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6602.0 - Microdata: Longitudinal Labour Force, Australia, 2008-10 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Income and Earnings >> Main source of income [PRNINCCE]


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This data item describes the main source of income. It relates to the income provided in the total weekly personal income data items.

For Current weekly gross personal income from all sources [WINCALCE], collected in the Multipurpose Household Survey, Australia (MPHS, cat. no. 4100.0), the main source of income relates to the greatest contributor of the income in dollar terms to the person's personal income. It does not take account of other income received by their household, and the main source of income for the household may in fact be a different type of income.

This data item also classifies those employees who reported earnings for Weekly earnings in main job [WINCMJCE], collected in Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia (EEBTUM, cat. no. 6310.0), as 'Employee income.' In EEBTUM only employees are surveyed, and these earnings only relate to their main employee job. Income from all sources is not collected in EEBTUM.

There will be cases where someone's main income source will be from income sources other than employee income (i.e working part-time and also receiving government benefits or superannuation) but as this is not collected in the EEBTUM survey, it can not be identified in this data item - they will be classified as 'Employee income' in all cases. Caution should be taken when using this data item where it relates to earnings in main job as collected in EEBTUM.





Population:1/8th sample
(1 person per
Employees in
7/8th sample
(limited info)

No income / Not applicable
Employee income (only response for EEBTUM)
Unincorporated business income
Government pensions and allowances
Other income
Could not be determined / Not known
Not collected

Related Information

Standards for Income Variables, 2010 (cat. no. 1287.0)
Standards for Income Variables, 2010: Total income (cat. no. 1287.0)
Census Dictionary, 2011: Income (cat. no. 2901.0)
Technical Manual: Multipurpose Household Survey, Expanded CURF, Australia (MPHS) (cat. no. 4100.0)
Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia (EEBTUM): Glossary - Weekly earnings (cat. no. 6310.0)
Information Paper: Changes to ABS Measures of Employee Remuneration, 2006: 3.4 Earnings (cat. no. 6313.0)
Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods: 12. Employee Remuneration (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001)
Labour Force, Australia: Understanding Labour Force (cat. no. 6202)
Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods: 3. Employment (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001)
Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods: 21.2 Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001)
Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods: 22. Multi-Purpose Household Survey (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001)

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