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DATA COLLECTION AND ITEM DESCRIPTION
* denotes content specifically included in the HECS.
Consent to participate in the longitudinal component was asked of the household spokesperson. If consent was given, the spokesperson was asked for his or her contact details. The details of an alternative contact person aged 18 years or over living in the same household (if available) who could supply energy usage information were also requested.
Approximately three months following the household interview, the spokesperson was posted a username and password which allowed him or her to log in via the Internet and complete a web-based questionnaire on their household's recent energy usage, costs and behaviours.
If the web-based questionnaire was not completed by a specified date, an ABS interviewer telephoned the spokesperson to check they had received their username and password and to encourage them to complete the form. If preferred by the respondent, they could complete a telephone version of the web-based questionnaire over the telephone. For interviews conducted over the telephone, an adapted series of questions was used. A representation of the web-based questionnaire and the adapted questionnaire for telephone interview is available in the "Downloads" tab of this User Guide.
DATA COLLECTION INSTRUMENTS
A representation of the computer-assisted interview questionnaire, self-complete paper form and web-based questionnaire used for the longitudinal component can be downloaded as separate .pdf files from the 'Downloads' tab of this User Guide.
DATA ITEMS AVAILABLE
A listing of all the data items available from the HECS is presented in an Excel spreadsheet available in the 'Downloads' tab of this User Guide.
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