comparing data from different collections presented in the Matrices due to differences in survey methodology, definitions and reference periods.
Additional data are also available in the publications Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia (cat. no. 6523.0) and Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results (cat. no. 6530.0).
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service.
Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney 2001
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