4621.1 - Domestic Water and Energy Use, New South Wales, Oct 2006  
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1 This publication contains results from the 2006 New South Wales (NSW) State Supplementary Survey, Domestic Energy and Water Use.

2 The survey was conducted throughout NSW during the two weeks commencing Monday 9 October 2006. The survey was conducted as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Monthly Population Survey (MPS). The MPS is based on a multi-stage area sample of private dwellings (houses, flats, etc.) and a list sample of non-private dwellings (hotels, motels, etc.). Information is 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 Sample Design, 2002 (cat. no. 6269.0), and any recent edition of the ABS publication, Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).


4 Information was collected by either a face-to-face or telephone interview from one responsible adult per household. Respondents answered questions on behalf of all household members aged 18 years or over. The 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 dependents) stationed in Australia;
  • private dwellings containing visitors only;
  • visitors to the household; and
  • residents of non-private dwellings such as hospitals, motels and prisons.

5 The survey was conducted in both urban and rural areas throughout NSW, but excluded persons living in very remote parts of NSW who would have otherwise been within the scope of the survey. The exclusion of these persons had only a minor impact on any aggregate estimates.

6 Information was sought from approximately 7,500 households, of whom about 7,000 (94%) responded.


7 The reference period for all tables was October 2006.


8 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.


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


10 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.


11 The ABS produces a wide range of publications containing social and demographic statistics. Other ABS publications which relate to this survey topic include:

12 Current publications and other products released by the ABS are listed in the Catalogue of Publications and Products (cat.no. 1101.0). The Catalogue is available from any ABS office or the ABS web site. The ABS also issues a daily Release Advice on the web site which details products to be released in the week ahead.