2900.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Census and Census Data, Australia , 2016  
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Total Household Income as Stated (weekly) (HINASD)

This variable provides the total weekly income of a private household based on the reported personal incomes of all members that are aged 15 years or older. It includes households where only partial income details have been stated. This variable is applicable to all occupied private dwellings enumerated in the 2016 Census.

How this variable is created

Total Household Income as Stated (weekly) is the sum of Total Personal Income (weekly) (INCP) of each resident present in the household on Census night. As personal income is collected in ranges, median values are assigned to each range using data from the Survey of Income and Housing. For more information about this survey see the Survey of Income and Housing, User Guide.

The income ranges for Total Household Income as Stated (weekly) include households where one or more household members aged 15 years and over did not state their income, or were temporarily absent. In the variable Total Household Income (weekly) (HIND), these households would be excluded from the household income calculation and be coded to the (HIND) category 'Partial income stated'. Where no member of a household aged 15 years and over has stated their income, the household is classified as 'All incomes not stated'. An image of this question is provided below.

Variable history

This variable was first used in 2006, though other measures of household income had been used in previous censuses. For 2016 the categories for annual income dollar ranges have been revised.

Data usage notes

In most cases, the income of visitors to a household is excluded from Total Household Income as Stated. The exception to this is households that comprise only visitors. Total Household Income as Stated is calculated for these households in order to collect data on household income in tourist areas.

Non-response rate

Non-response rate only applies to data items that directly reflect responses to individual Census form questions. Total Household Income as stated does not have a non-response rate as it is a derived value created during Census processing for applicable households. For more information, refer to Understanding Census data quality.

Further information

A definition of Total Household Income as Stated is available in the 2016 Census Dictionary.

Household form question image

Questions 33 as it appeared on the 2016 Census Household Form

2016 Household Paper Form - Question 33. What is the total of all income the person usually receives?
A text only version of the online Census Household form is available from the Downloads tab.