6523.0 - Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia, 2011-12  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/2013   
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All



This publication presents estimates of the income and other characteristics of households and persons resident in private dwellings in Australia, compiled from the 2011-12 Survey of Income and Housing (SIH). It includes estimates of the distribution of income across the population.


Key changes to the 2011-12 SIH include:

  • a decrease in fully responding sample size from 18,071 households in 2009-10 to 14,569 households in 2011-12. The expansion in the 2009-10 sample for an extra 4,200 households outside capital cities to support housing indicator reporting was maintained. The additional sample of metropolitan households whose main source of income was a government pension, benefit and/or allowance included in the 2009-10 SIH and HES samples to improve analysis for the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index was not maintained
  • an additional benchmark for the value of government benefit cash transfers used in 2009-10 was not required in 2011-12
  • disability questions for persons aged 15 years and over were not asked in 2011-12, but will be collected in 2013-14
  • Child Care Rebate (CCR) and Child Care Benefit (CCB) have been modelled to improve estimates of both the payment amounts and the number of households receiving assistance
  • selected social transfers in kind variables have been modelled in 2011-12, and analysis included in Appendix 4 of this publication
  • a feature article on Low Economic Resource households is included in this publication.


Errors in processing the 2009-10 income data have been corrected, resulting in an average decrease of $1 for mean equivalised disposable household income across all households. This was reflected largely in a decrease of 0.04% in the mean equivalised disposable household income of households in the second and third deciles. The income estimates for 2009-10 shown in this publication have been revised. The second edition of the 2009-10 CURF includes the revised estimates.

This release incorporates amendments to the rows presenting median gross household income in tables 7 to 17.


Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals. Published percentages are calculated prior to rounding of the figures and therefore some discrepancy may exist between these percentages and those that could be calculated from the rounded figures.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Living Conditions on Canberra (02) 6252 6174, email <living.conditions@abs.gov.au>.