IN THIS ISSUE
The 2010-11 Personal Income Tax and Migrants Integrated Dataset (PITMID) provides experimental estimates of the personal income of migrants and improves and expands the range of official statistics to support good government policy making, program management and service delivery.
It does this by integrating migrant data from two non-ABS datasets, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Personal Income Tax (PIT) records and the Department of Social Services (DSS) Settlement Database (SDB) to create a new dataset for statistical and research purposes. This enables the ABS to enhance the value of Australian Government administrative data and leverage more information from the combination of individual dataset than is available from the separate datasets.
The ABS partners in this project (ATO, DSS and Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)) recognise the value of the PITMID and support the continuation of this project. It is expected that the broad approach used here will be adopted to enable future data linkage on an annual basis. It is anticipated that the 2011-12 PIT to SDB linkage will take place in early 2016.
Information about this project is included on the Project Register of Data Integration Projects on the National Statistical Service (NSS) website.
A detailed assessment regarding the quality of the linkages has been conducted and can be found in the Research Paper: Feasibility Study of Linking Migrant Settlement Records to Personal Income Tax Data (cat. no. 1351.0.55.051). The research paper describes the project, the linking methodology and evaluates the results. It provides a good background and context for the statistical information provided in this publication.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.