3240.1 - Housing Choices, NSW, Oct 2004  
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1. This publication summarises results from the New South Wales (NSW) component of the 2004 State Supplementary Survey, Housing Choices. The survey was conducted throughout NSW and Queensland during the two weeks commencing Monday 11 October 2004.

2. The survey was conducted as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Monthly Population Survey (MPS). The MPS is a multi-stage area sample of private dwellings and non-private dwellings (hotels, motels, caravan parks, etc.). Information was obtained from the occupants of the selected dwellings by specially trained interviewers.

3. For details of the design, scope and coverage of the MPS, readers should refer to Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design, 2002 (cat. no. 6269.0), and any recent edition of the ABS publication, Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6203.0).

4. Unless specified otherwise, results are presented for the current dwelling.


5. Information was collected by either face-to-face or telephone interview from one responsible adult per household, who answered questions on behalf of the household. This survey was conducted using seven-eighths of the full sample of private dwellings in NSW that were included in the MPS and excluded:

  • members of the permanent defence forces;
  • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from censuses and surveys;
  • overseas residents in Australia;
  • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants) stationed in Australia;
  • private dwellings containing visitors only;
  • visitors to the household; and
  • residents of non-private dwellings such as hospitals, motels and prisons.

6. Information was sought from approximately 6,000 households, and of these about 5,600 (94%) responded.


7. Coverage rules were applied to ensure that each person was associated with only one dwelling, and hence had only one chance of selection in the survey.


8. Estimates have been rounded and discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


9. ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated. Without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.


10. The ABS produces a wide range of publications containing social and demographic statistics. Other ABS publications which relate to this survey topic include:
  • Population Mobility, Queensland, October 2000, cat. no. 3237.3
  • Population Mobility, Victoria, October 1999, cat. no. 3237.2
  • Housing Motivations and Intentions, Queensland, October 2004, cat. no. 8710.3.55.001 (expected release in late April 2005)
  • Housing Motivations and Intentions, Western Australia, October 1998, cat. no. 8791.5
  • Public Transport Usage and Migration Patterns, ACT, October 1998, cat. no. 1365.8