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STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

Current Releases

Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia (cat. no. 4130.0) provides biennial data from the Survey of Income and Housing on Australian housing 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.

Housing Mobility and Conditions, Australia (cat. no. 4130.0.55.002) provides statistics compiled from the Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) on Australian housing mobility and dwelling conditions. These data were collected in the 2007-08 SIH, in addition to the housing occupancy and costs information regularly collected in every SIH cycle and released in Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia (cat. no. 4130.0).

Census of Population and Housing. The ABS offers a range of products from the Census of Population and Housing to suit housing analysts' needs. Data can be accessed through a range of electronic products from the Census data web page.

Housing Finance, Australia (cat. no. 5609.0) provides monthly statistics of housing finance commitments made by significant lenders. This includes secured finance commitments for the construction or purchase of owner occupied dwellings and finance commitments for the construction or purchase of dwellings for rent or resale (investment housing). Also included are the outstanding values of housing loan assets to individuals held by lenders at the individual reference month.

House Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities (cat. no. 6416.0) provides quarterly estimates of changes in house prices for each of the eight capital cities of Australia. The information is presented in the form of price indexes constructed separately for established houses and for project homes. It is calculated on the reference base 2003-04 = 100.0 for each of the eight capital cities as well as a weighted average of them. The capital city indexes measure price movements over time in each city individually. They do not measure differences in price levels between cities.

Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0) provides monthly details of building work approved including dwelling units in both the public and private sectors. Details of both the numbers approved and value of approvals are shown for houses and other dwellings separately, so that average values of approvals can be calculated for various types of dwellings.

Dwelling Unit Commencements, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 8750.0) provides quarterly preliminary estimates of the number of dwelling units (new houses, new other residential and conversions, etc.) commenced for private sector and public sector, by state. Total number of dwelling units commenced by state in seasonally adjusted and trend terms.

Building Activity, Australia (cat. no. 8752.0) provides quarterly details of building activity in Australia. It includes new residential buildings (houses and other residential), alterations and additions to residential buildings and non-residential buildings by type of building (e.g. offices, warehouses, accommodation, etc.).

Environmental Issues: Energy Use and Conservation (cat. no. 4602.0.55.001) includes information on household practices in relation to domestic energy use. A range of issues are covered including energy sources, energy use and energy saving measures used in households. Other areas covered include: characteristics of dwellings that affect energy use, heaters and coolers, types of household appliances used in households. New data items collected in this issue include type and number of televisions and solar hot water system or solar panels used to generate electricity. This publication replaces the series Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices (cat. no. 4602.0).

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (cat. no. 4714.0). This publication presents a summary of results from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey (NATSISS). The NATSISS is a multi-facetted social survey which provides broad information across key areas of social concern for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, nationally, by state and territory and remoteness area. Information from the NATSISS contributes to existing data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the formulation of government policies and legislation.


Other Statistical Publications

Residential and Workplace Mobility, and Implications for Travel: NSW and Vic., October 2008 (cat. no. 3240.0) provides results from the 2008 State Supplementary Survey conducted as a supplement to the ABS Monthly Population Survey (MPS). The survey was conducted throughout New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria (Vic.) during the two weeks commencing 5 October 2008.

Housing and Infrastructure in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4710.0) provides summary results from the Community Housing and Infrastructure Needs Survey (CHINS) enumerated from March to June 2006. It also includes time series information incorporating selected results from the 1999 and 2001 CHINS as well as maps showing the distribution of indigenous housing organisations and discrete communities across Australia.

Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices, March 2007 (cat. no. 4602.0) presents information on environmental behaviour and practices of Australian households and individuals collected in March 2007. This edition focuses on 'Water use and conservation' and covers a range of issues including water sources, water supply, rainwater tanks and water saving measures.

Mature Aged Persons Statistical Profile: Living Arrangements, February 2005 (cat. no. 4905.0.55.001) presents information on the family and household structure of mature age persons (those aged 45-64 years). 'Living arrangements' refers to the type of dwelling in which a person lives and the people living within that dwelling. The publication provides a detailed examination of the dwelling and structures, people and relationships in the quality aspects of living arrangements, drawing primarily on data from the Census of Population and Housing.

Housing Motivations and Intentions, Western Australia, Oct 2005 (cat. no. 8710.5) contains results from the State Supplementary Survey conducted in Western Australia (WA) in October 2005. It presents information on the motivators that affect Western Australians in the choice of their current dwelling (and location of that dwelling) and their intentions regarding their future choice of housing. Some characteristics regarding their previous dwelling were also collected.

