6523.0 - Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia, 2005-06  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/08/2007   
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10/10/2007 Note: This datacube has been re-released to correct some minor errors in the relative standard errors (RSEs) published on Thursday 2 August 2007 in Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia, 2005-06 (cat. no. 6523.0). The errors affected RSE data in Tables 7 and 12. The corrections apply to the RSEs for median gross income for the lowest net worth quintile in Table 7 and to the mean gross household income, mean equivalised disposable household income and mean household net worth in Table 12. The impact of the changes is minimal, as the majority of the RSEs decreased and the only one that increased rose by 0.4%.



This publication presents estimates of the income, net worth and other characteristics of households and persons resident in private dwellings in Australia, compiled from the 2005-06 Survey of Income and Housing (SIH). It includes estimates of the distributions of both income and wealth across the population.


Changes in this issue which have impacted on the data include:

  • a smaller sample of 19,212 persons for 2005-06 compared to 22,315 for 2003-04. For further information refer to paragraph 40 of the Explanatory Notes.
  • the inclusion of all salary sacrificed amounts in wages and salaries estimates for 2003-04 and 2005-06. In previous issues estimates have included only some salary sacrificed amounts. Some of the 2003-04 income estimates included in this issue have therefore been revised to include additional salary sacrificed amounts (in Tables 1 to 3 and A3). See Appendix 4 for more information.
  • the use of more detailed age benchmarks when determining the weights to be allocated to each unit in 2005-06 estimates. For further information refer to paragraph 52 of the Explanatory Notes.
  • minor errors in a few numbers appearing in the previous issue for Tables 1, 2 and 3 for the years 1994-95 to 1997-98 have been corrected.


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, email living.conditions@abs.gov.au.