Experienced ABS interviewers were used to collect SIH data. They were given comprehensive training and were provided with detailed written instructions to complement the survey documents.
Information for each household was collected using:
- a household level computer assisted interview questionnaire which collected information on household characteristics, housing costs and certain assets and liabilities
- an individual level computer assisted interview questionnaire which collected information on, income, certain assets and liabilities, and personal characteristics from each usual resident aged 15 years and over in all households.
Interviewers made an initial contact visit, in which they obtained information on the numbers and characteristics of people usually resident in the dwelling. If a responsible adult was not available, the interviewer called back at another time. The interviewer also arranged a convenient time to call back to conduct the interviews.
During the actual survey interview, the interviewer:
- completed one household questionnaire for each household (information was provided by a household spokesperson who was nominated as the best person to provide information on the financial situation of the household)
- completed an individual questionnaire for each usual resident aged 15 years and over.
If a usual resident could not be present for the interview, additional interviews were arranged to ensure that all usual residents were covered by the survey.
DATA COLLECTION INSTRUMENTS
A representation of the computer assisted interview questionnaire used in the SIH can be downloaded as separate pdf file from the "Details" tab of the website entry for this publication.
Data items available
A listing of all the data items available from the SIH is presented in Appendix 6, which can be downloaded from the 'Details' tab of the website entry for this publication.