6530.0 - Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2003-04 (Reissue)  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/02/2006   
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This publication presents a summary of the results from the 2003-04 Household Expenditure Survey (HES), which was a subsample of the households comprising the 2003-04 Survey of Income and Housing (SIH). The HES collected information on the expenditure, income, net worth and other characteristics of households resident in private dwellings throughout Australia.


The 2003-04 HES and SIH included an expanded range of questions to collect details about income, and for the first time included a comprehensive range of questions to collect details about the assets and liabilities of the household.

Changes in the contents of this issue are:

  • the inclusion of household net worth data in most tables, and the introduction of a new table showing expenditure by net worth quintile
  • the introduction of equivalised disposable household income as an additional indicator of a household's relative wellbeing when compared to other households of different size and composition
  • the replacement of the data item "household composition" with the data item "family composition of household"
  • the replacement of the household characteristic "source of income" with "principal source of household income"
  • the inclusion of tables showing expenditure on each of the broad expenditure groups as a proportion of total goods and services expenditure
  • the restructure of the tables so that they closely resemble the tables in Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia, 2003-04 (cat.no.6523.0), facilitating comparison between the two datasets.

Integrating the HES and SIH has resulted in:
  • reduced respondent burden
  • the HES sample weights being calibrated to the same set of independent demographic benchmarks as the SIH
  • the HES sample weights being calibrated to SIH estimates of the number of households by tenure type and SIH estimates of aggregate household income by state and territory and broad source of income
  • changes to the definitions of a number of data items, such as income, so that they are identical to the corresponding definitions used in the SIH
  • changes to the derivation process used to estimate income tax liability to only use data items available in the SIH.


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 Jan Gatenby on Canberra (02) 6252 6174.