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Housing data are used for:
HISTORY OF COLLECTION
The SIH was conducted annually from 1994–95 to 1997–98, and then in 1999–2000, 2000–01 and 2002–03. Commencing in 2003–04 the SIH has been conducted every two years, and is integrated with the Household Expenditure Survey (HES) every six years.
Previous surveys of household income were conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in 1979, 1982, 1986 and 1990. These surveys were generally conducted over a two-month period, compared to a twelve-month period for the SIH. The SIH also included improvements to the survey weighting and estimation procedures, changes to the scope and coverage of household income and changes to interviewing methods.
Comprehensive household wealth data has been collected in every cycle of the SIH since 2003–04, except for 2007–08.
The 2009–10 and 2015–16 SIH and HES also included an additional sample of metropolitan households whose main source of income was a government pension or allowance to support the compilation of the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI). From 2009–10, the SIH continues to include an additional sample of households outside of greater capital city areas to support housing indicators in regional areas.
KEY FEATURES OF THIS CYCLE
For 2017–18, additional questions have been asked to collect further information about the living arrangements of usual residents aged under 20 years of age who live in the household, but also spend some time living with a parent/guardian elsewhere. Further to that questions have also been asked to determine the living arrangement of children (aged under 20 years) who spend time at the household but are not considered a usual resident. This experimental analysis is expected to be released in late 2019.
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