Housing Choices, NSW, Oct 2004 (cat. no. 3240.1) summarises results from the New South Wales (NSW) component of the survey of Housing Choices, conducted during October 2004 throughout NSW and Queensland. It presents information on household composition, dwelling and tenure type, and whether modifications have been made to the dwelling for older people or people with a disability. For households that have moved in the last three years, reasons for choosing to live in their current dwelling and reasons for moving from their previous dwelling are reported. Also included are whether or not households intend to move together in the next 12 months, and corresponding reasons.

Housing Motivations and Intentions, Queensland, 2004 (cat. no. 8710.3.55.001) contains information on housing motivations and intentions obtained from the October 2004 State Supplementary Survey, Housing Motivations and Intentions, Queensland. It presents information on household composition, dwelling and tenure type, and whether modifications have been made to the dwelling for older people or people with a disability. For households that have moved within the last three years, reasons for choosing to live in their current dwelling and reasons for moving from their previous dwelling are reported. Also included are all reasons households are not likely to move in the next 12 months but want to move by certain selected characteristics such as age, household income, and labour force status.

Home Safety and Security, Western Australia, Oct 2004 (cat. no. 4526.5.55.001) contains results from the Home Safety and Security Survey conducted in Western Australia (WA) in October 2004. It presents information on safety measures, security features, break-ins and attempted break-ins in Western Australian households. The topics covered include whether smoke alarms are installed, whether the dwelling has security features installed (e.g. security screens, door deadlocks, window locks, security alarm) and whether the household experienced a break-in or attempted break-in. For households which have experienced a break-in or attempted break-in, information is also presented on the security features of the household and characteristics of that event (e.g. point of entry, whether point of entry was locked, whether the incident was reported to police).

Australian Housing Survey - Housing Characteristics, Costs and Conditions 1999 (cat. no. 4182.0) presents information on the characteristics, affordability and adequacy of dwellings, and the demographics, tenure and housing costs of persons and households. The publication also contains details about the survey including its objectives and content, and the concepts, methodology and procedures used in the collection of the data and the derivation of estimates.

Australian Housing Survey - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Results 1999 (cat. no. 4712.0) presents data about the housing characteristics of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations of Australia, equivalent data for the non-Indigenous population are included for comparison purposes. The publication also includes some data from the 1994 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey, the 1999 Community and Infrastructure Needs Survey and from the 1991 and 1996 Censuses of Population and Housing.

Household Investors in Rental Dwellings, Australia, Jun 1997 (cat. no. 8711.0) presents data on the socio-economic characteristics of investor income units who supply residential rental property, as well as their financial characteristics and reasons for investing. Detailed data are provided on the residential rental properties, including dwelling structure, age, location and financial characteristics.

Renters in Australia, Apr 1994 (cat. no. 4138.0) presents data on characteristics of persons living in rented or leased dwellings and characteristics of the rental dwellings. Also included are data on the costs of renting, affordability, demand for public housing, as well as tenants' rental history. Geographic coverage: Australia, states and territories, and capital cities.


FEATURE ARTICLES

Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0)

2011 Components of household wealth

2011 Housing assistance for renters

2010 Moving house

2010 Australia households: The future

2009 Living alone

2009 Home and away: The living arrangements of young people

2008 First home buyers

2008 Renter households

2008 Housing and services in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

2007 Wealth in homes of owner-occupier households

2007 Larger dwellings, smaller households

2006 Housing for young adult households

2006 Housing in Sydney - consolidation and spread

2005 Supply of housing

2005 Housing for older Australians

2004 Homelessness

2004 Home ownership

2004 High rise living

2003 Housing and lifestyle: First home buyers

2003 Housing stock: Changes in Australian housing

2003 Housing arrangements: Home ownership across Australia

2002 Housing and Lifestyle: Home renovation

2002 Housing Arrangements: Renter households

2002 Housing Stock: Housing condition and maintenance

2002 Housing and Lifestyle: Energy efficiency in the home





Year Book Australia (cat. no. 1301.0)

2012 Housing Chapter

2010 Housing Chapter

2008 Housing Chapter

2007 Housing Chapter

2006 Housing Chapter

2005 Australian home size is growing

2004 The design and construction of Indigenous housing: the challenge ahead

2003 Construction and the environment

2002 Housing and lifestyle

2002 The construction industry's linkages with the economy

2002 What drives housing?

2001 Changing tenure status

2001 Changing dwelling and household size

2001 Housing in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

2001 The Australian Housing Stock: 1911 and 1996

2000 First home buyers





Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia (cat. no. 4130.0)

2011 First home buyers in Australia

2009 First home buyers in Australia

2007 First home buyers in Australia





Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0)

Apr 2011 Implementation of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard in ABS Building Approval Collections

Feb 2010 Average floor area of new residential dwellings

Jul 2008 Average quarterly completion times for new houses

Apr 2008 Changes in the mix of dwelling types

Feb 2008 Average floor area of new residential dwellings

Jul 2004 Are we building on smaller blocks?

