4656.5 - Household Choices Related to Water and Energy, WA, October 2009  
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1 This publication contains results from the Western Australia (WA) Household Choices Related to Water and Energy Survey, conducted throughout WA during the two weeks commencing Sunday, 11 October 2009.

2 The survey was conducted as a supplement to the ABS Monthly Population Survey (MPS). The MPS is based on a multi-stage area sample of private dwellings and a list sample of special dwellings (hotels, motels, hospitals, prisons, short-stay caravan parks, etc.). Persons living in special dwellings were excluded from the scope of this survey. Information is obtained from the occupants of the selected dwellings by specially trained interviewers. For details of the design, scope and coverage of the MPS, users should refer to any recent edition of the ABS publication, Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) or the November 2002 edition of Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design (cat. no. 6269.0).

3 The WA Household Choices Related to Water and Energy Survey was conducted on a subset of the full sample of private dwellings in WA that were included in the MPS.

4 The survey covered all private dwellings with the exception of those that:

  • are in very remote parts of Australia
  • consist entirely of members of the Australian permanent defence forces, diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, overseas residents or members of non-Australian defence forces.

5 Private dwelling households consisting entirely of visitors were excluded from coverage of the survey.

6 Information was collected by either face to face or by telephone interview from one responsible adult per household. This adult answered questions on behalf of the household. Information was sought from an estimated 2,537 dwellings and data was obtained from 95.7% or 2,429 dwellings.

7 For the public transport component of the survey, one 'in scope' person (aged 18 years and over) from each household was randomly selected for questioning. The ARA (any responsible adult) answered the public transport questions on behalf of that person.


8 Estimates in this publication 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 concerning social, housing and demographic statistics. Users may wish to refer to the following ABS publications which relate to the survey topic:
  • Travel to Work and School, Greater Perth Region, October 1994, cat. no. 9201.5
  • Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices, March 2005, cat. no. 4602.0

11 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 <https://www.abs.gov.au>. The ABS also issues a daily Release Advice on the web site which details products to be released in the week ahead.