6530.0 - Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2015-16 Quality Declaration 
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The 2015-16 cycle of the Household Expenditure Survey (HES) collected information about income, wealth, housing and expenditure from residents in private dwellings in Australia (excluding very remote areas). Every six years, the HES and the Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) are run together, and 2015-16 is the latest cycle of the joint surveys. The SIH component is a two yearly survey that has been conducted on a regular basis since 1994-95.

The HES provides estimates of household expenditure patterns and composition across the population. Various other characteristics of households and residents (e.g. income levels and sources, employment, family makeup, age and geographic location) give these key indicators a rich context to help understand the living standards and economic wellbeing of Australians.

To demonstrate one of the many ways in which the information collected in the HES can be used, this publication includes a case study on spending by level of service accessibility (Metropolitan Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia).

This publication includes Excel data cubes available from the ‘Downloads’ tab, with key indicators for various subpopulations and by a range of household and person characteristics, and by state and territory.


The HES was previously conducted in 1974-75, 1975-76, 1984, 1988-89, 1993-94 and 1998-99. Commencing in 2003-04 the HES has been integrated with the Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) every six years.

The 2015-16 HES collected information from a sample of approximately 10,046 households over the period July 2015 to June 2016.