Dec 2003 Average floor area of new dwellings

Mar 2003 Work done on housing jobs each quarter

Dec 2002 Inner city development

Jul 2002 Building activity in Sydney and Melbourne

May 2002 Changes in the mix of dwelling types

Mar 2002 Average value of new houses

Nov 2001 Largest and fastest growing areas in Australia

Jul 2001 Average floor area of new dwellings





Migration, Australia (cat. no. 3412.0)

2008 Housing Mobility in Australia





Measures of Australia's Progress (cat. no. 1370.0)

Refer to the chapter on housing on the Measures of Australia's Progress homepage.




CONFIDENTIALISED UNIT RECORD FILES (CURFs)

A CURF is a file of responses to an ABS survey that has had specific identifying information about a person or organisation confidentialised. CURF microdata is the most detailed statistical information available from the ABS. CURFs can be purchased by authorised clients for approved purposes of statistical analysis and policy research. Researchers and analysts are able to run statistical queries on the CURF microdata using SAS, SPSS or Stata software.

CURFs are available from all cycles of the Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) and a range of other ABS housing surveys. More information about CURFs, including how to access them, is available through the ABS CURF Microdata page.

Microdata: Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing, Australia, 2009-10, (Second Edition incl. Fiscal Incidence Study), Basic and Expanded CURF (cat. no. 6540.0) was released on July 2012. The file is distributed on CD-ROM or can be accessed via the Remote Access Data Laboratory; the expanded files for HES and SIH are only able to be accessed via the remote Access Data Laboratory. Subject to the limitations of sample size and the data classifications used, it is possible to manipulate the data, produce tabulations and undertake statistical analyses to individual specifications. This is a second edition release of the HES Basic and Expanded CURF which includes new variables relating to the 2009-10 Fiscal Incidence Study.

Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing, User Guide, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 6503.0) was released in September 2011. It contains questionnaires, classification listings, a list of all data items on the file and lists of output data items. It includes details of the confidentialised unit record file (CURF) and background information about the surveys. It is designed to assist researchers and analysts in utilising housing income and expenditure data produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Microdata: Income and Housing, Australia: Basic and Expanded CURF on CD-ROM/RADL, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 6541.0.30.001) was released in August 2009. The file is distributed on CD-ROM or can be accessed via the Remote Access Data Laboratory. Subject to the limitations of sample size and the data classifications used, it is possible to manipulate the data, produce tabulations and undertake statistical analyses to individual specifications.

Survey of Income and Housing: Confidentialised Unit Record File, Technical Manual, 2007-08 (cat. no. 6541.0) was released in August 2009. This publication provides information about the content and use of the CURF, including a list of all data items on the file and background information about the survey.

Microdata: Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing - Confidentialised Unit Record Files, 2003-04 (Third Edition) (cat. no. 6540.0) was released in May 2008. This is the third edition of the CURF and includes estimates of imputed rent on the household level files for the first time. All other files are identical to those on the second edition of the CURF (which incorporated the results of a study to determine the effect of government benefits and taxes on household income).

Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing - Confidentialised Unit Record Files,Technical Manual, 2003-04 (Third Edition) (cat. no. 6540.0.00.001) was released in May 2008. This publication provides information about the content and use of the CURF. The third edition of the Technical Manual includes the supporting documentation for the estimates of imputed rent first released with the third edition of the CURF.

Microdata: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Social Survey, Expanded CURF, 2008 (cat. no. 4720.0.55.001). This release includes a video seminar that introduces the issues associated with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Social Survey (NATSISS).

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Social Survey, User Guide, 2008 (cat. no. 4720.0). This user guide contains questionnaires, classification listings, a list of all data items on the file and lists of output data items.

Australian Housing Survey, Australia 1999: Confidentialised Unit Record File (cat. no. 4186.0.30.001) contains data on the housing circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians, as well as the physical characteristics of their current dwelling. This CURF includes an accompanying Technical Paper.

Rental Investors Survey, Australia, 1997: Confidentialised Unit Record File contains data on characteristics and economic resources of people who invest in residential rental property in Australia, and the physical characteristics of their most recently acquired properties. This CURF includes an accompanying Technical Paper.

Survey on Rental Tenants, Australia, 1994: Confidentialised Unit Record File contains data on characteristics of persons living in rented or leased dwellings and characteristics of the rental dwellings. Also included are data on the costs of renting, affordability, demand for public housing, as well as tenants' rental history. This CURF includes an accompanying Technical Paper.




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